Advising Model for Humphrey School Students

Student Services
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

280 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Humphrey School students have access to all faculty advisors and graduate program coordinators. Advisors and coordinators work in concert with students and with each other to promote academic success and progress. Two specific advisors are assigned for each student –- a faculty advisor and a graduate program coordinator.

Students can request a change in faculty advisor by contacting their graduate program coordinator.

The information below defines the roles and responsibilities of each person in the advising relationship, including the student.

The professionals listed below work in concert to promote the academic success and progress of students.

Understanding the role of each position, including your own, enables you to get the most direct and accurate assistance from the appropriate people. Review suggestions for meeting with your advisor.


Faculty Advisor

  • Specific to his/her area of academic and professional expertise, works with assigned advisees to provide advice, counsel, and guidance regarding concentration and elective course selection, internships, professional connections, and career development
  • Helps advisees understand professional goals and assists in designing concentration and elective courses to meet those goals
  • Can, but does not necessarily serve as committee chair or committee member on final professional papers. For Plan A theses, the advisor must serve on the final examination committee
  • May assist advisee in identifying and selecting paper committee members and/or chair
  • For final papers where he/she serves as committee chair, supervises and ensures completion of professional papers and masters theses (Plan A) by end of relevant semester, setting and communicating clear expectations regarding timelines, format, etc. for paper completion
  • May serve on paper committees for both advisees and non-advisees

Student Responsibilities

  • Keep Program Planning Worksheet up to date and have available to share with advisor
  • Utilize office hours or make (and keep) appointments
  • Use faculty time effectively by coming to meetings prepared with focused, professional questions
  • Read and respond to all emails and correspondence from faculty advisor
  • Follow recommended timelines for professional paper completion

All Faculty

  • Specific to area of academic and professional expertise, are available to work with all students to provide advice, counsel, and guidance regarding course selection, internships, professional connections, and career options

Student Responsibilities

  • Utilize office hours or make (and keep) appointments
  • Use faculty time effectively by coming to meetings prepared with focused, professional questions

Graduate Program Coordinators

MPP, MURP and Ph.D.: Carla Mantel, coordinator, [email protected]. Virtual meetings available by appointment.

MHR: Amelia Shindelar, coordinator, [email protected]. Virtual meetings available by scheduling an appointment.

MS-STEP and MPP-STEP: Olivia Schares, coordinator, [email protected]. Virtual meetings available by appointment. Email for availability.

MPA: Jen Guyer-Wood, professional advisor and Director of Career and Professional Development, [email protected]. Virtual meetings available by appointment.

MDP: Dave Willsey, MDP Director, [email protected] or Laura Bell, ICGC Administrator, [email protected]. Email for availability.

In collaboration and consultation with program faculty, professional academic advisors may:

  • Serve as first advising contact to explore student interests, first-semester registration, & faculty advising recommendations
  • Assist in designing a plan to complete the program, including selection of concentrations and courses
  • Review Program Planning Worksheets, Graduate Degree Plans or GPAS, requests for exceptions, and petitions

Student Responsibilities

  • Review registrations modules in summer prior to start and attend Fall Welcome activities
  • Read and understand academic policies here
  • Be aware of registration and drop/add deadlines and register in a timely fashion
  • Read and respond to all University, Humphrey, HSS, and advisor emails and correspondence
  • Complete required paperwork in a timely manner, as prompted by graduate program coordinator and student services emails & posted deadlines
  • Inform graduate program coordinator of changes in concentration, Graduate Degree Plan or GPAS, graduation date, contact information, name, etc.
  • Inform graduate program coordinator and faculty advisor of potential problems and need for assistance before reaching crisis point
  • Utilize office hours or make (and keep) appointments
  • Come to meetings prepared with focused, professional questions