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Undergraduate Advising in History

Advising at the undergraduate level is critical, since students are encouraged to develop their own thematic, chronological, or geographical focus through their choice of upper-division electives courses as they pursue the major or minor in History.

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process in which students and their advisers are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success. This partnership requires participation and involvement of both the adviser and the student and spans the student’s whole educational experience. 

Faculty advisers primarily support students with major specific advising which may also include potential careers and professional opportunities within the discipline.

Students seeking advising from the History Department should consult with their assigned advisors on a regular basis, and should schedule advising sessions in advance via phone or email. The department does not hold round-the-clock drop in hours for advising.

Click on the links below for answers to specific questions:

Who is my major advisor?

What is a DARS report, and how do I get one?

What do I need to do if I want to teach history (what do I need to do to apply for the GTEP)?


Who is my major advisor?

The following information is in effect as of September 29, 2014.

Returning students are expected to continue meeting with their previously assigned advisor.

New students considering the major in History are assigned adviseors alphabetically:

Last Name
Advisor Email Office # Phone #
(area code 503)
A-Bo Patricia Schechter schechterp @ CH 492-F 725-3007
Br-Da Brian Turner brian.turner @ CH 441-U 725-3992
De-Fo Desmond Cheung dcheung @ CH 441-R 725-3889
Fr-He Jennifer Tappan jtappan @ CH 441-E 725-9061
Hi-Ka Friedrich Schuler schulerf @ CH 441-N 725-3988
Ke-Lo David Horowitz no email CH 441-Q 725-3993
Lu-Mo Catherine McNeur catherine.mcneur @ CH 441-D 725-2957
Mu-Pa Laura Robson lrobson @ CH 441-L 725-3914
Pe-Ri Jim Grehan grehanjp @ CH 441-P 725-3994
Ro-Ta David Johnson johnsonda @ CH 441-F 725-4953
Te-Z Ken Ruoff ruoffk @ CH 441-I 725-3991

Professor Tim Garrison, Chair of the History Department (, CH 441-H, 503-725-3978), is responsible for advising all non-admitted undergrads, all prospective history majors, and all majors and minors whose adviser is unable to meet with them.

All inquiries regarding graduate study with the History Department or the Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science should be directed to Professor Richard Beyler (beylerr @, CH 441-O, 503-725-3996).

All inquiries regarding the Honors Option in History or the Minor in Medieval Studies should be directed to Professor John Ott (ott @, CH 441-M, 503-725-3013).

All History faculty will advise history students interested in education (MST, MAT, and secondary certificate candidates, etc.) according to the rota above.


Portland State utilizes both professional and faculty advisors in delivering advising for students. Professional advisors are available to assist with university general education (University Studies or Honors) and degree requirements, assist with academic standing issues and petitions, and provide referrals to various campus services.

Students seeking a professional advisor for History/Social Studies should contact Jon Rousseau (jon5 @, Smith Center M305, 503-725-3822).

Drop-in Schedule for professional advising for History/Social Studies:



What is a DARS report, and how do I get one?

Through Degree Audit Reporting Software (DARS), students can track their progress toward a PSU undergraduate degree, major, minor, or certificate. Students can access a DARS report through the PSU Information System (click here), by logging in with their student ID number and PIN before selecting the DARS option.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to access your DARS report.
: Be sure to select a catalog year from 2009-10 or earlier if you plan to graduate under the old major requirements for History.


What do I need to do if I want to teach history (what do I need to do to apply for the GTEP)?

PSU undergraduate History majors who plan to apply to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) should make an appointment to speak to the appropriate pre-education advisor:

For general pre-education advising, education minors, and elementary education:
Karen DeVoll
Advising Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Smith Center M316, 503-725-3822

For pre-education advising, secondary education, and social studies and history:
Jon Rousseau
Advising Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Smith Center M305, 503-725-3822

To schedule pre-education advising:
3rd Floor Mezzanine, Smith Center, 503-725-3822

For more information on the GTEP program, including course requirements, click here.