Lea Spring 2018Student Success is a priority within the Division of Social Sciences. By providing resources and opportunities in academic advising, career exploration, academic success, leadership development and student engagement the social science faculty and staff place your holistic success at the center of their work. 

All students are assigned a student success coordinator to support their academic success and engagement during their time at SOU. Additionally, most students will have an assigned faculty advisor to support them through their major.

Lea Griess is the Social Sciences Student Success Coordinator. To learn more about student success and engagement opportunities within the division contact Lea here: griessl@sou.edu,  541-552-6254, Taylor Hall 101, or make an appointment in Handshake! 

Originally from Veneta, OR, I earned my bachelor's degree in Sociology from Pacific University in 2011. My undergraduate experience both in and out of the classroom, pushed me to critically think about social injustices in the world and question the status quo. I continued my passion for social change in higher education, earning my M.Ed. from OSU in College Student Services Administration in 2014. With a focus on students’ holistic success, I found my professional niche in academic advising, career exploration and leadership development. My roles at Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Valley and Southern Oregon University have intersected these three areas. In my free time I love hiking, crafting, gardening, board games, and spending time with my partner and our pups.

Lea's Advising Calendar 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. Email Lea at griessl@sou.edu with questions.

Advisor Assignment and Curriculum Update Links for Faculty Advisors:

Curriculum Update Form - Faculty advisors may use this form to change students' majors, minors, catalog year, concentrations, degree and certificates.

Advisor Assignment Form - Facutly advisors may use this form to assign students to major advisors.