Academic advising | Mount Allison

Academic advising is available to assist all new and returning students from year one to graduation.

Academic advising will help you develop education plans for achieving your goals. It includes:

  • receiving advice on academic matters
  • taking ownership of your education
  • making effective and informed decisions concerning your degree
  • connecting university experiences to personal, academic, and career goals
  • collaboration and partnership 

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Students can get help planning their academics through:


      Academic advisors

      Our academic advisors can help you with program planning, degree requirements, or if you have questions or concerns about your academics.

      Some issues are easily resolved via e-mail while others may require a discussion in person. Remember, advisors will be very busy during peak periods (registration) so plan ahead and book an appointment early!

        Contact your academic advisor:

        Sarah Cormier

        Areas: BComm and BSc

        Stephanie Richard

        Areas: BA, BFA, BMus, and BASc

        What can my academic advisor help me with?

        Academic advisors can:

        • assist with course selection and registration
        • help interpret academic policies and procedures
        • help you consider options for major and minor programs
        • clarify degree and program requirements
        • assist with program planning and  tracking progress towards graduation
        • provide guidance in formulating and realizing academic goals
        • help you understand the consequences of academic decisions
        • respond to concerns related to academic performance and academic standing
        • answer your questions on academic matters and regulations
        • highlight important dates and deadlines
        • make referrals to appropriate resources
        When should I meet with an academic advisor?

        We suggest that you take the initiative to meet with an advisor at least once a year, and to seek advising when it is needed — whether you are struggling academically or not.

        Contact an academic advisor any time you have questions or concerns about academic matters. Some issues are easily resolved via e-mail while others may require a discussion in person.

        Students with a declared major or minor are strongly advised to consult with a program advisor prior to seeing an academic advisor.

         


        Program advisors

            Program advisors have particular expertise in their discipline and programs. Each academic department and program has a designated faculty member available to advise students.

            Contact your program advisor

            Once you've declared a major and minor, we strongly recommend you seek academic advising from a program advisor.

            We also recommend you consult with program advisors as you consider your choice of major or minor.

            Program advisors for 2022-2023 (effective July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023)

             

            Arts Programs Advisor
            Art History Dr. Anne Koval
            finearts@mta.ca
            Drama Studies TBD
            drama@mta.ca
            English Dr. Janine Rogers
            english@mta.ca
            Fine Arts Prof. Leah Garnett
            finearts@mta.ca
            French Studies Dr. Kirsty Bell
            mll@mta.ca
            German Studies Dr. Renata Schellenberg
            mll@mta.ca
            Hispanic Studies Dr. Juan Carols Martinez
            mll@mta.ca
            Japanese Studies Dr. Kirsty Bell
            Dr. Tim Reiffenstein
            Dr. Owen Griffiths
            mll@mta.ca
            Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Dr. Kirsty Bell
            mll@mta.ca
            Music Dr. Stephen Runge
            music@mta.ca
            Visual & Material Culture Studies Dr. Christina Ionescu
            cionescu@mta.ca

             

            Humanities Programs advisor
            American Studies TBD
            americanstudies@mta.ca
            Canadian Studies Dr. Andrea Beverley
            canadianstudies@mta.ca
            Classical Studies Dr. Bruce Robertson
            classics@mta.ca
            Community Engaged Learning Dr. Fiona Black
            religion@mta.ca
            History Dr. William Lundell
            wlundell@mta.ca
            Indigenous Studies Dr. Karl Hele
            khele@mta.ca
            Philosophy Dr. Robbie Moser
            philosophy@mta.ca
            Religious Studies Dr. Fiona Black
            religion@mta.ca
            Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Krista Johnston
            krjohnston@mta.ca

             

            Social sciences Programs advisor
            Aviation (Commerce)          Susan Sparrow
                     ssparrow@mta.ca
            Canadian Public Policy

            Dr. Mario Levesque
            malevesque@mta.ca

            Commerce

            Dr. Jane Mullen
            commerce@mta.ca

            Economics

            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere
            economics@mta.ca

            Environmental Studies

            Dr. Brad Walters
            geography@mta.ca

            Geocomputing

            Dr. Dave Lieske
            geography@mta.ca

            Geography

            Dr. Dave Lieske
            geography@mta.ca

            Interdisciplinary Health Studies          Dr. Ardath Wynacht
                     awynacht@mta.ca
            International Economics and Business

            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere
            economics@mta.ca

            International Relations

            Dr. James Devine
            jtdevine@mta.ca

            Mathematical Economics

            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere
            economics@mta.ca

            Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

            Politics Stream:      Dr. Mario Levesque  
            Economics Stream: Dr. Stephen Law
            Philosophy Stream: Dr. Robbie Moser 

            Inquiries:
            ​​​​​ppe@mta.ca
            ​​

            Political Science

            Dr. Wayne Hunt
            whunt@mta.ca

            Sociology

            Dr. Fabrizio Antonelli
            sociology@mta.ca

             

            Science programs advisors
            Aviation (Science) Fraser Turner
            aviation@mta.ca
            Biology Dr. Karen Crosby
            Dr. Matt Litvak
            biology@mta.ca
            Biochemistry Dr. Jeff Waller
            chembiochem@mta.ca
            Chemistry Dr. Glen Briand
            chembiochem@mta.ca
            Cognitive Science Dr. Genevieve Desmarais
            psych@mta.ca
            Computer Science Dr. Liam Keliher
            cs@mta.ca
            Data Science Dr. Geoffrey Cruttwell
            math@mta.ca
            Environmental Science Dr. Josh Kurek
            envsci@mta.ca
            Mathematics Dr. Mark Hamilton
            math@mta.ca
            Physics Dr. Ralf Bruening
            physics@mta.ca
            Psychology Dr. Genevieve Desmarais
            Dr. Gene Ouellette 
            Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton
            psych@mta.ca

             

            Certificates

            Arts Administration - TBD
            Biopsychology - Dr. Jennifer Tomes jtomes@mta.ca
            Canadian Arts and Culture -Dr. Andrea Beverley abeverley@mta.ca
            Community Engaged Learning -Dr. Fiona Black fblack@mta.ca
            Data Analytics - Dr. M.E. Messinger mmessinger@mta.ca
            Data Management -Dr. M.E. Messinger mmessinger@mta.ca
            Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -Dr. Erin Steuter esteuter@mta.ca
            Foundations of Health - Dr. Odette Gould ogould@mta.ca & Dr. Vett Lloyd vlloyd@mta.ca
            Mi'kmaq Studies - TBD
            ​​​​Music Education - Dr. Stephen Runge srunge@mta.ca 
            Social Research Methodologies - Dr. Erin Steuter esteuter@mta.ca
            Studies of Indigenous History - TBD
            Theatre Arts - Dr. Glen Nichols gnichols@mta.ca
            Visual Literacy and Culture - Dr. Christina Ionescu cionescu@mta.ca

            What questions can be directed to program advisors?
            • Honours programs
            • Independent studies
            • Research opportunities
            • Graduate/professional studies 
            • Program curriculum and course content
            • Academic requirements and course options for honours/major/minor programs
            • Program planning and course selection advice
            • Complementary courses for major/honours programs which must be chosen in consultation with the program advisor

            Contact your department head

            In some cases, the role of department head and program advisor may be filled by the same faculty member but this is not always the case.

            Department heads must approve the following:

            • Registering for a course without having the prerequisites
            Department heads and program coordinators

             

            Arts and humanities Dean of Arts: Dr. Vicki St. Pierre
            American Studies TBD
             
            Canadian Studies Dr. Andrea Beverley (director)
            abeverley@mta.ca
            Classics Dr. Bruce Robertson
            brobertson@mta.ca
            Drama Dr. Sarah Fanning (director)
            sfanning@mta.ca
            English Dr. Robert Lapp
            rlapp@mta.ca
            Fine Arts Prof. Leah Garnett
            lgarnett@mta.ca
            History Dr. William Wilson
            wwilson@mta.ca
            Modern Languages and Literatures Dr. Kirsty Bell
            kbell@mta.ca
            Music Dr. Stephen Runge
            srunge@mta.ca
            Philosophy Dr. Robbie Moser
            rmoser@mta.ca
            Religious Studies Dr. Barb Clayton
            bclayton@mta.ca
            Visual and Material Culture Studies Dr. Christina Ionescu (director)
            cionescu@mta.ca
            Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Krista Johnson (director)
            kjohnson@mta.ca
            Social Sciences Dean: Dr. Nauman Farooqi
            Commerce

            Dr. Jane Mullen
            jmullen@mta.ca

            Economics

            Dr. Carla VanBeselaere
            cvanbese@mta.ca

            Geography and Environment

            Dr. Brad Walters
            bwalters@mta.ca

            Interdisciplinary Health Studies          Dr. Ardath Wynacht
                     awynatcht@mta.ca 

            Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

            Dr. Stephen Law (acting convenor)
            slaw@mta.ca

            Politics and International Relations

            Dr. Mario Levesque
            malevesque@mta.ca

            Sociology

            Dr. Fabrizio Antonelli
            fantonelli@mta.ca

            Science Dean: Dr. Jennifer Tomes 
            Biology Dr. Karen Crosby (acting)
            kcrosby@mta.ca
            Chemistry and Biochemistry Dr. Vicki Meli
            vmeli@mta.ca
            Cognitive Science Dr. Genevieve Desmarais (coordinator)
            gdesmarais@mta.ca
            Mathematics and Computer Science Dr. Geoff Cruttwell
            gcruttwell@mta.ca
            Physics Dr. Catherine Lovekin (acting)
            clovekin@mta.ca
            Psychology Dr. Gene Ouelette
            gouelette@mta.ca

             

             


            Career advisors

            To help you find your way from academic studies to a rewarding future, we provide group programs, individual career advising, and career resources.

            For more information, visit career planning and resources.