I have been an academic adviser at UW since 1998, in multiple departments. I have advised specifically in Political Science since 2013, but I am glad to talk about any major that interests you. I also advise for the Human Rights minor and I am the contact person for the Washington State Legislative Internship Program at UW-Seattle.
I have lived much of my life in the Midwest, but since I come from a military family, I have also lived abroad and in Texas (which sometimes feels like a foreign country). Besides about 35 of the 50 states, I have visited 19 different countries. I have an unhealthy obsession with books and love to talk about obscure or curious ideas and topics.
My Advising Philosophy
Advising is a continuous process allowing students the opportunity to work on changing and developing goals for their education inside the constructs of the existing university. Advisers are part of the larger learning and research goals of the university. They activate these goals in the minds and experience of students, but advisers also serve the university as a resource about student wants and needs. Advisers guide and advocate for students while interpreting and actualizing university, college, and department policies, helping students follow the most effective, efficient, beneficial, and equitable pathways to their individual goals.
Common Reasons to Visit a Political Science Adviser:
- have a conversation about your academic interests
- dicuss registration for the next quarter and how classes will affect completion of the POL S major or minor
- discuss plans after college and how your education can prepare you
- complete paperwork from other offices requiring a meeting with your departmental adviser (e.g.: Veterans Center, Athletics, Financial Aid, ROTC, or Registrar’s Office)
- apply to graduate
- finish paperwork to add the POL S major or a minor from another department
- discuss an academic problem in a class or in your education as a whole
- explore opportunites for experiential learning (service learning, internships, volunteering, research, study abroad)
-prepare for, progress through, and complete a major, minor, option or certificate in Political Science
-to just ‘check in’ for the quarter
In general, if you have a question, concern, or problem of any sort at UW and you don’t know where to start, feel free to ask any adviser on campus. The University of Washington has a strong, connected group of advisers with decades of experience and an immense spectrum of backgrounds and life experiences. If any one of us cannot answer a question, we can at least help you find someone who can help and refer you along the path to finding an answer.