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
Science Associates Program
Philip Kudish
Chemistry Ginger Heck
Chinese language tutoring Kirsten Speidel
Computer Science
Lauri Courtenay
Economics your professor  
Ann Ruether
Japanese language tutoring William Gardner
Mathematics or Statistics
Kaitlyn Litwinetz
Physics and Astronomy Ann Ruether

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

Liz Derickson
General academic skills, time management
Office of Learning Resources
Leslie Hempling
International students Jennifer Marks-Gold

Library Research
Ask a librarian

Consult with a Research and Information Associate (RIA)

Pamela Harris
Writing Associates
WA Program
Jill Gladstein