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Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors are a team of professional staff who support undergraduate students through academic planning, connection, and resources that help build a path to graduation. We are here to celebrate and strategize for your success as well as provide options when you are struggling academically or personally.

Team-based advising model: Our team consists of three Senior Academic Advisors and one Director of Undergraduate Advising (DUA). Using Navigate, you may schedule an appointment with any of us at any time. Choose a different advisor each time or stay with one or two of us you prefer. As a team, we will communicate and collaborate in your best interest. Our aim is for you to get the most out of your college experience through reflection, goal setting, and utilizing the many opportunities and resources available at UMass.

Services provided by Academic Advisors

  • General Advising for Legal Studies Major, Political Science Major, and Political Science Minor
  • Major/Minor requirements review
  • Study Abroad & Domestic Exchange planning
  • Internship planning
  • Post-graduation planning
  • Advisor signature for relevant forms
  • Removal of advising holds
  • Graduation clearance
  • Any questions 

Sujata Rege Konowitz

Shawn Samuels

The main thing I love about being an advisor is being on the frontlines to help students shape their academic and professional futures. To that end, I enjoy talking to students about their dreams and aspirations, and I also enjoy learning more about their challenges and passions. As a first-generation college student, born and raised in Jamaica, I understand the hardships that may come with trying to figure things out while acclimating to a new environment. As such, I believe that my experiences have shaped me into becoming a very relatable and understanding advisor, qualities that I believe are essential to effectively connect with students. With a background in Social Work, I enjoy volunteering and giving back to communities in my spare time. Some of my spare time also includes gaming online with the fellas, focusing on my health and fitness and traveling with friends & family.

Amy Grieger

Although I wrote my final grad school paper on academic advising, I spent most of my career working with high school and college students on the college admission process before I finally found my way to UMass in 2017. It just took me awhile to figure out where I was supposed to be! I love working with the PoliSci and Legal advising team to help students understand how to navigate UMass and explore the many opportunities available to them here. We work with a wide range of students from a diverse set of circumstances, which means our days are always interesting. Outside of work, I love to read, listen to live music, and hang with my pets.

 

Director of Undergraduate Advising

Services provided by Director of Undergraduate Advising (DUA)

  • Study Abroad/ Domestic Exchange pre-approvals
  • Approval of transfer classes
  • Internship Advising
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Return from Suspension/Dismissal
  • GPA concerns

Adrian Grace

I love academic advising because I talk to undergraduate students every day. I hear about their interests and dreams and learn about concerns and challenges. In Political Science and Legal Studies Advising, I also work with an amazing team of advising specialists. Together, we provide broad and rich supports for our students that help them pursue those interests and dreams and support them to voice their concerns or navigate challenges. My first job after getting my BA combined academics and team-based work in a similar way. I worked with a civic education organization in the D.C. area and we used the city to teach about political institutions, federalism, U.S. history, and more. An interesting personal detail about me, I love to run and I’m out most days, rain or shine.

 

Additional Advising Services

Accelerated Master's Degree (4+1) in Political Science: 

  • Emily White: Use Navigate to schedule an appointment  
  • 4+1 degree requirements info here

Honors Program

International Relations Certificate  

Pre-Law Advising 

Academic Dean 

  • For issues such as credit overload requests, late add/drop, academic probation, please see Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, SBS Academic Dean.

College-Level Requirements for UMass Students entering prior to Fall 2018 (Global Education)