THE OFFICE OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND RETENTION SERVICES
First Floor of Egan Hall, 824-2299
Monday—Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
At least one counselor will be available during those times
Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Academic Counselor/Retention Specialist
Director of Tutoring Services
126 Egan Hall
Justin Ross joined Academic Support & Retention Services in July 2008. He currently serves as the academic counselor for the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Social Sciences, and in July 2010, began overseeing the Tutoring Center at Mercyhurst. Justin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and is finishing work for a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership. He is currently writing his dissertation, which explores student/faculty interactions and the impact those interactions have on the retention of college students. When Justin is not thinking about or writing his dissertation, he reads (currently: Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power), snowboards (on very slow snow), and works on the many, many projects brought about by owning a home.
128 Egan Hall
Erica Cox has been an Academic Counselor at Mercyhurst since August 2010. Her undergraduate degree was in History and Sociology and she has her Master’s in Counseling. Erica works closely with students in the Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Science and Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Erica also works closely with undeclared students. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband, crafting, cooking, and is a Civil War Buff. Erica and her husband are also looking forward to the birth of their first child in the next couple of months!
127 Egan Hall
Tom McKinnon has served Mercyhurst University in a variety of roles and departments, including, the Learning Differences Office, the Department of Athletics, the Residence Life and Student Conduct Office and most recently the Office of Academic Support as an Academic Counselor. Tom’s primary population includes students from the Walker School of Business, Hospitality Management and the Communications Department. He also works as a liaison between the Office of Academic Affairs and the Athletic Department, working to solve student-athlete and athletic related issues. Tom’s free time is spent coaching hockey and golf.