Office of Academic Advancement

The Office of Academic Advancement is responsible for a comprehensive program of academic advising and class management in the context of a residential liberal arts environment. This includes helping students develop educational goals and complete their graduation requirements; working with faculty to support student success in the classroom; facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services; and supporting student transitions from high school through the undergraduate years to life post-Wesleyan.

Laura Patey, Dean for Academic Advancement

Laura Patey

North College, Room 218
860-685-5581 (phone)
860-685-4480 (fax)


Office Hours when classes are in session:

Dean Patey's Zoom Meeting Room
Meeting ID: 920 3832 1184
Password: 037162

  • Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Friday 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Office hours are held via Zoom; the waiting room will be activated to ensure privacy. You will be admitted to the meeting in the order you arrived in the virtual waiting room.

Class Deans

Class Deans have daily drop-in hours during the week and are also available for appointments.  

The Class Dean meeting times during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency are listed individually below.

David Phillips

David Phillips
Dean for the Class of 2024
Class of 2022 Interim Coverage, A-Le
217 North College
BA University of California, Santa Cruz
MA University of California, Santa Cruz
PHD Yale University


Dean Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood
Dean for the Class of 2023
Incoming Transfer Student Contact
203 North College
BA University of Connecticut
MEd Harvard Graduate School of Education
MA Yale University 
PHD Yale University


Class of 2022 Interim Coverage (by student last name) as follows:
A-Le - Dean David Phillips (Class of 2024)
Li-Ro - Dean Tanesha Leathers (Class of 2021)
Ru-Z - Dean Laura Patey (Dean for Academic Advancement)
Incoming Transfer Students - Dean Jennifer Wood (Class of 2023)


Photo of Tanesha Leathers

Tanesha Leathers
Dean for the Class of 2025
Class of 2022 Interim Coverage, Li-Ro
202 North College
BA Williams College
PHD University of Maryland College Park
Please contact Dean Leathers via email or access daily appointments through



Teri Maheu
Administrative Assistant For Academic Advancement

Joan Chiari

Joan Chiari
Administrative Assistant For Academic Advancement

Student Academic Resources

Crystal Rose Hill, Accessibility Specialist

Crystal Rose Hill

North College, Room 021
860-685-2332 (phone)
860-685-4480 (fax)