Meet your academic adviser

All Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) students have an academic adviser. To learn who your adviser is, go to "My Student Center" in My Akron. If you do not find your adviser's name below, please contact us at 330-972-7880.  Our advisers are:

Kim Beyer

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Phone: 330-972-6026
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Dr. Kim Beyer earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, a Master of Arts in Counseling-Student Personnel Services, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Akron. Her professional experiences include the positions of Director of Communications and Strategic Planning in the Division of Student Affairs, Interim Director and Associate Director of Career Services, Academic Adviser and Assistant Coordinator, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, and Special Lecturer of Career Planning and Student Success courses and Higher Education Administration graduate classes, all at The University of Akron.  She also worked as an Assistant Director of Career Services at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Most recently, Dr. Beyer served as a Consultant for the Chief Diversity Officer at Clemson University and as a Career Navigator at the OhioMeansJobs Center in Akron, providing career consultation to job seekers as well as a consulting with ConxusNEO and mapping out career and academic pathways for the Akron Public Schools College and Career Academies. 

Dr. Beyer enjoys providing personalized academic advising and career development assistance to students so that they can form and attain their educational and career goals.  Kim’s advice to all students is that “Determination + Hardwork + Discipline = the Ways to Success!  Don’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of pursuing your dreams.  Reach for the sky!”  Explore and learn as much as you can about yourself, your major, and the career possibilities that fit your interests, passions, and work and life goals.  Engage in experiential learning, study abroad, and community engagement experiences to develop new skills and talents. Ask questions and ask for help when you need it. Take responsibility for what you need to learn and grow, challenge yourself to be your very best, and use the tremendous resources on campus to help you be successful.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, traveling, listening to music, going to movies and the theatre, and providing career coaching and mentoring to individuals who are transitioning into new careers.

Gayle Bruno-Gannon

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Phone: 330-972-6028
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Ms. Gayle Bruno-Gannon earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Work from the University of Toledo and a Master’s of Science in Education with a concentration in College Student Personnel and Counseling from the University of Dayton.

Her previous work experience includes Outreach Program Coordinator at Kent State University, Assistant to the Dean for Graduate Business Programs at John Carroll University, Student Services Specialist at Cleveland State University and Partnership Site Coordinator at Hiram College.  She has taught Freshmen Orientation courses and Professional development classes at Kent State University.  She has advised both traditional and non-traditional student in various academic programs.  

Gayle is new to the University of Akron and looks forward to working with the students in BCAS.  As well as learning about all the great things that the University of Akron has to offer.  She feels her extensive experience and knowledge in admissions, financial aid counseling, registration, retention and career counseling will assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals.  Her advice to BCAS students is get involved with as many of the great opportunities awarded to you at the University of Akron.  Also get to know your professors and do not be afraid to ask questions.  If you are determined to learn no one can stop you.

Emily Campbell

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Phone: 330-972-6032
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Ms. Emily Campbell earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from Youngstown State University in 2017 and her Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in History and English Studies from Youngstown State University in 2015.

Her previous experience in Financial Aid at the University of Mount Union and  graduate internships in the advising office of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Youngstown State University and the Comprehensive Testing Center at Youngstown State University have offered her opportunities to work with students in a variety of different parts of student and academic affairs.   

As a newbie to both the Akron area and the University of Akron, Ms. Campbell looks forward to exploring campus and the outlying community to learn the best places to eat and visit. An avid consumer of caffeine, Ms. Campbell can often be found in coffee shops behind the cover of a good book. She is a proud dog-mom to Poppy, a hyperactive Boston Terrier mix whom she loves to spend time spoiling and walking around town.

She loves seeing her students discover new things out about themselves. Her advice to BCAS students is to never be afraid to branch out and try something different, whether it is trying a new subject for an elective course or joining a new club, use college as a time to explore your interests and find out what you love.

Jean Cowser

Phone: 330-972-8624
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Mrs. Cowser earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Wilberforce University and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Kent State University. 

Prior to her advising appointment at UA, she taught in the Lorain Public School System.  She also worked as an Academic Advisor in the College of Business, and Assistant Director of Advising in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In addition to her advising responsibilities over the years, she has served as a member of the Advisor Training Team for the Center for Academic Advising and Student Success, former Chair of the Internal Operations Committee, advisor to College Credit Plus students, Post-Secondary Honors Academy, and taught the Akron Experience course.  She currently serves as liaison to the Computer Science, Theoretical & Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and English departments.

Her advice to students is to diversify your college experiences and utilize resources to meet your educational goals and aspirations.   

Mrs. Cowser’s interests are in learning Hebrew and playing the guitar.

Sandie Crawford

Phone: 330-972-7496
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Dr. Sandie L. Crawford began her career in higher education as an academic advisor at Cleveland State University, culminating in a total of 10 years of college advising experience. Sandie’s advising background includes teaching College Survival Strategies and UA’s Student Success Seminar, in addition to life skills, personal development and career exploration courses.

Sandie’s college advising experience led her to writing grants and developing programs focusing on intervention strategies designed to decrease the college drop-out rate among students of color.  Dr. Crawford went on to Cuyahoga Community College where, over her 17-year tenure, she served as the assistant director, interim dean and assistant dean for developmental education and learning services. Currently, she is also a senior lecturer at The University of Akron teaching courses entitled The Black Experience and Diversity in American Society.

Dr. Crawford refers to herself as an “educator-advisor,” stating, “I am a constructivist educator, with a strong commitment to helping students achieve their fullest potential, taking students on a journey of self-awareness – by inspiring, motivating and helping students make the connection between their personal goals and degree program objectives and course content.”

Crawford has broad experience working with at-risk, underprepared and diverse student populations in postsecondary institutions. Sandie possess extensive expertise in the areas of student recruitment and retention programming, college and career readiness, developmental education and learning assistance, and student outcomes assessment and evaluation.

Crawford is a Quality Matters certified master reviewer with online course design and teaching experience. Her dissertation research explored technology acceptance and self-regulated learning in a computer-assisted learning environment.

In 2004, Crawford was selected to participate in the prestigious and nationally recognized Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University, where she earned a graduate certificate as a developmental education specialist. 

Sandie received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Grambling State University with a major concentration in developmental education curriculum and instructional design, M.Ed. specializing in adult learning and development, and B.A. in organizational communications, with minors in history and black studies from Cleveland State University.

Sophie Kus

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Phone: 330-972-7834
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Dr. Kus earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University. She is also a graduate of John Carroll University where she earned a Master of Arts in Human Services and a Doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership from The University of Akron. She is certified as a National Board Certified Counselor and has recently earned certification in Spirituality and Counseling. She has worked as an academic advisor at the University of Akron, director of advising and assistant dean at John Carroll University and program counselor at Hiram College. She has taught Freshman Seminar courses, Introductory Psychology, and professional development classes in Education at Ursuline College and John Carroll University.

Dr. Kus is pleased to return to the University of Akron in her role as academic advisor in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. She enjoys teaching, coaching, and counseling students toward degree completion.  It is a privilege to work with undergraduates at The University of Akron as they discover their abilities, interests and career paths and navigate through academia. Her advice to you as a Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences student is to “know thyself.” Discover and reflect on your program of study and set achievable goals for yourself. Persist and preserve as a learner. Learn for your mistakes. Learn who you are and focus on your life’s calling. Your talents and contributions are welcomed in higher education. 

Kevin Lewis

Phone: 330-972-6643
Location: Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Dr. Kevin Lewis is active throughout Northeast Ohio as a performing percussionist and educator. He is a section percussionist in the Akron Symphony Orchestra (since 2004) and has also performed with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, Ohio Ballet, Groundworks Dance Theatre, Chamber Music Society of Ohio, Cleveland Opera, and numerous other professional organizations. Additionally, he has performed throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States as a soloist and founding member of the progressive Akros Percussion Collective. Dr. Lewis is a leading musicologist in the field of percussion music with areas of research including creative notations, topics in minimalism, historical developments in percussion and its literature, and the life and music of the profoundly innovative American composer, Lucia Dlugoszewski. In addition to numerous other publications, he is co-editor of The Modern Percussion Revolution: Journeys of the Progressive Artist (Routledge, 2014) and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Percussive Notes Online Research Edition. Dr. Lewis previously served on the music faculties of Malone University and Muskingum University but also worked for over six years in roles as an arts administrator, most recently for the internationally-acclaimed Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra. He holds a doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, master’s degrees in both Percussion Performance and Music History from The University of Akron, and a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Millikin University.

Dr. Lewis’s advice to students is to let curiosity overwhelm you. Take the subjects or concepts from your classes that most draw your attention, and let your interest guide you into independently learning more about them. Following your curiosity when it presents itself opens pathways to discover and learn about things that you may not otherwise encounter.

Julia Oliver

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Phone: 330-972-6006
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Ms. Oliver earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in College and Community Counseling from The University of Akron. Her previous work experience includes Learning Consultant, at The University of Akron, teaching lifespan development and career skills, Counseling Specialist at Cleveland State University, advising first generation and at risk students. Ms. Oliver has advised both traditional and nontraditional students in various academic majors and career areas at The University of Akron.

Ms. Oliver enjoys advising and helping students achieve their individual academic goals. Her advice to you as a BCAS student is SOAR! Take advantage of the wonderful exciting educational opportunities at UA inside and outside the classroom. Plan your study time wisely. Participate in student activities related to your major and/or interests. If you would like to travel and learn about different cultures, consider the UA Study Abroad Program. Don’t settle for the minimum- SOAR!

Adam Sarata

Phone: 330-972-8663
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Mr. Adam Sarata earned an AS degree in Music from Niagara County Community College, a BM degree in Music from State University of New York at Fredonia and a MM degree in Music Performance from The University of Akron. Mr. Sarata previously served on the music faculties at Muskingum University, Ashland University, University of Mount Union and Oberlin College. Sarata was a featured performer at Severance Hall, Ingenuity Festival, EJ Thomas, First Night Akron and numerous other regional locations. He has adjudicated the James Stroud Guitar Completion, The Burning River Electric Guitar Festival and The International Rantucci Guitar Festival. He has written several articles published by Soundboard Magazine and Basically Bohlen. Mr. Sarata has won several grants including the Multicultural Funding Grant and the Morgan Entrepreneurial Dollars Program Grant.

Mr. Sarata believes that every student has “hidden” talents waiting to be discovered. The University of Akron is the place to discover and nurture your talents. Be ready for change, think big and dream big. This, plus hard work, will lead to opportunities that will amaze you!

Mr. Sarata currently lives in Akron where he enjoys hiking in the metro parks and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Katie Timperio

Phone: 330-972-8052
Location: Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Ms. Katie Timperio earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting and Drawing and a double minor in Printmaking and Art History from the Myers School of Art in 2004. Following her desire to serve the community, she completed a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Community Counseling. She has held an active Professional Counselor (PC) license since 2008 and has worked in outpatient community mental health with both adults and children.

Katie Timperio provides thoughtful academic advising to all BCAS students in matters pertaining to: registration, retention, policies and procedures, graduation planning, career preparation and achieving overall academic and professional success. Her favorite aspect of working at UA is activating students' awareness of the rich array of cultural events on-campus and in our NEO community, promoting engagement in the immersive, experiential professional practice available at the student-level, and encouraging all scholars to explore the interdisciplinary research opportunities for all majors.

Katie "KT" is charming and enthusiastic, and is genuinely called to serve the UA population. As a proud UA alumna ('04, '08), Katie is happy to deliver her work with students in her colorful, sunny office within CAS 118. The only thing she is more passionate about than helping BCAS students are her two rescue Chihuahuas, Lily and Lola. She spends time drawing, watercolor painting, tailoring vintage clothing and perfecting her gluten-free cooking.

Terry Vance

Phone: 330-972-5196
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Terry Vance is an Academic Adviser II for the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Vance earned a B.A. in International Studies from Centre College and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University. Prior to The University of Akron, Mr. Vance served as an academic adviser for the College of Business Administration at Kent State University.

Mr. Vance’s advice for BCAS students is to not be afraid and ask for help when needed. Whether the issue is academic or personal, take the time to identify what resources are available to you and utilize them. Do not let fear or pride get in the way! The faculty and staff at UA are here to support your educational experience.

Amy Wolfe

Phone: 330-972-6018
Location:  Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 118

Amy Wolfe earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Arts in Education degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron.  She began her academic advising career at UA in June 2016 in The College of Applied Science & Technology Advising Office before coming to The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office in April 2019.

Prior to becoming an academic adviser, Amy spent 9 years as a mental health therapist, working with a variety of clients in a variety of settings, including home based, outpatient, and group counseling.  During that time, she also served as a Legal Guardian to indigent seniors living in nursing homes.  She decided to move out of the mental health field in 2008 and into education, earning a license in School Guidance Counseling and substitute teaching in the Green and Perry Local School Districts for 6 years.  She is thrilled to now be a part of the Arts & Sciences Advising team!

Amy has a passion for working with students and assisting them with achieving their dreams.  Her advice to students is to choose a career path that you enjoy and have a passion for.  Find a healthy balance of work and play, and always remember the main reason you are here at UA.  When things get rough, don’t give up!  Use that adversity to give you strength to continue on and succeed!

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband of many years and two children, one of whom is now a UA alumna herself.  She usually spends her evenings relaxing and working on her favorite pastime, cross stitch.  You’ll find one of her projects hanging in her office.  She also enjoys reading a good book, going to musical theater, walking, traveling, and camping.  She and her husband love driving to Las Vegas and exploring the country along the way!