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Psychology Advising Center

Psychology Advising Center


During the months of October and November the bulk of our advising appointments are reserved for our registration campaigns.  Students will receive an email inviting them to schedule a specially reserved advising appointment 2-3 weeks prior to their assigned registration date.  Click here for our full fall schedule, which outlines when each campaign will be released.

If extra appointments are available in any given week, we will open those for all students via GradesFirst in MyUTK.  Students who need assistance prior to our next available appointment are encouraged to stop in for Friday drop-ins, offered 9am-1pm in Austin Peay 307 on Fridays when school is in session.  Students can also email with quick questions.

The Psychology Department's undergraduate advising center (The PAC) is located in 307 Austin Peay. This office specializes in general curriculum advising and academic planning for early psychology students. 

As a satellite branch of Arts and Sciences Advising Services, the PAC assists all psychology students in matters related to Arts and Sciences policy and procedure.  PAC advisors also answer questions and provide referrals for students interested in exploring other majors, minors, and pre-professional programs across the university.  

The PAC assists psychology students in the following specific areas:

  • Declaring the psychology major or minor
  • Semester and degree planning for early majors (those assigned to Ashleigh Powers)
  • Pre-health and pre-law advising for all psychology majors
  • Petitions and other transfer paperwork
  • Study abroad paperwork
  • Internships
  • Readmission evaluation
  • Academic probation and dismissal and Academic Second Opportunity
  • Financial aid appeals (SAP)
  • ROTC plans (please email to schedule an hour long appointment)

Appointments and Walk-ins

Registration advising appointments for Ashleigh's advisees:  Each semester, students who have a registration hold on their account are emailed a personalized link to schedule a registration advising appointment.   If you have not received this link within two weeks of your registration start date, please email to request a link.

Non-registration appointments:  Students who need to be seen for matters other than registration can schedule appointments manually online via Grades First.  Simply log into and click on the "GradesFirst" link found in the "Academic Links" section of your home page. Once in the GradesFirst system, click the "Appointments for Advising or Other Academic Help" button and follow the prompts from there. Click here to view detailed instructions on using the online system.  Please understand that appointments for matters other than registration are offered on a very limited basis during peak registration times.  If you need to be seen more quickly than our next appointment (or if no appointments are currently available) please feel free to take advantage of our weekly walk-ins.   

Drop-in Advising (Fridays 9am-1pm in Austin Peay 307): The PAC offers drop-in advising hours every Friday during the fall and spring semesters only.  If you have an advising need that cannot wait for our next available appointment, please feel free to stop by!

For general information about advising and ways to prepare for your appointment, please visit the Arts & Sciences Advising website.

Email Hotline

Psychology students who have quick questions that do not require a full appointment can direct these to our email hotline:  This hotline is monitored daily by the PAC, and emails are typically returned within 24 business hours.

Advising Staff

Ashleigh PowersAshleigh Powers, Coordinator of Academic Advising
Austin Peay 307-C
Phone: 865-974-9735

Ashleigh is our full-time professional advisor in psychology.  As our liaison with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services, she is well versed not only in our major curriculum, but also in general education requirements and university policies and procedures.  In addition to meeting individually with psychology majors and interest students, Ashleigh teaches Psyc 382: Careers in Psychology for the department.  She also serves on the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) and coordinates our faculty mentor training initiatives.  Prior to joining UT Psychology, Ashleigh studied Political Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Psychology at a small liberal arts college in Mississippi.  During this time, Ashleigh was an active faculty advisor and developed a passion for working individually with students to craft holistic educational plans tailor fit for their goals.  Ashleigh and her husband are both natives of East Tennessee (Greene County) and are thrilled to call Knoxville home.  In her free time, Ashleigh chases after her very active preschooler and enjoys the occasional British melodrama on TV.

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