Academic Advisor Pool - 2024/2025: Integrative Biology

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Job posting number: #7239083

Posted: April 24, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The Department of Integrative Biology invites applications for full-time academic advisors. These are professional faculty positions. Applications submitted to this recruitment pool are reviewed on an as-needed basis. Qualified applicants will be contacted when positions become available.

This position will perform academic advising and program support for Zoology majors (Ecampus and Corvallis campus) and/or Biology majors (Corvallis campus). The advisor may also support students with the biology minor declared. In the Integrative Biology Department, academic advisors typically work with students during their entire life cycle at OSU, supporting decision making about coursework and career development. The advisor will also participate in School of Life Sciences and College of Science recruitment and retention efforts. The Department of Integrative Biology is part of the School of Life Sciences and receives support for its academic program from the College of Science. The Department of Integrative Biology supports two large Corvallis Campus majors, Biology and Zoology, and an Ecampus Zoology degree. The department has developed an internationally recognized graduate program in conservation, evolutionary biology and marine ecology with faculty working in these areas at the level of the cell, organism and community. The Zoology major is one of the largest Ecampus programs offered and also supports a robust on-campus cohort. Ecampus at OSU offers over 85 programs available to be taken completely online through Oregon State Ecampus, which has been ranked in the top 10 online programs in the nation for the last seven years.

The College of Science provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. Oregon State University is a comprehensive, research intensive public land-grant university. OSU is one of only two land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant universities with such designation in the country. Oregon State programs and faculty are located in every county of the state and investigate the state’s greatest challenges. As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural, and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world.

The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical to the biological sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow.

The College of Science supports three of the university’s world-class research centers: the Linus Pauling Institute, the Environmental Health Sciences Center, and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit:


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
60% Academic Advising:
Provide primary academic advising services for on campus (Corvallis) and/or Ecampus (online) Biology and Zoology majors. Advising includes decision-making in coursework for general education (baccalaureate core) and major/minor specific coursework, as well as career advising and professional development.
Advise new students during first-year and transfer student orientations.
Assist biology and/or zoology students with general requests such as change of major forms, petitions, referral to appropriate services, etc.
Participate in proactive advising interventions. Including potentially 1:1 reach-out to students in response to reports each term.
Assist students in navigating academic standing, including seeking reinstatement after suspension from the University.

30% Program Support:
Promote diversity and support equity, justice, and inclusion in the Department of Integrative Biology, School of Life Sciences and College of Science programs, including participation in proactive advising efforts to support students from diverse backgrounds. This position facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Participate in Integrative Biology faculty meetings.
Serve on other university, college, school, or department committees as assigned.

The following activities are shared across the Integrative Biology (IB) advising team and may or may not be part of the position in any given year.
Coordinate and facilitate the delivery and instruction of BI 197 Professional Development I: Health Professions first year course (1 credit, teach once per year) for Biology majors.
Grade academic advising assignment for BI 198 Professional Development I: Biology and Zoology first year course for Biology and Zoology majors.
Co-advise the Integrative Biology Club, some events require evening and weekend hours.
Prepare and maintain advising materials such as program bulletins, websites, etc.
Serve on the College of Science Scholarship Committee by reviewing IB scholarship applications.
Participate in orientation advising and activities for new students.
Write committee letters for students applying to medical school.

10% Other:
Communicate and collaborate with personnel in the Integrative Biology department, the College of Science, Ecampus, and across OSU, as needed.
Attend local, regional, and national meetings, as appropriate.
Participate in student recruitment activities. Meet with prospective students and parents as part of OSU’s Visit program. Represent OSU and the College of Science at various college fairs, community college visits, and recruiting events for students from marginalized or minoritized communities.
Other duties as assigned.
Note: Duties may change depending on advising needs.
What You Will Need
Bachelor’s degree in a life science field or a Bachelor’s degree from any field plus a combination of two years of life science related college course work or relevant professional life science experience.
One year of experience in college or university academic advising, or student activities programming, or teaching/counseling of secondary or post-secondary individuals. Including at least one aspect of leadership, teamwork, organized planning, and problem-solving.
Experience and demonstrated actions working with and successfully supporting diverse populations coming from historically excluded populations, such as racial and ethnic, gender diverse, minoritized sexual identities, abilities, disability, veteran statuses, and socioeconomic levels.
Ability to communicate clearly with a diverse group of students and staff through written (electronic and other) and oral communication.
Ability to maintain confidential, detailed, and accurate student records.
Skilled in Microsoft Suite (or similar program)

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
What We Would Like You to Have
Work experience related to ecology, biology, animal biology/zoology, human health and wellness or related field.
Master’s degree in a life science field or a student services related area, or other graduate level training in a relevant field.
Experience with student information system and technology, such as but not limited to Sales Force, Ellucian Degree Works, Banner and Tableau.
Experience with web design or graphic design to develop student resources.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Occasionally helps with tours, recruitment and/or marketing events at various locations. Some evening and weekend work is required. In-state and out-of-state travel may be required.

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