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Advising Services Welcomes New Staff

Alexandra (Ali) Brewer, Leslie Ducay, and Morgan Ridgell have been appointed as professional advisors in Arts and Sciences Advising Services (ASAS).

New Advising Staff

(Bottom row from left to right : Morgan Ridgell and Leslie Ducay, both academic advisors. Second row from left to right: Ali Brewer, academic advisor and Misty Dutton, administrative assistant)

  • Ali received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT in 2007. She left Knoxville to earn a master’s degree in comparative politics from American University in Washington D.C. in 2010, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in political science at UT. Before accepting the full-time professional advisor position in July, Ali worked in the ASAS as a graduate teaching assistant where she discovered the joy and satisfaction of participating in the academic and professional development of undergraduates.
  •  Leslie, a native of the Pacific Northwest, attended Pacific Lutheran University in the state of Washington where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication in January 2014. Leslie earned a master’s degree in college student personnel services at Western Illinois University in May 2016. Influenced by service-oriented mentors in graduate school, Leslie identifies herself as an advocate for students, and looks forward to helping students accomplish their desired outcomes.
  •  Morgan, a North Carolina native, holds a bachelors’ degree in communication from the University of Louisville and earned a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in May 2015. As an advisor, she is committed to guiding our diverse undergraduate population in developing and implementing sound educational plans that are consistent with their values and their academic and career goals.

Misty Dutton joined the office in June as an administrative support assistant. In this capacity she assists Associate Director Mary Anne Hoskins with coordination of pre-professional student files. A native of Georgia, Misty has enjoyed living near the mountains of Tennessee for the past five years while working as an employee of Lincoln Memorial University.