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Office Hours: Weekdays 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
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Off-Campus Programs Director (Vacant)

Advising for:
On-Campus Workforce Education and Development

Walter A. Davis III

Academic Advisor

A two time graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Recreation and a Master of Science in Education with a major in Workforce Education and Development. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Education Administration and Higher Education at SIU. Walter worked as a graduate assistant at SIU with Center for Academic Success, assisting with freshmen and undeclared student in addition to working with Student Rights and Responsibilities helping freshmen students understand the Student Conduct Code and the consequences of breaking that code. While working as an Academic Advisor in Center for Academic Success and University College he taught the UCOL 101A Foundations of Inquiry Freshman Academic Success Seminar Course.

Walter stays motivated due to seven and half years of academic advising experience, working with departments across campus, and by presenting at leadership conferences. He has participated in educational career events and job/internship fairs. He has conducted an Exploratory Student Advisement Student Panel to highlight former freshman students who are now highly successful sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and employees in the workforce. Walter is active on campus as he serves on several committees and works with campus RSO’s, Fraternities, Sororities, and the SIU Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP. He enjoys spending his free time exercising at the SIU Recreational Center, spending time with family and friends, reading, watching sports and movies.

Advising for:
REHS – Rehabilitation Services
BAT – Behavioral Analysis Therapy (BEHV)
CDS – Communication Disorders
SOCW – Social Work
UNEH – Undecided

Jessie Slaughenhaupt

Academic Advisor

Advising for:
Workforce Education and Development OFF- CAMPUS

Christopher Hinkle

Academic Advisor

Christopher is a two time graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Social Studies as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. At Southeast he worked as a graduate assistant with New Student Programs, assisting with freshmen and transfer student orientations in addition to helping coordinate freshmen move in day, the Welcome Back Picnic, and opening week activities.  Christopher worked as a coordinator in Career Services establishing the career proficiency courses each semester and again helped at orientations, advising students and helping them set up their first class schedule. He worked with departments across campus and the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce to put on several educational career events and job/internship fairs. Most recently you may have seen Christopher at Best Buy selling cell phones and talking up a storm with anyone and everyone. He enjoys spending his free time with friends and family, reading, watching sports (go soccer!) and movies, or going for a jog on a nice day. Christopher can’t wait to start this newest chapter in his life!

Advising for:
ES – Exercise Science
SA - Sports Administration
PETE - Physical Education
PUBH – Public Health
RECP – Recreation Professions
           Therapeutic Recreation
           Recreation Management

Melanye Merryll

Academic Advisor

Melanye is formerly from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she was an Admissions/Records Officer in the Office of the Registrar. While working at SIUE she advised students and evaluated their records for commencement eligibility. As a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she worked in academic advisement in the School of Architecture. Melanye holds Master of Arts degrees in Legal Studies and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from SIU, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Advising for:
BIOZ – Biological Science (Education)
ENGZ – English Education
FR – French Education
GERS – German Education
HISZ – History Education
MATZ – Math Education
SPAN – Spanish Education

Emily Haymans Cook

Academic Advisor

Emily Haymans Cook is a writer and English teacher originally from southeast Georgia. She holds a BA in Writing & Linguistics, an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Emily has taught English in Japan and traveled to 12 countries. She has been teaching at the college level since 2012 and is passionate about helping students succeed in higher education. She has lived in Carbondale since 2017 and has taught at Kaskaskia College, Rend Lake College, John A Logan College, and SIU. Her philosophy in teaching and advising students is that education and academia should be accessible to all students, regardless of their socioeconomic or cultural/linguistic backgrounds. She is thrilled to be working with the School of Education to prepare students to be incredible teachers. Her hobbies include writing, reading, cooking and baking, hiking, snuggling her dog and husband, and listening to true crime podcasts. She is proud to be adopted into the Saluki Nation!

Advising for:
CFS - Child and Family Services
ECHD – Early Childhood Development
ELED – Elementary Education
SPED – Special Education

Jacqueline Kunz (Jaqui)

Advisement Office Support Specialist

Jaqui comes from Northern Ireland where she worked as a legal secretary for several years before moving to Chicago almost 12 years ago. She now supervises and schedules the student workers in the advisement office and provides project coordination and administrative support to the advisors.