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Academic Advising

Advising at CAHNRS


Advising at Washington State University is a valued partnership with students, faculty, and administrators that builds educational relationships integral to academic success.


Academic advising builds collaborative student-centered relationships that support achievement of personal development and academic success.


  • An academic advising program valued by students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • An academic advising program that focuses on student-centered relationships.
  • An academic advising program with consistency and clarity of message.

If you have any questions please contact the Academic Programs Office in CAHNRS at (509)335-4562 or

Find Your Advisor Below

Student Responsibilities

  • Schedule regular appointments with your advisor (minimum one per semester).
  • Arrive on time. If you are late, you may need to reschedule.
  • Bring your questions!
  • Consider your values and goals and be honest with your advisor about these.
  • Regularly check your WSU email.
  • Gather relevant decision-making information and necessary materials (Academic Requirement Report, transfer information, tentative course selections, forms, etc.)
  • Discuss challenges affecting academic performance i.e. study skills, course requirements, personal concerns, and more.
  • Research WSU resources with The Academic Success and Career Center:
    – Tutoring
    – Study skills workshops
    – Student success courses
  • Ask when it’s best drop courses or to take a course pass-fail or audit.
  • Ask about career considerations, internships, study abroad, and changing directions/major/interests.
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward your academic goals
  • Remember: This is YOUR degree! Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions that affect your educational progress and goals.

Academic Advisor Responsibilities

  • Be accessible, knowledgeable, and informed, and demonstrate care and respect.
  • Maintain confidentiality in the advising relationship.
  • Guide students as they define and develop their goals.
  • Encourage students to be responsible for their educational plans, options, and achievements.
  • Understand and effectively communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures.
  • Guide students in the selection of appropriate courses each semester, particularly considering time to graduation and course prerequisites.
  • Keep a record of advising appointments
  • Visit all relevant websites, required trainings, and understand resources available to students.
  • Support students with information about and strategies for utilizing resources and services available on campus and in the community.
  • Lift advising holds.

Advisor Contacts

Name Discipline Location Phone Email
Dr. Colette Casavant Agricultural & Food Systems / Integrated Plant Sciences HULB 401G 509.335.8406
Shanna Hiscock Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles JHSN Hall C13 509.335.3823
Mary Ohnemus Animal Sciences CLARK 117 509.335.5274
Rebecca Liao Economic Sciences, AFS Business Economics HULB 103K 509.335.1667
Jodi Anderson Food Science FSHN 106 509.335.4763
Ade Snider Horticulture JHSN Hall 149 509.335.9502
Alicia Woodard Human Development JHSN Tower 601C 509.335.9203
Lee Tatum School of the Environment WEB 1229 509.335.8538
Alecia Hoene School of the Environment WEB 1227 509.335.6166
Dr. Deborah Handy Human Development JHSN Tower 518 509.335.2935
Sarah Rolerkite

(WSU Vancouver)

Human Development McClaskey 203 – Vancouver 360.546.9710
Dr. Tadd Wheeler Agriculture and Technology Management JHSN Hall 509.335.7001
Dr. John Reganold Organic & Sustainable Agriculture JHSN Hall 509.335.8856
Dr. Brenda Boyd Human Development JHSN Tower 508 509.335.9642