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Academic Advising

University Advisors Network

The UAN provides resources for all USC faculty and professional staff academic advisors serving Carolina undergraduate students. The UAN is the Provost-appointed coordinating council for academic advisors at USC. Each college and/or advising unit has a representative in the UAN who serves as a liaison to enhance campus-wide advising effectiveness. 

University Advisors' Network

Please note, UAN Meetings are open to all academic advisors; however, every academic advising unit is asked to delegate one member responsible for attending meetings, disseminating information, and monitoring the listserv.

Conditions of Membership Include:

  • One-year appointment by college or department. One member per advising unit. Often the same member is renewed each year.
  • Attend all meetings or send representative in your place.
  • Review minutes for accuracy. Approval at meetings.
  • Suggest topics for discussion (via online form, in-person, email).
  • In coordination with chairs, keep topics for discussion on-going until resolution.
  • Speak on behalf of your college or department for topics such as training, policy implementation, revised practice.
  • Update UAN on changes in your college. (i.e. new advising models, new procedures, new hires, etc.).
  • Sub-committees and specialty topics.
  • Utilize UAN resources via website.
  • Possible voting (by members only) on recommended practice (new or revised).
  • Approve your college’s information for campus-wide dissemination.
  • Relay information back to your advising department.
  • Advocacy for advising.

UAN Meeting Schedule

The University Advisors Network meets monthly. Please see the UAN meeting schedule below for time and location. 

  Date Time Location
Fall 2018 September 19, 2018 9:30-11am Campus Room, Capstone First Floor
  October 17, 2018  9:30-11am Campus Room, Capstone First Floor
  November 7, 2018  9:30-11am Campus Room, Capstone First Floor
  December 12, 2018  9:30-11am Hollings Program Room, Thomas Cooper Library
Spring 2019 January 16, 2019  9:30-11am Campus Room, Capstone First Floor
  February 20, 2019   9:30-11am Carolina Room, Capstone 17th Floor
  March 20, 2019  9:30-11am Campus Room, Capstone First Floor
  April 10, 2019  9:30-11am Campus Room, Capstone First Floor
  May 15, 2019   9:30-11am  TBD


UAN Meeting Minutes and Handouts

2018-2019 Academic Year

September 2018 [minutes]: Summer 2018 Advising Recap [Handout], DegreeWorks Planner [Handout], On Your Time Summer and Winter Sessions, Undergraduate Research Registry [Handout], Changing Majors LEAN Recommendations [Handout]

October 2018 [minutes]: New Budget Model, Academic Common Market [Handout], Advisor Professional Development Opportunities [Handout], Appreciating Academic Advisors Program

November 2018 [minutes]: Athletics Advising [Handout], Admissions Update, USC Connect Updates, Orientation Updates

December 2018 [minutes]: Accelerated Bachelor's/Graduate Study Plan, Freshman Interest Groups, DegreeWorks Audit & Planner, Non-Registered Initiative & Appreciating Academic Advisors [Handout], Orientation

January 2019 [minutes]: Study Abroad [Handout], University Registrar, Advising Technology

2017-2018 Academic Year

September 2017 [pdf]: Overview of UAN mission, Advisor Training & Certification Program, National Fellowships

October 2017 [pdf]: Winter Term Program through On Your Time Initiatives, Registration Updates

November 2017 [pdf]: Admissions Updates, Registration Updates, Anti-Discrimination Student Training, January/Summer School Orientation Updates

January 17, 2018 [pdf]: DegreeWorks Student Educational Planner, OnYourTime, Orientation update

February 21, 2018 [pdf]: Palmetto College, Major Change Directory, DegreeWorks Student Educational Planner Demo, Pre-Orientation Advising Checklist

March, 21, 2018 [pdf]: Admissions Update, Advising and the Math Placement Test, Updates from DegreeWorks SEP committee

April 18, 2018 [pdf]: EAB Pathfinder (virtual presentation with EAB consultant), Summer Orientation, Withdrawal policy updates 

May 16, 2018 [pdf]: Demonstration of DegreeWorks Student Educational Planner

2016-2017 Academic Year

September 2016 [pdf]: Registrar and Admissions Reports, USC Connect

October 2016 [pdf]: Library 101, Orientation Review

November 2016 [pdf]: IAP, Major Maps

January 2017 [pdf]: Orientation Updates, Student Advising Survey

February 2017 [pdf]: IAP and Orientation, New Advisor Menu in SSC

March 2017 [pdf]: New Policy on Withdrawal, On Your Time, Changes to Transfer Credit in SSC

April 2017 [pdf]: Summer Orientation

DegreeWorks Student Educational Planner Subcommittee 


UAN Members

Type Affiliation Name Contact Keywords
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Member College of Arts & Sciences
Kathy Anastes
Academic Advisor and Administrative Assistant, Economics Department  
College of Arts and Sciences
Patricia Armstrong
Director of Academic Programs, Criminology and Criminal Justice  
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Valeria Bates
Academic Advisor, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management  
Undergraduate Admissions
Ed Black
Associate Director of Operations, Office of Undergraduate Admissions  
College of Arts and Sciences
Rebecca Boyd
Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, School of Visual Art and Design  
College of Arts and Sciences
Claudia Carriere
Undergraduate/Graduate Coordinator and Office Manager, Department of Anthropology  
South Carolina Honors College
Rachel Denmark
Coordinator of Student Services, South Carolina Honors College  
University Advising Center
Brian Dusel
Coordinator of Advising Technology, University Advising Center  
Member USC Connect
Amber Fallucca
Associate Director, USC Connect  
Member Study Abroad
Chrissie Faupel
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, Study Abroad  
Member Academic Common Market
Meghan Fields
Coordinator of Academic Common Market & NC-SARA Compliance  
Member Darla Moore School of Business
Meredith McNeice
Associate Director/Academic Advisor, Darla Moore School of Business  
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Gwen Geidel
Research Professor and Undergraudate Director, School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment  
Member College of Social Work
Sonya Singleton
Assistant Dean of Students, College of Social Work  
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Dawn Hiller
Director of Student Services (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences), College of Arts and Sciences  
Member College of Engineering and Computing
Sarah Jusiewicz
Advising Coordinator, College of Engineering and Computing  
Co-Chair College of Arts and Sciences
Loren Knapp
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences  
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Janis Leaphart
Student Services Coordinator, Department of Political Science  
Member Palmetto College
Stephen Lowe
Director, Liberal Studies and Organizational Leadership, Palmetto College and Associate Professor of History, USC Union  
Member Registrar
Aaron Marterer
University Registrar  
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Renee McGinnis
Undergraduate Student Services Program Coordinator, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  

New Student Orientation Bethany Naser
Director of New Student Orientation  
Member College of Pharmacy
Kristi Niro
Director of Pre-Professional Studies and Recruitment  
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Connie Outen
Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator, Department of Psychology  
Member College of Arts & Sciences
Carla Pfeffer 
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies and Undergraduate Program Director, Women's and Gender Studies 
Member College of Arts and Sciences
Edith Pietrykowski
Undergraduate Coordinator, Geography Department
Member College of Information and Communications
Gina Polizzi
Student Services Manager, College of Information and Communications
Member Arnold School of Public Health
T'Kara Richardson
Academic Advisor, Arnold School of Public Health
Co-Chair University Advising Center
Claire Robinson
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advisement and Director of University Advising Center
Member Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Jan Smoak
Associate Director, Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs  
Member Athletics
Paul Stoltzfus
Executive Director of Academics, Department of Athletics  
Member Summer, Evening, and Non-Degree Programs
Amanda Therrell
Manager- Academics, On Your Time Initiatives  
College of Arts and Sciences
Nancy Tolson
Assistant Director of African American Studies, African American Studies Program  
College of Nursing
Heidi Waltz
Student Services Manager, College of Nursing  
Member College of Education
Donna Watson
Director, Office of Student Services, College of Education  
Member  College of Arts and Sciences
Amanda Zeigler
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biological Sciences