University of Minnesota Duluth
CLA Advising

Office Location & Contact Information

CLA Advising & Academic Services

University of Minnesota Duluth - College of Liberal Arts
Kirby Plaza 310, 1208 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812-3095
phone (218) 726-8180
fax (218) 726-6386

Pam Spencer, Assistant to the Dean
310 Kirby Plaza

I have worked within the CLA Advising office since 1994. Throughout my time with CLA, I have had many opportunities to be involved and learn a variety of policies, procedures, and systems. My role has evolved from an advisor to the Assistant to the Dean. I continue to advise probationary students, but have become involved in assisting CLA faculty develop new courses and programs, and help coordinate how new courses and programs are designed and managed across the curriculum. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UMD with criminology and sociology majors. Later, I completed the Master of Education at UMD.

Committee Involvment: CLA Academic Affairs, CLA Administrative Committee, Academic Advising Committee, Registrar’s Academic Advising Directors

Strengths: Learner, Analytical, Self-Assurance, Relator, Restorative

Emily Hicks, Academic Advisor
310 Kirby Plaza

I recently joined the CLA Advising team in March 2015. I work with new undeclared freshman and new declared freshman in Environment and Sustainability, Geography, Geographic Information Science,History, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, and Urban and Regional Studies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Lake Forest College with a major in Studio Art and Communication, and received a master’s degree from The University of Oklahoma in Landscape Architecture with a focus in Regionaland City Planning and Sustainability. Professionally, I have been working in higher education for approximately 10 years. I enjoy helping students explore the many academic opportunities available at UMD and love seeing students realize their passions and potential. Please feel free to stop by anytime – I’m happy to help.

Committee Involvement: Advisement and Registration Committee, Academic Advising Committee

Strengths: Input, Empathy, Connectedness, Learner, Developer

Gail Mentzel, Academic Advisor
310 Kirby Plaza

I have been an Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts since 2008. I work with new undeclared freshman and new declared freshman in Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and students returning to the college to complete their degrees. Working with students as they declare or confirm their major is an important and exciting part of my job. Previously, I taught study skills and time-management classes, and enjoy helping students improve their college success strategies. Throughout my undergraduate experience, work as an admissions counselor, and completion of my master’s degree, my commitment to higher education and working with undergraduate students has grown. My position in the College of Liberal Arts as an academic advisor is my dream job. Students are my priority, and are welcome to stop by to see me anytime.

Committee Involvement: Liberal Education sub-Committee, Academic Advising Committee, and the CLA Change Team

Strengths: Achiever, Intellection, Input, Learner, Deliberative

Shelly Mann, Academic Advisor
310 Kirby Plaza

I became an Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts in 2012. I work with new undeclared freshman and new declared freshman in Communication, American Indian Studies, English, Writing Studies, and Foreign Languages and Literatures. I graduated from Bethany College with a double major in Sociology and Administration of Justice, and I have a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Fort Hays State University. I have worked in higher education since 2004 and enjoy working with students as they navigate their educational journey.

Committee Involvement: Academic Advising Committee and the College of Liberal Arts Scholarship Committee

Strengths: Intellection, Learner, Consistency, Relator, Responsibility


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