Academic Advising Staff

Academic Advising Center (AAC) staff members provide essential transition and success information for students. The AAC is responsible for POUNCE and INTRO, the registration programs for all first-term students.  Additionally, Academic Advisors teach first-year seminars for all incoming first-year students providing support to all students as they start their academic path at Georgia College.  Advisors serve as guides throughout students’ GC Journey. 

Feel free to call our office at 478-445-2361. General advising questions can also be sent to advising@gcsu.edu

Current students can locate their assigned Academic Advisor's name on their DegreeWorks audit or the Tranguide located in PAWS under Student Services and then Student Records. Returning, Prospective, and Incoming students or students exploring majors or minors can click the appropriate gray bar below to reveal a chart of academic advisors by academic discipline.

Returning, Prospective, and Incoming Students (POUNCE/INTRO)
Major

Academic Advisor

Accounting Tawana Payne
Art Janice Pillay
Biology India Jones (Last Names A-L)
Sheila Clemmons (Last Names M-Z)
Business Undeclared Amber Aucoin (Last Names A-H)
Tawana Payne (Last Names I-R)
C'Lee Long (Last Names S-Z)
Chemistry India Jones
Computer Science C'Lee Long
Criminal Justice Vonya Miller
Data Science C'Lee Long
Early Childhood Education Track (Undeclared) Michael Lerzo
Nikki Simpson
Economics C'Lee Long
English: Creative Writing Concentration Janice Pillay
English: Film, Media, and Culture Concentration Janice Pillay
English: Literature Concentration Janice Pillay
Environmental Science Sheila Clemmons
Exercise Science: Pre-Professional  Shay Smith
Amanda Williams
Exercise Science: Fitness/Performance Shay Smith
Amanda Williams
Exercise Science: Sports Med (Athletic Training) Shay Smith
Amanda Williams
Finance C'Lee Long
Geography Vonya Miller
History Vonya Miller
Liberal Studies: Culture, Religion, & Society Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: European Studies Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: Gender & Sexuality Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: Global Studies Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: Race & Social Justice Concentration Janice Pillay
Management Kathy Hill
Management Information Systems Amber Aucoin
Marketing Catherine Maloney
Mass Communication Amanda Williams(Last Names A-J)
Vonya Miller (Last Names K-Z)
Mathematics India Jones
Mathematics: Teaching Concentration India Jones
Middle Grades Track  (Undeclared) Michael Lerzo
Nikki Simpson
Music Janice Pillay
Music Therapy Janice Pillay
Nursing Track (Undeclared) Kristy Tenbus (Last Names A-K)
Shay Smith (Last Names L-Z)
Philosophy Janice Pillay
Philosophy: Pre-Law Concentration Janice Pillay
Philosophy: Religion Concentration Janice Pillay
Physics Sheila Clemmons
Physics: Dual Degree Sheila Clemmons
Political Science Dr. Michelle Johnson
Psychology India Jones (Last Names A-L)
Sheila Clemmons (Last Names M-Z)
Public Health Kristy Tenbus (Last Names A-K)
Shay Smith (Last Names L-Z)
Rhetoric Janice Pillay
Sociology Vonya Miller
Special Education Track  (Undeclared) Michael Lerzo
Nikki Simpson
Theatre Janice Pillay
Undeclared Kathy Hill
World Languages & Cultures: French Concentration Janice Pillay
World Languages & Cultures: Spanish Concentration Janice Pillay

 

Major Exploration
Major Contact
Accounting Tawana Payne
Art Janice Pillay
Biology India Jones (Last Names A-L)
Sheila Clemmons (Last Names M-Z)
Business Undeclared Amber Aucoin (Last Names A-H)
Tawana Payne (Last Names I-R)
C'Lee Long (Last Names S-Z)
Chemistry India Jones
Computer Science C'Lee Long
Criminal Justice Vonya Miller
Data Science C'Lee Long
Early Childhood Track (Undeclared) Michael Lerzo
Economics C'Lee Long
English: Creative Writing Concentration Janice Pillay
English: Film, Media, and Culture Concentration Janice Pillay
English: Literature Concentration Janice Pillay
Environmental Science

Sheila Clemmons

Exercise Science: Pre-Professional 

Shay Smith
Amanda Williams

Exercise Science: Fitness/Performance Shay Smith
Amanda Williams
Exercise Science: Sports Med (Athletic Training) Shay Smith
Amanda Williams
Finance C'Lee Long
Geography Vonya Miller
History Vonya Miller
Liberal Studies: Culture, Religion, & Society Conc Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: European Studies Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: Gender & Sexuality Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: Global Studies Concentration Janice Pillay
Liberal Studies: Race & Social Justice Conc. Janice Pillay
Management Kathy Hill
Management Information Systems Amber Aucoin
Marketing Mark Skelton
Mass Communication Vonya Miller
Mathematics India Jones
Mathematics: Teaching Concentration India Jones
Middle Grades Education Track (Undeclared) Michael Lerzo
Music Janice Pillay
Music Therapy Janice Pillay
Nursing Track (Undeclared) Kristy Tenbus
Philosophy Janice Pillay
Philosophy: Pre-Law Concentration Janice Pillay
Philosophy: Religion Concentration Janice Pillay
Physics Sheila Clemmons
Physics: Dual Degree Sheila Clemmons
Political Science Janice Pillay
Psychology India Jones (Last Names A-L)
Sheila Clemmons (Last Names M-Z)
Public Health Shay Smith
Rhetoric Janice Pillay
Sociology Vonya Miller
Special Education Track (Undeclared) Michael Lerzo
Theatre Janice Pillay
Undeclared Kathy Hill
World Languages & Cultures: French Concentration Janice Pillay
World Languages & Cultures: Spanish Concentration Janice Pillay
Minor Exploration
Minor Advisor
African Studies Janice Pillay
Anthropology Vonya Miller
Art History Janice Pillay
Biology India Jones (Last Names A-L)
Sheila Clemmons (Last Names M-Z)
Black Diaspora Studies Janice Pillay
Business Administration Kathy Hill
Ceramics Janice Pillay
Chemistry India Jones
Computer Science C'Lee Long
Creative Music Media Janice Pillay
Criminal Justice Vonya Miller
Dance Janice Pillay

Economics

C'Lee Long
English Janice Pillay
Environmental Science Sheila Clemmons
Finance C'Lee Long
French Language & Culture Janice Pillay
Geography Vonya Miller
Geology India Jones
Sheila Clemmons
Global Health Studies Kristy Tenbus
Graphic Design  Janice Pillay
History Vonya Miller
International Studies Janice Pillay
Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies Janice Pillay
Management Kathy Hill
Management (Non-Business Major) Kathy Hill
Management Information Systems Amber Aucoin
Marketing Mark Skelton
Mathematics India Jones
Museum Studies Janice Pillay
Music Janice Pillay
Music Pre-certification Janice Pillay
Outdoor Education Dr. Jeff Turner (jeff.turner@gcsu.edu)
Painting Janice Pillay
Philosophy Janice Pillay
Photography Janice Pillay
Physical Education Amanda Williams
Physics Sheila Clemmons
Political Science Janice Pillay
Printmaking Janice Pillay
Public Health Shay Smith
Kristy Tenbus
Rhetoric Janice Pillay
Sculpture in Expanded Media Janice Pillay
Sociology Vonya Miller
Spanish Language & Cultures Janice Pillay
Theatre Janice Pillay
Urban Studies Janice Pillay
Women's Studies Janice Pillay

Meet Our Team

Academic Advising

Nikki Simpson, Ed.D.

Interim Director of Academic Advising
478-445-1635
Education

Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership & Practice
University of North Georgia

M.Ed., Higher Education Administration
Georgia Southern University

B.S., Psychology
Georgia College & State University

Colandra Boyer

Coordinator of Office Services
478-445-2361

Amber Aucoin

Academic Advisor I
478-445-2403
Education

M.Ed., Professional Counseling - College Student Affairs
University of West Georgia

B.S., Psychology
University of Georgia

Katie Brock

Academic Advisor I
478-445-2763
Education

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education
Columbus State University

B.S., Early Childhood/Special Education
Mercer University

Sheila Clemmons

Academic Advisor I
478-445-4826
Education

MBA, Business Administration, Human Resource Specialization
Ashford University

B.S., Business Administration 
Ashford University

A.S., Behavioral Science
Georgia Military College

Makhalath Fahiym

Academic Advisor I
478-445-2309
Education

M.A., English
Georgia College & State University

B.A., English
Georgia College & State University

A.S., Middle Grades Education
Georgia Military College

Kathy Hill

Academic Advisor III (Lead Advisor - Business)
478-445-2310
Education

M.Ed., Instructional Technology
Georgia College & State University

B.B.A., Office Systems Communications
Georgia College & State University

A.A.S., Marketing
State University of New York at Alfred

India Jones

Academic Advisor III (Lead Advisor - STEM)
478-445-2764
Education

M.P.A., Public Administration
Georgia College & State University

B.S., Justice Studies
Georgia Southern University

Michael Lerzo

Academic Advisor I
478-445-6298
Education

M.A.T., Secondary Education
Georgia College & State University

B.A., Spanish
Georgia College & State University

C'Lee Long

Academic Advisor I
478-445-2634
Education

B.A., English
Young Harris College

Catherine Maloney

Academic Advisor I
478-445-6428
Education

M.A., English Literature 
University of Georgia 

B.A., English Literature and Liberal Studies
Georgia College & State University 

Vonya Miller

Academic Advisor I
478-445-2096
Education

M.S.Ed., Higher Education
Capella University

B.A., History
Stephen F. Austin State University

Tawana Payne

Academic Advisor I
478-445-6294
Education

M.Ed., Counseling Psychology
Troy University

B.S., Sociology
Georgia College & State University

Janice Pillay

Academic Advisor III (Lead Advisor - Humanities and Education)
478-445-2767
Education

M.Ed., Student Personnel Services, School Counseling
University of Memphis

B.S.Ed., Elementary Education
Athens State University

A.S., Respiratory Therapy
Calhoun Community College

Mark Skelton

Academic Advisor I
478-445-8657
Education

M.Div., Theology
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A., Biblical Studies
Southeastern Bible College

Shay Smith

Academic Advisor I
478-445-1222
Education

M.P.A., Public Administration
Georgia College & State University

B.S., Health Education: Community Health & Human Services
Georgia College & State University

Kristy Tenbus

Academic Advisor I
478-445-4022
Education

M.A., English
University of Central Missouri

B.S., Accounting
Florida Southern College

Amanda Williams

Academic Advisor III (Lead Advisor - Health Sciences)
478-445-8254
Education

M.Ed., Higher Education Administration
Georgia Southern University

B.B.A., Management
Georgia Southwestern State University