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Meet Our Advisors
What is academic advising?
Student Affairs has a great page with lots of information about advising, but here's our take on it.
In the most basic sense, academic advising focuses attention on making progress toward meeting UND's graduation requirements.
In addition, Academic Advisors are familiar with the spectrum of University resources that can help you meet your goals and make the most of your time at UND.
There's much more to this, but if you're not sure where to begin, we have three professionals who are happy to answer questions.
NOTE: Our offices have moved to 501 N Columbia Rd.
Karyn Plumm - Associate Dean for Academic Success
Karyn Plumm earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology, MA in General Psychology, and BA with a major in Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She joined the faculty at UND in 2006. Dr. Plumm served as the Director of the Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Psychology from 2009-2015. Her research interests include social psychological issues in relation to the law, specifically attributions of blame toward minority-group victims of violent crime. Dr. Plumm joined the Dean’s office in January 2015 as the Administrative Fellow for Academic Success to provide leadership and coordination in matters relating to student recruitment, advising, and retention.
Room 1933 | 501 N Columbia Rd
Kayla Hotvedt - Academic Advisor
Kayla graduated in 2002 with her BS in Design Technology from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Her time as an undergraduate ignited her passion for student affairs and student success. She is currently finishing up a master’s degree from UND in Higher Education, with an anticipated May 2016 graduation date. She joined the UND family in the spring of 2004 and has found her passion within academic advising and serving the students of UND. She believes in a more holistic approach to advising students—looking at the whole picture to help students find their path and accomplish their academic goals. She is an advocate for students, but believes in helping students develop advocacy skills for themselves to help them beyond their time in college. Her door is always open and is happy to help in any way she can.
In the Dean’s office, Kayla provides general academic advising for students and faculty within the college. She answers questions regarding degree requirements, transfer coursework, and Essential Studies curriculum. She also helps to evaluate transcripts and determine eligibility for graduation, develops progress reports, and assists with other student needs. Kayla is the advisor for General Studies, Social Science majors, Pre-Criminal Justice, Pre-Law students, as well as Continuing Education (online & distance education).
Room 1000 | 501 N Columbia Rd
Kim Ruit - Health Sciences Advisor
Kim's role as Health Sciences Advisor is crucial to the success of students interested in the Pre-Health programs offered by the UND College of Arts and Sciences. Kim works with current UND students as they plan their class schedules, prepare for standardized entrance exams, apply to professional schools, and prepare for interviews. She is also the designated advisor for the IDS: Health Sciences degree. She helps in the recruiting and advising process with student athletes. She participates in the Arts and Sciences New Student Orientation and Registration days during the summer both in training the volunteers and assisting incoming freshmen with schedule planning. Kim also visits with prospective students individually throughout the school year, and in a large group format during the two “Medical Days” Open Houses offered on by Admissions on select Saturdays. Kim has a B.S. degree in Biology from Wheaton College. In addition to advising, Kim maintains the UND Pre-Health web pages.
Current students may call our main office at 701-777-2749 to schedule an appointment with Kim. Prospective students should call Admissions at 701-777-3000 to set up a visit with Kim.
Room 1916 | 501 N Columbia Rd
Julie Bean, '05, '13 - Health Sciences Advisor
Julie Bean graduated from UND with a master's degree in Educational Leadership and a bachelor's degree in communication. She began working at UND in 2005 and has focused her professional career providing academic support and retention programming to help students be successful in meeting their educational goals. Julie's advising philosophy is grounded in student success and transition theory that academic and social integration into the university system is critical for students to persist to graduation. In the College of Arts & Sciences, Julie provides academic advising and service to students and prospective students interested in Pre-Health programs at UND. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Julie, please contact the main advising office at 701.777.2749. Prospective Students interested in Pre-Health programs at UND should call Admissions at 701.777.3000 to schedule an appointment with Julie.