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Undergraduate Advising: Office Location, Hours and Staff

SOC Advising

Who We Are

The School of Communication Undergraduate advising office is committed to delivering outstanding advising services to our students by utilizing the theory and practice of Appreciative Advising. Appreciative Advising is an academic advising philosophy which calls advisors to celebrate students’ strengths as they help advisees achieve their life and academic goals. It is a reciprocal approach where both student and advisor benefit and learn. Appreciative Advisors build relationships with students to keep them engaged in exploring multiple avenues for meeting their needs. We are truly invested in partnering with students to achieve academic and personal success.

Office location:

School of Communication
Office of Student and Academic Affairs
McKinley 104
202-885-2061 (main line)

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Office Hours: (subject to change)

9:00-5:00 M-F

Walk-in Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11:00-12:00
Tuesday, Thursday from 2:00-3:00


Academic Advisors 

SOC Undergraduate Academic Advisors work with students to create a challenging academic program to launch their careers. Students are required to meet with their Academic Advisor at least once each semester to plan their course schedule for the next semester. However, students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisors over the academic year to discuss education plans, review the degree audit report (DARS), evaluate academic progress and requirements, and discuss other education/career opportunities.

Jessica VasquezJessica Vazquez
Academic Advisor
Last Name: A-F
Phone: (202) 885-2079
Email: vazquez@american.edu



Jessica Vasquez

Tara Flakker
Academic Advisor
Last Names: G-M
Phone:(202) 885-2088
Email: flakker@american.edu

Christine Frezek

Christine Frezek
Academic Advisor
Last Names: N-Z
Phone: (202) 885-2090
Email: frezek@american.edu



SOC Student and Academic Affairs Staff

Laura Bondurant

Laura BonDurant
Assistant Dean, Student & Academic Affairs
Phone: (202) 885-2054
Email: bonduran@american.edu
Appointments available by request

Jill Heitzmann Jill Heitzmann
Assistant Director for Recruitment and Retention
Phone: (202) 885-2038
Email: jill@american.edu
Appointments available by request


 Ellen Mata

Ellen Mata
Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: (202) 885-2089
Email: ellenm@american.edu