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Meet the Advising Team

Michelle D. Southward, MA, MSA
Director, Academic Advising and Student Services

My professional career at Oakland University began in 2001 as an Admissions Adviser for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. After four years in Admissions and completing my Master of Arts degree in Counseling, I advanced to the Center for Multicultural Initiatives office and worked as a Retention Coordinator. In 2006 I was promoted to the position of Assistant Director for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. I served in this capacity for two years before accepting my current position, as the Advising Coordinator for the School of Health Sciences.During my graduate coursework, I was awarded the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship.

Gennie S. Hill, MEd
Academic Adviser

As an Oakland University alumni I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development in 2009 and my Master of Education, College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2011. The start of my professional career began in 2011 when I accepted the position as an Admissions Adviser in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. As an Admissions Adviser I had the opportunity of displaying my leadership skills by assisting with the implementation of recruitment efforts and yield activities, in addition, to educating prospective students on undergraduate majors, minors and degree programs at the university. Furthermore, I had the opportunity of gaining additional experiences by interning in Grand Valley State University Career Center and Grand Valley State University Padnos International Center.
  Scott A. Hillman, MA
Academic Adviser

A Michigan native, I earned my Bachelor of Applied Arts in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University in 2010. I ventured out east for graduate school and earned my Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from New York University. While there, I advised students in NYU's Fraternity and Sorority Life community. In 2011, I was a presenter at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisers Annual Meeting. My professional career began in Chicago, IL where I was an Academic Adviser at a college in the city. I am thrilled to be back in southeastern Michigan and to be at Oakland to continue advising undergraduate students.