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 advisers 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 advisers 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?”

Contact Academic Advising

Advising Email Addresses

Students in any SPS program can email spsacademicadvising@northwestern.edu to set up an appointment with an academic adviser.

Each academic program also has a dedicated inbox to reach the academic advisers 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 Advisers

Amanda John, Assistant Director of Graduate Advising
Lauren Sirota, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising

Llyoandra Cooper, Academic Adviser
Colleen Kjellberg, Academic Adviser
Scott MacPhee, Academic Adviser
Ariella Mak-Neiman, Academic Adviser
Allyssa Schweisthal, Academic Adviser

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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