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Students may call our office directly at (612)330-1025 to schedule appointments or click on your assigned academic advisor’s appointment link.

Academic Advisors

Katie Detwiler
Katie Detwiler

Academic Advisor

Katie is out on leave, please make an appointment with another advisor.

Undergraduate: BA in Psychology & Family Studies at St. Olaf College
Graduate: Sports Management/Higher Education Administration at University of Minnesota, Leadership in Student Affairs at University of St. Thomas
Tell us about yourself: I grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Wisconsin and am the youngest of four siblings.  I swam competitively through college and was coaching until I started here at Augsburg full time last year.  I miss coaching but enjoy having free time to spend my weekends hiking, biking, reading, and running.  I can usually be found biking and eating all the wonderful food that the Twin Cities has to offer. I have only been at Augsburg for a little over year now but I love this place and am always willing to work with students to answer any questions and help navigate the institution.


Advising the following majors: Music, Theater, Art & Design, Film, New Media, Communication Studies, Language & Cross-Cultural Studies, Religion, American Indian Studies, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

Lauren Marin 

Academic Advisor

Current Students: Click here to make an appointment with Lauren.

Hometown: Elroy, WI
Undergraduate: Sociology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Graduate: Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Tell us about yourself: I grew up in small town Wisconsin but have lived in the south for the past 7 years (aside from a year stint in Brussels, Belgium). I am so excited to be back in the Midwest closer to friends and family! I love spending time exploring the Twin Cities with my son. I love listening to podcasts, trying out new restaurants, hiking, reading and recently started knitting. I am so excited to be at Augsburg because I believe so much in their mission and their strong focus on student success! I look forward to working with you and making sure your time at Augsburg is positive and memorable!


Advising the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology & Exercise Science

Jeanette WittmerJeanette Wittmer

Academic Advisor

Current Students: Click here to make an appointment with Jeanette.

Advising the following majors: Elementary Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language, History, Political Science, International Relations, Health & Physical Education, English, Philosophy, Environmental Studies

Pa Dao Yang
Pa Dao Yang

Academic Advisor

Current Students: Click here to make an appointment with Pa Dao.

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Undergraduate: Sociology, Augsburg University
Graduate: Master of Arts in Leadership, Augsburg University – Pending
Tell us about yourself: Hello (Nyob Zoo)! I am a 2011 Alumna of Augsburg University and currently pursuing my Masters of Arts in Leadership. I grew up in North Minneapolis and attended Patrick Henry High School. I live in North Minneapolis with my partner and 2 small dogs (Bowie and Korra). I enjoy the outdoors such as biking, camping, and going on different walking/jogging trails. I like working at Augsburg because I strongly believe that our institution focuses on social justice movements and support for underrepresented populations, which are things I am passionate about. As an Academic Advisor, I enjoy supporting students in their learning, building relationships, and helping students navigate the curriculum. Feel free to call or email me and I’ll be happy to help!


Advising the following majors: Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Management, International Business, Economics, Sociology

Kelsey Richardson BlackwellKelsey Richardson Blackwell


Current Students: Click here to make an appointment with Kelsey.

Hometown: Orono, MN
Undergraduate: History & Media Studies, St. Olaf College
Graduate: Masters of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas

Tell us about yourself: I grew up playing soccer, basketball, and rugby. I still participate in soccer and basketball leagues but had to retire my rugby cleats. I love supporting women’s sports – so you might find me at a Lynx game with my husband and our two boys. Otherwise I am driving my kids to activities, listening to comedy podcasts, reading, and watching my favorite shows – such as “Broad City”, “Veep”, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” or “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”. I have worked Augsburg for over a decade because I believe in this institution and the students. If I am your advisor – please make an appointment or send me an email – I enjoy helping students navigate their education.


Advising the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology & Exercise Science