Academic Advisor/Senior Academic Advisor

University of Minnesota
February 21, 2021
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.



  • Doctoral degree in a biological sciences field
  • Teaching experience in a higher education setting
  • Professional writing skills demonstrated by publications in peer reviewed journals and/or teaching or editing scientific writing
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the breadth of biological sciences fields
  • Must be able to teach at scheduled class times, including evenings, and arrange office hours at times convenient for students
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills


  • Experience with adult and part-time students in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of University of Minnesota programs and services
  • Experience teaching in an online environment
  • Experience with curriculum development

About the Job

Academic Advisor (9708) / Senior Academic Advisor (9707)
CCAPS Graduate Education (0.80 FTE)


This position is responsible for advising and teaching in the program. The position provides academic advising to admitted students to support the retention and academic progress of students in the MBS degree program. The adviser is expected to have broad familiarity with biological sciences in order to advise students on curricular planning and academic progress. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. This position is being posted at the both Academic Advisor (9708) and Senior Academic Advisor (9707) levels. Appointment will be made based on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Priority deadline of March 3, 2021.


Academic Advising (70%)

  • Provide the full range of advising services in person or virtually to current students with flexibility to accommodate the needs of working adults. Maintain detailed advising notes using University systems, such as APLUS. Participate in virtual and in-person educational fairs for prospective students.
  • Develop a degree completion plan with each advisee by evaluating any previous course work and assisting students in understanding degree requirements. Provide career advice; discuss career goals and direction of students' plan of study to help support these goals.
  • Serve on the MBS admissions committee and advisory board. Keep all members of the team apprised of student progress, issues, and accomplishments. Stay informed about and help implement programmatic and policy changes. Contribute ideas for curriculum development and delivery based on curricular needs.
  • Maintain relationships with other university academic units and labs in the biological sciences in an effort to pair students with faculty researchers as advisers and coordinate internship opportunities.
  • Facilitate the relationship between students and potential research mentors for Directed Study, Directed Research, and Capstone projects. Connect students pursuing the Plan B option with potential faculty to serve as committee members or research mentors for their capstone projects.

Teaching (30%)

  • Provide in-person and online instruction for MBS courses totaling 7-8 credits per 12 month-academic year. Expected credits include introductory, capstone, and seminar courses on a yearly rotation. Teach additional courses as needed.
  • Update and revise courses to stay current with research findings in the field, professional and academic requirements, workforce trends, and to support the program curriculum.
  • Effectively use technology to enhance curriculum delivery and accessibility to accommodate working adult students. Utilize pedagogical best practices for this audience.
  • Hold regular office hours (physical and virtual) at times convenient to students.

About the Department

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) offers a Master of Biological Sciences (MBS) degree - a uniquely flexible, individualized, graduate degree designed to meet the needs of working adults seeking to advance their expertise in a particular area of modern biology. The MBS degree enables students to synthesize biological science expertise with their current professional position, and serves students who wish to further deepen their knowledge in a particular area, or change their professional focus. The degree meets the needs of career starters, career changers and career advancers.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. This position requires that you attach a diversity statement, a personal statement that outlines your teaching/mentoring philosophy and research background, and a list of references.

This position will remain open until filled and has a priority deadline of March 3, 2021.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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