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Graduate Advising

Graduate students should consult the relevant program directors for academic advising. Once a student has chosen a commitee chair, that faculty member becomes the student's chief source of advice.

The Graduate Advisors can answer most general questions and are a valuable source of information and advice. You may contact them first when you have an advising question. For general questions, please contact The Graduate Program Handbooks are also a valuable source of information, and general questions will be answered through the FAQs.

If students are unable to see advisors during scheduled office hours, they may email for an appointment. Because of the diverse demands on these advisors, please attend any appointment you schedule. If you have to cancel, contact the advisor in advance. 

Graduate Advisors

Sheila Luna, Senior Program Manager
RBHL 125, (480) 965-3194
Advising: PhD programs, PhD Funding, Graduate Certificates

Kira Assad, Program Manager
RBHL 124, (480) 965-7454
Advising: MTESOL Online and MAS Film and Media Studies

Justin Petropoulos, Program Manager
RBHL 152, (480) 727-9130
Advising: MFA Creative Writing, Accelerated BA/MA English (Creative Writing), MFA Funding

Elizabeth Downs, Academic Success Advisor
RBHL 126, (480) 727-3133
Advising: MA English (English Studies) online

Samantha Franze, Academic Success Advisor
RBHL 139, (480) 727-3135
Advising: MTESOL (Tempe), MA programs (Tempe), Accelerated Programs


Elenore Long, Director of Graduate Studies (RBHL 154)
Email for appointment

Kathleen Hicks, Director of Online Programs (RBHL 151)
Email for appointment

Julia Himberg, MAS Film and Media Studies (RBHL 167)
Email for appointment

Jonathan Hope, Literature (RBHL 155)
Email for appointment

Jessica Early, English Education (RBHL 163)
Email for appointment

Matthew Prior, MTESOL/Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (RBHL 159)
Email for appointment

Mark Hannah, Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies (RBHL 165)
Email for appointment

Claudia Sadowski-Smith, MA Comparative Literature 
Email for appointment

Sally Ball, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (RBHL 355)
Email for appointment

Elly van Gelderen, Linguistics Certificate 
Email for appointment

Ron Broglio or Gregory Castle, Critcal Theory Certificate 
Email for appointment or