School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Academic Advising

Students who choose a major within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) will meet with an HSS School advisor to plan their academic coursework. All students will work with a School Advisor to ensure successful completion of their degree program.

Student will also be assigned a Faculty Mentor.This allows students to work directly with faculty in their area of interest, and these advisors can often help facilitate internship or job shadowing opportunities and support students with application processes for graduate schools and professional degree programs.
For information about specific degree programs, visit the ‘Degrees & Programs’ page listed in the menu to the left. Also explore the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and ‘Advising Resources’ sections prior to scheduling an appointment.

To answer questions about any of the degree programs in Humanities and Social Sciences please contact Pat Doughty for an advising appointment. The advisors can help show how particular classes will fit into each program, or how to find an HSS minor that could compliment a major.

We look forward to working with you!
Katie, Cherie, Lauren, John & Pat
HSS Advising


Katie Chaney

Katie Chaney
  • Academic & Career Advising Coordinator, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 162

About Katie
Katie is originally from the Richmond area and earned her Bachelor’s degree from IU East in Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2003. Upon graduating, she attended Miami University in Oxford, OH where she completed a Master of Science in College Student Personnel. Katie then worked as an academic advisor for the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and as the special events coordinator for the parks and recreation department in Richmond before returning to IU East in the fall of 2010. Since joining the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Katie has served as an Academic Advisor, Assistant to the Dean, and now as the Coordinator of Academic and Career Advising.


Cherie Dolehanty

Cherie Dolehanty
  • Advisor, Criminal Justice and Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 115

About Cherie
Cherie completed her bachelor's degree in English (Creative Writing) at DePauw University, with minors in Fine Arts and Education, in 1991. She earned her first master's degree at IU Bloomington: M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration in 1993. Her second master's is in teaching, from Earlham College (2008). Cherie has worked at Miami University, Earlham College, Richmond High School and IU East, in a variety of positions including financial aid, academic advising, residence life, business operations and teaching. She enjoys outdoor activities, particularly running and stand up paddle boarding, and is learning to play acoustic guitar.

Cherie's Advising Philosophy
Cherie is an advisor for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She sees her primary role as that of a guide, assisting students through the variety of changes and transitions that occur in college. Declaring or changing a major, entering an online degree program, using One.IU for the first time, balancing school with other commitments, and even shifting from student to graduate -- these are all transitions and she enjoys providing the information and guidance necessary for students to navigate the changes successfully. She works to enable her advisees to complete degree programs which meet their personal and professional goals, efficiently and effectively.

Cherie Primarily Advises These Programs

  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Humanities (Interdisciplinary & Spanish)
  • Political Science

Lauren Little

Lauren Little
  • Advisor, Psychology and English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 115B

About Lauren
Lauren is originally from the Dayton, Ohio area. She earned her bachelor’s in Middle Childhood Education (2012) and master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration (2014), both from Wright State University. In addition to advising, she also teaches Basic Career Development for students looking to explore majors and begin career exploration as well as posts to the school’s Twitter page (HSS_IUEast). Lauren previously worked at Wright State University and Ohio State University working in offices ranging from admissions, academic advising, and career development. She is an active member of the National Career Development Association and the Career Development Professionals of Indiana. Lauren enjoys taking yoga classes at Journey's Yoga Studio, visiting with friends, and travelling.

Lauren’s Advising Philosophy
Lauren sees academic advising as an opportunity to establish partnerships with students as they begin their college career at IU East. The transition to college can be a challenge. With the right support so Lauren actively engages her advisees to ensure streamlined communication involving degree completion, registration information, and school updates. She also helps students become aware of support systems at IU East and to create effective strategies to reach academic goals. Career conversations are incorporated into every advising session to connect degree choices with employment opportunities following college life. She enjoys being a resource as students navigate college life.

Lauren Primarily Advises These Programs

  • Psychology
  • English
  • Sociology

John Burkhart

John Burkhart
  • Advisor, BGS and Communication Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 115A

About John
John completed his bachelor’s degree in General Studies at Ball State University, with minors in Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, and Sociology. He earned his master’s degree with Indiana University East in 2014, graduating from the Master of Science in Management program. John comes to IU East from Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, where he worked with students in academic advising and served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching both first-year experience courses and in the School of Business.

John’s Advising Philosophy
As an academic advisor, John’s primary objective is to help students navigate successfully through their academic career while exploring both educational and career options. He feels it is his responsibility to stay relevant and help students understand the complexity of post-secondary education, providing assistance with appropriate resources, referrals, internships, course selection, and the like.

John Primarily Advises These Programs

  • Communications
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • General Studies

Patricia Doughty

Patricia Doughty
  • Administrative Secretary, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 115

Why Contact Pat
Pat makes advising appointments for the academic advisors: Cherie, Lauren and John. Pat works with students to find an available time to discuss their academic goals. Appointments can be in-person or phone. Students should have their student ID ready when they call!

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