Advisors in the College Office

All students are welcome and encouraged to speak with a member of the advising staff in the College Office. These advisors can help students explore the many options and opportunities available to College students, and are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis throughout the year.

Assistant deans for advising are available by appointment, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on a walk-in basis for quick questions from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the College Office, 120 Cohen Hall, 215.898.6341.

Janet Tighe
Dr. Janet Tighe

Dean of Freshmen and Director of Academic Advising

Jason Breyan

Assistant Dean for Advising

Dr. Breyan holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University and his research interests are in film, war trauma, cultural history and popular culture. He has developed and taught courses on American identity as well as leadership in higher education.

Dr. Janice Curington

Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Advising

Dr. Curington holds a M.A. in English from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, with a focus in educational anthropology.

Dr. Hocine Fetni

Assistant Dean for Advising
Advisor for Individualized Majors
Advisor for BA/JD submatriculation program

Dr. Fetni holds a LL.M. from New York University, and a LL.M. as well as a Ph.D. in International Relations from Penn. As a member of the Sociology Department faculty, he has developed courses on topics such as law and society, law in Africa, law and social change, and the sociology of the legal profession. He also teaches international law and the theory of international relations.

Dr. Nadine Gabbadon

Assistant Dean for Advising

Dr. Gabbadon holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests include advertising, mass media industries, and the social and industrial construction of age.

Dr. Srilata Gangulee

Assistant Dean for Advising

Dr. Srilata Gangulee holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University and is particularly interested in welfare economics. She has developed and teaches courses for Asian American Studies and South Asia Studies.

Dr. Tanya Jung

Assistant Dean for Advising

Dr. Jung holds a M.A in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include the cultural biography of images and she currently teaches courses in the History of Art department and the Visual Studies program.

Dr. Niel McDowell

Associate Director of Academic Advising and Assistant Dean for Advising
Advisor for Language Requirement Substitution.

Dr. McDowell holds his Ph.D. in German from the University of Pennsylvania and has research interests in late medieval and early modern medical history and popular culture.

Dr. Wally Pansing

Associate Director of Academic Advising and Assistant Dean for Advising
Advisor for College '99 and the Quaker Consortium programs

Dr. Pansing holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in English Literature and his research and teaching interests include addiction, aesthetics, criminality, and popular fiction in British modernism.

Dr. Rebecca Poyourow

Assistant Dean for Advising

Dr. Poyourow holds her Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Her background is in U.S. social and cultural history with a focus on women, work, and class. Her research is on the socialization of working-class youth and the creation of class identity through participation in organized leisure activities during the early twentieth century.

Dr. Gary Purpura

Associate Director of Academic Advising and Assistant Dean for Advising
Advisor for submatriculation into a graduate program and second major in SEAS
Athletic eligibility officer for the College

Dr. Purpura holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and regularly teaches courses in the philosophy of mind.

Dr. Angie Estévez

Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Support

Dr. Estevez is a member of the CaseNet academic support team that assists students experiencing difficulties that impact their academic experience.

She holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.Ed. in College Counseling and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Delaware.

Jessica MacLeod

Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Support

Jessica is a member of the CaseNet academic support team that assists students experiencing difficulties that impact their academic experience.

She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Smith College and an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.

Mita Patel

Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Support

Mita is member of the CaseNet academic support team that assists students experiencing difficulties that impact their academic experience.

She holds a B.A. in Communication from Temple University and an M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from Wester Chester.

Rebecca Schept

Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Support

Rebecca is a member of the CaseNet academic support team that assists students experiencing difficulties that impact their academic experience.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College. M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Psychological Services and an M.Phil. in Professional Counseling from The Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.