Owen Center for Teaching & Learning
Owen Center for Teaching & Learning


Academic advising at Heidelberg is administered through faculty advisors and professional advisors. All students are assigned to a faculty advisor within their major department and can consult with professional advisors for any questions. Our advisors take a proactive approach by reaching out to students on a consistent basis to address problems before they arise. We help our students transition to college with the AIM Hei Program, which is a two-semester advising seminar designed to help students become familiar with our advising process and to help students get to know their faculty advisor.


What is it?

AIM Hei is a student seminar designed to help new students acclimate to Heidelberg. Students are assigned a faculty advisor in their general area of study who will instruct the seminar. Students meet in alternating weeks to engage in proactive advising activities, including:

  • reviewing academic performance data
  • learning about campus resources to support their success
  • registering for the upcoming semester
  • building relationships with faculty mentors and student peers who share their academic interests
  • developing and evaluating academic, personal and professional goal

Program goals

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of a professional liberal arts education
  • the ability to set academic, professional and personal goals and to make plans related to the fulfillment of those goals
  • an awareness of support and planning resources at Heidelberg University related to academic, professional and personal issues
  • an understanding of degree requirements and auditing, along with the course registration process at Heidelberg University

Academic Advising - The Owen Center has advisors who work with students in any major to understand the relationship between general education and major requirements, create a four-year educational plan that fits their career and life goals and are a resource for navigating college processes and paperwork.

Faculty Mentoring -  Faculty Advisors maintain frequent contact with their students and educate them on advising topics in order to address any problems before they arise. Advisors work on building and maintaining relationships with their students and strive to be the go-to person with questions.

Appraisals - Students receive feedback about attendance, grades, whether or not instructors believe they would benefit from academic support and additional comments from instructors every 4 weeks. Appraisals allow advisors to review your academic progress and discuss the implications of the feedback you received. You can access appraisals in OASIS.

HYPE - Academic advisors also help you navigate through the HYPE program.

Major Curriculum Plans / MAPs outline a suggested course sequence for completing each major in 8 semesters. These MAPs are guides to help you make informed decisions about course registration, and are not an exact semester-by-semester imperative. Most programs have a level of flexibility and your exact registration will be reflective of numerous factors, including Transfer / CCP / AP credit brought in, successful completion of coursework and course availability.

How do I know who my advisor is?

  • For first-year students and transfers, your AIM Hei instructor is your advisor
  • You can find out who your advisor is by using this link

What should I talk to my advisor about?

  • Contact your academic advisor with questions about degree progression, registration, adding or dropping classes, summer classes, transfer credits, academic/ career goals and extracurricular / co-curricular activities.

How do I add / change my major, minor or concentration?

  • Fill out the Change of Major, Minor or Concentration form (there are sections for adding / and dropping majors and minors) and have it signed by your advisor and potentially the chair of the program you are adding or dropping.

When is AIM Hei?

  • AIM Hei meets on alternating Thursdays at 11 am. There are no other courses offered at that time.

Contact Information

Campus Center 314


Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Our Team

Steven Borawski
Title III Project Director
Heidelberg University
David Briggs
Academic Advising Coordinator
Heidelberg University
David Briggs
Erin Chapman-Hoskins
Director Academic Advising
Campus Center 313
(419) 448-2479
Erin Chapman
Courtney DeMayo Pugno
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs|Executive Director of the Owen Center for Teaching and Learning|Associate Professor of History
Campus Center 316
(419) 448-2510
Courtney DeMayo Pugno
Rebecca Frank
Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology
Heidelberg University
(419) 448-2460
rebecca taylor
Amy Hammitt
Administrative Assistant for the Owen Center and American Junior Year Program
Campus Center 315
(419) 448-2301
Morgan Harrigan
Director of Academic Support|Senior Woman Administrator
Campus Center 315
(419) 448-2159
Morgan H
Alyssa Kontak
Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services
Campus Center 314
(419) 448-2484
Alyssa Kontak