Coles Advising Team

The Coles College Academic Advising Team includes professional advisors in the Business Undergraduate Advising Center (BB 431) and designated faculty members in each department.

Not sure where to turn?  You should always start with the Advising Center. The professional advisors are the experts on the academic requirements of your Major. They will help you understand the KSU and Coles rules and procedures you must follow in order to obtain your degree. They can also direct you to faculty members or other offices for special situations.

Are you a registered Web Learner? Click here for contact details.

The Professional Advisors in BB 431

The faculty members who are official members of the Coles Academic Advising Team can also answer basic questions about academic requirements. But their special expertise is helping you with questions about the content of specific courses and how your Major courses relate to career options. Other faculty members serve as Career Coaches in each department, and they work with students participating in the Hughes Leadership & Career Program. You may also consult with any professor for their insights about the best preparation for your professional goals.

Faculty Advisors, by Department


  • Dr. Heather Hermanson
  • Prof. Marshall McComb

Economics, Finance, & Quantitative Analysis

  • Dr. Ken Gilliam
  • Dr. David Bray

Information Systems

  • Dr. Radwan Ali
  • Dr. Herb Mattord

Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Prof. Ellen Cross
  • Dr. Tony Swaim

Marketing & Professional Sales

  • Prof. Randy Stuart
  • Dr. Keith Tudor

Are you an International Business Major?

The International Business Major is an interdisciplinary major housed in the Coles Office for Undergraduate Business Programs. The faculty who teach courses for this Major are located in the five Coles departments identified above. You should work with the professional advisors in the Advising Center for all questions related to your academic requirements. For career-related questions, identify the specific business area(s) you are interested in (e.g., Marketing, Finance) and contact the faculty advisors in those departments to discuss career options. Ask the faculty who teach your international courses about their insights. You may also contact the Coles Senior International Officer, Dr. Sheb True, for help with questions about international careers.


Find the Advising Center

Find us in Burruss Building 431 almost any weekday—FYI, it gets crowded around registration time.

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Are you a Web Learner?

If you are a business major and a registered KSU Web Learner, call the Advising Center at 470-578-6055. Leave a message with your question and your:

  • Name
  • KSU ID#
  • Major
  • KSU email address
  • Preferred phone number

A professional advisor will contact you to arrange for an advising session by phone or on campus. We find that face-to-face advising sessions are best, if at all possible. We hope to add the option of online video advising next year.

Special Advising Topics – Certification Exams

After you graduate you may want to obtain professional certifications that can contribute to your career success. Knowing what is required for certifications in your field may help you decide which elective courses to choose. Check with the faculty advisors to learn about professional certifications in your career field. Some examples are:  CPA [Certified Public Accountant], CFA [Chartered Financial Analyst],CISSP [Certified Information Systems Security Professional], PCM [Professional Certified Marketer] and SHRM-CP [Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional].