Academic Advisors

The College of Arts and Sciences has a dual advising system of both general/professional and major/department advisors to help you.  CAS Academic Advisors do not advise on major/minor requirements.  You must see your Department Advisor for advising needs directly related to your major.

CAS Advising Administration

Becky Bergman, M.A.; Director, CAS Student Services

ShaKira Evans; Administrative Assistant, CAS Student Services

General CAS Academic Advisors

Dylan Burd, M.A.; Academic Advisor
General Advising for students in the following programs:

  • Economics BA
  • Psychology BA

Nick Chappell, M.S.; Academic Advisor
General Advising for students in the following programs:

  • Criminal Justice & Criminology BA
  • Political Science BA

Chainy Folsom, M.A.; Academic Advisor
General Advising for students in the following programs:

  • BLA (Bachelor of Liberal Arts)
  • English BA (CMEMS Emphasis only)
  • History BA
  • Languages and Literatures BA (Classics Emphasis only)

Bethany Jordan, M.A.; Academic Advisor
General Advising for students in the following programs:

  • (Chemistry BA and BS only meet with Chemistry Dept Advisors now)
  • Environmental Science BS
  • Environmental Studies BA
  • Geography BA and BS
  • Geology BA and BS
  • Mathematics & Statistics BA and BS
  • Physics BA and BS

Cindy Eick McDonald, M.P. A.; Pre-Health Coordinator and Academic Advisor
General Advising for students in the following programs:

  • Sociology BA
  • Urban Planning and Design BA
  • Urban Studies BA

Desiree Rognlie, M.Ed.; Academic Advisor
General Advising for students in the following programs:

  • Communication Studies BA
  • Film and Media Arts BA
  • Theatre BA

General Advising for students in the following programs–Please call 816-2351148 to schedule advising:

  • Art History BA
  • English BA (all areas, besides CMEMS)
  • Languages & Literatures BA (French, German, and Spanish)
  • Philosophy BA
  • Studio Art BA

Pre-Health Coordinator

Cindy Eick McDonald, M.P. A.; Pre-Health Coordinator and Academic Advisor
Pre-Health and General Advising for all students in the following programs (even those who have declared majors):

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Medicine

Pre-Law Advisor

Nick Chappell, M.S.; Pre-Law Advisor
Pre-Law and General Advising for all students in the Pre-Law and Six-year Law Scholars Programs.

Graduation  Advisors

Rosana Challacombe, M.A.; Student Services Coordinator, Academic Standards Committee Liaison, Graduation Advisor
Graduation certification (final semester) for all students with last names A-K

Cindy Eick McDonald, M.P.A.; Pre-Health Coordinator, Graduation Advisor
Graduation certification (final semester) for all students with last names L-Z

Support Advisors

Alexa Keramidas, Graduate Assistant Advisor, part-time
Baanu Jeevanba, Graduate Assistant Advisor, part-time
Mary Allison Joseph, Graduate Assistant Advisor, part-time

CAS Life Coach

Denita Hoard, 816-235-1446  or aslifecoach@umkc.edu