Wayne State University

Academic Advising Council (AAC)

Mission

The Wayne State University Academic Advising Council assumes a proactive approach to addressing issues impacting student success at Wayne State University.  Its mission is to aid in the development of a greater understanding of the role of advising in student learning and to strengthen University-wide recognition of the significance of academic advising in the recruitment, retention and academic success of Wayne State University students.

All of our goals and objectives are directly related to the mission statement.  As advisor presence continues to grow across campus it is imperative we have a collective voice as well as provide leadership to the WSU advising community.  The Academic Advising Council provides that connection to each other so we can continue to provide quality advising to our students. 

Goals

  • Provide effective leadership to members of the WSU advising community;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of academic advising and its role in recruiting, retaining, and graduating students;
  • Advocate for high quality academic advising experiences for students;
  • Provide a network of advisors and other academic and student affairs professionals at WSU to foster a collaborative environment and ensure student success;
  • Review university and unit policies and procedures to provide constructive recommendations to university administration;
  • Assist in the implementation of advising assessment process to ensure continuous improvement;
  • Promote and facilitating professional development and training for academic advisors;
  • Establish connections with other professional organizations and groups especially those in the state of Michigan involved in higher education;
  • Review regional and national trends in academic advising and implementing best practices.

The WSU-AAC's current leadership is listed below and is outlined in its Organization Chart. The council's current by-laws (PDF) and information on its official standing as an allied member of NACADA (PDF) are also available for review.

2017-2018 WSU Academic Advising Council (WSU-AAC) Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President (2016-2019)
Stephanie Chastain
Academic Advisor I
313-577-8834
schastain@wayne.edu
Department of Computer Science
5057 Woodward Ave
Suite 3010.1

President Elect (2017-2020)
Chelsea Smith
Academic Advisor II
313-577-1601
ChelseaSmith.Advisor@wayne.edu
College of Education
489 Education Building

Past President (2015-2018)
Laura Hetzler
Academic Advisor I
313-577-3146
af9124@wayne.edu
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Secretary (2016-2018)
Avanti Herczeg
Academic Advisor II
313-577-0841
ac2208@wayne.edu
Department of Art and Art History
Room 216 Emma Lazaroff Schaver Music Bldg.

Treasurer (2017-2019)
Dawn Niedermiller
Academic Advisor I
313-577-0180
dniedermiller@wayne.edu
Department of Physics and Astronomy
135 Physics Building

Professional Member-at-Large (2017-2019)
Robert Hellar
Academic Services Officer I
313-577-8715
Ac4659@wayne.edu
EACPHS, 259 Mack Ave.
Suite 1621

Member-at-Large (2017-2019)
Amanda Horowitz
Academic Advisor I
313-577-9376
Fg8638@wayne.edu
Pre-Med and Health Science Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Member-at-Large (2016-2018)
Antoinette Cunningham
Academic Advisor II
313-577-0185
Antoinette.cunningham@wayne.edu
Department of Biology
1360 Biological Sciences Building

Professional Member-at-Large (2016-2018)
Cassandra Tackett
Academic Services Officer I
313-577-4944
dx6082@wayne.edu
College of Education
469 Education Building

Ex-officio Members

WSU Administration Liaison
Cheryl A. Kollin
Director, University Advising Center
313-577-5821
ac9693@wayne.edu
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Membership and Nominating Committee
Rachel Pawlowski----NACADA Contact
Academic Advisor II
313-577-9177
fg6313@wayne.edu
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Communication Committee
Desmond Mack
Academic Services Officer I
ef2085@wayne.edu
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Annual Meeting & Conference
Kim Morgan
Academic Advisor II
313-577-2497
eb4704@wayne.edu
Department of Mathematics
1143 Faculty Administration Building

Chair, Training Committee
Ryan Ferrante
Academic Advisor II
313-577-3170
ak8629@wayne.edu
Political Science Department
2287 Faculty Administration Building