There are a variety of advisors available to assist you with your degree progress and future plans. Please review the categories below to see which advisors are able to best meet your needs. While advising is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged you meet regularly with an advisor. Additionally, meeting with a Pre-Health or Career advisor should supplement, not replace, meeting with a KNES advisor.

Adjusted Advising Practices during COVID-19 Pandemic

Please note that academic advisors are still available for appointments. All appointments are currently being conducted via phone or video chat. Please read the informaiton below:

  1. Drop-in Advising will begin on January 25, 2021. These will take place via Zoom and are for brief questions. A waiting room will be enabled to allow advisors to have one on one conversations with students. Please see below for days/times/and to access the Zoom link.
  1. Mandatory Advising can only be completed with Polly or Lindsey. Meeting with Dr. Brown or Dr. Klossner will not lift your mandatory advising block
  2. Scheduling an Appointment should still be done through appointment manager online. Please visit
  3. To begin your appointment you should either call or video chat your advisor at the time of your appointment. Directions for each advisor are below:
    • Polly Sebastian-Schurer: Zoom details provided in appointment confirmation
    • Lindsey Winter: call 301-405-8272 
    • Dr. Brown: call 301-405-2503
    • Dr. Klossner: Zoom details provided in appointment confirmation

Departmental Advising

Am I assigned an advisor?

Kinesiology students do not have an assigned advisor, rather the advisors work as a team to serve the students.  Some students choose to meet with the same advisor every time and some choose the advisor based on which meeting time works for their schedule. Either way works! 

Do I have mandatory advising?

In general, our department does not have mandatory advising, but we encourage students to meet regularly with an advisor.  However, KNES students in the following populations are required to meet with a departmental advisor:

  1. First semester freshmen and transfer students are required to meet with a departmental advisor to remove their mandatory advising block
  2. Once students reach 75 cumulative credits, KNES students must meet with a departmental advisor to complete their senior audit in order to remove their registration block. Students must complete an audit in order to register for KNES497. 

When should I meet with an advisor?

If you have questions or concerns about degree progress, benchmarks, course selection, study abroad, internships, academic difficulty, and more, we encourage you to meet with an advisor. 

Location: 2351 SPH Building (please note we are currently working remotely and are not available in our office)

Phone: 301-405-2450

Our office is open from 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday (except for when the University is closed)

Have a quick question? E-mail or attend a drop-in appointment 

You can meet with an advisor by scheduling a 30-minute appointment at


Dr. Elizabeth Brown

General Advising 


Career Advising

Physical Education - MCERT

Polly Schurer

General Advising 

Pre-Health Professions

Senior Audits

Transfer Mandatory Advising

Dr. Joanne Klossner

General Advising 


Athletic Training & related professions

Lindsey Winter

General Advising 

Prospective Sudents & Major Changes

Senior Audits

Transfer Mandatory Advising

Center for Academic Success and Achievement

Please note all student-athletes and students on probation have mandatory advising and will need to meet with an advisor in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA). If you are a student who has been academically dismissed or took a leave of absence from UMD, you will need to meet with a CASA advisor to discuss re-enrollment.

Any student needing to submit a request for an exception to policy can do so here. Examples of exception to policy include taking a course away from UMD, needing a 3rd attempt at a course, withdrawing from a course after the deadline, and exceeding the total number of repeatable credits.

Location: 0222 SPH Building 

Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday*

*except for when the University is closed

Phone: 301-405-2357

Pre-Health Advising

The Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office serves all current students and alumni of the University of Maryland. While students cannot officially declare a "pre-health" track (i.e. Pre-Physical Therapy), they can work with advisors to ensure they are taking all required pre-requisite courses for their intended health field.  Additionally, advisors can provide information about admissions requirements and general recommendations for graduate programs in a variety of health fields. 

Career Advising

The University Career Center & The President’s Promise provides comprehensive career assistance for all University of Maryland, College Park and Shady Grove students. The University Career Center at the School of Public Health or UCC @ SPH is dedicated to providing industry-specific career services to all SPH students! 

UCC @ SPH Staff: Lauren Meier – Program Director, (301) 314-9268

Central Office: 3100 Hornbake Library, 3rd Floor South Wing
UCC @ SPH Office:  Center for Academic Success and Achievement 
          0222 School of Public Health Building (ground floor of SPH) 

Students with disabilities who may need additional assistance may schedule an appointment with Nancy Forsythe, the Career Development Specialist for students with Disabilities through Careers4Terps, by e-mail,, or phone, (301) 314-1370.