STPEC

Advisors work with students to help them conceptualize what they want to get out of the major.

Advising for STPEC Majors


Advising is an important component of the Program. Advisors work with students not to tell them what to do, but to help with conceptualizing what they want to ultimately get out of the major. Because of the interdepartmental course offerings, and variety of possible directions, students need to plan their course of studies and activities carefully. During registration time students MUST meet with an advisor in the STPEC office to plan course selection for the next semester before they will be able to register for courses for the coming semester. Students are also encouraged to drop in to the office any time for advice, assistance, and support.

Advisors for Current STPEC Majors


New student meetings are intended for students who have already had an initial session with a STPEC Advisor. To sign up for a new student meeting time please visit the STPEC office.
To schedule a first time meeting with a STPEC Advisor please contact the STPEC office at
413 545-0043 or visit us in E-27A Machmer Hall.

Advisor in the Major

If you are a STPEC Major, you may see any STPEC staff person for basic advising. To schedule a general appointment please call 545-0043. Students may be seen on a walk-in basis depending on staff availability. Advisors who can help you include peer advisors, Academic Advisors, the Internship Director, and the Program Coordinator.

Can help with:
• Course selection in the major
• Checking your progress toward completing major requirements
• General issues about the major
• Add requests for STPEC courses not available on SPIRE.
• Running and reading degree audits

Chief Academic Advisor

To schedule an appointment to see Katherine Mallory, STPEC Interim Chief Academic Advisor, please use the google calendar, call 545-0137, or e-mail stpecinternship@sbs.umass.edu. Students may be seen on a walk-in basis depending on staff availability.

Can help with:
• Checking your progress toward completing major requirements
• Approval for courses which are not on the STPEC Recommended Course List, including prior approvals for national and international study programs and transfer of STPEC related courses taken at other universities. For additional information on this process click here.
• Academic Advisor Credit Alert holds.
• Special academic issues and problems.

Internship Director

To schedule an appointment to see Katherine Mallory, the Chief Academic Advisor and Internship Director, please us the google calendar, call 545-0137 or e-mail stpecinternship@sbs.umass.edu.

Can help with:
• All questions regarding the STPEC Internship requirement, including approval of Internship placement.
• Questions regarding internships which will not fulfill the STPEC Internship requirement.

Assistant Academic Advisor

To schedule an appointment to see Tyler Rocco-Chaffee, STPEC Assistant Academic Advisor, please use the google calendar, call 545-0043, or e-mail stpecadvising@sbs.umass.edu. Students may be seen on a walk-in basis depending on staff availability.

Can help with:
• Checking your progress toward completing major requirements and planning future semesters
• Approval for national and international study programs and transfer of STPEC related courses taken at other universities.
• Academic Advisor Credit Alert holds.
• Special academic issues and problems.

Program Coordinator

To schedule an appointment to see Deborah Reiter, the STPEC Program Coordinator, please call 545-6398 or e-mail stpec@sbs.umass.edu. Students may be seen on a walk-in basis depending on staff availability.

Can help with:
• Checking your progress toward completing major requirements and planning for future semesters.
• Running and reading degree audits
• General issues about the major
• Add requests for STPEC courses not available on SPIRE including:
Registration for internships which will not fulfill the STPEC Internship requirement;
Registration for Independent Studies.
• Special academic issues and problems.

Global Education Advising Office

If STPEC is your primary major, you must complete a 5-course Global Education College requirement or you will not graduate.  Visit the Global Education Advising Office (Thompson 128, tel. 577-1058) as soon as you are admitted to the major. Your SPIRE Degree Progress Report will not work properly for Global Education until you visit this office and declare an option.

Can help with:
• All questions pertaining to the Global Ed requirement
• Declaring a Global Education option

Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising Office

STPEC Majors should visit the Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising Office (Thompson 128, tel. 577-9277,) for any matter (such as those listed below) requiring a Dean’s approval or signature. 

Can help with:
• Approving late adds, late drops, late changes in grading basis
• Course withdrawals
• Enrolling in more than 18 credits during a semester
• Petitions to enroll beyond the 10th  semester
• Dean’s holds
• Reinstatement from suspension or dismissal
• Complicated Gen Ed requirement questions

Senior Staff in the Records Office

The Senior Staff in the Records Office are responsible for clearing seniors for graduation (Whitmore 201, tel. 545-0555).

Can help with:
• Clearing university (Gen Ed) requirements
• Final clearances for graduation
• Changes in degree (graduation) dates

Career Counseling

Mr. Tommie Joyner, Assistant Director of Career Planning, Career Services (Goodell 512C, tel. 577-0417).

Can help with:
• Career advising
• Resume writing
• Job Fairs