Academic advising

The School of Public Affairs is committed to supporting your academic journey by emphasizing advising and mentoring to help you identify and achieve your goals. The advisors strive to perform their duties in a professional, ethical, confidential, accurate and supportive manner, respecting student diversity and needs and always holding the individual in the highest regard.  The student and advisor should accomplish this process in a spirit of shared responsibility to develop academic excellence, strong decision-making skills and self-reliance.

Academic advisors help students successfully transition to the university and make progress towards their educational goals and graduation. Advisors are part of the educational process providing academic information and guidance to help students understand curricula, policies, and procedures. Academic advising is a collaborative teaching relationship among academic advisors, students, faculty and the university community. Working with advisors, students identify academic and career goals, create and implement plans, and assume responsibility for their education. The School of Public Affairs offers service and support for our undergraduate and graduate students.

Express/Walk-in Advising Fall19/Spring 20: WEDNESDAYS, 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.

Undergraduate advising

Undergraduate Programs: Emergency Management, Leadership and Ethics, Public Administration and Public Management, Public Service and Public Policy, Urban and Metropolitan Studies

Office: Downtown Phoenix campus, University Center (UCENT) 1st Floor, Suite 164
Contact: 602-496-1658 or email spaadvising@asu.edu

Schedule an appointment

Graduate advising

Graduate Programs: Public Administration, Public Policy

Office: Downtown Phoenix campus, University Center (UCENT) 4th Floor, Suite 400
Contact: 602-496-0450 or email spaadvising@asu.edu

Schedule an appointment

Academic Advising Team:

Melissa Bryant
melissa.bryant@asu.edu
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Brian Rubin
Brian.Rubin@asu.edu
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Mark Reed
mbreed@asu.edu 
Graduate Academic Advisor
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Maria Willis
Maria.Willis@asu.edu
Manager, Academic Services

Department email: spa@asu.edu

Common subjects discussed in advising appointments include:

  • Course sequencing and mandatory advising
  • Transfer coursework evaluation
  • Academic difficulties, including probation and disqualification

Common subjects discussed through e-mail include:

  • Course requirements
  • “How do I” questions
  • Prospective student questions
  • Withdrawal, drop/add, incomplete clarification
  • Dates and general requirements
  • Guidance to other university resources

*** Please include your ASU student ID number in all emails to your advisor ***