In support of SOU’s commitment to the well-being and success of all learners we are excited to introduce our new team of Student Success Coordinators; a group of professionals dedicated to outstanding student service. 

This team 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 their 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 are assigned a student success coordinator 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.

Division & Majors

Student Success Coordinator

Contact info

Division of Business, Communication & the Environment (BCE)
  • Business (M/m)
    - Business Majors last names G-Z
  • Communication (M/m)
  • Environmental Science and Policy (M/m)

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Robin Williams

Office: Central Hall 114
Phone: 541-552-8236
Make an appointment with Robin in Handshake.
Drop-In Hours: M-F 12:30-1:30pm

Division of Health/PE, Education and Leadership (HPEL) 
  • Elementary Education (M/m)
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE) (M)
  • Healthcare Administration (M)
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership (OAL) (M/m)
  • Military Science (m)
Pre-Professional Programs
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

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Burel Ford

Office: Hawthorne Hall 14
Office: Ed/Psych 161
Phone: 541-552-7154
Make an appointment with Burel in Handshake.
Drop-In Hours: M-F 12:30-1:30pm

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

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Edward Derr

Office: Central Hall 259
Phone: 541-552-6624
Make an appointment with Edward in Handshake.
Drop-In Hours: M-F 12:30-1:30pm

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

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Karen Bolda

Office: Art Building 118 MWF
Office: Music Building 225 TR
Phone: 541-552-6735
Make an appointment with Karen in Handshake.
Drop In Hours: M-F 12:30-1:30pm

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

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Andrew Clum

Office: Science Building 182
Phone: 541-552-6472
Make an appointment with Andrew in Handshake.
Drop-In Hours: MWF 1-3pm, TR 8:30-10am 

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

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Lea Griess


Office: Taylor Hall 101
Phone: 541-552-6254
Make an appointment with Lea in Handshake.
Drop-In Hours: Mon/Tues 11:30-1pm, Wed-Fri 1:30-3pm
Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS)
If you have not yet decided your major then UGS is the place for you!
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (M)
  • Undeclared/Exploratory
Degree in 3 Programs:
  • Accelerated Baccalaureate (Acc Bacc)
  • Jackson/Josephine Pledge (Jack/Jo)

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Donny Nickelson


Office: Computing Services 210
Make an appointment with Donny in Handshake.
Drop-In Hours: 12:30-1:30pm
Medford Campus/Higher Education Center (HEC)
  • Innovation & Leadership (INL) (M)
  • Human Service (M)

Stacey Derrig

Stacey Derrig
Medford Campus (HEC) Academic Advisor

Office: HEC 102
Phone: 541-552-8118
Email Stacey to make an appointment in Medford or call Medford office at 541-552-8107 (for appointments with Stacey only).

M = Major
m = minor

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)

Photo of Tanya Blakeley, CCJ Program Coordinator

Tanya Blakeley

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


K. C. Sam

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

OHSU School of Nursing Paulette Mellecker

Office: Churchill Hall 241
Phone: 541-552-6256
Email Paulette 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

Max Brooks, Career Connections Coordinator

Office: Library 113A
Phone: 541-552-6131
Make an appointment with Max in Handshake.

Lauren Tuosto, Career Connections Graduate Assistant

Office: Taylor Hall 101 
Phone: TBA
Make an appointment with Lauren in Handshake.

Scheduling Appointments:

Many of the Student Success Coordinators' calendars can now be found in Handshake, the new career connections portal for students!

Handshake can be found in the Online Services box on the main page in InsideSOU. Once you log into Handshake select "Career Center" from the top right menu and select "Appointments". You'll then be able to schedule a new appointment for either career or academic advising. 

If you are not sure who to contact please call 541-552-6213 to make an appointment with any advisor or student success coordinator. 

Have a quick question for any advisor or student success coordinator? Please email us at