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Undergraduate Advising

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.

Meet Our Team

Kayla Reid, Advises SOC Students with Last Names A-G (

Kayla has been an Academic Advisor at AU since October 2017. She has a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. As an Advisor her goal is to help students fully explore their educational interests and get the most out of their time at AU. When she is not in the office she enjoys reading, running, hiking, and traveling. Her advice for all AU students is to take advantage of all of the amazing student organizations on campus - you never know what new interest or hobby you may find!

Tara Flakker, Advises SOC Students with Last Names H-M (

With formal training as a Social Worker, Tara is in interested in the improvement of human connections both individually and collectively. One of the things that attracted her to higher education from social work was her interest in working with college age individuals. She describes the age as a wonderful time of new beginnings, autonomy and self-growth that occurs in college. Tara finds much joy walking along side students as they move through this time. Outside of work, Tara’s interests include running, gardening, hiking and paddling. She has teenagers who keep her busy and a sweet 10-year-old dog who also enjoys their adventures. On the weekends, she can be found volunteering in her community, spending the day at her son’s sailing regattas and creating new vegetarian recipes. Fun fact about Tara: She was bit by a shark when she was nine years old and almost lost her foot!

Andrew Hoffman, Academic Advisor, Advises SOC students with Last Names N-Z: (

Andy is incredibly excited to begin working with you, and he can’t wait to get to know you and hear your stories! Andy brings an eclectic background that includes time spent as an English teacher, writing tutor, safari guide, and student success advisor. Being a firm believer in the transformative power of studying and living abroad, he spent nearly a decade living across Asia, Australia, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. Currently, he spends most of his free time chasing after his toddler, finger painting, and experimenting in the kitchen. One piece of advice he has: You can never have too many kinds of hot sauce!

Kayla Reid Advises SOC Students with Last Names A-G

Tara Flakker, Advises SOC Students with Last Names H-M

Andrew Hoffman, Academic Advisor, Advises SOC students with Last Names N-Z

Book an Appointment

Drop-in advising is reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10 minutes. Examples of topics that could be discussed during walk-in advising include:

  • Questions about how/where a class fits within degree requirements.
  • Adding/Dropping classes and questions related
  • Information about obtaining credit for internships
  • If you need a signature, a question about your degree audit report, etc.



Peer advisors are students like you who can provide useful insight into many aspects of academic life in SOC and at AU. Peer Advisors offer unique guidance for things like choosing a minor or second major, planning and selecting courses for registration, waitlist questions, as well as sharing about what to expect in SOC courses and programs. They can also help you:

  • Connect you to university resources
  • Understand the curriculum for your major and AU CORE.
  • Determine which courses and professors may be of particular interest
  • Find more information on internships and study abroad
  • Sharing from their personal experiences at AU and SOC
Schedule an appointment by clicking here.   

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Office Location:
McKinley 104

Prospective students:

Contact the SOC Office of Student & Academic Affairs at 202-885-2061 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

12 credit hours of communication courses may be transferred in prior to matriculation at AU and counted toward SOC major requirements, with SOC academic advisor approval. 2 communication courses, worth a total of 6 credit hours, may be taken abroad with prior approval from your SOC academic advisor. Refer to the Transfer Articulation Equivalency page to see if your courses will transfer. 

School of Communication students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in order to enroll in Communication courses at the 300 level or above. 

Students who earn a cumulative grade point average between 2.00 - 2.49 will be placed on academic warning and are required to meet with their academic advisor to develop a plan for raising their cumulative grade point average to a minimum 2.50. If students do not raise their cumulative GPA to a minimum 2.5 after one semester, they will be placed on academic probation and may face eventual academic dismissal. Students have the option of changing their major to one outside the School of Communication. In addition to meeting with their academic advisors and instructors, students should visit the Academic Support and Access Center to utilize academic support services.