In support of SOU’s commitment to the well-being and success of all learners, each academic division houses a student success coordinator. This team of professionals are dedicated to outstanding student service and will provide innovative and holistic solutions for students and will serve as a key resource for helping students navigate university policies and procedures. Student success coordinators will assist students with students' transition to the university, aligning students’ career goals with academic majors, utilizing academic plans to promote a path to graduation and providing opportunities to enhance career exploration and preparation. 

All students have access to their student success coordinator through their academic division and major to support their academic success and engagement during their time at SOU. Find your student success coordinator based on your academic major and division below.

Scheduling Appointments:

Current student steps to schedule an appointment with your SSC:

1. Download the Navigate app by looking for Navigate Student in the App Store or Google Play
2. Sign-in using your SOU username and password
3. Complete the intake survey, then tap on appointments and follow the on-screen instructions.

Division & Majors

Student Success Coordinator

Contact info

Division of Business, Communication & the Environment (BCE)
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Digital Cinema
  • Environmental Science and Policy 

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Robin Williams

  • Business students with last names P-Z
  • Communication
  • Digital Cinema
  • Environmental Science & Policy

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Edward Derr 
Business students with last names A-O

Office: Central Hall 114
Phone: 541-552-8236

Make an appointment with Robin with the Navigate app.





Office: Central Hall 259
Phone: 541-552-6624

Make an appointment with Edward with the Navigate app.

Division of Education, Health and Leadership (DEHL) 
  • Elementary Education 
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE) 
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership (OAL) 
  • Military Science 
Pre-Professional Programs
  • Physical Therapy

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Mary Patridge

Office: Ed/Psych 161
Phone: 541-552-7154

Make an appointment with Mary with the Navigate app

Division of Humanities & Culture
  • Business: Edward supports business majors with last names A-O
  • English 
  • International Studies 
  • Foreign Language & Literatures 
  • Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (GSWS) 
  • Native American Studies (NAS) 
  • Philosophy 

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Edward Derr

Office: Central Hall 259
Phone: 541-552-6624

Make an appointment with Edward with the Navigate app.

Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA)
  • Creative Writing 
  • Emerging Media & Digital Arts (EMDA) 
  • Music 
  • Shakespeare Studies 
  • Theatre 
  • Visual Arts
    • Art 
    • Art History 

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Karen Bolda

Office: Art Building 118 
Phone: 541-552-6735

Make an appointment with Karen with the Navigate app.

Division of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Mathematics 
Pre-Professional Programs:
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dentistry
  • Medical Technology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Veterinary Medicine

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Alison Rutledge


Office: Science Building 182 
Phone: 541-552-6472

Make an appointment with Alison with the Navigate app.

Math Placement Exam Information

Math Placement Level Information

Division of Social Sciences
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ) 
  • Economics 
  • Healthcare Administration
  • History 
  • Human Services 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology & Anthropology (SOAN) 
Pre-Professional Programs:
  • Counseling
  • Law
  • Social Work



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Lea Griess
Office: Taylor Hall 101|
Phone: 541-552-6254 

Make an appointment with Lea with the Navigate app.


Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)
If you have not yet decided your major then UGS is the place for you!
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Undeclared/Exploratory
  • Career and Major Exploration Advising

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Josh Tinney

Josh Tinney
Office: Central Hall 222
Phone: 541-552-6290

Make an appointment with Josh in the Navigate app - availability coming soon.

Program Coordinators:

In addition to student success coordinators, some majors have program coordinators or advisors to assist you as well.


Program Coordinator

Contact Info

Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ)

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Tanya Blakeley

Office: Taylor Hall 118
Phone: 541-552-8095
Email Tanya to make an appointment. 


K. C. Sam

Office: Ed/Psych 142
Phone: 541-552-6936
Email K. C. to make an appointment.

Career Connections:

SOU's Office of Career Connections provides resources to assist students from all academic programs and class years to identify and achieve their individual career goals. We welcome all students, and embrace opportunities to collaborate with employers, graduate and professional schools, faculty and staff, and student organizations in order to provide the highest quality of service to our students. Contact Career Connections below:

Career Connections Staff

Contact Info

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Max Brooks, Career Connections Coordinator

Office: SU 312D
Phone: 541-552-6131
Make an appointment with Max with the Navigate app


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Josh Tinney, Career Advisor

Office: Central Hall 222
Phone: 541-552-6290

Make an appointment with Josh in the Navigate app - availability coming soon.

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