Please contact your advisor by email or through their scheduling link to set up an appointment and follow his/her instructions for the appointment format. 

Contact information for assigned advisors listed below by program


General Information

Advising Assignments

If you would like to change your major to SOCY or ANTH, you can contact Ms. Julissa Zelaya at
If you would like to change your major to PBHL, schedule an advising appointment with Ms. Debbie Sanford through her Appointment Scheduling Link


Major Declaration

Sociology & Anthropology: Students can declare a major by filling out the major declaration form, located on the Registrar’s website and returning it to the Registrar’s Office.

Public Health: Students who would like to change to the Public Health major must meet with Debbie Sanford, Coordinator of Advising, regarding entry into the program. Students must have a cumulative UMBC GPA of 2.5 or higher to declare the major, and they must fill out the major declaration form, located on the Registrar’s website and meet with Ms. Sanford for her signature prior to returning the form to the Registrar’s Office. Students must set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Sanford through her advising scheduling link below. No walk-ins accepted.

Once the student has declared a major, he/she will be assigned to a faculty advisor and will receive updates regarding the major via email.

Advanced Registration Advising

The Department and University send important email communication regarding advanced registration advising each semester.  This includes the date/time at which students can begin registration and notifications of advanced registration appointments. It is important to read such correspondence as the instructions can directly impact your ability to register for classes.

Students must meet with their advisor each semester during advanced registration (October/November and March/April) to review their progress toward fulfilling major and university requirements. Students are not able to register for classes until the advisor authorizes the student to register. SAHAP department majors with another primary major are still strongly encouraged to meet each semester with their SOCY, ANTH, or PBHL advisor.

How to Sign Up for an Advanced Registration Advising Appointment

In the weeks prior to advanced registration your advisor will send an email with instructions for setting up an advising appointment.

Sociology & Anthropology: Many program advisors use Google Calendar for advising appointments.

Special notes regarding Google Calendar:

  • You must access your advisor’s calendar from your UMBC Gmail account. This allows us to identify your name and academic record in order to prepare for the advising session.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please be sure to email your advisor directly – the Google system does not notify the faculty member if you need to cancel.
  • Prior to setting up an appointment, make sure that your Google Calendar is set to Eastern Standard Time!

Public Health: Many program advisors use Acuity Scheduler for advising appointments. Click on the scheduling link to make your appointment.

All current students have an assigned advisor. Please refer to the “Department Advisors” section below for contact/scheduling information.

Department Advisors

Sociology Advisors

Dr. Marina Adler, Professor
PUP 232

Julissa Zelaya Barrera, Graduate Student Advisor
Schedule appointment

  • Monday: 10am – 2pm Remote
  • Tuesday: 10am -1pm In-person
  • Friday: 10am – 1pm Remote

Dr. Brandy Harris-Wallace, Associate Professor & Associate Chair
PUP 229

Dr. Loren Henderson, Associate Professor
PUP 219

Dr. Aubrey Jackson, Assistant Professor
PUP 214

Dr. Christine Mair, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
PUP 230

Dr. John Schumacher, Associate Professor
PUP 217

Dr. Dena Smith, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
PUP 224

Dr. Brian Soller, Assistant Professor
PUP 218

Dr. Takashi Yamshita, Associate Professor
PUP 216


Anthropology Advisors

Dr. Bambi Chapin, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
PUP 211

Dr. Sarah Chard, Associate Professor & Department Chair
PUP 213

Dr. Camee Maddox-Wingfield, Assistant Professor
PUP 212

Dr. Nick Welcome, Visiting Lecturer
PUP 215


Public Health Advisors

Prof. Katie Birger, Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director
PUP 220
Appointment Scheduling Link

Dr. Jennifer Callaghan-Koru, Assistant Professor
PUP 233
Appointment Scheduling Link

Prof. Meryl Cozart, Lecturer
PUP 251

Dr. Andrea Kalfoglou, Associate Professor
PUP 222
Appointment Scheduling Link

Ms. Debbie Sanford, Coordinator of Advising
PUP 221
Appointment Scheduling Link