ACADEMIC ADVISING IN THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
What your Faculty Advisor Can Provide
When you declared Psychology as a major, you were assigned an academic advisor.
Your advisor is a member of the Department of Psychology faculty and serves as a guide
through your academic career at CMU. You should feel free to contact your advisor with
questions and concerns at anytime throughout the semester. You should view your advisor
as more than someone who can help you to find answers to the nuts and bolts questions
of registration. Instead, your advisor should also serve as someone that can direct you in
using your time wisely, getting the most out of classes, defining your career goals, and
working toward meeting those goals both academically and through extra-curricular
Some Common Questions
Who is my advisor? How can I find out whom to contact?
You were sent an email introducing you to your faculty advisor soon after you declared
your major/minor in the psychology department. If you do not have a record of your
advisor, you may email
Emilie Rendulic to find out the name of your faculty advisor,
or check the physical bulletin board across from her office in Baker 343.
How do I get in touch with my advisor?
Email is usually the best means of scheduling an appointment.
Visit the Faculty Web Page to find email addresses of Department of Psychology Faculty.
Faculty members have very busy schedules. Please allow sufficient lead-time before
important deadlines, unless there is an emergency situation.
I've heard that advising is only for registration time. Is that true?
No. You should feel free to contact your faculty advisor at any time.
Faculty members have busy schedules, so it is best to contact your advisor well in
advance of important.deadlines.
What can I expect from a meeting with my advisor?
See the "How to Get the Most Out of Academic Advising" section (below) for
information on how to best prepare for a meeting with your advisor.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF ACADEMIC ADVISING
Take the Initiative!
Show us your face! Faculty advisors are here to help you navigate your academic
career, but they cannot help you if they do not see you. Make it a point to meet with
your faculty advisor regularly. (We suggest at least once per semester). Your advisor
can be a valuable source of information and support and can play an important role by
providing you with a recommendation for graduate school or a job.
It is usually easiest to schedule an appointment with your advisor via email.
If you do not know your faculty advisor, you can find out by contacting
Once you've scheduled a meeting with your advisor, be sure to bring a copy of your
academic audit with you. (Click here to download your audit).
Think about your goals.
What do you want out of your career? What are your goals for life?
How does what you are doing in school fit into and support those goals?
Take the long view.
Think about how you can strategically plan to realize those goals.
You may be able to plan your extra-curricular time to help meet your goals.
For example, you could do an internship, participate in research,
or volunteer at a local organization.
Come to meetings with your faculty advisor with a
list of your questions and concerns.