Meet Your Advisor!

Kate Simon (she/her/hers)

Kate, Academic Specialist for the departments of Philosophy and English, holds a BA from Earlham College and a Master’s in Academic Administration from MSU. Before beginning work as an advisor, Kate was the director for the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), housed under MSU’s International Studies and Programs. Prior to this Kate has been engaged in a range of pursuits including teaching English in Japan, consultancy work for the Detroit Institute of Arts, and sitting on the Michigan-Shiga Sister State Board, the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission, and the Great Lakes JET Alumni Association Board of Directors.  

Kate lives in Mason with her husband, Brandon (MSU department of English grad, with a Philosophy cognate!), and two stepchildren. Kate has a range of hobbies including woodworking, baking, gardening, paddling, reading, and playing board games.

How to contact Kate:
Make an appointment:  

  1. Select the Academic Progress tile
  2. Click the tab on the left, labeled Advising/Tutoring Appointments
  3. Click Create New Appointment in the upper right corner 
  4. Category: choose Advising
  5. Advising/Tutoring Unit: select College of Arts & Letters
  6. Appointment Reason: select the applicable reason
  7. Note: Kate generally opens new appointments every Monday for the following week


Email is a great way to contact Kate with quick questions, if you have a time sensitive issue and can’t find an opening, or if you just want to reach out and say hi!

What is Academic Advising? (from the College of Arts and Letters,

Academic advising is an important form of teaching that takes place outside the classroom. Through a variety of contacts and consultations, academic advisors can help you take full advantage of the opportunities at MSU.

At its most basic form, academic advising focuses regular attention on your progress toward meeting graduation requirements. But academic advising can also open doors for both personal and professional development.

Advisors are familiar with the full range of University resources designed to provide support for students outside the classroom–such as the Counseling Center, Learning Resource Center, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, University Ombudsperson’s Office, Office of Financial Aid, and Career Services Network. Advisors are also knowledgeable about University policies and procedures, so they can assist students with a wide range of special problems, such as how to arrange participation in a Study Abroad program or how to manage absences from class or withdraw from the University due to a personal emergency.

Information by E-mail

The department advisor regularly sends out information via e-mail to Philosophy majors and minors regarding scheduling changes, internship possibilities, special events, and other opportunities available. It is important for all students to regularly monitor their MSU e-mail accounts in order to get this information. 

Undergraduate Program Director

If a student has particularly difficult circumstances arise in program planning, or has a complaint, problem, or request about any aspect of the undergraduate academic experience, they are encouraged to reach out to the Undergraduate Program Director.

Undergraduate Program Director
Professor David Godden
Office: 503 South Kedzie Hall