Office of Student & Academic Services

Current Students

The mission of the Ford Schoolís Office of Student & Academic Services is to provide our students with the support they need to achieve their educational and professional goals. We recruit a highly selective class, and assist students with registration, class selection, academic requirements, fellowships and financial aid, and graduation. Our goal is to provide excellence in service as we work with prospective and current students, and to help them to engage with others in the Ford School. We want to foster an inclusive environment which values the diversity of our community.


The mission of our office centers around five guiding principles:

  • A strategic approach to recruitment, admissions and fellowships;
  • Setting a tone of inclusiveness and respect;
  • Effective and empathic student service, and helping to streamline the student experience within the University;
  • Clarity regarding our policies and procedures, and routine assessment and evaluation of them to ensure their continued effectiveness;
  • Supporting our faculty, and collaborating with other staff of the Ford School.

Contact Information and Bios


Susan Guindi
Director, Student and Academic Services
Weill Hall
735 S. State St., #2246
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
sguindi@umich.edu
(734) 615-7408

As Director of Student and Academic Services, Susan will oversee admissions, academic advising, fellowships/funding, and the Registrar. In addition, as a member of the Deanís management team, she will help provide strategic leadership. Susan will work with faculty and staff in providing administrative support to the BA, MPP, MPA, PhD and PPIA programs, and will collaborate closely with students to promote student engagement at and with the Ford School.

To make an appointment with Susan to discuss any issue of concern to you, please click here. If these times do not fit your schedule, please feel free to email her directly to set up an alternative time.


Beth Soboleski
Associate Director, Student & Academic Services
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #2234
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
bsobo@umich.edu
(734) 615-9877

In her role as the Associate Director of Student & Academic Services, Beth is responsible for the oversight of all Ford School recruiting and admissions processes and events. She also represents the Ford School at graduate fairs and other student recruiting events and serves as the Ford School admissions representative in professional organizations such as APSIA, APPAM and NASPAA. As part of our recruitment strategy, Beth develops and maintains our partnership programs with organizations such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps. She also supervises the admissions office staff. Beth holds a B.S. in public administration from Oakland University as well as an M.P.P. degree from the Ford School.

To make an appointment with Beth, please click here. If these times do not fit your schedule, please feel free to email her directly to set up an alternative time.


Julia S. Hoffert
Recruiting and PPIA Coordinator
Weill Hall
735 S. State, #2236
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
jspanja@umich.edu
734 764-6923

Julia is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Summer Program in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA). In addition, Julia is an active member of the recruiting team. She works closely with the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting, to prepare short and long term recruiting strategies and monitors admission and enrollment trends.

Previous to joining the Student & Academic Services team, Julia worked for over ten years at New York University (where she received her master's and bachelor's degrees) with the majority of the time spent in graduate admissions and recruitment for the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Julia was most recently a part of the undergraduate admissions team at Eastern Michigan University and resides in Ann Arbor with her husband and daughter.

To make an appointment with Julia to discuss your interest in and application to the Ford School, please click here. If these times do not fit your schedule, please feel free to email her directly to set up an alternative time.


Melissa Jones
PhD Program and Fellowship Coordinator
Weill Hall
735 S. State, #2252
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
mimjones@umich.edu
734 764-7508

Mim provides direct administrative support for the Joint PhD Programs and to the PhD program faculty director. She advises current PhD students on understanding and meeting program requirements, as well as administers the Ford School fellowship program. She actively seeks to make students aware of potential sources of funding opportunities and monitors budget categories.

Mim hails from her native Perth, in Western Australia, and received her undergraduate degree in Public Health & Nutrition. She went on to complete a graduate degree in Secondary Education and a Masterís in Education, specializing in behavior amongst disengaged youth. When Mim is not in Student & Academic Services, she is a co-director for the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program. A joint effort between USAID, RTI and Universities from the US and Liberia, they aim to recruit and retain Liberian high school and university students in STEM disciplines. She is also an active member of Sustainability without Borders (SWB), an organization in Michigan and Liberia, which creates networks of sustainability practitioners by engaging communities in hands-on development projects, such as solar-charging stations and anaerobic digesters.

To make an appointment with Mim to discuss fellowships, funding, or PhD advising, please click here. If these times do not fit your schedule, please feel free to email her directly to set up an alternative time.


Amy Flanagan
BA Program Coordinator
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #2248
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
aflan@umich.edu
734 764-9586

In her role as the B.A. Program Coordinator, Amy provides direct administrative support for the BA program and to the BA program faculty director. She advises current BA students on understanding and meeting program requirements. She also assists students with fellowship, scholarship and internship opportunities. Amy advises perspective BA students and represents the Ford School at campus undergraduate events. She works close with the Ford School undergraduate student organization groups.

Amy holds a BA from the University of Michigan in Communications. Before joining the Ford School staff, she worked in the University of Michigan Health System Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Dept. and Student Services at the UofM Law School.

To make an appointment with Amy for undergraduate advising, please click here. If these times do not fit your schedule, please feel free to email her directly to set up an alternative time.


Lindsay Price
Academic Advisor
Weill Hall
735 S. State St, #2244
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
ljprice@umich.edu
(734) 647-5517

Lindsay primarily provides academic advising and support to Ford School graduate (MPP/MPA/Dual) students. She advises current students on understanding and meeting degree requirements as well as provides students with strategies that promote academic and professional success. Lindsay also provides secondary support to the BA Coordinator and PhD/Fellowship coordinator in Student and Academic Services with academic advising for their core programs.

Lindsay has worked at the Ford School in various roles since August 2012. She joined the Ford School as part of Graduate Career Services, working with both GCS and Alumni Relations. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in counseling psychology with an emphasis in international care and community development from Northwest University and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a psychology minor from Western Washington University. She relocated to Ann Arbor from Seattle, Washington just last year. She has a wide range of experience in counseling and advising both at a university level as well as in non-profits.

To make an appointment with Lindsay for graduate student advising, please click here. If these times do not fit your schedule, please feel free to email her directly to set up an alternative time.


Tricia C Heney
Administrative Assistant
Weill Hall
735 S. State St, #2245
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091
trishhen@umich.edu
734 764-0453

Tricia provides administrative support to the Student and Academic Services department, as well as serving as the first point of contact for the Ford School. She is dedicated to working with students, welcoming and assisting all visitors to the school, and coordinating Ford School events.
Tricia holds a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Before coming to work at the Ford School, she interned in the Womenís Health Department at the University of Michigan Health System and was an office manager at H&R Block.