College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advising


Upcoming Virtual Events

The Title V – Building Scholars program will host two virtual development workshops. These events are free and open to all TAMIU students.

“Undergraduate Research in Circuits and Systems: Topics and Opportunities”

Presented by Dr. Sebastian Hoyos, Electrical & Computer Engineering Associate Professor at Texas A&M University

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time: 8:00 – 9:30 AM

WebEx meeting link: https://tamiu.webex.com/tamiu/j.php?MTID=m7d975ddad5e7252d977c2cec067445f2

Meeting number: 133 933 4008

Password: ResearchDrHoyos

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“Research for Medicine & Biology Careers in the Age of Pandemic”

Presented by Dr. Roland E. Allen, Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University (in collaboration with Dr. Suzy Lidström)

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Time: 9:40 – 11:25 AM

WebEx meeting link: https://tamiu.webex.com/tamiu/j.php?MTID=m43c5f520d9259ea3946502e7077636ca

Meeting number: 133 167 0458

Password: ResearchDrAllen

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For more information, please contact Ms. Sofia C. Maldonado, Title V – Building Scholars Program Manager, at sofiac.maldonado@tamiu.edu.


The Laredo Early Acceptance Program (LEAP) application is now open. The deadline to apply during the Fall 2020 semester is December 1, 2020. Please visit the Opportunities section below for detailed information regarding TAMIU’s collaboration with UT Health San Antonio, eligibility requirements, application form and instructions.

2021 Honors Internship Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a call for the 2021 Honors Internship Program! This a 10-week, paid internship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. The application deadline is September 30, 2020. For detailed program information and application form, please visit the following websites:

Undergraduate students: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/undergrad

Graduate students: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/grad-students

If you have any questions and/or would like feedback before application submission, please contact Dr. Jared Dmello at jared.dmello@tamiu.edu.

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Mission Statement:

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Academic Success Coaches empower students to achieve their educational goals in an environment of high academic standards. We guide, encourage, challenge,and support a diverse student population while they explore, establish, and fulfill their academic and career goals. Ultimately, we strive to foster the personal growth and academic success of our students.

Academic Advising Services:

  • Accurate advising on degree requirements and thorough degree evaluations.
  • Semester-by-semester graduation plan.
  • Guidance on program changes (major and/or minor); career options; academic standing
    (academic probation/suspension).
  • GPA calculation.
  • Approval of restricted courses, course substitution requests, prerequisite waiver requests, etc.
  • Assistance with Financial Aid appeals.
  • Referrals to appropriate faculty and campus services and resources.

 Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand degree program requirements, configuration, and contribution of components to degree plan (e.g., core curriculum, major, minor, additional requirements, etc.)
  • Understand university policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Understand how to complete degree requirements and develop a plan for successful and timely completion.
  • Identify campus resources that assist with reaching academic and personal goals, and identify appropriate campus contacts.
  • Recognize and understand higher education terminology/lingo commonly used at the university.
  • Develop problem-solving, decision-making, and evaluation skills pertaining to degree planning and academic progress.


As of Spring 2020 all students are assigned a designated advisor. Verification of your assigned advisor is visible on Degreeworks or by emailing us at COASadvisors@tamiu.edu

Please note: All advisors are assisting students virtually via email, phone, and Webex. 


Academic Success Coaches




Methods of Virtual Advising


  • Email, phone, or Webex are methods of virtual appointments. This is something that has to be selected when creating an appointment through booking.
  • If a Webex call is requested the student will receive a link to the chat room the day of the scheduled appointment
  • Virtual advising appointment typically lasts 20 minutes.
  • Registration recommendations are based on your degree plans and the published schedule.

  • We will use our time together to be able to accommodate you in the classes you need based on your degree plan.

  • We will use the last 5 to 10 minutes of your advising time to document the key points discussed as well as send you a follow up email concerning the recommendations and decisions about your classes for the upcoming semesters.

  • Should you require a follow-up appointment please be sure to reschedule to meet with an advisor.


Graduate Advisors


Master of ARTS IN Communication

Dr. AriadneGonzalez

Dr. Ariadne Gonzalez
AIC 377

Master of Arts in Language, Literature and Translation

Dr Jonathan Murphy

Dr. Jonathan W. Murphy
AIC 378

Master of Science in Biology

Dr Michael R Kidd

Dr. Michael R. Kidd
LBV 312B

Master of ARTS IN Counseling Psychology

Ediza Garcia

Dr. Ediza Garcia
AIC 329

Master of Public Administration

Peter Haruna

Dr. Peter Haruna
AIC 334

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Sean Maddan

Dr. Sean Maddan
AIC 372

Master OF ARTS IN English

Dr Jonathan Murphy

Dr. Jonathan W. Murphy
AIC 378


Pamela Neuman

Dr. Pamela Neuman
AIC 321


Dr Rohitha Goonatilake

Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake


Dr. AnnaCieslicka

Dr. Anna B. Cieslicka
AIC 342


Dr Andrew Hazelton

Dr. Andrew J. Hazelton
AIC 362


Jack Byham

Dr. Jack Byham
AIC 327




  • Where are the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Success Coaches located?

We are located in the Academic Innovation Center on the 3rd Floor.

  • What is an Academic Success Coach?

Academic Success Coachers are like Academic Advisors, who are professional staff members dedicated to student success. They focus on providing academic advising by assisting students plan and fulfill their college career. They additionally inform students on university policies and student resources while helping students develop essential decision-making and problem-solving skills.

  • Who is my assigned advisor?

Assigned advisors are label accordingly on DegreeWorks, which can be access on UConnect under the Records & Registration tab.

  • How do I know what my classification is?

  • 0 to 29 credits earned = freshman
  • 30 to 59 credits earned = sophomore
  • 60 to 89 credits earned = Junior
  • 90 to 120 credits earned = Senior



  • September 30: Fall 2020 graduation application and payment deadline. A $100 Late Application Fee will be assessed to students applying after this date.
  • October 17: Mid-Semester
  • November 2: Registration opens for Wintermester and Spring 2021.
  • November 19: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University.
  • November 25: Last Class Day
  • November 26 – November 28: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 1 – 7: Final exams period. All exams will be online.
  • December 10: Official Graduation Day for Fall 2020 Graduates. No Commencement Exercises.
  • December 15: Final grades posted on UConnect for student’s view.
  • January 8: Diploma and transcripts available for Fall 2020 graduates.

If you are transferring from another institution to TAMIU, welcome to the Dustdevil family! Please be sure to have followed the admissions process prior to seeking advising services. For detailed information, please visit the Transfer Admissions website at https://www.tamiu.edu/prospect/transfer.shtml

TAMIU COAS Virtual Transfer Fair 

In collaboration with the Office of Recruitment and School Relations, the COAS Academic Success Coaches host a series of virtual transfer fairs to ensure students receive guidance while transitioning to the University. Transfer fair dates for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester are to be determined.

Laredo Early Acceptance Program (LEAP)

LEAP is a partnership between UT Health San Antonio and Texas A&M International University where students complete their Bachelor of Science degree from TAMIU and gain early acceptance to a School of Health Professions (SHP) graduate or doctoral program.

SHP Programs:

  • Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Earn a minimum Overall GPA of 3.2 and Overall Science GPA of 3.2 at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU).
  • Complete 24 semester credit hours, including 12 semester credit hours in specific science and math prerequisite courses at TAMIU during the first year of enrollment.
  • Complete 20 hours of working, volunteering, shadowing, or observing in a health care setting corresponding to the selected graduate program. **Shadowing is waived for 2021 entry due to COVID.

Please refer to the following documents for further details:

LEAP Instructions 2020-2021

LEAP Application 2020-2021

SHP Program Prerequisites

Application Cycle:

  • Fall semester: September 1 – December 1, 2020
  • Spring Semester: January 15 – April 15, 2021
For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Kidd, Associate Professor and Biology & Chemistry Department Chair, at michael.kidd@tamiu.edu, or Gloria Y. Perez, Academic Success Coach, at gloria.perez@tamiu.edu


College of Arts & Sciences - Office of the Dean 
5201 University Boulevard, Academic Innovation Center 373, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 
Phone:956-326-2462| Fax:956-326-2459| E-mail: coas@tamiu.edu