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Council of Academic Advisors


Valparaiso University is committed to excellence. That same commitment to academic excellence is extended to advising practices. Entering students are assigned an academic advisor to assist them in selecting a curriculum, meeting university requirements, and making the most of their studies.

Your advisor can sign your registration forms, S/U forms, degree application forms, and other various paperwork, but that is not the extent that your advisor can assist you in reaching your goals and getting your degree.

Your advisor is able to help in many ways:

  • Improve your study habits
  • Improve your test taking skills
  • Arrange your schedule for a study abroad
  • Prepare for the career fair
  • Link you to campus resources
  • Direct you to counseling services on campus
  • Keep on top of deadlines
  • Add a minor
  • Provide career resources
  • Keep you informed of campus activities
  • Listen

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own education and are expected to read the catalog, know the policies and follow your plan of study, but your advisor will help navigate the way for you.

CAA Vision Statement

The Valparaiso University Council of Academic Advisors will be recognized in higher education for exemplary academic advising and as a resource for best practices in fostering student success.

CAA Mission Statement

The CAA strives to empower students to reflect on their vocations, take ownership of their education and professional development, and to lead and serve in the ever-changing global community

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University Advisors:

Patricia Jarosz

Patty Jarosz Advisor of First and Second Year Students and Pre-Engineers Chair of the Council of Academic Advisors, College of Engineering

Zachary King

Zach King Associate Dean of Christ College

Adrian Lee

Adrian A. Lee, Sr. Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences College of Arts and Sciences

Brett Calland

Brett Calland Advising and Practical Experience Coordinator College of Business

Deborah Singer

Deborah Singer Assistant Dean of the College of Business


Laura Sanders Assistant Dean for Student Success
Advisor of Transfer Students
College of Engineering

Nick Rosasco

Nick Rosasco MS-Cyber Security Graduate Programs

Kim Tomkiewicz

Kimberly Jana Tomkiewicz Computing & Info Sciences Graduate Programs


Janneal Gifford Advisor of Nursing College of Nursing and Health Professions

Jennifer Easthope

Jennifer Easthope Academic Advisor College of Nursing and Health Professions


Jennifer Smolnicky Advisor of BSN Transfer, Accelerated, and International Students College of Nursing and Health Professions