General Advisement

Advising Center

Location: Bell Tower Building, Room 1595
Telephone: 805-437-8571
Fax: 805-437-8857
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.;
Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Advising Center Staff:

Sue Saunders, Director of Academic Advising and Learning Support Services
Advisors: Leah Alvarado, Barbara Duffin, Lynn Hastings, Chiara Lamb, and Monica Rivas
Advising Support Coordinator: Wendy Olson
Administrative Support Assistant: Sara Alcala
Articulation Officer: Janet Rizzoli

At CSU Channel Islands, the role of advising is shared by faculty advisors and professional academic advisors. Academic advising is a continuous process that supports students throughout their academic journey at the University. Students are ultimately responsible for their educational planning and meeting all graduation requirements. Students need to be familiar with the University Catalog policies, as well as major and degree policies. In order to ensure academic success and remain on course, students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with academic and faculty advisors.

Students may stop by the Advising Center check-in counter to schedule an appointment with one of our professional academic advisors. Academic advisors are busiest during registration periods and the first few weeks of the semester. Students are encouraged to schedule advising sessions during the non-peak times. Major faculty advisors are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Each semester, office locations, hours and phone numbers of major faculty advisors are posted in the display case outside the Advising Center.

Online Resources:

To view your progress toward degree online visit our home page and click on the link “Progress of Degree Reports” for information on how to access this information or go directly to

New Transfer Students

Students will receive information about advising workshops, registration procedures, and Island View Orientation by invitation after officially being admitted to the University. At CSUCI, a student’s first experience with academic advisors will take place through group advisement workshops. All newly admitted transfer students will be invited to attend a new student advisement workshop. Workshops will be offered for each major, but general workshops will also be offered for students unable to attend the scheduled workshop for their particular major. The following dates are scheduled for advisement workshops:

  • June 16–20
  • July 7–11

Workshops will include information about how advising takes place at CSUCI, as well as information about general education, graduation and major requirements. Advisors will provide assistance for interpreting the University catalog, schedule of classes and will provide helpful tips for first semester course planning. Students will receive important materials such as major checklists, the class schedule, articulation agreements and the University Catalog. During the workshop students will receive registration procedures and instructions for registering on-line. Once students receive their invitation and pre-advising guide from the Advising Center, they need to RSVP at 437-8971.

Transfer students are encouraged to attend a special Island View Orientation for transfer students coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs. Students will receive additional information regarding Island View Orientation from Orientation Programs. Questions can be directed to the New Student Center at 437-3160.

Transfer Student Registration

After attending a new student advisement workshop, students will register on-line. Based on the workshop attended, students will be assigned one of the following on-line registration dates:

  • June 20
  • July 11

Registration Assistance

After attending an advising workshop, students experiencing difficulty with course scheduling or course selection may contact the Advising Center at 805-437-8571 for assistance. Students experiencing technical difficulties with on-line registration may contact the Information Technology department at805-437-8552.

New Freshman Students

Advising and registration take place for freshman students at Island View Orientation. In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about academic requirements and policies
  • Develop a class schedule with our professional academic advisors
  • Register for classes

Island View Orientation (Transfer and Freshman Students)

Freshman students are required to attend one of the following Island View Orientation dates:

  • July 16–17
  • July 21–22
  • July 24–25
  • July 29–30
  • August 1–2

At Island View Orientation students will:

  • Discover ways in which to effectively transition into the curricular and co-curricular environments of CSUCI;
  • Receive information regarding a variety of student support services (counseling, career, disability accommodations, etc) and campus life (recreation, student life, clubs and organizations, etc);
  • Tour the campus and learn necessary information about the library;
  • Learn about opportunities on campus such as service learning, study abroad, and other academic support services;
  • Receive our CSU Channel Islands student ID card and parking pass; and
  • Receive CSU Channel Islands T-shirt and gift bag.

Faculty Advisors

ProgramFaculty AdvisorPhone No.


Prof. Irina Costache



Prof. Ching-Hua Wang
Prof. Nancy Mozingo
Prof. Amy Denton
Prof. Nitika Parmar



Prof. Paul Rivera



Prof. Phil Hampton
Prof. Blake Gillespie
Prof. Simone Aloisio



Prof. Trudy Milburn


Computer Science

Prof. Peter Smith
Prof. William Wolfe


Early Childhood Studies
Undergraduate Studies

Prof. Elizabeth Quintero
Prof. Alex McNeil


Graduate Students

Prof. Merilyn Buchanan


Credential Advisement

Patti Pulido
(P.A. General)
Tina Torres (P.A. Single
Subject, SPED & Interns)
Christina Canchola (P.A. Multiple Subject)


Special Education level 1  & Masters-Ed Leadership

Special Education level 2  & Special Ed Masters

Tim Rummel


Tiina Itkonen


805- 437-3294

Single Subjects

Prof. Jeanne Grier


English: Literature &

Prof. Jacque Kilpatrick
Prof. Mary Adler
(English Edu)
Prof. Joan Peters
(Creative Writing)



Environmental Science &
Resource Management

Prof. Don Rodriguez
Prof. Sean Anderson
Prof. Chris Cogan



Prof. Frank Barajas
Prof. Rainer Buschmann
Prof. Marie Francois

805-437-8995 805-437-3123

Liberal Studies

Prof. Alex McNeil



Prof. Cynthia Wyels



Prof. Karen Jensen


Performing Arts

Prof. Catherine Burris



Prof. Beatrice deOca


Political Science

Prof. Scott Frisch



Prof. Beth Hartung



Prof. Terry Ballman


Systemwide Placement Test Requirements

The California State University requires each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, to take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are a condition of enrollment. They are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring the basic English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses.

Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in such programs in mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms. Students register for the EPT and/or ELM at their local CSU campus. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to the Student Life office located in the Bell Tower Building, Room 1769, 805-437-8510.

Directed Self Placement (DSP)

Directed self placement will be the only method used on the CSU Channel Islands campus to place students into freshman composition courses. EPT scores will not be used. Students will be given guidance in directed self placement during orientation and will select either English 105, Composition and Rhetoric, or the English 102/103 Stretch Composition sequence. Completion of either English 105 or English 102/103 satisfies the freshman writing requirement.

University Writing and Multiliteracy Center and Learning Resource Center

The University Writing and Multiliteracy Center and the Learning Resource Center is currently located in the John Spoor Broome Library.

University Writing and Multiliteracy Center

At the University Writing and Multiliteracy Center, trained tutors are available to assist students with composing a first draft, organizing their ideas, and polishing their completed work. Students who would like to review the fundamentals of grammar, syntax, and word usage are invited to work with tutors on an individual basis or in small group sessions with the center's director. The center is also available to assist students with organizing their studies, taking notes, and using research materials.

The University Writing and Multiliteracy Center is open to talk with any student about writing-whether it's a term paper, lab report, or employment letter. Our writing tutors are available to help with editing, organizing a paper, and improving writing skills. Tutors assist students with any step in the writing process, from brainstorming to creating a final draft. The Writing Center provides individual and group tutoring, writing workshops, and other services to meet the writing needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Appointments are at least 30 minutes, and can be as long as an hour. For more information, visit the Writing Center web site at The Writing Center's services are free of charge. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00-2:00 p.m.. For an appointment or more information please call 437-8409.

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center offers individual and group tutoring for many general education and undergraduate courses. Trained tutors guide and assist students to develop content area knowledge and skills. Tutoring is offered for subjects such as ASL, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish. Students should contact the Learning Resource administrative assistant to obtain information regarding discipline tutoring available each semester. Students can receive extensive assistance in courses dealing with basic mathematics, geometry, statistics, calculus, as well as higher mathematics. Drop-in assistance is available throughout the semester. The Learning Resource Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00-2:00 p.m.. For more information please call 437-8409.