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Andrea Bebell

Program Coordinator, Advising Specialist

Professional Interests
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.

Background
Dr. Bebell earned a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her Ph.D. in English from West Virginia University; her research focused on components of racial and gender identity found in women’s travel writing within the context of US imperialism. Dr. Bebell spent seven years teaching for the Department of English prior to shifting to a career in higher education administration where she found a passion for working with students as an advisor and serving the university community in an administrative capacity.