Academic Advisors

Individual Academic Advisors

Each psychology student is assigned an advisor. To find your academic advisor, see the Academic Advisor List at the bottom of the page.

(1)  Assist you in checking your degree progress, particularly in meeting departmental requirements.  Your faculty advisor can be helpful in explaining the general purposes of a liberal arts education, and the rationale behind various requirements.  Your advisor can help you interpret your Degree Audit Report (DAR) with respect to Psychology requirements.  You may also get help from the College of Arts & Science Advising Office (146 Upham Hall; 529-3031) regarding Psychology requirements, College of Arts and Science requirements, and Miami Plan requirements.

(2)   Assist you in your academic planning.  Your faculty advisor can give you good suggestions about the overall “game plan” for your years at Miami.

(3)  Provide information about graduate school and careers.  Faculty advisors will be able to give you good assistance regarding graduate school, since they are themselves involved in the admission and training of graduate students. They may also be able to help you with general career information.  There are several other sources of information about graduate school and careers:  the Chief Departmental Advisor’s Office, the bulletin boards on the first floor of the Psychology Building, the Arts and Science Advising Office in Upham, the Career Exploration and Testing Center of the Student Counseling Service in the Health Services Center, and the Office of Career Services in Hoyt.

(4)   Make referrals to other sources of information and assistance.  Your advisor can be of help by making you aware of other support services at Miami, e.g., the Office of Learning Assistance, the Student Counseling Service, and the Psychology Clinic (039 Psychology Building).  Your advisor may also be able to refer you to other faculty who share your academic interests, or who serve as advisors to people with your professional goals (e.g., the pre-physical therapy advisor). Your advisor may be able to make suggestions about extracurricular involvements which would be of particular interest or relevance to your future study or employment.

Reasonable Expectations for Advising

Your advisor and the Chief Departmental Advisor are available to assist you with the issues outlined above and more. But, psychology is a large and diverse field as are the interests and needs of both psychology students and the psychology faculty. Psychology advisors’ primary emphases are on psychology requirements and academic issues. Psychology advisors may not be the best source of advice regarding College of Arts and Science requirements, Miami Plan requirements, and general Miami University requirements. The College of Arts and Science Advising Office (146 Upham; 529-3031) specializes in advising students on these issues. With respect to graduate school and career plans, psychology advisors are prepared to assist students with issues pertaining to psychology graduate school, after all, this is what we do. Advisors in other departments are likely to be a better source of information about graduate study in other fields. The Arts and Science Advising Office in 146 Upham, and the Career Exploration and Testing Center in 241 Hoyt focus on career issues for students not planning on going to graduate school. While psychology advisors are excellent sources of information about graduate study in psychology, the diversity of the field makes it difficult for an individual psychology advisor to give advice about areas outside her or his specialty, e.g., a social psychologist is best prepared to advise students about graduate school opportunities in social psychology and may not be as knowledgeable with respect to other areas such as cognitive or clinical psychology, etc. Finally, recognize that the role of the psychology advisor is to provide academic advice rather than advice regarding personal problems or issues.

The Center for Psychological Inquiry will facilitate student engagement in psychology in a range of ways. The Center is intended to provide students with a focal point for learning about the practice of psychology, as well as provide students with an opportunity to develop a sense of community within the department. The Center caters to psychology students through a number of services, including but not limited to:  connecting students with opportunities that exist within the department of psychology, advising students on requirements of the major as well as the College of Arts & Sciences and Miami Plan requirements, tutoring students on a drop-in basis, exploring career opportunities in psychology, etc.