Who serves as CAES Academic Advisors?

CAES has a two-tiered advising system. Our students are assigned to both a professional academic advisor and a faculty mentor when they enter the college. See the table below to find the advisor for your major.

Academic Advisor
The academic advisor will inform the student about university- and college-level course requirements, the general education core, and requirements for their major. They will assist students with planning their class schedule each semester and help ensure students stay on track with their major so that they graduate on time. Each advisor works with the majors of a specific department. The advisor’s office is located within that department.

Faculty Mentor
The mentors are faculty members who also teach the classes, advise student clubs, and network with businesses related to their profession in the departments that house the students' majors. Therefore, faculty and students quickly become familiar with each other and develop a good working relationship.  Students are encouraged to talk to their mentors about their academic concerns, future goals (including careers and/or graduate or professional school), and any other questions the student may have related to their field of study. CAES believes strongly that every student benefits from having this kind of relationship with a faculty member.

When will I meet my advisor?

New students meet with advisors during orientation sessions and permanent advisors are designated shortly after classes begin. Students with an unspecified major will be assigned an advisor during new student orientation in an academic department where they will be advised. Students are required to meet with both their academic advisor and their faculty mentor once a semester in order to be cleared for registration.

What can my advisor help me with?

Students are encouraged to visit with their advisors about their academic concerns and future goals. Advisors can and will assist students with graduate school as well as career options.   

If I'm in a pre-professional program, will I have a different advisor?

Students in CAES who wish to pursue professional degrees in medicine or law are advised by their departmental academic advisors and our college's pre-professional advisors. For information about the pre-professional advisor for your program, please see our pre-professional studies page.

Advisor Department & Major(s) Contact

Afton Landram

Animal & Dairy Science

  • Animal Science
  • Dairy Science

Make an Appointment

Office: 258 Rhodes Animal Science Complex

P: 706-542-4046



Morgan Mahaffey

Crop & Soil Sciences Department

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Water and Soil Resources

Entomology Department

  • Entomology
  • Applied Biotechnology

Horticulture Department

  • Horticulture

Make an Appointment

Office: 3117 Miller Plant Sciences (M-W) and 518 Biological Sciences (TR-F)

Satellite Office: 518 Biological Sciences

P: 706-542-4623



Devin McLeod

Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication Department

  • Agricultural Communication
  • Agricultural Education

Poultry Science Department

  • Animal Health
  • Avian Biology
  • Poultry Science

Make an Appointment

Office: 218 Poultry Science

Satellite Office: 212 Four Towers

P: 706-542-1368



Caitlin Dye

Food Science & Technology Department

  • Food Science

Poultry Science Department

  • Biological Science (last names A-J)

Make an Appointment (Food Science)

Make an Appointment (Biological Sciences)

Office: 208 Poultry Science (T afternoon, W, TR, F)

Satellite Office: 204 Food Science (M & T morning)

P: 706-542-9155





Aimee Dowd

Poultry Science Department

  • Biological Science (last names K-Z)

Honors Interdisciplinary


Make an Appointment

Office: 205 Poultry Science

P: 706-542-6543


JoAnne Norris

Agricultural & Applied Economics Department

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics
  • Agribusiness
  • Environmental Economics & Management
  • Food Industry Marketing & Administration

Office: 301 Conner Hall

P: 706-542-2481


  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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