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, Liz, Kierstan & 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.

Liz Ferris

Liz Ferris
  • Advisor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 115B

About Liz
Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Taylor University in 1994. She completed a Master of Science in Management at IU East in 2013. Prior to her advisor role, Liz served as the Career & Experiential Learning Coordinator at IU East, assisting students and alumni with career and graduate school planning, résumé and cover letter writing, job search planning and internship placement and tracking. She also spent ten years working at IU East as coordinator and assistant coordinator for the east central Indiana Twenty-first Century Scholars Program support site. Additionally, she served as an area director for Greater Richmond Young Life and was a houseparent at two different residential facilities in the Indianapolis area. Top life experiences include running two marathons and co-leading a Young Life wilderness hiking trip in British Columbia. She enjoys outdoor exercise, playing keyboard and guitar and singing.

Liz's Advising Philosophy
Liz believes it is important to understand where students are coming from and what their individual goals are in pursuing higher education.  Whether a new student immediately out of high school, a transfer student, or a full-time career person finishing a degree, Liz desires to advise holistically based on an individual's needs.  She enjoys connecting advisees to resources and networks that will enhance and support academic and career success.  She believes the "why" is just as important as the "how," and helps students create effective strategies to reach academic and career goals. 

Liz Primarily Advises These Programs

  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Kierstan Barbre

Kierstan Barbre
  • Advisor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 765-973-8484
  • Tom Raper Hall 115A

About Kierstan
Kierstan earned her bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1996.  In 2015, she completed her Masters of Science in Management at IU East.  Prior to joining IU East, Kierstan worked with a local not-for profit agency which seeks to address potential barriers that impact student success in school.  Her roles within the agency included working with potential first-generation students and their families towards academic success. She also helped to facilitate college and career explorations, coordination of the RCS Early College Preparatory Academy mentoring program, and was a point person for the Twenty-First Century Scholars program within the school she served. Beyond her devotion to family, Kierstan enjoys playing music with friends, cooking, furniture restoration and dabbling in multiple art forms.

Kierstan Primarily Advises These Programs

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • General Studies
  • History
  • Music
  • Psychology

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, Liz, and Kierstan. 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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