Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, the Academic Advisor position is responsible for providing a range of services oriented toward supporting the academic progression and well-being of trainees in UME. Services include direct consultation and referral contacts with trainees as well as collaborative efforts with medical education staff and faculty charged with ensuring trainees make satisfactory academic progress (SAP). The Academic Advisor will report to the Director of Student Affairs.
Responsibilities/Expected Outcomes: Advising
Provide individualized student support and advising by applying a thorough knowledge of curriculum, requirements, policies, institutional history, climate, and academic planning skills.
Monitor each student’s progress in order to intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties and barriers.
Create and utilize a network of relationships with students, faculty, and staff to effectively deliver advising and support services.
Consult with and serve as liaison to faculty and staff to ensure successful implementation of academic plans and follow-through.
Use interpersonal techniques such as active listening, empathetic responses, questioning, etc. to develop trusting relationships and rapport with students.
Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity by creating and establishing practices that are appropriate for students’ individual needs and identities.
Serve as a first point-of-contact to students throughout their medical education.
Maintain strong understanding of and relationships with medical school, campus, and community resources that students are likely to access and refer students to those resources when needed.
Support and guide students through the processes and policies related to the medical school academic progression committee (Committee on Student Scholastic Standing)
Develop and maintain academic plans for students in consultation with key faculty, staff, and students, especially in relation to remediations, deceleration, leaves of absence, etc..
Communicate plan details to involved faculty and staff.
Track implementation of and compliance with plans in collaboration with involved stakeholders.
Communicate with involved medical school and campus (e.g. Disability Resource Center) resources to ensure compliance with plan implementation.
Communicate individual student progress to the medical student progression committee (Committee on Student Scholastic Standing)
Programming and Initiatives
Contributes to program development and development of advising practices, systems, and processes, including related Student Affairs policies and procedures..
Participate in ongoing Student Affairs initiatives and programming, including New Student Orientation, Intersession, Transitions Series, etc...
Actively engages in program development in the student affairs department in areas of academic progress, career development, and mental health and wellbeing.
Master’s degree in Higher Education, Psychology, or Counseling, and one year of related professional work experience
Commitment to the role of medical education in developing competent physicians
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Excellent written communication skills
Working knowledge of commonly used word processing and presentation tools (e.g., Microsoft office programs, Prezi, etc.) including Google Suite (Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, etc…)
Ability to effectively engage and collaborate across programs
Three years of relevant job experience providing student services to students at the postsecondary and/or graduate education level(s).
Strong organizational skills
Strong advocacy for students
Internal Number: 328851
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