Meet Your Advisor

Scheduling an Appointment

Advisors in the Francine Parker Advising Center work closely with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and work specifically with students in majors and minors housed in CAS. Each advisor specializes in general education and pre-major requirements specific to the departments/majors listed below.

  • Our advisors offer Virtual and On-Campus advising by appointment only. We cannot guarantee a full advising appointment for walk-ins due to various commitments throughout the school year.
  • All appointments are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please make sure you are aware of any timezone differences ahead of your appointment time.

Choose your major or dept. below to find your advisor.

Note: Please make sure you have logged into your account AND activated your EMU email [] before scheduling your appointment. Appointment confirmation emails are sent to your email only.

You must be logged into to schedule (If you click the link to schedule an appointment and receive an error, you should log into > Click Student > Click Starfish > Locate your advisor in your Success Network and schedule there).

Read a handy reference guide for using Starfish


Colleen McChesney ([email protected]

  • Biology (Last Names A-L)
  • Fermentation Science
  • Neuroscience Interdisciplinary
  • Psychology (Last Name A-L)
  • Physics
  • World Languages 

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Gregg Heinrichs ([email protected]

  • Computer Science (Last Names A-L)
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • English
  • Earth Science 
  • Geography and Geology
  • International Affairs
  • Individual Studies Program (ISP)
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Public Relations

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Kristian Burns ([email protected])

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry 
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice (Last Names A-L)
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology (Last Name M-Z)
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Simulation, Animation, & Gaming

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Vanessa Gardner ([email protected])

  • Art and Design (not SAG)
  • Arts & Entertainment Management
  • Cinema Studies 
  • Communication
  • Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts
  • Dance
  • Digital Media Production 
  • Entertainment Design Technology 
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies and Journalism 
  • Music (BA & Music Therapy) 
  • Musical Theatre 
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women's and Gender Studies

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Lisa Schmidt([email protected])

  • Actuarial Science and Economics 
  • Africology & African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biology (Last Names: M-Z)
  • Computer Science (Last Names: M-Z)
  • Criminology (Last Names: M-Z)
  • Economics
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

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Graduate Assistant - TBD


Graduate Assistant

Samantha O'Droski ([email protected])

  • Art and Design (not SAG)
  • Anthropology
  • Computer Science
  • Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • Journalism
  • Music & Dance
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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