First Year Advising Staff

Our First-Year Advisors are each aligned with specific schools and colleges, which allows us to provide unique attention to student plans & enhance our campus connections. Students should work directly with their assigned First-Year Advisors regarding any questions or concerns they have.

In addition, each of our Associate Directors works directly with specific schools and colleges within the University. If you are an AU employee or campus partner with questions about how our office aligns with academic units, please see our Associate Directors and which schools they act as liasons to below:

Student Advising Appointments

To meet with your first year advisor, you can book an appointment through your advisor's specific link. You can find your assigned advisor's name in Eagle Service under the "Advising" tab.

Make an Appointment

Additional Advising Support

For additional advising support, please visit our First Year Course Registration page, which will include information on classes to register for, how to use Eagle Service, and more.

Registration Support

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Roshan Abraham AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

Roshan Abraham (he/him/his) holds a PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to his current position at AU, Roshan was an Assistant Professor of Classics and Religio

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Catherine Brewer AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

Cate Brewer (she/her) holds a BA in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cate joined the First-Year Advising team in Ma

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Gina Davidson AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

Gina Davidson (she/her) earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and her Master of Arts in College Student Person

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Megan Gayken AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

I started at AU in October of 2022 as an AUx Instructor and First-Year Advisor. Before coming to AU, I taught first-year writing courses, worked as a researcher, and managed literary and education eve

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SangHee Jeong AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

SangHee Jeong has devoted her recent ten years in higher education, helping students find their community and promoting cross-cultural awareness. She works as an academic advisor and AUx instructor, g

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Kimberly Lorjuste AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS | Academic Support

Kimberly Lorjuste (she/her/hers) is a fierce advocate for women and underserved populations. Her passion for creating connections and experiences that uplift, improve, and build communities has shaped

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Robert Osborne AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

Carry Osborne (he/him) holds a PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He joined AU in 2021 as a First Year Advisor and AUx Instructor. He began teaching in the Department of Philosophy and Re

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Kelly Pengelly Adjunct Instructor UEAS

Kelly Pengelly serves as an American University First Year Advisor and AUx Instructor. She leverages over 30 years of international higher education and cross-cultural and student development experien

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Jenice Sabb-Dumas Adjunct Professorial Lect UEAS

Jenice Sabb-Dumas holds an Ed.D. in Education, Culture, and Society from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.  Jenice has labored 30+ years in higher education demonstrating leadership, in

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David Salgado Senior Instructor & Advisor, First Year Advising UEAS | Academic Support

David Salgado (He/Him) is an AUx Instructor, First Year Advisor, and Adjunct Professor for the Department of Art. David is an alumnus of American University, B.A in Studio Art and Communication Studie

Michelle Swiger AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS | Academic Support

Michelle Swiger (she/her/hers) is an AUx Instructor and Advisor. Previously, she worked in the Center for Community Engagement and Service. In this role she managed large-scale community engagement pr

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Jacob Wilson AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

Jacob Wilson (he/him) joined AU’s office of First Year Advising in August 2023 and has enjoyed teaching, advising, and empowering first year students ever since. Jacob brings over a decade of varied e

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Rachel Wu-Pong Associate Director, First Year Advising UEAS | Academic Support

Hailing from Iowa, Rachel Wu-Pong (she/her/hers) is a Midwesterner at heart loving big-city life in DC. Prior to this role, Rachel worked in international student Admissions, Orientation, and large-sc

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Gretchen York AUx Instructor & Advisor UEAS

Gretchen York (she/her/hers) holds a PhD in English from the University of Virginia. Before coming to her current position at AU, Gretchen was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Washington a