Academic Advising & Support

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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.

Academic Advising

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.

For students:

Student advising (from the college catalog)

Program for the First and Second Years

For faculty:

Consult the Advising Handbook

Academic Support

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 Support Resources
Academic Area Contact & Phone E-mail
Biology
Science Associates Program
Philip Kudish
610-957-6102
pkudish1@swarthmore.edu
Chemistry Ginger Heck
610-328-8524
vheck1@swarthmore.edu
Chinese language tutoring Kirsten Speidel
610-328-7766
kspeide1@swarthmore.edu
Computer Science
Ninjas
Lauri Courtenay
610-957-6062
lcorten1@swarthmore.edu
Economics your professor
Engineering
Wizards
Ann Ruether
610-328-8081
aruethe1@swarthmore.edu
Japanese language tutoring William Gardner
610-690-6875
wgardne1@swarthmore.edu
Mathematics or Statistics
PiRates
Kaitlyn Litwinetz
610-328-8445
klitwin1@swarthmore.edu
Physics and Astronomy Ann Ruether
610-328-8081
aruethe1@swarthmore.edu

General academic skills or planning; Finding an academic major; Considering a leave of absence

Liz Derickson
610-328-8475
ederick1@swarthmore.edu
General academic skills, time management
Office of Learning Resources
Leslie Hempling
610-690-5014
lhempli1@swarthmore.edu
International students Jennifer Marks-Gold
610-328-8361
jgold12@swarthmore.edu
Library Research
Ask a librarian
Pamela Harris
610-690-2056
pharris1@swarthmore.edu
Writing Associates
WA Program
Jill Gladstein
610-328-8145
jgladst1@swarthmore.edu