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Undergraduate Academic Advising

Social Work (SOCW)

The Department of Social Work is located in the city of Fairfax at 10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 300, just north of Mason's Fairfax campus. Social work faculty advisors can make arrangements to meet undergraduates for advising appointments on the Fairfax campus by appointment. Students should make an advising appointment with their academic advisor at least once a semester to ensure that they are progressing successfully toward graduation.

To change your advisor, submit a signed Request for Change of Advisor (pdf) form to the Department.

Social Work, BSW (BSW-SOCW)

If you are in your first two years of study at Mason (less than 60 credit hours completed) or if you are a transfer student in your first semester, you will see an advisor in the CHHS Office of Student Affairs (Robinson Hall, B402). To make an appointment, call 703-993-1901 or send an email request to and include your full name, G number, major, general availability for the week in which you are requesting an appointment, and a brief description of what you would like to cover in your advising meeting.

Valerie Bartush

Maria Perez-Brodeur

If you have completed your Mason Core classes and are taking classes in the major (SOCW 300-level courses and above), you will see a faculty advisor in the Department of Social Work. Generally, this means you have completed 60 credits or more and have been at Mason for at least one full semester. Advising assignments are based upon last name. Please email your advisor to schedule an advising appointment.

To change your major to Social Work, contact:
Dr. Emily Ihara

A - B
Dr. Molly Davis

C – E
Dr. JoAnn Lee
Note: Prof. Lee is on leave for the spring 2017 semester.
Contact Dr. Sharolyn Dugger ( for advising.

F – H
Prof. Kathy Prudden

I – Mc
Dr. Cathy Tompkins

Me – Se
Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai
Note: Dr. Cordisco Tsai is on leave for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Contact Dr. Emily Ihara ( for advising.

Sh – Z and new majors
Dr. Emily Ihara

Aging Studies, Minor

A – Z
Dr. Cathy Tompkins

Social Work, Minor

A – Z
Dr. Emily Ihara

Questions? Please contact Le Anne Wisnieski, Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs, Department of Social Work, at 703-993-4247 or

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