Academic Advising

How can I speak with an academic advisor located in the St. Louis Advising Center?

Students are encouraged to contact an advisor throughout their program if they have any questions regarding their degree plan. If you would like to speak to an academic advisor within the Advising Center, you must make an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Advising Center at (800) 982-3847, (314) 968-6972 or advising@webster.edu

When scheduling an appointment, you will be better served by contacting our Academic Advising Center staff rather than contacting an advisor directly. 

Graduate Student Advising 

Graduate students can find additional information regarding advising here.

Undergraduate Student Advising 

All undergraduate students are assigned an official academic advisor after their initial registration appointment. Your assigned advisor will be either a full-time faculty member or professional staff advisor within your academic major. Undeclared students are advised by professional staff advisors within the Academic Advising Center.

After students have been assigned to an official advisor, they will receive a letter and/or email informing them of their advisor and her/his contact information.

If you are not sure who your assigned faculty or staff advisor is, log into your Connections account and review your Degree Audit. Your advisor's name will appear in top left corner. To find contact information for your advisor, search the Faculty/Staff Directory.


Advisors at the St. Louis Advising Center 

Paula Aguilar, Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Programs
aguilar@webster.edu, (314) 246-7669

Undergraduate students:

  • Undecided
  • Initial Transfer Student Advising
  • Combined Degrees Program

Graduate students in the following programs:

  • MA in Gerontology
  • MA in Advertising and Marketing Communications
  • MA in Communications Management
  • MA in Media Communications
  • MA in Media Literacy
  • MA in Public Relations
  • Any Combined Degrees Graduate program

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Paula has called St. Louis home since 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Truman State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Advising services include transfer credit evaluation, program planning, registration, and information regarding most new student concerns. Paula is available for in-person and phone appointments Mondays through Fridays during regular office hours.


Chrissy Boyce, Academic Advisor
cboyce54@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate Programs for International Students on F-1 and J-1 visas in the School of Business and Technology, School of Communications and College of Arts and Sciences.

Chrissy Boyce is a native of Chicago, IL and a loya White Sox and Cardinals fan. She has worked as an Academic Advisor and Career Counselor in both high school and higher education institutions. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Marquette University, a Masters of Education in Community Counseling from UMSL, and a Graduate Certificate in School Counseling from Xavier University. As a part-time advisor, Chrissy is available for appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays.


Robin Bozark, Academic Advisor
robinbozark84@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate students in the following programs:

  • MA in International Relations (online only)
  • MA in Business and Organizational Security Management

Robin teaches at Logan College of Chiropractic, but also advises in the International Relations program here at Webster.  She has first-hand knowledge of our graduate program, not only is she a chiropractic doctor, she also holds a graduate degree from Webster University. Robin is available for evening appointments by phone or in person on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. 


Amy Carroll, Academic Advisor
amycarroll09@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate students in the following programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • MA programs in the School of Business and Technology

    Amy is a native of St. Louis. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in Communication, both from Missouri State University. She teaches at St. Louis Community College in addition to advising here at Webster. Advising services include program planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, and information regarding most new student concerns. Amy is available by phone or in person two evenings per week.

Kara Chapman, Academic Advisor
karachapman76@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate students in the following programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • MA programs in the School of Business and Technology

Kara grew up in Oklahoma, and this is her second time to live in St. Louis.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts degree from Saint Louis University.  She has also worked at Webster's Regent's College Campus in London, England.  In her free time she loves to travel.  Advising services include program planning, transfer credit evaluation and information regarding most new student concerns. 


Christiana Chekoudjian, Academic Advisor
chekouch@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Undergraduate students in the following programs:

  • Undecided
  • Initial Transfer Student Advising

Citlali Cosic, Academic Advisor
citlalicosic53@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

School of Business and Technology graduate programs:

  • MA Human Resources Management
  • MA Human Resources Development

Citlali moved to St. Louis in 2001. She was born and raised in México. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Relations from Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes and a Master Degree in Educational Technology from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores y de Monterrey. She has also completed a Teaching Skills Training Program. Formerly, she has worked in Human Resources in several companies. She loves to read, drawing and biking. Citlali is available for appointments by phone or in person two days per week.


Jane Ferry Ph.D., Academic Advisor
jferry@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate students in the School of Communications:

  • MA in Advertising and Marketing
  • MA in Communications Management
  • MA in Media Communications
  • MA in Media Literacy
  • MA in Public Relations

Jane has been a member of the Webster community for over 15 years. In addition to advising students in all areas of the academic process, ranging from admissions though final project to graduation, she is an adjunct professor in the School of Communications. Jane holds a Master of Arts in Media Communications and a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies.


Barb Finan, Academic Advisor
finanba@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate students in the School of Communications:

  • MA in Advertising and Marketing
  • MA in Communications Management
  • MA in Media Communications
  • MA in Media Literacy
  • MA in Public Relations

Barb has been a part of the Webster University family for over 20 years, most recently having served as Coordinator of the School of Communications and Graduate Student Advisor (her present concentration). She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Webster University in English (Emphasis in Writing as a Profession) and a Master of Arts Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.  She has also completed numerous courses in Media Communications, primarily Public Relations and Photography. Advising services include program planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, assistance in professional goals identification, and information regarding new student concerns. Barb is available for in-person and phone appointments Tuesdays and Saturday mornings.


Steve Findley, Academic Advisor
stephenfindley37@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Undergraduate students in the following programs:

  • Undecided
  • Initial Transfer Student Advising

Beth Sims, Academic Advisor
eguccione95@webster.edu, (314) 968-7436, Yahoo!: goochgk

Advisor for all Undergraduate School of Business and Technology Programs.

School of Business and Technology graduate programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MS Computer Science / Distributed Systems
  • MA Management and Leadership

College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs including:

  • MA International Relations (online format only)

Beth Sims was born and raised in St. Louis and is an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers fan. She joined the Webster staff in November of 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. She advises for Graduate and Undergraduate SBT programs. Beth is available for in-person, phone and instant messenger appointments during regular office hours on weekdays.


M. Julie King, Academic Advisor
maryking42@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

School of Business and Technology graduate programs:

  • MA Procurement and Acquisitions Management (specialty in online format)
  • Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting
  • MA in Management and Leadership

Julie previously worked at St. Louis University where she earned a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs. She advises primarily online students and is available for appointments two days a week.  


Kim Kleinman, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Undergraduate Advising
kleinman@webster.edu, (314) 246-7768

Undergraduate students:

  • Undecided 
  • Initial Transfer Student Advising

Graduate students:

  • MA Professional Science Management and Leadership

Kim has been associated with Webster University as an adjunct professor since 1994 and as an Academic Advisor, since 2002. He serves as chair of the Academic Progress Committee which monitors student's academic standing and as chair of the steering committee of the Student Success Committee. He also evaluates general education equivalencies. Trained as a historian of science and having taught for the Philosophy, Biological Sciences, and History, Politics, and International Relations Departments, he enjoys working with students who are exploring the wide range of programs Webster offers. 


Fran Maher, csj, Academic Advisor

francesmaher79@webster.edu, (314) 246-7767

Advisor for all Undergraduate School of Business and Technology Programs

Graduate students in the following programs:

  • MA in Information and Technology Management
  • MA in International Business
  • MA in Management and Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration

College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs including:

  • MA Gerontology

Fran returned to her hometown of St. Louis in 2000 after living throughout the Midwest in Chicago, Peoria, Waco, Denver and Kansas City.  Her ministry at both Avila University in Kansas City and Fontbonne University in St. Louis was primarily serving the working adult learner in an accelerated, evening format.  She also taught pre-college algebra courses at Harris-Stowe State University.  Fran is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  As a life-long learner, Fran enjoys being a student, a teacher, and a professional assisting others to achieve their educational goals.


Kristi Morris, Academic Advisor
kristimorris59@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

Graduate students in the following programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • All Media Programs

Kristi joins us with extensive work experience in student services, having worked previously at UMSL, Washington University, and Truman State University.  She holds a Masters of Education in Community Counseling. Kristi is available for appointments by phone or in person two days per week. 


Thomas Nickolai, Ph.D., Director
nickoltc@webster.edu

Thomas C. Nickolai has a Ph.D. in American Studies and has served as director of the advising center since July 2000. Tom was born in Wisconsin and attended college in Colorado and Italy. He served as a U.S. Army officer before enrolling in graduate school. He taught ten years as a history professor at another institution before coming to Webster in 1988. His research interests are in the history of business and the history of technology.


Katherine O'Connor, Academic Advisor
koconnor93@webster.edu, (314) 968-6972

School of Business and Technology Graduate programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • MS in Finance
  • MA in Human Resources Management
  • MA in Human Resources Development
  • MA in Management and Leadership

Katherine is a native of St. Louis. She has also lived in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Media Literacy, both from Webster University. Katherine is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching Media Literacy and Genre Studies. In her free time, Katherine lives for television and film. If she could figure out a way to hard wire television directly to the synapses within her brain without ruining her hair, she would. Katherine is available to meet with students Tuesday and Thursday evenings by appointment only.


Suzy Schmieder, International Academic Advisor
susanschmieder37@webster.edu, (314) 246-7568

Suzy joined our advising team in June 2011.  She received her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.  Her undergraduate degree is in Communications, from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She advises international students and international site transfer students by appointment (email, phone and in-person) during office hours Monday through Friday.