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Student Advisement

Advisors in the Family Science and Human Development Department help students explore educational interests, plan an academic course of study, consider after-college options (i.e., careers, graduate schools), and identify resources for additional information and support. Advisement is a key component of student success. You should always reach out to an advisor as a resource to help you navigate your schedule and college career.

Current FSHD undergraduate majors and minors

Contact our Department Advisor Christopher Cottle via Navigate (through Nest), or our Department Administrator Shannon Bellum at, for help with:

  • Course selection
  • Academic planning
  • Choosing your concentration in FSHD
  • Selecting a minor
  • General guidance
  • Other challenges or issues

Contact your faculty advisor listed in Degree Works (through Nest) for:

  • Graduate school thoughts
  • Career advice
  • Discussions about your trajectory

Internship questions (Family Services concentration) – contact Internship Coordinator Colleen Casenta at, or Ava Aulisi at

School Settings (Teaching Track) students – in addition to seeking advisement from the FSHD Department, you can contact the Center of Pedagogy with questions about:

  • Teacher Education Program
  • Praxis
  • Transformative Education Network

Gerontology minors – contact Dr. Ashley Ermer at for:

  • Course planning
  • Understanding the field
  • Career options

General questions – email and we will direct you to the right person!

Prospective FSHD majors and minors

Reach out to Department Advisor Christopher Cottle via email at, phone 973-655-3387, or stop by the Student Success Center in University Hall 3102 to make an appointment. He can help you:

  • Explore the field of Family Science and Human Development
  • Understand the Teaching Track options
  • Declare FSHD as your major or minor
  • Declare Gerontology as a minor

Gerontology – contact Dr. Ashley Ermer at for specific details about our Gerontology minor.

General questions – Live chat with an advisor in the Student Success Center, Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

PhD in FSHD – current and prospective students

Contact Dr. Sara Goldstein, Doctoral Program Director, at