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In order to put together a solid plan to finish a degree, advising is critical. Advisors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are among the best resources on campus. In fact, they consistently win awards for the quality of advising they provide. Virginia Tech is a big university, but advisers make it seem like a small town where everyone knows everyone else.

Student advising is handled within the student's major department. Departmental advisers are listed below. Future students who know which department they are interested in should contact that department's adviser directly.

Advisors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agricultural Technology

Rachel Kohl
1420 Litton -Reaves Hall (0343)
(540) 231-0994

Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education

Ginger Dempsey
228 Litton-Reaves Hall (0343)
(540) 231-6337

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Normand Adams
309B Hutcheson Hall (0401)
(540) 231-0913


Amy Rasor
104 Engel Hall (0308)

• Exploring Life Sciences

Jennifer Carr
1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0343)
(540) 231-6503

Food Science and Technology

Herbert Bruce
25D FST Building (0418)
(540) 231-9570
Fax: (540) 231-9293



Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Renee Eaton
338 Wallace Hall (0430)
(540) 231-5987
Fax: (540) 231-3916

•School of Animal Sciences (Animal & Poultry Sciences and Dairy Science Majors)

Advising questions
Morgan Brokken
3400 Litton-Reaves Hall 
(540) 231-6936
Transition to Virginia Tech questions
Kathy Tarter Duncan
3697 Litton-Reaves Hall 
(540) 231-4769


School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture, and Environmental Sciences
Karen Drake-Whitney
240 Smyth Hall (0404)
(540) 231-9785


Susan Sumner

Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs

1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0334)
175 West Campus Drive, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-6503