Academic Advisor Coordinator
Academic Advisor Coordinator
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Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Biology & Marine Biology - 32310
Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position
Reporting to the department chair, this Academic Advisor Coordinator position serves as the primary academic advising coordinator for undergraduates pursuing degrees in biology and marine biology. Directly advising hundreds of students per semester, this position provides hands-on guidance and direction for degree-seeking biology and marine biology students, and also works closely with departmental faculty, advocating for students and assigning faculty advisors for additional advising capacity as required. Student recruitment and retention, freshman and transfer orientation, and coordination of other aspects of advisement services in the department are other responsibilities for this critical role. This position serves as a liaison between the department and alumni, as well as overseeing collection, maintenance, and reporting of data regarding enrollment, retention, and alumni status.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
The successful candidate will hold a Master’s degree in one of the following areas: biological sciences discipline, education, counseling, or a closely related field, and professional experience working directly with students at the college level.
Familiarity with detailed recordkeeping and strong written communication skills related to creation of memoranda, letters, and other documentation as well as two years of professional academic advising experience are also required.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Experience with Banner and DegreeWorks; experience with outreach and recruitment events and activities.
Required Certifications or Licensures
No Required Certifications or Licensure.
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology and Marine Biology is the academic home for teaching and research within the life sciences. With nearly 800 undergraduate majors and 40+ faculty members, the department is the largest academic department at UNCW . The Department of Biology and Marine Biology is a major contributor to the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that convey a rigorous and up-to-date understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of the biological sciences and provide our students with knowledge of basic investigative skills and methods of biological inquiry. In our research function, we contribute new insights to fundamental biological processes, from general biological principles, to coastal and marine environments, to biomedical sciences. Where possible, we focus on biological phenomena that impact on the quality of life in our region and the nation. In our public service roles, we lend our professional expertise to individuals and organizations working for the improvement of the human condition, especially those agencies committed to the environment. In a liberal arts education, Biology is of fundamental importance. It provides the student with an understanding of living systems from the level of the ecosystem down to the molecule. For both majors and non-majors the study of biology encourages exploration of personal as well as professional interests. We recognize that our biology classes are particularly important for our non-majors; in their classes we emphasize the biological understanding needed to function successfully as consumers, citizens, and parents in the 21st century.
Degrees offered: The Department of Biology and Marine Biology offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biology, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in marine biology, both of which prepare students for advanced study, and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in biology, a more flexible program which can be designed to meet personal educational goals. Students may also choose professional programs in Teacher Certification for Secondary Science (Biological Sciences) or Pre-professional programs in the Health Sciences. Graduate degrees offered by the Department of Biology and Marine Biology include the Master of Science (M.S.) in biology, the Master of Science (M.S.) in marine biology, and the Ph.D. in integrative and marine biology.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.
A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
Number of Openings
Special Notes to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on July 7, 2021, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/ and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:
1) Letter of interest outlining why you are interested in the position, and what you will bring to it
3) Statement of Diversity and Inclusion – a separate statement that addresses how the candidate’s cultural, experiential, or academic background contributes to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment; see www.uncw.edu/bio/diversitystatement.html for further details
Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.
Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Stephanie Kamel, Chair, Academic Advisor Coordinator Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Lisa Noah (email@example.com).
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