Graduate Advising

Graduate Advising Model

Academic Advisors are assigned to all incoming graduate students in the School of HASS based on the interests they indicate in their applications and the availability of faculty. Once students have identified a dissertation area (typically in their second year), they are expected to discuss with potential faculty and the Graduate Program Director their preferences for a dissertation advisor, who will become the Chair of the Doctoral Committee, and who will then serve as the primary advisor moving forward. Dissertation Chairs must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from within the student's department. 

Click here to view the HASS Graduate Program Handbooks


Graduate Program Directors

Kathy HighElectronic Arts Ph.D.
Mei SiCritical Game Design M.S. & Ph.D.
Billur AksoyEconomics M.S.
Helen ZhouCommunication & Rhetoric Ph.D
Yingrui YangCognitive Science Ph.D
Nancy CampbellScience and Technology Studies M.S. & Ph.D.


Graduate Services in the Hub: 

  • Course planning 
  • Academic progress review 
  • Form assistance/approvals 
  • Thesis/dissertation protocol 
  • Co-terminal program application assistance 
Grad advisor Jenn Mumby bio


Connect with Grad Student Services: 

Open Office Hours: 10 am to 4 pm 


Remote Appointments: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

  • 30-minute meetings (remote)
  • Meet one-on-one with your Hub Advisor 
  • Perfect to discuss plans of study, curriculum, and academic goals!
  • Book now! 


Remote Drop-In Hours: Wednesday

  • 5-to-10-minute conversations
  • Drop-ins outside of Wednesday are not guaranteed! 
  • Perfect for quick updates, questions, support with forms, etc.!
  • Sign up form will open at 10 am


We look forward to seeing you soon!



The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 5304, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-6575

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