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College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5525
785-532-7304 fax
edcoll@k-state.edu

Center for Student and Professional Services

Dr. David L. Griffin, Sr.
Assistant Dean/Director
013 Bluemont Hall
1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-5524
csps@k-state.edu

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Who We Are and What We Do

Welcome to the Center for Student and Professional Services (CSPS), where you will find professional academic support staff to assist you along the educational path to your own classroom. We help you evaluate your strengths and interests, choose classes each semester, discover opportunities for involvement, and work to find solutions to issues that arise. We will act as your guide from your first campus visit to applying for admission to the professional program, graduation, initial teacher licensure, and beyond. We work with you to navigate the challenges and successes you face as a student at K-State and in the College of Education to make your trip as smooth as possible.

K-State and the College of Education are committed to providing effective support services to you as an essential component of your educational experience. As you progress through your program, we encourage you to also meet with faculty in your area.

Academic Advisors

Sandra Avalos
Academic Advisor

Sandra Avalos

Sandra Avalos


Elementary
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
savalos@k-state.edu


Bio

Sandra Avalos is originally from Texas, where she earned her degree in History. She taught in 3 different school districts within Texas before moving with her military husband to Germany. While in Germany, she worked with the Army counseling soldiers and their family members in their pursuit of education. She most recently worked in the Seattle, WA area with students who were At-Risk of not graduating from high school. She recently earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling. Her future goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education, as well as earning a graduate certificate in Academic Advising.

Education
  • B.A. - History, Tarleton State University
  • M.Ed. – School Counseling, Bowie State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education
Research Interests

Student services in higher education; transition programs for students; military students

Kelly Briggs
Academic Advisor/Honors Coordinator

Kelly Briggs

Kelly Briggs


Elementary
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
kbriggs10@k-state.edu


Bio

Kelly Briggs is originally from Ontario, where she earned degrees in Classics before turning her attention to teaching. She taught ESL in Toronto, Ontario and Guangzhou, China, then returned to the University of Toronto to complete an education degree with an emphasis in multi-cultural classrooms. She then lived and taught in Cairo, Egypt for 8 years before moving to Kansas. Kelly is currently in the M.S. in Academic Advising program and advises elementary education majors.

Education
  • B.A. - Classical Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • M.A. - Classics, University of Western Ontario
  • B.Ed. - Secondary Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education

Mechelle Martinez
Academic Advisor

Mechelle Martinez

Mechelle Martinez


Secondary and Athletes
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
mefema@k-state.edu


Bio

Mechelle Martinez is from western Kansas. She attended Seward County Community college, where she played tennis. She received a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Emporia State University, and has worked in public education for 20 years, including Dodge City High School, Emporia High School, Emporia State University, and eight years at Kansas State University. She currently advises secondary and student athletes, and serves as Kansas Community College liaison and graduation administrator.

Education
  • M.S. - Counselor Education, Emporia State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education
Research Interests

First generation students; adult students; military families; student athletes; instructional technology

Lindsey Morford
Academic Advisor

Lindsey Morford

Lindsey Morford

Elementary, Secondary
and Athletes
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
lm85@k-state.edu


Bio

Lindsey Morford grew up in Kansas as part of a family with strong ties to K-State—her mother and cousin were both elected as K-State Ambassadors, her uncle played the role of Willie the Wildcat, and the Hildebrand family was selected as the 2012 K-State Family of the Year. As a student at K-State, Lindsey was a four-year member of the K-State women’s equestrian team and actively involved in The Navigators, a student organization. She completed both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from K-State. While in graduate school, Lindsey worked as a graduate assistant academic counselor for the K-State baseball and equestrian teams. Upon graduation, she worked for three years at Manhattan Christian College as an academic advisor for students in the MCC/K-State dual-degree program until May 2014, when she was given the exciting opportunity to return to her alma mater in her current position.

Education
  • B.S. - Agriculture – Animal Science, Kansas State University
  • Equine Science Certificate, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - College Student Development - Intercollegiate Athletics, Kansas State University
Courses Taught
  • DED 075 - Orientation to Teacher Education
Research Interests

Student athletes (particularly identity and transition concerns); students with learning differences

Di Murphy
Licensing Officer

Di Murphy

Di Murphy


Licensing Officer
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
dim@k-state.edu


Bio

Di Murphy grew up in South Dakota and taught in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa before settling in Manhattan. She began working at Kansas State University as an Academic Advisor in 1989. Licensure Officer duties were added to her job in 2004. She currently advises people that already have one degree and are wanting to get licensed to teach. She also works with all teachers getting licensed through K-State. In her spare time, she works with her husband at Mid-America Piano.

Education
  • B.S. - Education, Northern State University
  • M.S. - College Student Personnel Services, Kansas State University
 

Center Faculty and Staff

David L. Griffin, Sr.
Assistant Dean and Director

David Griffin

David L. Griffin, Sr.


Associate Professor
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6361
dlgriff@k-state.edu


Education
  • B.S. - Physical Education/Health/Social Studies/Biology, Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee
  • M.S. - Secondary Administration, Central Missouri State University
  • Ed.Sp. - Educational Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Ed.D. - Educational Administration, Kansas State University
Research Interests

Multicultural education; students at-risk

Mac Benavides
Recruitment Coordinator

Mac Benavides

Mac Benavides


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
mb2008@k-state.edu

Anthony Ho
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Anthony Ho

Anthony Ho


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
anthon47@k-state.edu

Victoria Fitzgerald
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Victoria Fitzgerald

Victoria Fitzgerald


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
vtf@k-state.edu

Joe Hall
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Joe Hall

Joe Hall


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
jlh5664@k-state.edu

Teara Lander
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Teara Lander

Teara Lander


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
flagg@k-state.edu

Kris Bailey
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Kris Bailey

Kris Bailey


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
kobailey@k-state.edu

Lori Duncan
Administrative Officer

Lori Duncan

Lori Duncan


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
seven@k-state.edu

Janel Harder
Administrative Officer

Janel Harder

Janel Harder


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
janelh@k-state.edu

Debra Wilcox
Administrative Specialist

Debra Wilcox

Debra Wilcox


013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524
debwilcx@k-state.edu

Make an Appointment

If you are a student in the College of Education, you can make an appointment with your advisor online using
SSC Campus. If you are interested in the College of Education, please contact the office in 013 Bluemont Hall
at 785-532-5524.