Advising

Undergraduate Advisors

CCI Academic Advisors are dedicated to empowering students towards success and are committed to advocating on behalf of each student in support of their holistic development.

Your undergraduate Advisor is available to you for questions about registration, program planning and progression, and any other academic or administrative concerns. If your advisor cannot help you, they will direct you to someone that can. Please allow two business days for a response from your advisor, although during high traffic times such as the first few weeks of the term and registration, the response time may be longer.

For answers to frequently asked questions along with additional resources (including information on registration, course planning, academic standing, withdrawal, add/drop, and more), please make sure to check the advising portal in BBLearn, called "Advising for CCI."

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You will find your assigned academic advisor below:

Will Ahern

William Ahern

Interim Assistant Director, Undergraduate Advising
Advises undergraduate students with last names Re - Wa

wta24@drexel.edu
215.895.0920

Welcome to the College of Computing & Informatics! My name is Will, and I am the interim Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising in CCI.

I have been with CCI and Drexel since June of 2016. Prior to that, I worked as a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland in upstate New York. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University. I’m a bit of a comic book nerd (LOVE the MCU), love everything Gritty, and enjoy exploring the different neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

My advice for new students at Drexel:

  1. Explore the city! This is the birthplace of our country, and it is filled with fascinating history. My first year in Philly, I lived in Old City and loved seeing and learning about the liberty bell, Independence Hall, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross house, etc. I’m still enamored by the cobblestone streets and original architecture found there. Learn how to use SEPTA and don’t be afraid to explore!
  2. There is so much opportunity at Drexel. If you want to do something but aren’t sure how, ask! We’re here because we want to help.
  3. Reflect on your current time management practices. The quarter system moves fast, and it’s important to stay on top of everything.

Karen DeVose

Karen DeVose, Ed.D

Director of Advising

kd42@drexel.edu
215.895.2474

I rejoined Drexel University in January 2021. I am the Director of Advising in the College of Computing & Informatics. My previous role was at Syracuse University as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences.

I received a B.S. degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Business Administration) and a Master of Education from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (Education Administration and Supervision), a Post Graduate Certificate from Drexel University (Student Development and Affairs) and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.

My research includes identifying factors and barriers that impact retention and persistence of underrepresented minority students at predominately white institutions. I am committed to helping all students and specifically underrepresented minority students socially and academically integrate themselves in higher education to improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates through 1) creating policies, procedures, and initiatives to improve retention and student’s success, 2) identifying resources and support programming; and 3) developing academic advisors.

To be successful student, students should pursue their academic interests, be unafraid to challenge themselves, change their mind, and then change it again, get involved in campus organizations, dream big, and stay positive!

I am native of Philadelphia, PA and one of seven children. I am foodie who loves to travel, read, and Line and African dance. I am a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Kristy Eells

Kristy Eells

Academic Advisor
Advises undergraduate students with last names I - Ma

klb79@drexel.edu
215.895.6970

I have been at Drexel University since 2011 and started my career at Drexel in Freshmen and International admissions. I later transitioned to the College of Computing & Informatics in 2018 and I am currently an undergraduate advisor. In addition to advising, I also teach UNIV 101.

I received a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University. I also have an M.S. in Higher Education from Drexel University. During my master’s program, I focused on Advising, Retention, and Curriculum.

My advice to all students is to take advantage of all the opportunities offered at Drexel. Experiences such as studying abroad, co-op, and research are great ways to enhance your college career. I also encourage joining clubs and student organizations since this is a great way to network and have fun at the same time.

I have lived in Philadelphia my whole life. I encourage all students to explore all Philadelphia has to offer. Philadelphia is a city composed of multiple neighborhoods, each with its own uniqueness. It is a great city to explore!

Tracy Staeudle

Tracy Staeudle, Ed.M

Academic Advisor
Advises undergraduate students with last names A - Da

trs323@drexel.edu
215.895.0449

Hello Advisees!

I look forward to meeting you all in the upcoming months. My name is Tracy Staeudle and I will be your Academic Advisor in the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). I came to Drexel University in 2018 as a Transfer Admissions Counselor, then joined the advising team here at CCI in 2019.

Before Drexel, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Admissions at the University at Buffalo while pursuing my Master of Education in Higher Education Administration.

An interesting fact about me is that I received a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management at James Madison University in Virginia. I have worked for a popular Major League Soccer team and always love to talk about sports. Being from northern New Jersey, I am not a Philadelphia sports fan. Go Mets and Go Knicks!

One piece of advice I always give to students is do not be afraid to ask for help. You have access to a toolbox of support services here at Drexel, please reach in there! You do not have to navigate your academic journey alone. If you ever forget about which office to go to for what, do not hesitate to come to me first! Your advisor is always a great place to start.

Riley Wilkins

Riley Wilkins, MA

Academic Advisor
Advises undergraduate students with last names De-H

rew89@drexel.edu
215.895.2467

I started my career at Drexel in late Summer of 2019 and have served as an advisor for graduate and now undergraduate students in the College of Computing and Informatics. Before my tenure at Drexel, I worked at the predominantly women’s institution, Cedar Crest College, as an Advising and Retention Specialist and ACT 101 Coordinator. My professional start in higher education began at two Lehigh Valley community colleges as a writing tutor, academic coach, and then academic advisor.

After attending Kutztown University for my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, I switched my focus on the human experience to the world of literature. At West Chester University I earned my Master of Arts in English. Then, my latest academic venture was attaining a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. From first grade, I knew my life and career would be helping others in the realm of education. This lens has shifted into an amalgamation of my interests in advising where I am the Curriculum Coordinator for CCI’s University 101 courses. I truly find joy working with students, offering support and guidance as they navigate their individual paths to success.

When I am not in student meetings or answering their emails, I spend my time reading, writing, and, perhaps most importantly, with my dachshund, Dot. She is a little lady with a lot of personality: clever, curious, and adorably stubborn. She keeps me company while I write my young adult fantasy novels or am taken back to 1847 in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. I swear Dot reads along, but I will only know when she turns in her book report. I fear I may be waiting a long, long time.