Dr. Bebell works as the Department’s advising and first-year specialist. In addition to serving as the
primary academic advisor for first- and second-year FIS majors, Dr. Bebell is the primary contact for
prospective students interested in FIS at WVU. Her current research focuses on issues of retention,
persistence, and completion as it relates to academic advising in higher education, particularly in STEM- related disciplines. Dr. Bebell shares the Department’s mission for conscientious and thoughtful academic advising as an essential component of a well-rounded educational experience. She teaches the Department’s first-year orientation (FIS 199) and has taught Professional Communication for Forensic Scientists (FIS 401). Additionally, Dr. Bebell coordinates the Department’s #studentsFIRST program, which is a dedicated set of programming for first-year students in the FIS major, including the FIS Living- Learning Community and the FIS Adventure WV trip for incoming freshmen. Currently, Dr. Bebell serves as the Co-Chair of WVU’s Academic Advising Council.