First Year Advisement Center



The Academic Advisement Center serves freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students with fewer than 60 hours.  A dual Professional and Faculty Advisors program help students develop academic plans compatible with educational and life goals.  The center also provides information related to university regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to graduation requirements and makes referrals for needed resources and academic support services.

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Undergraduate Studies in cooperation with the Academic Colleges and Schools is responsible for advising all first-time freshman, sophomores, and transfer students with less than sixty (60) hours. Juniors, seniors and transfer students with 60 or more hours are advised in their academic colleges and departments.  The First Year Professional and Faculty Advisors deliver advisement services in an effective and efficient manner to all students.  Specifically, the faculty advisors provide advising related to the students program of study.  The professional advisors provide advisement regarding general education requirements, registration procedures and academic policy. 

This advisement model ensures that new students have access to a specialist in the advising needs and issues of first-year students and connects student to faculty in their academic departments. The strength of the model is that it provides more than one delivery system for first year students with the strengths of each collaborating together. This dual process allows faculty and professional advisors to ensure that all academic advisement needs are met while utilizing the six components of the Appreciative Advisement Model.

Both the first-year professional and faculty advisors are skilled listeners, knowledgeable of the discipline and career opportunities and serve as referral agents for other support services at Jackson State University. They are knowledgeable about university, college, and departmental policies and procedures and accessible to students via office hours, phone, and e-mail

 The Academic Advisement Center houses the professional academic advisors on the campus of Jackson State University.  This center provides information related to university regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to graduation requirements and makes referrals for needed resources and academic support services.


To further student development, the Academic Advisement Center at Jackson State University seeks to:

  • Assist students in developing an academic program/plan consistent with their goals and natural strengths.
  • Assist students in selecting appropriate classes after viewing/reviewing course curriculum
  • Connect students with campus resources
  • Provide accurate and timely information about the College's policies, procedures and resources.  Assist in the interpretation of academic policies and requirements. 
  • Promote student accountability/responsibility



  • Registration of courses
  • Change of major
  • Drop/add/withdraw capabilities
  • Excused absences
  • Advisement and academic planning
  • Tutorial referrals
  • Curriculum Guides
  • Research Opportunities (CUR)
  • Workshops and Seminars (Academic Advisement Week)


Undergraduate Professional Advisors

Professional Advisor              Office                    Advisee Letter              Phone Number

David Atkins                        Engineering 246           Summer Bridge               601.979.0547


Edna Caston                        Charles F. Moore 101         FR/SO                        601.979.0839 


F. Janelle Hannah-Jefferson    Charles F. Moore 110A     G,I,M,P                   601.979.1356


LaTonya Robinson-Kanonu     Charles F. Moore 202        S, U                          601.979.1494


Josie Latham                        Engineering 246            Summer Bridge                601.979.0562


Clarence Lowe                  Charles F. Moore 120          R,T,W,X                       601.979.3700    


Venetia Miller                   Charles F. Moore 105B       Honors College            601.979.6970


Felicia Russell                  Charles F. Moore 110 D        FR/SO                      601.979.2826


Shandra Thompson           Charles F. Moore 116         B,E,J,L                         601.979.1301


Kenya Washington           Charles. F. Moore 110B     A,D,F,O                         601.979.2825


Sonya Webster               Charles F. Moore 117              Y,Z                            601.979.1251


Kafond Wilder                  Charles F. Moore 110E         C,H,K,N                      601.979.3341


Professional Transfer Advisor           Office                       Advisee Letter         Phone Number

Jennifer Scott-Gilmore                       Charles F. Moore 214           A-I, R-Z                      601.979.3339


LaKesha Tubbs                                Charles F. Moore 116               R-Z                            601.979.3345


Patricia Sheriff-Taylor                       Charles F. Moore 113             J-Q                            601.979.2320



Professional Academic Advising Affiliations:

National Academic Advising Association:  NACADA

Mississippi Advisors:  MAM



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F. Janelle Hannah Jefferson

Coordinator of Academic Advisement/Chief Academic Advisor

(601)979-2127 ext. 1356


This activity is funded in part by Title III.