Academic Adviser 5 (Cognitive Skills Instructor)

Penn State University

College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State College of Medicine
Educational Affairs
Full/Part Time:


The purpose of the Cognitive Skills Program (CSP) is to provide comprehensive cognitive skills development and remediation programs to medical, graduate, and PA students on the Hershey Campus of the Penn State College of Medicine. The CSP serves all students in the College of Medicine by providing programs to help promote effective and efficient life-long learning. In addition, remediation services will be provided for students who are struggling academically. Reporting Relationship: The Cognitive Skills Instructor reports to the Director of the Cognitive Skills Program. Depending of the candidate’s academic qualifications and interests, there may be an opportunity for an academic appointment in a clinical or basic science department. Supervision: n/a Essential Functions: Conduct individual diagnostic interviews and consultative activities for students served by the CSP in the areas of learning and test taking strategies, time management, and preparation for licensure examinations and board certification. Plan and lead group sessions in time management, study strategies, learning theory, test taking skills, requesting feedback, and strategies for effective learning in the hospital, ambulatory settings, or other settings. Participate in orientation and board review programs as needed. Attend classes, seminars, tutorials, and other educational activities to gain thorough exposure to current educational content and methodology. Review course and clerkship materials, including textbooks, websites, practice examinations, and other media for effective student assistance. Meet individually with students who fail an exam or course to assess the student’s current learning strategies and level of academic functioning, and provide services/interventions as appropriate. Maintain files for each student who receives services from the CSP. Maintain current knowledge of medical education and institutional curricular demands. Participate in continuous quality improvement and evaluation of the CSP. Collaborate with the Director of the CSP to develop program offerings and services. Liaison: Maintain contact and be a resource to basic science and clinical faculty on learning issues and maintaining an optimal environment for learning. Interact regularly with others offering student support, e.g., Student Affairs and Medical Education. Serve as a consultant to the Academic Progress Committee. Professional Activity: Participate in professional activities consistent with academic rank. Collaborate in research efforts regarding student performance and retention. Attend medical education conferences. Participate in medical school activities, including service on committees. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher (Ph.D. preferred) or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualifications of the Director: The Instructor for CSP is a 1.0 FTE position. A Master’s degree in educational or cognitive psychology with specialization in learning and remediation is required; advanced training is encouraged. Previous experience working with students in program development and individual remediation in health sciences education is required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) are essential.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088