Our knowledgeable and dedicated team of academic advisors will be with you from the moment you arrive on campus for orientation through your graduation day.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
The College of Liberal Arts exemplifies Temple University’s core values of diversity and inclusion: creating and sustaining a teaching, learning and research community that not only includes but welcomes and values differences based on religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, age and family/marital status.

Nicole Every
B.A., University of Vermont, Anthropology
M.S., Champlain College, Human Relations and Organizational Development

Nicole is native from Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Pottstown, PA. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Vermont, where she also minored in Global Studies and had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy. After completing her undergraduate career, Nicole worked in Online Admissions at Champlain College in Burlington, VT where she supported non-traditional students in their aspirations of earning an undergraduate degree. While at Champlain College, Nicole received her Masters of Science in Human Relationships and Organizational Development. In her free time, Nicole loves to travel, attempt to make recipes she found on Pinterest, and explore new coffee shops in the city. She is excited to be a part of the Temple community and help students pursue their academic interests!

Favorite Books: Harry Potter Series by by J.K. Rowling, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Advising Interests: First-Generation Students, Freshman and Sophomore Students, Non-Traditional Students

Xiomara I. Gonzalez Xiomara I. Gonzalez
B.A., Rowan University, History
M.A., Counseling in Educational Settings- Higher Education Track

Xiomara is a native of Puerto Rico but was raised in South Jersey. Xiomara received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University. As a graduate student, Xiomara worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Academic Success Center, where she fell in love with higher education. Once Xiomara graduated with her Master’s degree, she joined the University Advising Center and the Rohrer College of Business as an Academic Advisor at Rowan University. Xiomara enjoys thrifting, going to the movies, and spending time with her loved ones. Xiomara is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help students succeed and grow academically through her role in the College of Liberal Arts.

Favorite Quotes: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman “I’ve never been content with the status quo. To my mind, satisfaction has always been the enemy of progress.” -Henry M. Rowan
Advising Interests: First-generation Students, Athletes, and Study Abroad

Patrice N. Hicks-Simms
B.A., Temple University, Criminal Justice
M.A., Saint Joseph’s University, Writing Studies

Patrice is a Philadelphia native and a proud Temple Made alum. Patrice obtained her Bachelors degree from Temple University and her Master of Arts degree from Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate student at Temple, Patrice worked in student services in the College of Liberal Arts and served as a peer mentor in the Act 101 Program in the former Russell Conwell Educational Services Center. Patrice’s liberal arts education has allowed her the opportunity to be flexible in her career. Patrice has worked as a Student Services Specialist for Temple University’s School of Medicine, a Worker’s Compensation Case Manager in the insurance industry, and a Video & Evidence Intel Specialist in the transportation industry. Realizing that higher education was her true passion, Patrice transitioned back to Temple and is excited to support students along their academic journey. In her spare time, Patrice enjoys spending time with loved ones, writing, reading, painting with a twist, cooking and listening to music.

Favorite Books: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, In Search of Satisfaction by J. California Cooper, Well- Read Black Girl by Glory Edim, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick Gregory, No Disrespect by Sister Souljah
Advising Interests: First-generation students, Freshman and Sophomore Students, Major/Minor Exploration, New Student Orientation

Mikel Houston Mikel Houston
B.A., Millersville University, Communication Studies
M.S., West Chester University, Higher Education Policy in Student Affairs

Mikel is a Philadelphia native who graduated from William L. Sayre High School. He started his career journey in higher education as a peer mentor for the Millersville Scholars Program. After completing his undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Millersville University, Mikel spent a year serving as a youth advocate for young men on juvenile probation while also working as a direct support professional for adults with intellectual disabilities. He then earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education Policy in Student Affairs from West Chester University. During his time at West Chester, Mikel worked as a graduate assistant. In this role, he mentored student-athletes and realized his true passion for working in higher education. In his spare time, Mikel enjoys working out at the gym, watching sports, and spending time with his loved ones. Mikel is excited to have the opportunity to advise students in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.

Favorite Quote: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” -Nelson Mandela
Advising Interests: First-generation College Students, Minority Student Success, Academic Support for Student Athletes, and Holistic Advising

Nia Bayete Jackson
B.A. Washington University, Psychology and African-American Studies

Nia was born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She travelled abroad as a student to Turkey and Spain. She has worked in Advertising, Customer Service, for online search engines/retailers, in administrative support, as an Elementary School teacher and now as an Academic Advisor. Nia has truly maximized her Liberal Arts education and encourages students to explore all possible avenues that align with their professional and personal interests. She can often be heard telling students: “It is ok to not yet know which career field you would like to enter. It is equally ok if you thought you knew what you wanted to do with your life, but then changed your mind. This experience is quite common. Discovering who you are and what you want are all a part of the college journey.”

Advising Interests: Freshman, Sophomore and Transfer students, Non-Traditional Students and Major/Minor/Career Exploration

Beth Lawson Beth Lawson
B.A. with Honors, University of Georgia, Athens, Anthropology
M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Religion

Beth was raised Alpharetta, GA. Growing up, she had many experiences traveling abroad, which ultimately inspired a love of archaeology and historic preservation. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, where she studied abroad in Verona, Italy and received her degree in Anthropology. After working as a field archaeologist in South Carolina, she returned to Athens and received her Master of Arts degree in Religion, concentrating on Islamic Studies. She moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to join Temple’s Department of Religion as a Ph.D. student. After 10 years of teaching, she transitioned into academic advising to continue working with students in helping them take advantage of the many opportunities that Temple offers. Beth enjoys spending time with her loved ones, travelling and exploring bizarre subreddits.

Favorite Books: Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Bulter, The Dirt by Motley Crue

Timothy Madera Timothy Madera
B.A. San Francisco State University, International Relations
M.A. New York University, International Education

Timothy’s goal as an Academic Advisor is to support students in realizing and fulfilling their own educational empowerment. As a first-generation and non-traditional student himself, he values and celebrates the unique path of each and every student. He is a strong advocate for a globalized education, having visited over 35 countries, and served as an International Student Advisor for several years before starting at Temple. After living on the West Coast, Timothy is thrilled to be back in Philadelphia. In this spare time he’s likely rock climbing, hiking, eating good food, or in a yoga class.

Advising Interests: First-generation Students, Non-traditional Students, Transfer Students, International Students

Francesca Pugh-Opher
B.A., Temple University, Criminal Justice
M.A., Arcadia University, Elementary Education
PhD, Walden University, Education: Learning, Instruction, and Innovation

Francesca is a Philadelphia native and a proud Temple alum. Francesca received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and her Master of Arts degree from Arcadia University. Francesca’s doctoral research focused on Early Childhood teacher experiences in Mandarin Chinese language learning classrooms in the United States. Francesca worked as an Elementary School teacher in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. Francesca also taught Adult Basic Skills as well as Transitional Reading and Writing courses at Camden County College (Camden Campus). Prior to joining the College of Liberal Arts, Francesca worked as an Academic Advisor at Rowan University. Francesca enjoys travelling abroad, learning foreign languages, reading, cooking, and playing with her cats.

Favorite Books: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Advising Interests: First generation students, Non-traditional students, Retention

Prema Prabhakar
B.A. Hampshire College, Literature/Religion/Writing
M.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Literature
PhD University of California, Santa Cruz, Literature

Prema grew up in South Jersey with the exception of a 1-year hiatus in Mumbai. She went to Hampshire College in Massachusetts where she wrote her senior project on “Waiting.” From there she crossed the country to northern California, receiving her MA and PhD from UC, Santa Cruz. Her PhD work touched upon pretty much every one of the liberal arts departments: literature, performance, mental health, visual studies, religion etc. etc. She has used her eclectic liberal arts background to teach college, work at a crisis line, develop mental health programming and freelance. She is thrilled to be able to use this medley of experiences to advise the lovely and diverse students in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. Prema believes that the critical thinking skills and creativity fostered by the liberal arts is crucial to achieving deep social understanding, empathy, and general enlightenment. She likes to be holistic in her advising–taking into account students’ academic and emotional well-being. When she is not writing emails about major requirements and credit hours, Prema likes to have daily existential crises, drink tea, read beautiful writing and occasionally talk to other people. 

Favorite Authors: Virginia Woolf, Helen Oyeyemi, Janet Frame, Simone Weil
Advising Interests: Non-traditional Students, Humanities Students, Graduate School Advising

Melanie Reichwald Melanie Reichwald
B.A., SUNY Purchase College, Literature & Journalism
M.A. / M.A.T., The University of Iowa, English / English Education

Melanie grew up in the humble city of Rochester, NY. She attended SUNY Purchase College, outside of NYC, for her undergraduate studies, and her love for the written word pushed her to graduate with a double major in literature and journalism. Not long after graduation, she moved to Iowa City, IA to pursue graduate studies, and eventually left The University of Iowa with an MA in English literature and an MAT in English education. These degrees propelled Melanie to India, where she spent six years teaching high school English to students from all over the world at a small international school in the foothills of the Himalayas. Once she returned to the U.S., Melanie transitioned from the classroom to the advising office, where she has the pleasure of serving Temple’s lovely students.

Advising Interests: First-generation Students, Non-traditional Students, Transfer Students, International Students

Ramon R. Rios III Ramon R. Rios III
B.S., Elizabethtown College, Social Studies Secondary Education
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, Higher Education

Ramon is a native of the Pocono’s in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Temple University, Ramon worked at Elizabethtown College in the Office of Academic Advising to advise first-year, first-generation college students. Ramon is also the President and Founder of a non-profit based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that helps first-generation college seeking students to apply and identify colleges and universities that best meet their needs. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education at Temple University. When he is not at work or in the classroom, Ramon enjoys spending time with family, working-out, learning acro-yoga, and going to the beach. Ramon is excited to help students discover more about themselves and their full potential throughout their academic journey at Temple University.

Favorite Books: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Giver by Lois Lowry
Advising Interests: First-generation Student Advising, ROTC and Veterans, Study Abroad affordability, and Career Exploration

Liz Truitt Liz Truitt
B.A., Boston College, Communication
M.Ed., Harvard University, Higher Education Administration

A northern New Jersey native, Liz moved to Philadelphia after spending more than a decade in the Boston area. Liz attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree in Communication. While at BC, Liz studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which was one of the most memorable and formative experiences of her college years, and she hopes all students will consider studying abroad. After graduating, she first worked in educational travel and then returned to campus life to work in undergraduate student affairs and student conduct at Harvard College. While at Harvard, Liz earned her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When Liz isn’t at work, you’ll likely find her spending time with family and working on home-improvement projects. Liz is thrilled to be a part of the Temple community and looks forward to helping students reflect on their academic and professional goals.

Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Advising Interests: Academic Planning, Goal Setting, and Career Exploration

Dr. Mark Walker, Ph.D. Dr. Mark Walker, Ph.D.
BA (Hons) History, University of Essex (2009)
MA History, Old Dominion University (2011)
PhD History, University of Essex (2016)

Dr. Mark Walker is proud to be a gay immigrant to the US from Britain, born and raised in East London. He had gone through three different visas (J-1, F-1 and K-1) before moving to the United States in March 2016. He credits Temple alum Edie Windsor for making it possible; her Supreme Court victory in 2013 allowed his now-husband to finally sponsor him for family immigration. A successful ‘Ph.D. survivor’, Mark spent five years doing all the usual doctoral student activities: reading more than he thought possible, researching at a range of archives and libraries handling documents that were hundreds of years old and sometimes too unique to even touch, attending and presenting at academic conferences, and teaching. He began by teaching American students about European history and then switched to teaching European students about American history. In 2016 he completed and successfully defended his magnum opus ‘The Melancholy Pompous Sight’: Royal Deaths and the Politics of Ritual in the Late Stuart Monarchy, c. 1685-1714, and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Essex. After moving to Philadelphia, he briefly taught at Drexel University before coming to Temple in 2017.

Favorite Quote: “Bart, don’t make fun of graduate students. They just made a terrible life choice.” - Marge Simpson
Favorite Books: Hero by Perry Moore, Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Advising Interests: International Students, History Majors/Minors, Graduate School Planning, Academic Careers, LGBT Students