University Academic
Advising Committee

West Chester University

Contact Info
Dr. Joanne Conlon, Chair

Departmental Academic Advising Liasons to the University Academic Advising Committee Roles and Characteristics:


  1. Serve as a conduit of information to the department from the UAAC and back to the UAAC from the department
  2. Participate in on-campus professional development activities promoting quality academic advising
  3. Encourage/enable good academic advising practices
  4. Serve as a resource/referral guide for faculty academic advisors
  5. Participate on a large university-wide "academic advising forum" to facilitate the exchange of best practices
  6. Interact with students in departmental majors/programs to discuss academic advising issues


  1. "Student Centered"
  2. An understanding of developmental advising and how it relates to the needs of both advisees and advisors
  3. Actively engaged in the academic advising process, based upon the developmental advising theory
  4. While not necessarily an "expert" academic advisor, serve as a role model for peer academic advisors
  5. Interest in professional development in academic advising
  6. Intrinsic motivation
  7. Good communicator (good listener)


Advising Liasons

College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology/Sociology Doug McConatha
Biology Judy Greenamyer
Chemistry Melissa Cichowicz
Communication Studies  Denise Polk
Computer Science Afrand Agah
English Eleanor Shevlin
Geology/Astronomy Karen VanLandingham
Languages and Cultures Andrea Varricchio
History Cecelia Chien
Math Peter Zimmer
Philosophy Matt Pierlott
Physics Matthew Waite
Psychology Getta Shivde
Women's and Gender Studies Rodney Mader
College of Business and Public Affairs
Accounting Clyde Galbraith
Criminal Justice Brian O’Neill
Economics and Finance Orhan Kara
Geography and Planning  Gary Coutu
Management Xiaowei Zhu
Marketing Chun-Chun Wang
Political Science Linda Stevenson
Social Work (undergrad) Michelle Belliveau
College of Education
Special Education Kim Doan
Early & Middle Grades Lisa Lucas
Literacy Dan Darigan
Prof & Secondary Ed Jane Kenney
College of Health Sciences
Communicative Disorders Elizabeth Grillo
Health Sandi Walz
Kinesiology Stan Cramer
Nursing Christine Thomas
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Applied Music

Kimberly Reighley

Art Margaret Hill
Music Education Ann McFarland
Music History & Literature Scott Balthazar
Music Theory & Composition Adam Silverman
VPA Allen Taylor