Academic Advising Council (AAC)

A statement regarding the recent high profile police killing of George Flyod and other members of the black community:

On behalf of the WSU Academic Advising Council, we unequivocally state that Black Lives Matter.  The violence and brutality inflicted upon the Black community by police throughout American history and in the recent past serve as a stark reminder that there is much work to be done. We also recognize the systemic and institutional barriers which inflict violence on the Black community.

As Advisors, we have a responsibility to listen to our students, to learn their stories and to do our part to create a campus that truly values diversity, equity and inclusion.

To our Black students: We see you. We hear you. We know you are hurting. We are here to support whenever and however we can.

There are several resources available to students who are in need of support:

  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS): 313-577-3398, or
  • Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE): 313-577-2408,


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. 


  • 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. The council's current by-laws (PDF) are also available for review.

2021-2022 WSU Academic Advising Council (WSU-AAC) Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President (2021-2022)
Ryan Ferrante

Academic Advisor III
Department of Political Science, Peace and Conflicts Studies, and LawStart
2287 Faculty Administration Building

President Elect (2021-2022)
Amanda Palma 
Academic Services Officer II
College of Nursing
10.2 Cohn Bldg.

Past President (2021-2022)
Gregory Sikora 
Academic Services Officer II
Office of Student Affairs, College of Nursing
10 Cohn Bldg.

Secretary (2021-2023)
Emily Reetz
Academic Advisor II
313 577-2692
College of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
3116 Engineering Building

Treasurer (2019-2021)
Laura Hetzler
Academic Advisor III
University Advising Center: Pre-Med and Health Science Center
Room 1162 University Advising Center

Member-at-Large (2020-2022)
Akelah Reese
Academic Services Officer II
APEX Scholars
2800 Academic Administration Building

Professional Member-at-Large (2020-2022)
Stephanie Chastain
Academic Advisor III
313 577-8834
College of Engineering
Computer Science
5057 Woodward Building, Room 3010.1

Professional Member-at-Large (2021-2023)
Joyce Pei-Hsuan Lien
Academic Services Officer II
College of Engineering
Engineering Technology
4855 Engineering Technology Building

Member-at-Large (2018-2020)
Erin Wiseman
Academic Advisor II
College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts
Success Coach
2327 Old Main

Ex-officio Members

WSU Administration Liaison
Cheryl A. Kollin
Sr. Director, University Advising Center
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Membership and Nominating Committee
Rachel Pawlowski----NACADA Contact
Academic Advisor III
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Communication Committee
Desmond Mack
Academic Services Officer I
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Annual Meeting & Conference
Robert Hellar
Academic Services Officer II
EACPHS, 259 Mack Ave.
Suite 1633

Chair, Training Committee 
Elizabeth Hill
Academic Advisor III
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rm. 2163 Engineering Bldg.
5050 Anthony Wayne Dr.

Co-Chair, Community Service Committee
Harman Singh
Academic Advisor III
Psychology Department
5057 Woodward, Room 7001.1 

Co-Chair, Community Service Committee 
Shawntae Harris Mintline
Academic Advisor III
College of Education
489 Education Bldg.

University Advising Center