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Academic Advising & Support

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Department Overview

Every student has an academic advisor.

Each entering student is assigned to an academic advisor. Advisors consist normally of those faculty members who do not chair a department, and some administrators also act as academic advisors, including members of the Dean’s staff. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs coordinates advising for students in the first two years; for upper-class students with majors or minors, the chair of the student’s major or minor department generally serves as advisor or designates someone else in the department to do so.

Initial assignments are made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on the basis of major interests and abilities indicated by new students. Changes in advisors will be freely granted (subject only to equity in number of advisees assigned to an individual faculty member) upon application to the Associate Dean; change of advisor requests form [pdf] should be submitted to Mira Baric (mbaric1@swarthmore.edu) in Parrish 108. Reassignments may also be made due to faculty leaves or shifts in duties.

Advisors must approve the courses for which students register. For this purpose advisors meet with their advisees prior to registration. Advisors are notified when students make a change to their registrations. Advisors will also help students come to an understanding of the role of the various academic disciplines in a liberal arts education. Guidance for advisors is available in the Advising Handbook.

Advisors will receive copies of all official correspondence concerning advisees' academic standing. This helps to make it possible for the advisor to apply general knowledge of academic life to each student's particular case. Those are the formal parameters between advisor and advisee. It is our hope that rather than being the outer limit of that relationship, it will become the framework for a connection with a broader impact.

The outcome depends on whether the match between advisor and advisee is a good one, which involves several factors, including effort by both parties and even luck. The Dean's staff does its best to make good matches. Students are encouraged to look for common ground with the advisor to whom they are assigned, and, if it seems appropriate, to suggest the name of a new advisor with whom they think a valuable advisor-advisee relationship might be established.

Academic Affairs Staff

Tomoko Sakomura

Associate Professor of Art History, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8119
  2. Parrish 108
  3. Beardsley 206

Mira Baric

Administrative Assistant

Dean's Office

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8367
  2. Parrish Hall 108
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Liz Derickson '01

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8475
  2. Parrish West 109
Liz Derickson

Monica Vance

Director of Student Disability Services

Dean's Office

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-7358
  2. Fax: (610) 690-3350
  3. Parrish Hall West 113
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Jenna Rose

Assistant Director of Student Disability Services

Dean's Office

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-5538
  2. Parrish Hall 123

Melissa Mandos

Fellowships and Prizes Advisor, SAM (Student Academic Mentor) Program Director

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8363
  2. Parrish 118
Melissa Mandos

Diane Watson

Administrative Assistant

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8364
  2. Parrish 119
Diane Watson

Gigi Simeone

Health Sciences/Pre Law Advisor

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8589
  2. Parrish West 125
Gigi Simeone

Jennifer Lenway

Administrative Assistant for Health Sciences and Pre-Law Advising

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8356
  2. Parrish 121
Jennifer Lenway