Student advising

Students should meet with an academic advisor at least once each semester to discuss course selection, progress toward graduation, and to create lasting connections with faculty and staff in the Department of English.

Advising hours

English advising can be in person or over Zoom, according to advisor preference. If you’re an English major or minor, you can schedule an appointment by clicking the link under the advisor you’d like to see. If you’d like to declare an English major or minor or ask about becoming one, please email one of our advisors for an appointment.

Meet your advisors

Donna "Linzy" Garcia
Donna "Linzy" Garcia
Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies & Internships Coordinator
Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson
Teaching Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Advisor
(775) 784-6689
Neil Stotts
Neil Stotts
Lecturer II; Undergraduate Advisor

Advisors in the College of Liberal Arts

There are two types of academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts: College Advisors and Faculty Mentors. Both types of advisors can assist you with your academic progress in different ways and you are able to meet with both types of advisors.

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Core Curriculum, CLA language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic recovery for low University GPA
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty mentors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (as part of summer orientation advising) and throughout the first year.

Faculty mentors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty mentors. The faculty mentors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty mentors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty mentor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty mentors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.