Advising is an important element in the professional education of all students. Each student has an advisor who can:

  • Assist in planning a program of study
  • Discuss academic progress based on information from instructors
  • Refer students to school and university resources
  • Interpret academic policies, rules and regulations
  • Assist with students’ integration of learning experiences
  • Advocate on behalf of students

Student success advising team

Director of advising and retention

Sarah Burton-Everette
(804) 828-1043

Fall 2023 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students (including advanced standing) with last names O-Z

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Upper-level B.S.W. advisor

Robert Anderson
(804) 828-0567

Fall 2023 drop-in hours

Upper-level B.S.W. students

  • Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. ET on Zoom
  • Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. ET on-campus
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Lower-level B.S.W. advisor

Kristal Parada
(804) 827-8648

Fall 2023 drop-in hours

Lower-level B.S.W. students

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On-campus M.S.W. advisor

Julie Pence
(804) 828-2836

Fall 2023 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students with last name GL-N

  • Tuesdays & Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon ET on-campus
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Online M.S.W. advisor

Lakeita Clarkson
(804) 828-1407

Fall 2023 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students with last name A-GI

  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon and 5-6 p.m. ET on Zoom
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M.S.W. writing advisor

Rebecca Johnson
(804) 339-2226

Fall 2023 drop-in hours

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Online M.S.W. student support coaches

Support coaches check in with students in the online M.S.W. format at various points each semester to promote persistence, academic success and community. They are a go-to for general questions and are skilled at connecting students with school and university resources. Our four coaches are:

Anna Elias-Shaffer

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Arielle Krimotat

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Hannah Rodriguez

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Brittney Spence

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Alisha Tysor

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Contact us

Have questions for an advisor? If you're not sure which advisor to contact directly, please reach out to