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Meet Your Advisor

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Ellen Richmond

About Ellen:

Ellen Richmond is the Director of the University Advising Center.  After growing up abroad, Ellen attended Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and graduated with a double major in English and Psychology.  Her first job after college was as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA where she was responsible for recruitment in Europe, Alaska, and several western states.  After 4 years in Admissions, Ellen moved to New York to attend Columbia University's Teachers College where she received an MA and an EdM in Counseling Psychology and switched gears from Admissions to Advising.   Ellen served as Assistant Dean of the Center for Student Advising (CSA) at Columbia University for several years, and spent her last two years in NY as the AVP for Student Services at a non-profit organization in lower Manhattan.  After 20 years in New York, Ellen made the break and moved to Dallas and SMU in the fall of 2011.  She has enjoyed exploring Texas, learning to drive again, and continues her futile-yet-determined quest to improve her pool game.



Tim Norris

Director, Advisor Education, Media, and Technology
Pre-Arts Advisor

About Tim:

Tim Norris hails from Ohio where he earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education and Master’s in Orchestral Performance from Ohio University. Tim made the 24 hour drive from Conneaut, Ohio to Dallas, Texas in the summer of 2008 to become the Graduate Assistant Conductor to the Meadows Wind Ensemble in the Meadows School of the Arts. During the many rests that a trombonist counts in orchestra rehearsals, Tim spent reading the economist. He is currently taking classes and working toward a PhD in economics.

Tim joined the University Advising Center team in 2009. Since then he has taken leadership roles on multiple university committees including serving as President and Executive Chair of the mustANG Advising Network Group. When he is not advising students, designing instructional media, or managing the training program in the UAC, he spends his time engaging the greater Dallas community through music. He currently serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oak Lawn Band along with trombonist in multiple community ensembles. 

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Scott Bartlett

Assistant Director

About Scott:

Bio to come.











Josh Beaty

Pre-major Advisor

About Josh:

Bio to come.




Maria Crouch
Pre-major Advisor

About Maria:

Bio to come.

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Sara Dammann

Pre-major Advisor

About Sara:

Bio to come. 

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Janet Hopkins

Senior Advisor
Pre-law Advisor

About Janet:

Janet grew up in Dallas, began her college career at SMU, left to get married & raise a family. She returned to SMU as both a student & employee. Finishing a BA degree in History & then a Masters’ in Counseling, Janet combined both her classroom and work experiences: 1) as Head Cashier in the SMU bookstore, when it was housed on campus; then 2) career counselor  and Assistant to the Recruiting Coordinator, subsequently an advisor/ prelaw specialist in the  University Advising Center, where she has worked for 10+ years.


Susan Harris


Susan Harris

Honors Advisor



About Susan:

Susan Harris joined the University Advising Center in August of 2013.  She has been teaching as an Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 2003.  Prior to coming to Dallas, she was an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University, a visiting Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.  Susan earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas (and remains a faithful Jayhawk to this day!) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

During her time at SMU, Dr. Harris has been honored with the Extra Mile Award for excellence in teaching students with learning disabilities, as a HOPE honoree for professors who “have made a significant impact to student academic education both inside and outside of the classroom” and has received awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the Department of Psychology. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  They are all avid runners and enjoy playing, or at least watching, soccer.  Susan loves to read, play tennis and follow Kansas Basketball. 

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Sheumona Miller

Senior Advisor

About Sheumona:

Sheumona Miller is a senior advisor in the University Advising Center. She is a native of Louisiana. She has an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University with a concentration in healthcare management and a BA in Psychology from SMU. She is the founder of a 501( c )3 non- profit organization . 

In 2011 she was the recipient of the Office of Leadership and Community Involvement’s Outstanding Faculty/Staff Volunteer Award. In her spare time she enjoys working in the community, spending time with her twin daughters, family ,and friends.

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Dee O'Banner
Pre-major Advisor

About Dee:

Bio to come.

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Jeanene Renfro

Senior Advisor

About Jeanene:

Ms. Jeanene Renfro joined SMU in 1999.

She enjoys reading, writing and perusing catalogs.    

Her degree in History is from the University of Utah.







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Daphne Shipowitz

Pre-major Advisor

About Daphne:

Daphne Shipowitz joined SMU as an Academic Advisor in 2012, after completing her Master’s in Counseling at the University of North Texas.  While at UNT, she concentrated her studies on the college and university student population.  Daphne is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.  Daphne earned her B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  Daphne’s first career included Vice President, Branch Manager and Operations Manager positions in retail banking at The Columbia Bank in Columbia, MD and Wachovia Bank in Greensboro, NC.

Prior to completing her Master’s, Daphne raised two children and volunteered in numerous philanthropic organizations primarily in Southlake, TX.  Her daughter is a graduate of Elon University and is working for one of the big four accounting firms in Dallas.  Her son is a junior at Colorado College and majoring in Philosophy.  Daphne’s hobbies include running, yoga and photography.  She spends her vacation time traveling with her husband and family and enjoying the outdoors in Colorado.