All students are assigned an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for guiding students through their academic journey at Naropa, beginning with new student orientation and ending with graduation. Advisors assist students in navigating academic policies and procedures, tracking degree requirements and creating course schedules each semester. Advisors also monitor students’ academic performance and intervene when students are in academic difficulty. Advisors are student advocates who assist students in making well-informed decisions regarding their education. This process includes helping students to clarify their interests, strengths and goals, as well as assisting them in developing their decision-making skills.
Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, Naropa is piloting a Hybrid Faculty Advising model to complement our existing Undergrad Academic Advising Office. What this means is that students in select majors will have a faculty member serving as their primary Academic Advisor, while students in other majors will still be working with a Professional Academic Advisor.
Undergrad Academic Advising is located on the second floor of Wulsin Hall in The Learning Commons, an alliance of campus resources that actively collaborate to support a student's journey toward self-discovery, academic success, and engaged action in the world.
BA, History; Teaching Certificate, University of Colorado Boulder
MS, Educational Media Design and Technology, Full Sail University
Permaculture Design Certificate, Naropa University
A native to Boulder, Seann comes to Naropa and higher education after spending nine years teaching in a high school leadership and social studies. In addition to teaching history, philosophy and religion, he developed a student leadership curriculum focused on self-awareness, service learning, global perspectives, carrying for others and the environment, and personal actualization. Seann is trained in Non-Violent/Compassionate Communication through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. His passions include technology, tai chi, and food justice. Seann is a futuristic thinker looking to expand the field of contemplative technology towards the development of a more alive, awakened, and compassionate human consciousness.
BA, Religious Studies, James Madison University
MA, Religious Studies, Naropa University
As a writer, teacher, outdoorsman, and longtime contemplative practitioner, Austin believes that education is ultimately about learning to adapt and respond to our ever-changing world with cultivated awareness and authenticity. Austin's diverse experience is grounded in a commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives and multicultural understanding. His studies in Contemplative Religions, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, and Anthropology reflect a deep interest in the narratives with which we script our lives, both collectively and individually. Austin has traveled and lived abroad, published short works of fiction and non-fiction, and attended retreats in the Dzogchen, Vipassana, and Zen traditions. In all of his work, Austin is dedicated to developing an ever more conscious engagement with our ongoing composition of the world – one that is expansive, inclusive, and compassionate.
BA, History; Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, SUNY Brockport
MA, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University
Authentic Leadership Certificate, Naropa University
Lily is dedicated to the power and brilliance of contemplative education and brings over 12 years of experience within higher education—both inside and outside of the classroom—to her work. During her graduate studies at Naropa, Lily worked as a research assistant for the Center for Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE), conducting extensive faculty interviews to study the techniques and pedagogy of contemplative education being employed at the university. During her tenure as an Academic Advisor at CU Boulder, she initiated advising approaches that strove to meet each individual student within their own unique developmental process and actively supported bridge-building efforts between campus constituents to establish a more cohesive network of student support services. Lily is passionate about fostering well-rounded and successful academic journeys for Naropa’s students. From 2011-2015 she served as the Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising at Naropa, while also overseeing the university’s academic support services. During this time she spearheaded the creation and development of Naropa’s Learning Commons, a collective of Academic and Student Affairs campus resources. In 2010 she was honored with CU Boulder’s Women Who Make a Difference Award, and in 2011 she was awarded the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) prestigious Outstanding New Advisor Award.