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Kinesiology Academic Advising

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

Welcome to Kinesiology Advising!


To empower students towards making better, more informed decisions and to guide them through the complexity of University procedures in order to help them attain their academic and professional goals.

Academic Advising Team

Sarah Milito, Lead Academic Adviser,

Joelle Sherlock, Academic Adviser,

Natasha Dinsmore, Academic Adviser,

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 or Athletic Training will be assigned an adviser within the Department of Kinesiology.

  • First year students, under pre-major status, will be assigned to a general College of Health and Human Development (CHHD) adviser within the CHHD Student Services Center.

How to Schedule an Appointment? icon-olus-circle
What are Drop-In Hours? icon-olus-circle
  • Drop-In hours are offered throughout the week in the advising center and are good for quick questions that can be answered in 10 minutes or less.

  • Appropriate topics for a 10 minute Drop-In session:

    • General Education information

    • Dropping or adding a course

    • Scheduling or registration information

The Adviser – Student Relationship icon-olus-circle

The adviser–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:

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

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

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

  4. Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser.

  5. Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the degree audit, check progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University.

Adviser’s Role:

  1. 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 adviser also seeks to understand each advisee’s particular concerns affecting academic progress.

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

  3. Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee’s demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. The adviser 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.

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

  5. Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate.

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

Email icon-olus-circle
  • You will find email is the University’s most utilized mode of communication with students.

  • Use your email account for all your communication with advisors, professors, staff, and University offices.

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

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

The policies of Section 32-00 define the goals and purposes of the university’s academic advising program. The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are 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.