Advisor Jessica Pfeiffer earns level II certification
This story by Stacie Moser was originally published in Advising Notes, a newsletter of the Wayne State Advisor Training Academy.
Jessica Pfeiffer’s path to a career in higher education is a unique one. She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in web design and video art from Oakland University. Her initial goal was to become a graphic designer, but she quickly learned that she loved the educational environmental and student affairs, so she attended Eastern Michigan University and earned her master of arts degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in student affairs.
Jessica was hired by the Wayne State College of Education as a part-time graduate admissions coordinator and then transitioned to the Mike Ilitch School of Business for a full-time undergraduate advisor position. She is currently an academic services officer II in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS). To earn her level II certification through the WSU Advisor Training Academy, Jessica recently wrote a book review for NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association.
In her current role, Jessica certainly stays busy by serving students in the twelve professional programs that EACPHS offers in a variety of ways: answering prospective student emails, fielding phone calls, leading informational meetings, reviewing transcripts to verify course prerequisites have been completed, and staffing college recruitment events. She also assists in the admissions process for the pharmacy and clinical lab science programs. Because her role is so multifaceted, Jessica enjoys a lot of autonomy and is grateful that she is part of a strong student affairs team. For professional development, Jessica recently attended the Great Lakes Student Success Conference as well as the Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference. She is also actively involved on campus and is part of the Career Development Committee and the Gender and Equity Committee for the COSW. She also recently agreed to co-chair the AAUPAFT Parking Committee, which is addressing issues such as parking cost, availability of parking, and the condition of surface lots and structures.
On a personal note, Jessica enjoys traveling with her husband, Brandon, and often visits Tulsa, Oklahoma, for Hanson Day. She is a huge fan of the group Hanson and has attended several concerts all over the country. She also has two dogs, which are like her children, and she enjoys spending time outside going on bike rides and taking walks.