About Academic Advising

The SPS academic advising team helps students navigate the school and university resources available to them, guides academic planning, explains policies and administrative procedures, and promotes a supportive environment to foster student success.

Academic advisors students in a variety of academic-related matters during their time at SPS, including:


SPS Chatbot

In partnership with Ivy.ai, an industry leader in Artificial Intelligence for higher education, SPS is implementing a conversational agent (‘chatbot’) to provide quick and convenient access to information around the clock. The chatbot is live on this page and the SPS Information Technology page.


Access to SPS academic advisors isn’t changing- they are still available to help with program-specific questions and your individual needs. The chatbot offers real-time responses 24/7 to simple questions so that you don’t need to search through webpages to find answers to questions like, “when does registration for next term start?” or “what career resources are available?”


The chatbot learns from the SPS website and its conversations with students, and we would love for you to interact with it to help it learn and improve this as a resource for everyone.


Contact Academic Advising

Advising Email Addresses

Students in any SPS program can contact the SPS Academic Advising Inbox to connect with an academic advisor that can help.

Each academic program also has a dedicated inbox to reach the academic advisors for your program directly.

Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs
Graduate, Graduate Certificate, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Programs

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


Advising Staff and Offices

Academic Advisors

Amanda John, Assistant Director of Graduate Advising
Lauren Sirota, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising
Tim Gaherty, Academic Advisor
Colleen Kjellberg, Academic Advisor
Scott MacPhee, Academic Advisor
Ariella Mak-Neiman, Academic Advisor
Jacob Schornak, Academic Advisor
Allyssa Schweisthal, Academic Advisor


Concerns and Complaints

While SPS strives 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 SPSDeanForStudents@northwestern.edu

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

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