Academic Advising Staff
Associate Dean of Students
Stephanie began working at Elizabethtown College in August 2001. Stephanie and colleagues developed and launched the Center for Student Success (CSS) in 2003 as comprehensive academic support services resources for faculty, staff and students. Academic Advising, Disability Services and Learning Zone comprise the CSS. Stephanie is a member of the college’s Enrollment Management Committee and chairs the Campus Wellness Network (CWN). She also teaches and advises in the college’s First Year seminar program, specifically developing an intensive advising seminar program (Discovery: America Now) in conjunction with the assistant director of academic advising. Together they also advise students on academic probation. The Academic Advising staff also coordinates the College’s Starfish alerts and connections system. She provides annual training for FYS faculty focusing on developmental advising issues and fostering advising relationships. In 2007 Stephanie was recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate national semi-finalist by the National Resource Center for The First Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
Curtis Smith serves Elizabethtown College as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising. In this role, he acts as academic advisor for exploring students, and he teaches and advises students in the First Year Intensive Advising Seminar program. He also works with transfer and at-risk students, students on academic probation, and students seeking general assistance through the Academic Advising Office in the Center for Student Success. He also offers support for all faculty advisors and serves as a member of the Campus Wellness Network.
For over thirty years, Curtis taught learning support students at Lower Dauphin High School. He’s taught writing to undergraduates at Elizabethtown and Lebanon Valley Colleges and graduate students in the Rosemont College MFA program. He’s published over one hundred stories and essays in magazines and literary journals, and his work has been cited by or included in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual Writing, The Best Short Fictions, and in the Norton Anthology New Microfictions. He’s worked with a number of literary websites to publish many book reviews and author interviews. He is the author of two chapbooks of flash fiction, three story collections, two essay collections, four novels, and a book of creative nonfiction.
As the Student Information Systems Coordinator, Michelle enters major, minor and concentration declarations into Elizabethtown College’s student information system. Working with department chairs, she coordinates advisement changes for students related to their education at E-town. Michelle compiles and distributes reports to various departments on campus and provides administrative support to the Academic Advising office as well as the Office of Student Wellness. Michelle’s administrative responsibilities include budgetary allocations, appointment/meeting scheduling, website maintenance, supply ordering and providing assistance for general academic advising and wellness questions. As the Starfish Coordinator, Michelle was a member of the integration team that customized the alerts and connections system for use at Elizabethtown. She regularly authors and distributes a Starfish newsletter to the campus community with tips, instructions and Starfish related accomplishments. Michelle assists in training sessions, provides assistance to troubleshoot any issues and communicates valuable information about the system to the campus community. Additionally, she’s a member of the Campus Wellness Network and the Jenzabar Users Group.