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The Academic Advising Center

Meet Our Staff

The staff and advisors of Boston College’s Academic Advis­ing Center are committed to helping you make a successful transition to college and then to a career. Here are profiles of our staff members.

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Rory A.W. Browne
Director and Associate Dean

Internationally known as an authority on the history of zoos, Rory has taught and served as an academic and residential dean at Yale and at Harvard. Rory works closely with individual advisors and with academic departments and programs to improve the academic planning information available to students and to encourage them in the timely use of that information. He looks forward to conversations with individual students and faculty, and is also happy to engage in group conversations and meetings with students and with the academic departments.

Rebecca M. Schmitz

Rebecca M. Schmitz
Associate Director

Rebecca works closely with Advising Center colleagues to support the schools, departments, and programs in their advising efforts, consulting with them about both program development and the use of technology. She also serves as a resource to students who have questions about BC's advising services and as a liaison to students in the Lynch School of Education.

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S. J.

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S.J.
Assistant Director

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S.J. is a member of the Jesuit Chinese Province. Prior to his doctoral studies in the USA he worked in UNESCO, UNHCR, and other international organizations related to higher education, spirituality, student development, liberal arts, and international studies in Asia and Europe. He enjoys meeting with students and helping them to become whole persons. He has studied at Harvard, Oxford and Boston College, and has published several books on international and liberal arts education and translations of works on higher education, student development and spirituality. He also teaches Cultural Diversity courses in the department of Philosophy at BC. He brings international experience as teacher, administrator, and advisor, and now looks forward to meeting with students.

Meaghan McDermott

Meg McDermott
Assistant Director, Academic Advising

Meg is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration in the Lynch School. Before coming to BC, she worked for a local educational non-profit and Boston Public Schools as a program coordinator and teacher. Meg is passionate about helping students discover the resources they already have and the ones they need to acquire in order to achieve their goals. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, and cooking.

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Cameron Cronin
Advising Outreach Specialist

Cam works closely with Advising Center colleagues; with the academic departments and programs; manages "behind the scenes" logistics that enable the AAC to support our students: budgets, event planning, hiring, and with BC's several student support programs and offices to coordinate services to students. Cam graduated from Boston College in 2012 and is currently pursuing his MBA in the Wallace Carroll School of Management at BC. Outside of the office, he is a professional actor and director.​

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Ingrid Calder
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Ingrid works closely with Dr. Browne, scheduling appointments and providing support when students need assistance from their academic dean in completing forms or complying with university procedures.