B.A., Haverford College, Psychology & Education
Ed.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Higher Education
A Philly native, Rashidah grew up primarily in West and North Philadelphia. In an unlikely turn of events, Rashidah went from North Philadelphia to Beirut, Lebanon, where she spent five weeks improving her Arabic skills and learning about the rich history and culture of the region. Throughout her life, Rashidah has always fancied herself a bit of a novice linguist and enjoys playing with various styles of speech, local and regional dialects, and culture-specific slang. Living in England for the last three years gave her the opportunity to explore some of the nuances of the English language, including the fascinating differences between the way southerners (folks from London etc.) and northerners (people hailing from Liverpool etc.) speak. A former Director of College Retention at a local non-profit and Admissions counsellor at her alma mater, Rashidah joined the CLA advising team here at Temple in the hopes of continuing her passion for helping young people successfully navigate the higher education system.
Favorite books: Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell;The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; 1984 andAnimal Farm by George Orwell; Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun by Geoffrey Canada; and Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit.
Advising interests: Access, retention and persistence; low-income, first-generation issues; strategic education/life planning.
B.A., University of Georgia, Art History
M.A., New York University, Arts Administration
Originally from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Keesa comes to Philadelphia by way of Ohio, Georgia, New York, and California. In addition to travelling to multiple destinations in the US, including one cross-country adventure spanning eleven states, she developed a taste for life abroad when she got the opportunity to study art history and the humanities during an all-too-brief semester at Oxford University. While working toward her Master’s degree in Arts Administration at New York University, Keesa served as a Graduate Assistant for the M.F.A. Studio program. She credits this experience as a defining moment in her career. As she quickly realized, she preferred the company of students to the inanimate art objects she would be expected to handle in an art museum. Previously an Admissions Counselor in New York and an Internship Coordinator in Philadelphia, Keesa comes to Temple with an enthusiasm for helping students meet their academic and professional goals. Her interests include gallery hopping, live performances, tech related stuff and gadgets, playing fetch with Oscar the dog, and attempting to keep up with friends on both coasts.
Favorite books: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulkagov, What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers, Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut, Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie, Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood.
Advising interests: Pre-law, academic and professional development, and graduate school planning.
A.A.S., Community College of Philadelphia, General Studies
M.H.S., Lincoln University, Human Services
Ed.D., Fielding Graduate University, Educational Leadership and Change
Dr. Hence has been with Temple University since 1970. For the past five years, she has served as an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts, where she is the advisor liaison for the Dual-Degree Program in Education (5-Yr Combined B.A. or B.S./Ed.M.) and the Russell Conwell Center. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Hence was the Director of the Undergraduate Mentoring Program in the College of Liberal Arts, a program that she designed and implemented to serve freshmen and transfer students. She strongly believes that many of our society’s problems can be reduced when its members are offered meaningful learning opportunities. When she’s not working with students, Dr. Hence enjoys line-dancing, going to the movies and the theatre, watching TV, weight training, and playing the piano.
Favorite books: Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard; The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell; Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell; and The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge.
Advising interests: Appreciative advising, mentoring, student retention and persistence initiatives.
B.A., Ramapo College of New Jersey, Communication Arts
M.S., State University of New York College at Buffalo, Student Personnel Administration
Matt was born and raised in Phillipsburg, NJ. Growing up, he dreamed of being like his heroes Harry Kalas and Merrill Reese. He pursued a career in broadcasting while attending Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he served as color commentary voice of the men’s basketball team. Upon realizing radio wasn’t going to work for him, he decided to give a career in higher education a shot. In his higher ed career Matt has worked in Buffalo and the suburbs of New York City, but was thrilled to land in Philadelphia where he can actively root for the Phillies and Eagles. Beyond the local sports teams, Matt likes to spend his free time hanging with friends, listening to music and following his love of politics and obscure sports such as the Canadian Football League. Matt greatly enjoys working with the diverse and interesting student body here at Temple and is very happy to be an Owl.
Favorite books: Eat This Book by Ryan Nerz; Absolutely Americanby David Lipsky; The Teammates by David Halberstam; Mystic River by Dennis Lehane; and I’m Back For More Cash by Tony Kornheiser.
Advising interests: Undeclared students and student athletes.
B.A., Beijing University, English Literature and Language
M.A., Bryn Mawr College, English
Born and raised in China, Shiying came to the U.S. on a full scholarship from Bryn Mawr College, where she earned her Master’s degree in English. Shiying also studied at the University of Manchester, England, as a recipient of the International Cultural Exchange Program Award. Shiying joined the CLA advising team in 1998, bringing with her a broad range of professional experience in academic advising, career counseling, and student services. She loves working with Temple’s diverse student population and feels that her job is most rewarding when she can help students realize their dreams of earning a Temple degree. When she’s not busy helping students, Shiying loves reading, going to concerts, practicing Tai Chi, and spending time with family and friends. Shiying also loves to travel. Her most unforgettable experience is her seven-day trip from Europe to China via the Trans-Siberian Express—the world’s longest rail trip!
Favorite books: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan, all Jane Austen’s, but her all time favorite is Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago.
Advising interests: Graduation-related issues, assessment, and developmental advising.
B.A., Cornell University, Psychology
M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, Developmental Psychology
Prior to joining the CLA advising center in 1999, Libby worked in education, counseling, and administration. She enjoys academic advising because it provides her with an opportunity to work with a tremendous variety of students, and to explore their individual interests, needs, and abilities. She loves hearing about the courses her students are taking and what they are learning, and she often imagines herself learning right along with them—without all the work! Libby is a lifelong reader of The New Yorker and an ardent fan of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also loves to travel and play bridge, and has recently taken up soul line dancing.
Favorite books: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris; Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy; and The Maneaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett.
Advising interests: Pre-law advising, developmental advising, and major exploration.
B.A, State University of New York at Cortland, History
M.A, Long Island University, School Counseling
Erin grew up on Long Island, New York. As an undergraduate student, she took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad in London and travel throughout Europe. The experience of living and learning abroad sparked an interest in culture and travel that has remained with Erin ever since, and she now has many big travel plans in her future. After completing her Master’s degree, she married her high school sweetheart, and the newlyweds moved to Philadelphia in 2005. After working initially as a financial aid counselor at Drexel University, Erin joined the Temple family as an academic advisor in June 2008.
Favorite books: Beach House by James Patterson; Twilight by Stephanie Meyer; Jemima J by Jane Green; Where There’s Smoke by Sandra Brown.
Advising interests: Student-athletes, study abroad, and pre-law advising.
B.A., Lock Haven University, Journalism and Mass Communications
M.Ed., Widener University, Student Personnel Services & Counseling in Higher Education
Jocelyn was born and raised in Royersford PA, a suburb about forty-five minutes outside of Philadelphia. Jocelyn attended Lock Haven University where she studied Journalism and Mass Communications and received a four year Athletic Scholarship as a member of the universities’ Division II Softball team. While attending graduate school at Widener University, Jocelyn also worked in Student Leadership & Activities at Saint Joseph’s University and completed a graduate internship at West Chester University in the Career Development Center. She then moved on to Cabrini College in Radnor, PA where she was an Academic Advisor and Career Counselor. After experiencing multiple facets of higher education, Jocelyn came to Temple to join the CLA Advising team. Jocelyn is excited to work with Temple’s diverse student population and finds great reward in assisting students with their career exploration and journey to graduation. In Jocelyn’s free time, she enjoys participating in intramural sports, spending time with friends and family, reading, and attending sporting events.
Favorite books: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls; When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Advising interests: Career Exploration and student athletes