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


Administrative Staff and Offices

Administrative Staff

Margaret McCarthy, Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Services

Sean Kavanaugh, Director of Student Services

Jigbie Aguirre, Assistant Director of Events and Alumni Engagement

Vanessa Carpenter, Student Services Assistant


Academic Advisors

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


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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