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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 796410
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physiology Natural Science 10032668
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The undergraduate program team in the Department of Physiology seeks a full-time, continuing appointment Academic Specialist – Advising. Duties include advising undergraduate students majoring in Neuroscience. This individual will be responsible for working with students from their freshman year through graduation. This position will work collaboratively with the undergraduate program team to engage in proactive and holistic advising, offered through an equity lens, to support and empower students to reach their academic and career goals. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

 Advising (85%) 


  • Assist undergraduate students in course selection, while maintaining and monitoring student records towards degree completion. 

  • Support students by providing academic success strategies; creating connections with campus resources, research, and internship opportunities; encouraging growth in career development, including preparation for graduate school and health profession school.   

  • Bridge connections between students and other members of the Department of Physiology and the broader MSU community. 

  • Represent the department while meeting with prospective students and parents; advising students during New Student Orientation programs; department-associated undergraduate clubs; undergraduate commencement; recruitment at College Colloquium, “Community, Curriculum, and Career” (C3) Expo, and other associated undergraduate events. (Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.) 

  • Approve and manage course overrides and academic program degree substitutions in collaboration with the undergraduate program director and education program coordinator.   

  • Engage with faculty and academic staff in the department, the College of Natural Science Dean’s Office, Lyman Briggs College, the Honors College, and other units on campus. 

  • Collaborate with advising colleagues through college-wide advisor meetings and professional development activities to promote professional growth and to support the student’s academic success. 

  • Work collaboratively through an equity lens to ensure all students of the undergraduate program feel supported and respected in their student success. 


Teaching (15%): 


  • Collaborate with departmental advisors to develop the course content for a freshmen seminar course for students in the Neuroscience major 

  • Teach/assist in teaching the freshmen seminar course  

  • Participate in undergraduate curriculum review and program updates as a member of the department’s Undergraduate Program and Curriculum Committee.      

  • Participate in professional development activities to continue improving the curriculum and enhance teaching skills 



Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Science, Higher Education, Student  Affairs, Counseling, or related field.  

Minimum Requirements


1) Master’s Degree or higher in Science, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field.  


2) Evidence of successful collaborations in a professional or educational setting. 


3) Applicants should have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.  


4) Evidence of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a professional or educational setting. 

Desired Qualifications

1) Experience working with college-aged STEM students. 


2) An understanding of undergraduate biological science curricula. 


3) Familiarity with student information systems and with university policies and procedures 


4) Proficiency in standard computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Required Application Materials

1) Cover Letter  


2) Resume/CV 


3) A list of three references including their contact information 


4) An Advising Statement describing the applicant’s philosophy on advising students, including experiences or plans to support marginalized and historically underrepresented students. 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

This is an in-person position and the successful candidate will work primarily on-campus.  

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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