Academic advising is available to assist all new and returning students from year one to graduation.

Academic advising will help you develop education plans for achieving your goals. It includes:

  • receiving advice on academic matters
  • taking ownership of your education
  • making effective and informed decisions concerning your degree
  • connecting university experiences to personal, academic, and career goals
  • collaboration and partnership 

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Students can get help planning their academics through:

      Academic advisors

      Our academic advisors can help you with program planning, degree requirements, or if you have questions or concerns about your academics.

      Some issues are easily resolved via e-mail while others may require a discussion in person. Remember, advisors will be very busy during peak periods (registration) so plan ahead and book an appointment early!

        Contact your academic advisor:

        • Email:
        • Book an appointment (booking links available below)

        Sarah Cormier

        Areas: BComm and BSc
        Book an appointment with Sarah

        Stephanie Richard

        Areas: BA, BFA, BMus, and BASc
        Book an appointment with Stephanie

        What can my academic advisor help me with?

        Academic advisors can:

        • assist with course selection and registration
        • help interpret academic policies and procedures
        • help you consider options for major and minor programs
        • clarify degree and program requirements
        • assist with program planning and  tracking progress towards graduation
        • provide guidance in formulating and realizing academic goals
        • help you understand the consequences of academic decisions
        • respond to concerns related to academic performance and academic standing
        • answer your questions on academic matters and regulations
        • highlight important dates and deadlines
        • make referrals to appropriate resources
        When should I meet with an academic advisor?

        We suggest that you take the initiative to meet with an advisor at least once a year, and to seek advising when it is needed — whether you are struggling academically or not.

        Contact an academic advisor any time you have questions or concerns about academic matters. Some issues are easily resolved via e-mail while others may require a discussion in person.

        Students with a declared major or minor are strongly advised to consult with a program advisor prior to seeing an academic advisor.


        Program advisors

            Program advisors have particular expertise in their discipline and programs. Each academic department and program has a designated faculty member available to advise students.

            Contact your program advisor

            Once you've declared a major and minor, we strongly recommend you seek academic advising from a program advisor.

            We also recommend you consult with program advisors as you consider your choice of major or minor.

            Program advisors for 2023-2024 (effective July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024)


            Arts Programs Advisor
            Art History Dr. Anne Koval
            Drama Studies Dr. Sarah Fanning
            English Dr. Janine Rogers
            Fine Arts Prof. Leah Garnett
            French Studies Dr. Kirsty Bell
            German Studies Dr. Renata Schellenberg
            Hispanic Studies Dr. Juan Carols Martinez
            Japanese Studies Dr. Akiko Yoshizawa
            Dr. Owen Griffiths
            Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Dr. Kirsty Bell
            Music Dr. Stephen Runge
            Visual & Material Culture Studies Dr. Christina Ionescu


            Humanities Programs advisor
            American Studies TBD
            Canadian Studies Dr. Andrew Nurse
            Classical Studies TBD
            Community Engaged Learning Dr. Fiona Black
            History Dr. William Lundell
            Indigenous Studies Dr. Karl Hele
            Philosophy Dr. Jane Dryden
            Religious Studies Dr. Fiona Black
            Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Krista Johnston


            Social sciences Programs advisor
            Aviation (Commerce)          Susan Sparrow
            Canadian Public Policy

            Dr. Mario Levesque


            Dr. Carol Pomare


            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere

            Environmental Studies

            Dr. Brad Walters


            Dr. Dave Lieske


            Dr. Dave Lieske

            Interdisciplinary Health Studies          Dr. Jane Dryden
            International Economics and Business

            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere

            International Relations

            Dr. James Devine

            Dr. Loralea Michaelis

            Mathematical Economics

            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere

            Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

            Politics Stream:      Dr. Dave Thomas
            Economics Stream: Dr. Stephen Law
            Philosophy Stream: Dr. Roopen Majitihia


            Political Science

            Dr. Loralea Michaelis


            Dr. Fabrizio Antonelli


            Science programs advisors
            Aviation (Science) Fraser Turner
            Biology Dr. Karen Crosby
            Dr. Diana Hamilton
            Dr. Douglas Campbell
            Biochemistry Dr. Tyson MacCormack
            Chemistry Dr. Glen Briand
            Cognitive Science Dr. Genevieve Desmarais
            Computer Science Dr. Laurie Ricker
            Data Science Dr. Geoffrey Cruttwell
            Environmental Science Dr. Josh Kurek
            Mathematics Dr. Mark Hamilton
            Physics Dr. Ralf Bruening
            Psychology Dr. Genevieve Desmarais
            Dr. Alison O'Connor
            Dr. David Filice



            Arts Administration - TBD
            Biopsychology - Dr. Karen Crosby
            Canadian Arts and Culture -Dr. Andrew Nurse
            Community Engaged Learning -Dr. Fiona Black
            Data Analytics - Dr. M.E. Messinger
            Data Management -Dr. M.E. Messinger
            Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -Dr. Erin Steuter
            Foundations of Health - Dr. Ardath Whynacht
            Mi'kmaq Studies - TBD
            ​​​​Music Education - Dr. Stephen Runge 
            Social Research Methodologies - Dr. Erin Steuter
            Studies of Indigenous History - TBD
            Theatre Arts - Dr. Sarah Fanning
            Visual Literacy and Culture - Dr. Christina Ionescu

            What questions can be directed to program advisors?
            • Honours programs
            • Independent studies
            • Research opportunities
            • Graduate/professional studies 
            • Program curriculum and course content
            • Academic requirements and course options for honours/major/minor programs
            • Program planning and course selection advice
            • Complementary courses for major/honours programs which must be chosen in consultation with the program advisor

            Contact your department head

            In some cases, the role of department head and program advisor may be filled by the same faculty member but this is not always the case.

            Department heads must approve the following:

            • Registering for a course without having the prerequisites
            Department heads and program coordinators


            Arts and humanities Dean: Dr. Rachel Rubin (Acting)
            American Studies TBD
            Canadian Studies Dr. Andrew Nurse (acting)
            Classics TBD
            Drama Dr. Sarah Fanning (director)
            English Dr. Peter Brown
            Fine Arts Prof. Leah Garnett
            History Dr. William Wilson
            Modern Languages and Literatures Dr. James Devine
            Music Dr. Stephen Runge
            Philosophy Dr. Roopen Majithia
            Religious Studies Dr. Barb Clayton
            Visual and Material Culture Studies Dr. Christina Ionescu (director)
            Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Krista Johnston (director)
            Social Sciences Dean: Dr. Jennifer Tomes (Acting)

            Dr. Carol Pomare


            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere

            Geography and Environment

            Dr. Brad Walters

            Interdisciplinary Health Studies          Dr. Jane Dryden (acting director)
            Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

            Dr. Dave Thomas 

            Politics and International Relations

            Dr. Loralee Michaelis


            Dr. Erin Steuter (acting)

            Science Dean: Dr. Jennifer Tomes 
            Biology Dr. Diana Hamilton
            Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. Vicki Meli
            Cognitive Science Dr. Genevieve Desmarais (coordinator)
            Mathematics and Computer Science Dr. Geoffrey Cruttwell
            Physics Dr. Ralf Bruening
            Psychology Dr. Gene Ouellette



            Career advisors

            To help you find your way from academic studies to a rewarding future, we provide group programs, individual career advising, and career resources.

            For more information, visit career planning and resources.