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Kinesiology Academic Advising

270 Recreation Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-863-4493
Fax: 814-863-7360

Mission

Our mission is to help undergraduate students achieve their fullest academic potential and to foster their growth by encouraging them to make informed decisions based on their interests, abilities, values, and goals. We help students become self-directed learners and decision makers as well as leaders in the Kinesiology Department, College of Health & Human Development and Penn State communities. Advising is a collaborative process and both advisors and students share the responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. Students have the responsibility to meet with their Advisor, read their Penn State email, and stay informed of academic updates through the Bulletin, LionPATH and Starfish.

Academic Advising Team

Sarah Milito, Lead Academic Advisor, sjb176@psu.edu

Joelle Sherlock, Academic Advisor, jps13@psu.edu

Natasha Dinsmore, Academic Advisor, nvd9@psu.edu

Who is my Academic Adviser? icon-olus-circle
  • Current students may find their adviser on LionPath under the “Academics” tab.

  • Students officially in the Major of Kinesiology (KINES_BS) or Athletic Training (ATHTR_BS) are assigned to a Department advisor.

  • First year students in the pre-major status (HHD_PMAJ), are assigned to an advisor in the college's Center for Student Advising and Engagement.

How to Schedule an Appointment? icon-olus-circle

Current KINES_BS or ATHTR_BS students at University Park:

To schedule an appointment with your assigned KINES advisor:

  • Log into Starfish and click on “Home”.

  • Find “My Success Network” in the navigation pane. This will show you all your instructors and advisor. You can make an appointment with your advisor from their individual profiles.

  • Click Schedule Appointment link.  The calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with open appointment times. Days in bold-face are the ones available for scheduling.

  • Click the + icon next to the appointment time that fits your schedule.

  • Select a Reason for the appointments.

  • Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.

Once you create the appointment Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment and will also send you a reminder closer to the appointment time. Your “Dashboard” will show the new appointment you have created.

To cancel the appointment:

  • Click the “x” in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard. If you do need to cancel, please do so well in advance and give your advisor some reasons why the appointment is being canceled.

Current Students in the HHD_PMAJ or First Year students in another college at University Park:

To schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Center for Student Advising and Engagement (5 Henderson Building, 814-865-2156):

  • Log into Starfish and click on “Services”.

  • Scroll to University Park- Health & Human Development - Center for Student Advising and Engagement.

  • Click on Schedule Appointment link.  The calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with open appointment times. Days in bold-face are the ones available for scheduling.

  • Click the + icon next to the appointment time that fits your schedule.

  • Select a Reason for the appointments.

  • Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.

Once you create the appointment Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment and will also send you a reminder closer to the appointment time. Your “Dashboard” will show the new appointment you have created.

To cancel the appointment:

  • Click the “x” in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard. If you do need to cancel, please do so well in advance and give the advisor some reasons why the appointment is being canceled.

 

Prospective Students and Families:

Prospective students interested in the KINES major at University Park can contact the Student Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator at 814-865-2600 to schedule a time to meet and visit the campus and college.

 

 

What are Drop-In Hours? icon-olus-circle
  • Drop-In hours are intended to be 10 minutes or less conversations.  Times and days vary week to week each semester.

  • Appropriate questions and discussions could include:

    • General Education information

    • Review current semester schedule

    • Dropping or adding a course

    • Scheduling or registration information

The Adviser – Student Relationship icon-olus-circle

The advisor–student relationship is a collaboration where mutual trust and respect are developed and fostered. Below are descriptions of each of our roles and expectations.

Student’s Role:

  • Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.

  • Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.

  • Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program.

  • Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting and meeting with the advisor.

  • Consult with the advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the Academic Requirement (audit), check and monitor progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University.

Advisor’s Role:

  • Help the advisee to understand the nature of the University’s academic programs and to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study. The advisor also seeks to understand each advisee’s particular concerns affecting academic progress.

  • The adviser helps the advisee to follow appropriate University procedures and to understand their purposes. The advisor neither grants nor denies administrative approval for the advisee’s particular academic actions.

  • Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee’s demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. The advisor helps the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, General Education, University requirements, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the University.

  • Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The advisor will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee’s program.

  • Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate.

  • Participate in the professional development provided by each college or department to keep informed and current.

Email icon-olus-circle

Email can be a very quick and efficient way to have your advising questions answered; however, some questions are better addressed during a scheduled advising appointment.

  • Always use your Penn State email address. This is the only way the Advising Office can be sure it’s you. Use your PSU email account for all communication with university staff, faculty and offices.

  • Include content in the subject line.  An email without a subject line may be treated as SPAM by an email server.

  • Please email one advisor instead of an entire advising team to get your questions answered.  In addition, use BCC with caution.

  • Appropriate email etiquette includes not using texting shortcuts.

  • It’s a good practice to check your psu.edu email daily.

Penn State University's Faculty Senate Policy 32-00 Advising Policy icon-olus-circle

The policies of Section 32-00 https://senate.psu.edu/policies-and-rules-for-undergraduate-students/32-00-advising-policy/ define the goals and purposes of the University’s academic advising program. The objectives of the University’s academic advising program is to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.