Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Advising

Advising, in all forms, is an important part of your time here at Westfield State University. Whether you need help picking classes, want to change your major, or are looking for career advice, the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions can connect you to someone who can help!

Students are strongly encouraged to connect with their academic advisor every semester. Your academic advisor can help you pick classes and has expertise in the field you are pursuing. They are an extremely valuable resource and you should check in with them frequently.

Common Questions

When should I meet with my advisor?
There are many times when it is appropriate to meet with your advisor, such as:

  • Before you begin your first semester at Westfield State
  • Each semester before you register for classes
  • If you are having trouble in a class or with your major
  • If you would like to take a class elsewhere and transfer it in
  • If you have questions about licensing requirements
  • If you’re interested in going to graduate school

Who is my Advisor?

Students beginning in our undergraduate programs will be assigned a faculty advisor in their first semester at WSU. The advising center will assist new students with their first semester at WSU. For more information, please visit Transfer Student Advising.

For Graduate students, please see the chart below to find out who the advisor for your program is and how you should make an appointment to meet with them.

Advisors for Graduate Programs

Program How to make an appointment   Advisor
Accounting (grad) Email Erin Moore
Applied Behavior Analysis (grad) Email Jorge Reyes
Art (post-bacc) Email David Shapleigh
Biology (post-bacc/grad)


David Christensen

Counseling- Forensic (grad) Email Joseph Camilleri
Counseling-Mental Health (grad) Email Robert Hayes
Counseling-School (grad) Email Maria Letasz
Criminal Justice (grad) Email Christopher Kudlac
Education, Early Childhood (post-bacc/grad) Email Miriam Tager  
Education, Elementary (post-bacc/grad)




Stephanie Grimaldi (Fall 2022 semester)

Sandra Berkowitz (Spring 2023 semester)

Education, Moderate Disabilities (all levels) Email Tracy McLeod
Education, Reading Specialist (grad) Email Sandra Berkowitz
Education, Vocational (grad) Call (413) 572-8461 for contact information Donald Jarvis
English (post-bacc/grad) Email Glen Brewster
History (post-bacc/grad) Email John Dempsey
Language and Cultural Studies (grad cert) Email Hugo Viera
Math (post-bacc/grad) Email Chrissi Von Renesse
Movement Science (post-bacc/grad) Email Robert Rausch
Music (post-bacc  licensure) Email Andrew Bonacci
Physician Assistant Studies (grad) Email Jennifer Hixon
Public Administration Email Charles DiStefano
Social Work (grad) Email Maria del Mar Farina de Parada

What if I'm having trouble connecting with my advisor?
Students who are having trouble connecting with their advisor should contact us at (413) 572-8461 or

Where can I go if I need advice about my career path?
Students can always speak to their academic advisor for information about working in the field or going to graduate school.

Students who need more direct help with applying to jobs, constructing a resume, preparing for an interview, or finding networking opportunities, should contact the campus Career Center at (413) 572-5206 or

I'd like to change my major, who should I speak to?
Students who would like to change their major are encouraged to talk to their current advisor and the advisor for the major they wish to change into.

Changing majors can be a big decision and will affect your program of study, potentially requiring you to complete additional credits. Students can all process a “What If” degree audit through DegreeWorks in their myWestfield account.