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Student Services

Supporting Academic and Professional Growth

Student Advising

Advising Email Addresses

SPS Academic Advising Inbox: For students in any SPS degree program

Data Science Advising Inbox: For students in the Data Science and Predictive Analytics programs

ProHealth Advising Inbox: For students in the Premedicine & Professional Health Careers Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program

Compliments or concerns can be directed to the advising manager, Sean Kavanaugh

Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Advisers

Erin Cable: Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Pre-Professional Health Post-baccalaureate Certificates

Megan Talpash: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Communication Systems, Economics, English Literature, English Writing, History, Humanities, Information Systems, Leadership and Organization Behavior, Organization Behavior, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology, Radio/Television/Film, all non-professional health post-baccalaureate certificates

Howie Kantoff: Students at Large

Graduate Advisers

Amanda John: Information Systems, Information Design and Strategy, Health Analytics, Health Informatics

Erin Cable: Global Health

Howie Kantoff: Writing, Literature, Liberal Studies, Sports Administration, Regulatory Compliance

Temitope Ligali: Data Science (last names A–K)

Jacob Schornak: Data Science (last names L-Z)

SPS Academic Advising Inbox: For students in the Public Policy and Administration program (part-time and accelerated)

Student Services Team

Administrative Staff

Margaret McCarthy
Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Services

Sean Kavanaugh
Director of Student Services

Vanessa Carpenter
Student Services Assistant

Student Services Offices

Chicago campus:
Wieboldt Hall
339 East Chicago Avenue, 8th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Evanston campus:
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Concerns and Complaints

While we strive to ensure a positive student experience at SPS, we realize that issues can arise in and out of the classroom. If you have a complaint or a concern, your adviser is an excellent first resource for resolution. Students also have the option of emailing the Associate Dean of Student Services to voice your concerns at

If you are in need of assistance, please let us know.


Northwestern University and AccessibleNU (ANU) are committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all students with disabilities who attend the University. Additionally, the University and ANU work to provide students with disabilities a learning and community environment that affords them full participation, equal access, and reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.

It is important for a student who needs assistance with regard to any disability to notify ANU and SPS promptly for assistance in obtaining appropriate services. SPS Students seeking disability accommodations should contact ANU at 847-467-5530 in Evanston or 312-503-4042 in Chicago. 
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