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Career Advisors for undergraduate majors

Departmental Career Advisors (DCAs) for undergraduate students:

These are faculty and staff in each undergraduate major / department.
The career advisor(s) might be the same as or different from your academic advisor.
Explore the website for your majors/degrees of interest; you'll find important information.
Consult departmental career advisors for career information related to undergraduate majors.
Some colleges also have college-level advising services.

[Graduate students: consult your academic department for graduate student advising.]

On this page, below:
Career advisor links for undergraduate majors, by college:

Agriculture & Life Science  |  Architecture + Urban Studies  |  Business  |  Engineering  | 
Liberal Arts & Human Sciences  |  Natural Resources & Environment  |  Science

 

 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Contact information on college and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

College contacts

Academic departments

Advising contacts for each department / major

Majors
Additional resources within academic departments:

Agricultural & Applied Economics dept. undergraduate advisors
Ms. Frenda Haynie | Undergraduate Coordinator & Academic Advisor
Dr. Mike Ellerbrock | Professor | Department Career Advisor
Dr. Ruth Lytton | Professor | Financial Planning Advisor
Dr. Kurt Stephenson | Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Dan Taylor | Professor | Career Advisor to Class of 2015

Agricultural Sciences dept.
Dr. Curtis Friedel | Asst. Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Agricultural Technology dept.
Dr. Pavli Mykerezi | Director

Animal & Poultry Sciences dept. undergraduate advisors
Dr. Mike Denbow | Professor
Dr. Ann Dunnington | Professor
Dr. Dan Eversole | Associate Professor
Dr. Nada Tamin | Instructor
Ms. Ashley Clark
Ms. Shannon Winters | Program Support Tech

Biochemistry dept. undergraduate advisors
Dr. Peter J. Kennelly | Professor and Department Head

Crop Soil & Environmental Sciences dept. career advising
Dr. Ben Tracy [Crop & Soil Sciences] | Associate Professor
Dr. Matt Eick [Environmental Science] | Professor | Env. Sci. Career Advisor
Ms. Jen Stewart, Student Support Coordinator

Dairy Science dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Robert (Bob) James | Professor
Dr. Katherine Knowlton | Professor

Food Science & Technology dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Bill Eigel | Associate Professor | Career Advisor
Ms. Linda Granata | Undergraduate Program Director

Horticulture dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Alex Niemiera | Professor

Human Nutrition Foods & Exercise dept. undergraduate advising
Ms. Renee Selberg-Eaton | Undergraduate Program Director


College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Contact information on school and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

Ms. Carolyn Harris, M.Ed. | Director of Academic Advising
Dr. Sonia Hirt | Professor | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College faculty/staff directory

Undergraduate student advising

Bachelor's degree programs in the college
School of Architecture + Design undergraduate student advising
Architecture dept.
Prof. James Bassett | Associate Professor, Chair, Foundation Program
Prof. David Dugas | Associate Professor, Chair, Professional Program
Prof. Heinrich Schnoedt | Associate Professor, Chair, Professional Program
Ms. Tamela Gallimore | Academic Advisor
Industrial Design dept.
Prof. Ed Dorsa | Associate Professor, Program Chair
Ms. Tamela Gallimore | Academic Advisor
Interior Design dept.
Dr. Lisa Tucker | Associate Professor, Program Chair
Ms. Teresa Phipps | Academic Advisor
Landscape Architecture dept.
Prof. Terry Clements | Professor, Program Chair
Ms. Teresa Phipps | Academic Advisor

School of Public & International Affairs undergraduate student information
Urban Affairs & Planning dept.
Dr. Diane Zahm | Associate Professor

School of Visual Arts undergraduate student information
Ms. Tracey Drowne | Academic Advisor

Myers-Lawson School of Construction:

Building Construction dept. undergraduate student information

Ms. Renee Ryan | Academic Advisor

Real Estate program
Ms. Chelsea Lyles | Manager of Academic Affairs and Business Operations

Pamplin College of Business
Contact information on college and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

Mr. Stuart Mease | Pamplin Director of Career Advancement and Employer Relations, and Liaison to the university's Career Services office.
Ms. Jennifer Carty | Pamplin Associate Director of Career Services and Employer Relations.

College contacts

Undergraduate career services

Undergraduate advisors

Career contact information and VT people search.
Accounting & Information Systems dept.
Dr. Reza Barkhi | Department Head

Business Information Technology dept.
Dr. Bernard Taylor | Professor | Department Head

Economics dept.
Ms. Erika Perdue | Undergraduate Advisor
Dr. Steve Trost | Instructor

Finance dept.
Mr. Derek Klock | Assistant Professor of Practice

Hospitality & Tourism Mgt dept.
Mr. Howard Feiertag | Instructor

Management dept.
Mr. Barry O'Donnell

Marketing dept.
Ms. Donna Wertalik | Instructor

College of Engineering
Contact information on college and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

Ms. Christi L. Boone | Director, Academic Support Programs

College academic affairs personnel and contacts

Undergraduate degrees / majors and advisors for each

Exploring Engineering: extensive information about each major

Academic Advisors by major / dept.

Career Advisors by major / dept.
First-year, pre-major students:

Engineering Education academic and career advisors and contacts info
Ms. Marlena McGlothlin Lester | Director of Advising
Ms. Natasha Smith | Director of Enrollment Management
Ms. Alexis Ward | Undergraduate Academic and Career Advisor
Ms. Jessica Elmore | Undergraduate Academic and Career Advisor
Mr. James Newcomer | Undergraduate Academic and Career Advisor
Additional resources within academic departments:

Aerospace & Ocean Engineering dept. contact information
Dr. Robert Canfield [Aerospace] | Professor | Assistant Dept. Head for Academic Affairs
Dr. Wayne Neu [Ocean] | Associate Professor
Ms. Madhu Kapania | Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Biological Systems Engineering dept. academic and career advising information
Ms. Priscilla Beth Baker | Undergraduate Academic Advisor
BSE career advisors for career interest areas

Chemical Engineering dept. contact information
Dr. Michael Bortner | Assistant Professor
Dr. David Cox | Professor | Department Head
Dr. Aaron Goldstein | Associate Professor | Asst. Dept. Head for Undergraduate Studies

Civil & Environmental Engineering dept. advisors and contact information
Ms. Kara Lattimer | Academic/Career Advisor

Construction Engineering Management contact info
Dr. Christine Fiori | Program Director
Ms. Amanda Lucas | Administrative & Program Support

Electrical & Computer Engineering undergraduate advising office information
Dr. Leslie Pendleton | Director of Student Services
Ms. Mary Brewer | Academic and Career Advisor

Engineering Science & Mechanics dept. contact information
Ms. Amanda Stanley | Undergraduate Academic and Career Advisor

Industrial & Systems Engineering dept. advising contact information
Dr. Eileen Van Aiken | Professor | Asso. Dept. Head & Undergraduate Program Coord.
Ms. Joyce A. Vest | Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Ms. Paula Van Curen | Undergraduate Academic & Career Advisor

Materials Science & Engineering dept. career advising contacts by career interest
Ms. Michelle Czamanske | Undergraduate Services Coordinator

Mechanical Engineering dept. advising and contacts
Prof. Linda Vick | Associate Professor of Practice | Departmental Career Advisor
Ms. Sarah Deisher | Enrollment Services Specialist
ME faculty expertise list for career interests

Mining & Minerals Engineering dept. contact information
Dr. Greg Adel | Professor | Department Head

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Contact information on college and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

Ms. Monica Kimbrell | Director of Student Recruitment & Careers
College contact for career services

Career and internship advising by undergraduate major

Undergraduate majors

Departments and schools
Additional resources within undergraduate academic departments:
Some departments offer more than one major, so see Career and internship advising by major

Apparel Housing & Resource Management dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Kathy Parrott | Housing
Dr. Julia Beamish | Family & Consumer Studies
Dr. Irene Leech | Consumer Studies
Dr. Doris Kincade | Fashion Merchandising & Design
Dr. Rosemary Goss | Property Management

Communication dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Marlene Preston
Dr. Bob Denton

English dept. undergraduate advising
Ms. Kaye Graham

Foreign Languages & Literatures dept. undergraduate advising by languages
Dr. Andrew Becker | Classics
Dr. Fabrice Teulon | French
Dr. Debra Stoudt | German
Dr. Hyusya Milman-Miller | Russian
Dr. Addison Dalton | Spanish

History dept. undergraduate information
Dr. Trudy Becker

Human Development dept. undergraduate information
Dr. Mary Ellen Verdu

International Studies dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Yanis Stivachtis

Music dept. undergraduate information
Tracy Cowden

Philosophy dept. undergraduate information
Dr. Joe Pitt

Political Science dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Courtney Thomas

Religion & Culture dept. undergraduate information
Dr. Brian Britt

Sociology dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Donna Sedgwick

Theatre & Cinema dept. undergraduate advising
Professor Greg Justice | Undergraduate Coordinator
Professor Patsy Lavendar | Director of Undergraduate Advising, Arts Admin.


College of Natural Resources and Environment
Contact information on college and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

Advising center information and contacts
Ms. Stephanie Lang | Coordinator of Academic Advising
Dr. Eric Wiseman | Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Undergraduate majors

Additional resources within academic departments:

Fish & Wildlife Conservation dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Brian Murphy | Fish Conservation | Professor
Dr. Jim Parkhurst | Wildlife Conservation | Associate Professor

Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Val Thomas | Environmental Informatics | Assistant Professor
Dr. Mike Aust | Environmental Resources Management | Professor
Dr. Chad Bolding | Forestry | Associate Professor
Dr. Marc Stern | Natural Resources Conservation | Associate Professor

Geography dept. undergraduate advising
Ms. Maureen Deisinger | Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Sustainable Biomaterials dept. undergraduate advising
Dr. Audrey Zink-Sharp | Sustainable Biomaterials | Professor | Assoc. Department Head
Dr. Bob Bush | Packaging Systems and Design | Professor

College of Science
Contact information on college and dept websites and VT people search:
College resources:

Ms. Susan Haymore | Director, Undergraduate Advising
Dr. Gary L. Long | Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction

College of Science staff
Additional resources within academic departments:

Biochemistry dept. undergraduate advising contacts
Dr. Peter J. Kennelly | Professor and Department Head

Biological Sciences dept. undergraduate academic and career advising
Dr. Jack Evans | Director of Undergraduate Advising

Chemistry dept. undergraduate academic and career advisors
Ms. Anna Hawthorne | Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Gordon Yee | Director of Undergraduate Programs | Career advisor

Economics dept. undergraduate student information
Ms. Erika Perdue | Undergraduate Advisor
Dr. Steve Trost | Instructor

Geosciences dept. undergraduate student information
Dr. Tom Burbey | Associate Professor
Dr. Chester J. Weiss | Associate Professor

Mathematics dept. undergraduate student advising
Dr. Lizette Zietsman | Associate Professor

Physics dept. undergraduate student information
Dr. Randy Heflin | Professor
Dr. John Simonetti | Professor

Psychology dept. undergraduate student advising information
Dr. Kurt Hoffman | Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ms. Cindy Koziol | Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

Statistics dept. undergraduate student advising information
Undergraduate information contact
Ms. Christina Marie Dillon | Education Support Specialist II

Faculty / staff only: We want to steer students to the very valuable undergraduate advising information provided on college and department websites. Please send CORRECTIONS for career advisor names and for your website page links for undergraduate advisor listings to:

Catherine Copeland | copeland@vt.edu | (540) 231-6241

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Faculty / staff only: We want to steer students to the very valuable undergraduate advising information provided on college and department websites. Please send CHANGES or CORRECTIONS for career advisor name and for your website page links for undergraduate advisor listings to:

Catherine Copeland copeland@vt.edu
(540) 231-6241