Academic Advisors

Kelly  Aragon Neuschwanger

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Humanities 259

Kelly Aragon Neuschwanger

Advising Philosophy

Advising is working closely with students, getting to know them individually, listening to their personal needs, and being part of their academic journey.  I am here to work as a team member with students to navigate UNM’s system, find the best major for them, and reach their full potential.

A&S Advising liaison for the Office of Career Services

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • English Studies
  • English-Philosophy (major only)
  • Philosophy

Guinevere  Beard

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC, Building 85, Suite 135

Guinevere Beard

Advising Philosophy

An academic advisor should strive to equip students with the information and resources they need to make the best decision for their unique situation in order to maximize their college experience. I believe the role of the advisor is critical and that each student comes to me as a unique individual with a variety of needs. I strive to be a person who will uplift, motivate, encourage, and celebrate students, while holding them accountable and providing a new perspective for them to consider. In order for any exchange to be productive, I also must ensure that the environment is open, inclusive, and inviting for students so they feel comfortable sharing information with me.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Accelerated Online Programs (AOPs)
  • Psychology

Tyler  Clayshulte

Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Castetter Hall Rm. 63, Basement Level

Tyler Clayshulte

Advising Philosophy

As an academic advisor, I find that the most important aspect is to serve as a mentor to students. College is a stressful time and I want to provide all of the necessary resources and information to ensure that students are successful in their studies. I want nothing more than to see students exceed their own expectations and set goals for their futures. My office is always a safe space for students to express their concerns and my goal is to make sure they leave feeling better than when they came in.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biology

Amanda  Cook

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  SMLC, Building 14 RM 169

Amanda Cook

Advising Philosophy

I believe in a holistic, student-centered approach to advisement. Advising is a conversation and no two conversations are the same. Successful advisement focuses on students and their individual needs as well as teaching students to advocate for themselves. I advise, you decide!

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biochemistry (major only)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Advising Philosophy

Advisement is a partnership between student and advisor. We work together, collaborate, and communicate towards common goals that help students thrive and succeed.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Economics
  • Political Science

Stephanie  Hands

Director

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Building 85, Suite 135

Stephanie Hands

Advising Philosophy

Advisors are teachers – they teach students how to navigate successfully through the university system. Advisors are navigators – they give guidance that enhances students’ educational journey and personal development. Advisors are translators – they articulate for the student the language of higher education.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Family Studies

Advising Philosophy

Advisors should bring an open, respectful, and positive attitude to listen to what goals a student would like to accomplish. I do not believe that I can tell someone what they should want out of life, but I am extremely motivated to help them navigate their journey to get there. An advisor should encourage students to have a growth mindset and believe in their own potential. Though some roads may be longer than others, I believe that all students are “college material” if they commit to accomplishing that goal.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Museum Studies (minor)

Nita  Kelly

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Check in for appts in Social Sciences 1103

Nita Kelly

Advising Philosophy

I have a student centered advising philosophy. I want to be your ally at UNM! I use a number of different advising strategies when working with students including intrusive advising, developmental advising, and prescriptive advising. I enjoy working with students one-on-one and in group advising sessions here at UNM. I believe advising is a chance to ask questions, think critically about school and life goals, connect students to resources, and share opportunities. I’m a lifelong learner, and I’m always learning from my students.

 A&S Advising liaison for American Indian Student Services

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Criminology
  • Sociology

Cameron  Langner

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  UAEC Building 85, Suite 135

Cameron Langner

Advising Philosophy

Exploring the World requires a critical lens--school will help you create that lens so that you can truly see the world.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Anthropology
  • History

Victoria  Lobato

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  CJ Bldg 115 Room 129

Victoria Lobato

Advising Philosophy

I firmly believe you can do whatever you set your mind to but it's not just going to fall into your lap, you have to be an active participant.

A&S Advising liaison for the Women's Resource Center

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication

Chris  Lynch

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Social Sciences Building 78, Room 1092

Chris Lynch

Advising Philosophy

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." --Andre Gide

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Criminology
  • Sociology

Brenna  McJimsey

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Castetter Hall Rm 64, Basement Level

Brenna McJimsey

Advising Philosophy

I believe advising is creating a safe and accepting collaborative environment in which you can find accurate, timely information and resources that will help to meet your educational goals.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biology

Kate  Merrill

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Ortega Hall, Bldg 79, room 235

Kate Merrill

Advising Philosophy

Advising is a conversation: listening, offering perspective, guidance, assistance, expertise and helping individuals make their way through the system.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Classical Studies
  • Comp Lit and Cultural Studies
  • East Asian Studies (major only)
  • French
  • German
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Signed Language Interpreting (major only)
  • Spanish

Catherine  Montoya

Student Success Specialist, Sr.

Email/s

Location:  3077 Mesa Vista Hall (3rd Floor)

Catherine Montoya

Advising Philosophy

I believe in supporting Native college students in reaching academic success and in completing their higher education degrees.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Native American Studies

Cory  Muñoz

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  TBD

Cory Muñoz

Advising Philosophy

I believe advising is about collaboration. Through grown trust, effective guidance and knowledgeable communication, each student who walks through my door will know I am on their team. The partnership between student and advisor is pivotal to making the UNM experience worthwhile for students. I strive to enhance that experience through each session as an advisor. Working toward graduation can be difficult at times, which is why I don’t take the responsibility of supporting students lightly.

Pre-Law and Law School Admissions Advisor

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Communication
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Political Science

Debra  Nieto

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Debra Nieto

Advising Philosophy

I am dedicated to ensuring that everyone who wishes to study in the university has the ability to achieve their own visions of success. Advisors hold a particularly important role in acting as good gatekeepers for our students. We also have the ability to provide the guidance, transparency, and support to students that they may lack elsewhere, and can demystify some of the most intimidating aspects of navigating university life. I feel that to be your advisor is to be a crucial facilitator and partner with you as you navigate your unique journey of academic self-discovery. My hope is to empower you with the tools and knowledge necessary to help you use your time here to become who you want to be!

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Psychology

Farah  Nousheen

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Humanities 415A and Latin American Iberian Institute

Farah Nousheen

Advising Philosophy

I practice a holistic, student-centered, learning-centered, interdisciplinary, social justice approach to advising. I am genuinely interested in the success of all my students, including prospective students and alumni. I see "success" defined differently for each student and that definition can change as life is experienced and knowledge is gained.

A&S Advising liaison for African American Student Services

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies (minor)
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Peace and Justice Studies (certificate)
  • Peace Studies (minor)
  • Race and Social Justice (certificate)
  • Religious Studies
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Keelan  O'Riley

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  SMLC, Building 14 RM 179

Keelan O'Riley

Advising Philosophy

My advisement philosophy centers on layered, accountable collaboration to help students develop and strengthen their central drive to succeed. This is a dynamic process, and everyone will start this path from a different place. You can do it; we can help.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Biochemistry (major only)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Jennifer  Serrano

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Logan Hall Bldg 34, Rm. 105C

Jennifer Serrano

Advising Philosophy

A successful advising session and ideal advising relationship incorporates the following: conversation, collaboration, and above all, trust. This academic journey is yours. My hope is to be your guide, your cheerleader, your soundboard, and advocate.

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Psychology

Maggie  Sumruld

Senior Academic Advisor

Email/s

Location:  Northrop Hall Room 147A

Maggie Sumruld

Advising Philosophy

I may have the map, but you are the driver. Working together, we will get you where you want to go!

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Majors/Minors Advised

  • Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Physics
  • Physics and Astrophysics (major only)
  • Sustainability Studies (minor)

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Advisement Hours

The Arts & Sciences Advisement Center is here for you remotely and in person!

We are located in the University Advisement and Enrichment Center (Building 85) - Suite 135 - at 400 Cornell Dr NW.

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

For remote assistance, please email asadvise@unm.edu or call 505-477-4621.

For major-specific questions, please make an appointment or email your major advisor.