Academic Advising & Support
The Dean's Office oversees the advising system. The deans are available to all students for advice on any academic or personal matter. A Class Dean is assigned to each class, but students may approach any dean for help.
Each first-year student is assigned to a faculty member or administrator who acts as the student's academic advisor. When students are accepted by a major, normally at the end of the sophomore year, the advising responsibility shifts to the chair, or chair's designate, of the student's major department. Requests for a change of advisor in the first two years will be freely granted subject only to equity in the number of advisees assigned to individual advisors.
Academic support can be accessed through the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs (Liz Derickson), through the Office of Learning Resources, through academic departments (peer mentors, clinics, and review sessions), through the Writing Center (Writing Associates), and in the residence halls (Student Academic Mentors). Tutors are arranged through the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or, in some cases, arranged through the individual academic department. No fees are required for any of these services.
Many resources exist when experiencing a specific academic difficulty. If you are looking for some extra help, please be in touch with one of the people listed below.
|Academic Area||Contact & Phone|
Science Associates Program
|Chinese language tutoring||Kirsten Speidel
|Japanese language tutoring||William Gardner
|Mathematics or Statistics
|Physics and Astronomy||Ann Ruether
General academic skills or planning; Finding an academic major; Considering a leave of absence
|General academic skills, time management
Office of Learning Resources
|International students||Jennifer Marks-Gold
Consult with a Research and Information Associate (RIA)