SMU Student Handbook

Academic Support Services

University Advising Center

Ellen Richmond 408M Blanton 8-2116
Administrative Assistant      
Melissa Dale 408 Blanton 8-2291

Academic advisors assist students in planning course schedules, and in focusing on long-range planning and curricular design to help achieve multiple goals. Students may arrange individual advising appointments and advisors welcome drop-in visits.

Academic Advisors

Dr. Scott Bartlett 408H Blanton
Josh Beaty 408Q Blanton 8-4009
Kate Bell-Miller 408N Blanton
Dr. Susan Harris (UHP) 408C Blanton
Janet Hopkins 408K Blanton 8-1272
Beth McConville 408D Blanton 8-2815
Sheumona Miller 408P Blanton 8-4143
Dee O'Banner 408E Blanton  8-1516 
Dania Ortiz
408B Blanton
Dr. Alyssa Reiman 408F Blanton 8-1970
Jeanene Renfro  408J Blanton
Prisna Virasin 408L Blanton 8-4959


Janet Hopkins 408K Blanton 8-1272

Office of Pre-Health Advising

Pamela McNulty
135 Dedman Life Sci
Administrative Assistant
Gwen LaCroix 135 Dedman Life Sci

Lyle School of Engineering
Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Records

Dr. LaDonna Moore 253 Caruth Hall
Administrative Assistant
Markus Harris 253 Caruth Hall
Academic Advisors
Misti Compton 253 Caruth Hall
Katelyn Godsey 253 Caruth Hall

Office of Information Technology

Chief Information Officer: Michael H. Hites
Fondren Library West
Help Desk: (214) 768-4357

Student Academic Success Programs (SASP)

Executive Director: Sue Bierman, Ph.D. Ph. (214) 768-1047

The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) and The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
A-LEC 202 Loyd Center

Director: Adreana Julander Ph. (214) 768-1044
Student Appointments: (214) 768-3648
Business Office: (214) 768-6725

The Student Academic Sucess Programs area offers many different opportunities for students to maximize their learning effectiveness. Students may register for HDEV 1110: Reading and Learning Strategies, a class devoted to developing students’ reading rate, comprehension, and learning strategies. The A-LEC and ACE provide free drop-in workshops to allow students to improve their study skills and tutoring is provided by SMU undergraduate and graduate students for most first- and second-year courses. For students who want help with a problem in studying a particular text or preparing for a test, Learning Specialists offer individual appointments.

Writing Center

Director: Lydia Allen Ph. (214) 768-1006
202 Loyd Center
Phone: (214) 768-3648

The Writing Center, staffed by English department faculty, provides students with assistance in the process of developing and drafting papers for SMU courses. The Writing Center faculty will not edit or proofread work, but they will answer any specific questions the student may have about his or her draft. Appointments are necessary in order to reserve a half-hour tutorial and can be made through Canvas. Drop-in lab assistance is also available.

Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS)
202 Loyd Center
Phone: (214) 768-1470
Director: Alexa Taylor Ph: (214) 768-1918

Disability Accommodations Coordinators:

                                                 Michelle Bufkin

Ph: (214) 768-1232
                                                 Tomasine Sam Ph. (214) 768-2075
                                                 Karen Turbeville
Ph: (214) 768-4557

Learning Disabilities Specialist: David Tylicki Ph: (214) 768-4773
Administrative Coordinator: Candy Brown Ph: (214) 768-1470

DASS is the primary contact for all SMU students with disabilities. This office assist students with disabilities to effectively utilize resources they may need and helps them work with professors and staff in obtaining appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Student Persistence and Achievement (SPA)

Director: Matt Robinson Ph. (214) 768-4009
Armstrong Commons
Phone: (214) 768-4032

Recognizing that everyone comes to college with different educational experiences, the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) sponsor programs focused on those who identify as first-generation college students, may need assistance in adjusting to an urban city, or seek assistance in fully utilizing campus resources, be they academic, financial, or social. ACE is also the home of SMU's Rotunda Scholars program.


Last revision - 10 July 2019