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Office of Academic Advising


Welcome from the Assistant Dean

The Office of Academic Advising in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is here to assist you in achieving your academic goals.

Your success as a student is dependent upon your being responsible for your academic career and our office of experienced staff and advisors will aid your effort. Our team is eager to offer guidance and support as you navigate the policies, procedures and challenges that you will experience along your journey through the college and university. You must take the initiative to contact your Academic Advisor and keep abreast of every transaction that impacts your educational process.

Please consider this website as a first step by providing you with 24/7 access to common questions that students and families often want to know. In addition to this website as a core support, we look forward to establishing a strong relationship with our students through email, phone and personal visits in our office.

We look forward to partnering with you on your academic journey. 

Academic Advisor Availability

Day of the Week 9am - 12pm 1pm - 4pm
Monday By appointment By appointment
Tuesday By appointment By appointment
Wednesday By appointment
By appointment
Thursday By appointment
By appointment
Friday By appointment
By appointment

Academic Advising Staff

Name Office Phone Email
Justin Fithian Justin Fithian
Academic Advisor for Film and Television and Graduate Programs: Arts Administration & Museum Leadership, Design Research, Digital Media, Interior Architecture & Design, Television & Media Management, Urban Strategy
URBN Center, 103 215.895.2396
Dawn Gibian Dawn Gibian
Assistant Dean, Director Office of Academic Advising
Academic Advisor for Visiting Students, Westphal Studies
Acting Advisor for Art History, Entertainment & Arts Management, Fashion Design (Undergraduate & Graduate)
URBN Center, 103 215.895.2396
Denise Gibson Denise Gibson
Administrative Assistant, Office of Academic Advising
URBN Center, 103 215.895.2396
Rachael McBride Rachael McBride
Academic Advisor for Dance, Design & Merchandising, Product Design, Retail & Merchandising (Graduate), Undeclared
URBN Center, 103 215.895.2396
Jacquelyn Mendoza Jacquelyn Mendoza
Academic Advisor for Animation & Visual Effects, Game Design & Production, Interactive Digital Media, Screenwriting & Playwriting, Virtual Reality & Immersive Media
URBN Center 103 215.895.2396
Denise Marie Snow Denise Marie Snow
Academic Advisor for Graphic Design, Music Industry
URBN Center, Suite 103 215.895.2396
Kate Walbert Kate Walbert
Academic Advisor for Architecture, Interior Design, Photography
URBN Center, Suite 103 215.895.2396