Current Students: Dean's Office, Advising & Appointments

A unique aspect of the SFS undergraduate program is its emphasis on advising. Associate and assistant deans who have relevant academic expertise provide personal advising to the students, which is different in nature from advising by faculty members or by academic counselors.

The undergraduate deans aim to provide advice and services tailored to each student by connecting their interests with his/her academic background, academic and non-academic opportunities, and faculty expertise, while guiding his/her academic and personal development, within the greater mission of the School and ethos of the University.

The Dean’s Office is the primary source of information for SFS undergraduate students. The Dean’s Staff is responsible for administering the undergraduate program and for advising students on all academic matters, including:

  • Completion of degree requirements
  • Course selection & registration
  • Major selection
  • Overseas study
  • Honors programs
  • Post-graduate plans

The Dean’s Office also assists students in cases of illness or emergency and provides information on campus resources available to assist SFS students with a variety of academic and health issues.

Students are encouraged to contact the Dean’s Office any time they have questions or require assistance. The Office is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

Dean’s Office


Joel Hellman, Dean

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Dean Joel Hellman brings to Georgetown a unique and valuable perspective from his work on issues of governance, conflict and the political economy of development around the world.  He joins the School of Foreign Service following 15 years of service at the World Bank, where he most recently served as Chief Institutional Economist and previously led its engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states as Director of the Center on Conflict, Security and Development in Nairobi, Kenya. Follow him @joelhellman_SFS.

 

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Dan Byman, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs

Daniel Byman is a professor and Senior Associate Dean in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also the Research Director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. Dr. Byman served as a Professional Staff Member with the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He also worked as the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and as a Middle East analyst for the U.S. intelligence community. Dr. Byman received his B.A. in religion from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His latest book is Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement (Oxford, 2015). Follow him @dbyman.

 

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Mitch Kaneda, Director of the Undergraduate Program and Associate Dean

Curricular Dean for IPEC majors

Dean Kaneda is an economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. and an M.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo. His research interests are in international trade theory and policy, economic development, and dynamic modeling. He teaches International Trade, a core economics requirement in the School’s undergraduate curriculum. He is the winner of the 1999 Core Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He views the School as the breeding ground of future global leaders.

 

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Mini D. Murphy, Associate Dean

minimurphyFirst Year Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for STIA majors

Having worked at three major universities, Dean Murphy has spent her entire career focusing on access, excellence, and equity in higher education. Dean Murphy sees each student as a unique individual with personalized goals and interests and experiences. She works closely with each student to maximize their potential while at GU and beyond. Dean Murphy earned a M.Ed Degree at The George Washington University with a focus on Education Policy Studies. She is particularly interested in the evolution of educational systems to meet the needs of changing societies.

 

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Anthony L. Pirrotti, Associate Dean

IMG_2866First Year and External Transfer Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for CULP and IHIS majors

Anthony Pirrotti began his career at Georgetown as a graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has worked at both Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. His research interests include Christian-Jewish relations in early modern Europe, the history of the Reformation, and early modern English drama.

In addition to overseeing the International History major, Dean Pirrotti represents the SFS on the University’s Admissions Committee, Honor Council, and Study Abroad Policy Committee. He also teaches in Georgetown’s Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and serves on the board of directors for a non-profit dedicated to spreading academic debate beyond universities and into the public sphere.

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Kendra Billingslea, Associate Dean

Kendra_0First Year Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for IPOL majors (last name L-Z)

Dean Billingslea received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA and her Master’s of Science degree in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College. With her eclectic educational background, Dean Billingslea feels extremely prepared to guide students through their paths of discovery. She truly enjoys the diversity of her position and has developed a passion for higher education and empowering students to see their visions come to life.

 

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Polly S. Robey, Assistant Dean

PollyFirst Year and Internal Transfer Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for IECO majors

Assistant Dean Polly Robey began her career at Georgetown University in 2006 in the Office of Global Education (formerly OIP) where she served as Assistant Director for study abroad.  She was also formerly an advisor for program options in the UK, Turkey, Germany and Austria. Prior to Georgetown, Dean Robey worked at Johns Hopkins University for the W.P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship & Management, assisting students pursuing coursework in business, finance, and accounting.  Dean Robey assisted with the JHU Business Plan Competition as well as the Professional Communication Program. Dean Robey holds a B.A. in Economics and German from the University of Michigan and received her M.A. in German from the University of Georgia.  She believes in encouraging her students to fully pursue the wealth of resources Georgetown has to offer and aims to support them in every step of their academic and personal development.

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Anna Steinhelper, Assistant Dean

annaFirst Year Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for IPOL majors (last name A-K)

Anna Steinhelper comes to us from the University of Chicago where she was an adviser to undergraduate students in the College and a Resident Head in the College Housing program. She received her MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago and her BA in archaeology from Wheaton College. Her research focus was the first millennium BC, with specific interests in the rise and fall of states and the term “collapse” as a rubric for doinghistorical work. After receiving her MA in ancient Near Eastern History, Dean Steinhelper spent a year in Berlin, Germany – learning German and studying at the FreieUniversität. Having spent her childhood as a Foreign Service “brat” Dean Steinhelper is excited to meet the SFS students. She believes that the key to students’ academic success is a holistic approach that takes account of each students’ unique academic strengths, personal interests, and professional aspirations.

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Samuel J. AronsonAssistant Dean

Aronson cmykFirst Year Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for GBUS majors

Samuel J. Aronson is an Assistant Dean in the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Curricular Dean for the Global Business major.  His research focuses on the intersection of science and technology with the Holocaust as well as an exploration of responses to the Holocaust by playwrights and other artists.  As a docent at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dean Aronson regularly guides members of congress, judges and law enforcement officers, foreign diplomats and military officers, and other dignitaries through the museum’s Permanent Exhibition and Special Exhibition.  Prior to joining the School of Foreign Service he serviced as an Academic Counselor and Assistant Dean in the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies for seven years.  Dean Aronson holds degrees in History and Holocaust Studies as well as Education & Human Development from Albright College and The George Washington University.

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Lisa Gordinier, Assistant Dean

First Year Student Advisor and Curricular Dean for RCST majors

Lisa Gordinier began her career at Georgetown University in 2002 in the Office of Global Education (formerly OIP), where she served as an Associate Director for study abroad. Over the years she has worked with students bound for many different parts of the world, and most recently worked primarily with students who wished to study abroad in Russia and Ireland. She holds a B.A. in Art History, awarded with distinction, from Colorado College, and an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has spent much of her life living and working abroad, primarily in Russia and Germany, but also in Chile, Italy and Norway.

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Michael VolkProgram Manager

small_Michael_Volk_HeadshotOriginally from Ohio, Michael Volk came to Washington, D.C. to attain his M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, concentrating on the Middle East. He also holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and History from Bowling Green State University and has studied and traveled extensively across Europe, Israel, Palestine and Turkey. Michael very much enjoys community service and volunteer work, and has experience advocating for human rights, working with Syrian refugees in Turkey and distributing food to D.C.’s homeless population. Prior to joining Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as a Special Assistant, Michael worked as an Administrative Assistant in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

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Kelsey FogleProgram and Records Administrator

Kelsey Fogle earned her M.S. in Higher Education from Drexel University and a B.S degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her graduate research focused on international student orientation programs and looking at ways to reduce language barriers and adjustment issues often faced by international students. Prior to joining the School of Foreign Service, Kelsey worked for Frederick County Public Schools (MD) as a substitute teacher, and more recently with Legal Services. She also served as an Advising Intern at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC with the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology Gifted Student Program. In addition, Kelsey volunteered as an English Language Learners mentor for college-bound high school students.

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Shelby RollerProgram Assistant
IMG_1237Shelby Roller earned her dual B.A. in Global Studies and Environmental Policy from the College of William and Mary. In addition to her academic studies, Shelby was a photojournalist for Ideation Magazine, worked in an ecological research lab, and cheered on her fellow students as an assistant mascot. Shelby studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain while in school and travelled Europe after her graduation. She moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her dream of becoming part of an advocacy minded organization. Prior to joining Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Shelby worked for the National Immigration Forum and OurTime.org.

 

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Advising & Appointments

The School of Foreign Service prides itself on providing individualized guidance for every student. The primary vehicle of this guidance is your Dean. Associate and Assistant Deans who have relevant academic expertise provide personal advising to the students, which is different in nature from advising by faculty members or by academic counselors. The Deans who administer the SFS Undergraduate Curriculum provide customized advice and services to each student by creating opportunities for the intentional intersection of classroom learning with your personal interests. Your Dean helps you create the most meaningful Georgetown experience possible through conversation and collaboration.

The Dean’s Office is the primary source of information for SFS undergraduate students. The Deans are responsible for administering the undergraduate program and for advising students on all academic matters, including:

  • Completion of degree requirements
  • Adjudicating requests for leaves of absence, incomplete coursework, and other waivers of University policy
  • Course selection & registration
  • Major selection
  • Overseas study
  • Honors programs
  • Post-graduate plans

The Dean’s Office also assists students in cases of illness or emergency and provides information on campus resources available to assist SFS students with a variety of academic and health issues.

Students are encouraged to contact the Dean’s Office any time they have questions or require assistance. The Office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Tip: How should I address my dean? It is customary at Georgetown for students to address their deans, professors, and staff members as Dean X, Professor Y, and Mr./Ms. Z, respectively.


BSFS students may sign up for appointments online using Georgetown’s Google Apps. You must be logged into your Google Apps account to make an appointment.

  • Click on your dean’s name. Students will see a calendar showing the available appointments. You will also see your own Google calendar overlaid on the appointment page, making it easy to see what times work for you.
  • If the Google calendar indicates that no appointments are available until several months into the future, that simply means that the dean’s appointment slots are filled that week. Please check back on Friday for the next week’s appointments.
  • WARNING: If your Google calendar is not set for the Eastern Time Zone, you will end up making an appointment at a wrong time.
  • Out of courtesy to your fellow students if you need to cancel an appointment do so 24 hours in advance so that the time can be made available to another student.

View individual schedules and make appointments:

Report any technical problems with the appointment system to the webmaster (sfswebmaster@georgetown.edu).

BSFS 2016-2017 Functional List

Accelerated Degree: Mini Murphy

Advising (First-Years and Undeclared Sophomores):

  • First-Years A-E: Sam Aronson
  • First-Years F-H: Anthony Pirrotti
  • First-Years I-K: Anna Steinhelper
  • First-Years L-O: Lisa Gordinier
  • First Years P-Q: Mini Murphy
  • First-Years R-S: Polly Robey
  • First-Years T-Z: Kendra Billingslea
  • Sophomores A-F:  Sam Aronson
  • Sophomores G-I: Anna Steinhelper
  • Sophomores J-K: Mini Murphy
  • Sophomores L-M: Polly Robey
  • Sophomores N-Q: Lisa Gordinier 
  • Sophomores R-S: Anthony Pirrotti
  • Sophomores T-Z: Kendra Billingslea

Class rank inquiries: All Deans
External Transfers: Anthony Pirrotti
Fellowships and GOFAR liaison: Anna Steinhelper
Internal Transfers: Polly Robey

Majors

Non-GU Summer Course Approval: All Deans
PBK (Phi Beta Kappa): Anna Steinhelper
Peer Mentoring: Samuel Aronson
Senior Reviews: All Deans