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EXP Staff

University Exploration (EXP) staff members are professional academic advisors who can help you navigate your academic path at Ohio State. Your advisor is an excellent resource: in addition to helping you assess yourself, explore major options and select courses, your advisor can assist or refer for any academic or non academic needs.  All of the advisors on staff have a minimum of a master’s degree from various academic backgrounds, including English, Sport & Exercise Humanities, Education, Social Work, and Higher Education & Student Affairs. The advisors have been trained extensively on all majors at the University. EXP advisors are generalists, which means that they can advise you on the general education curriculum, the pre-requisite courses, the minimum grade point average, and the application procedures for all majors. Once you decide on a major, your advisor will encourage you to move into your new academic college so that you can begin working with an advisor who is an expert in that academic discipline.

Your assigned advisor will teach your University Survey course and will work with you through individualized appointments. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor at least once per semester and are welcome to meet as frequently as needed. EXP advisors engage in conversations about interests, strengths, values, and goals in order to recommend majors to explore. The General Education (GE) requirements can be used to understand the type of information you will study in a discipline and to give you a feel for the coursework in a variety of majors. Therefore, your advisor will recommend classes to assist you in your exploration process and fulfill graduation requirements.

EXP advisors recognize that many students are hesitant to declare a major if they cannot see how it directly relates to a career. In addition to a partnership with Career Counseling and Support Services, EXP provides students with resources that make the major/career relationship more transparent. You will learn about the relationship between your major and potential careers, the value of a liberal education, and how to build transferrable skills that will make you a more marketable employee when you have your diploma in hand.


Staff Directory

Margo Coates

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BA in Music from Adrian College and MEd in Higher Education Administration from University of Toledo
Special populations : Athletes
coates.92@osu.edu

Stephanie Elliott

Title : Assistant Director-Curricular Manager
Education : BFA in Theatre and MA in Education from New York University; MA in English from The Ohio State University
Special populations : Honors and Military and Veterans
elliott.302@osu.edu

Ericka Gunn

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BSEd in Exercise Science and LSW, MSW in Social Work from The Ohio State University
Special populations : Diversity Services
gunn.32@osu.edu

Sarah Howard

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BA in English and BS in Mathematics from Ashland University, MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University
howard.933@osu.edu

​Kennetia Ratleff-Horton

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BA in English Writing from Heidelberg University and MBA from Urbana University
ratleff-horton.1@osu.edu

Melissa Salmon

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BS in Science in Health and Sports Studies from Miami University and MEd in Counselor Education from Clemson University
salmon.51@osu.edu


Peter Spreitzer

Title : Academic Counselor & Staff Assistant: Academic Support
Education : BA in American Studies (History and Literature) from University of Notre Dame and MA in English (Literature and Culture) from Oregon State University                                                                                                                                                                                           spreitzer.6@osu.edu

Deborah Stroh

Title : Office Associate
stroh.9@osu.edu

Amy Treboni

Title : Director
Education : BA in English and Music from Otterbein University and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University
treboni.6@osu.edu

Nicole Vangas

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BA in African Studies and Anthropology from University of Pittsburgh and MA In Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University
Special populations : Exploration Living-Learning Community
vangas.2@osu.edu

L. Danielle Whitaker

Title : Assistant Director-Outreach Manager
Education : BA in Journalism and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University
whitaker.137@osu.edu

Courtney Wilson

Title : Office Associate
wilson.1634@osu.edu

Kim Zaccaro

Title : Academic Counselor
Education : BA in Comm from Bowling Green State University and MA Student Affairs in Higher Education from Ball State
zaccaro.2@osu.edu