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Emily Kaufman-Baumann

Academic Advisor IV
  • (979) 845-3127
  • LASB 107


Emily began working as an academic advisor for the Department of Political Science in 2014. She earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in English and French from Southern Methodist University in 2012 and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University in 2014. She was awarded Superior Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts in 2016 for her contributions to the college.

Emily is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN), and Texas A&M’s University Advisors & Counselors organization (UAC). She regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences. Her research interests include student mental health and coping, retention programming, and the assessment of academic advising. A partial list of Emily’s professional works can be found below.

Emily lives in the Bryan/College Station area with her husband, Brad, and their two black cats, Bob and Tucker. She is an avid quilter and a collector of Starbucks “You Are Here” mugs—both her mug collection and examples of her quilting work can be found in her office.

Advice for Students

Ask for help early, as soon as you suspect there may be a problem or concern. As academic advisors we can do a lot to help students (even with non-academic concerns!), but the longer you wait to get assistance the fewer options we will have to help.

Advising Philosophy Statement

As an academic advisor, my primary role is to support and promote student success both inside and outside of the classroom. I am also responsible to my institution and to the professional advising community. In order to best support my students, my institution, and the advising community, I commit to the following:

I commit to an appreciative, holistic model of academic advising.
I believe that every student comes to college with a unique set of skills, talents, and desires. My role as an academic advisor is to help students identify and use their strengths to achieve their short- and long term goals, both academic and otherwise. I will support students in achieving their goals by offering assistance with academic planning, counseling, and resource referral as appropriate.

I will also encourage students to think of college as a holistic experience as opposed to just an opportunity for academic learning in the classroom. To this end, I will promote high-impact learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, including but not limited to extracurricular involvement, internships, study abroad, and volunteerism.

I commit to act with compassion and empathy, regardless of a student’s situation.
As an advisor, I assist students with a variety of issues, both academic and personal, minor and severe. Sometimes these issues are a result of factors outside of the student’s control, such as an illness or the death of a family member. Other times the student may be directly responsible for the challenges they face, such as when they fail to complete a class assignment. Regardless of the situation and its causes, I will have empathy for what the student is experiencing and will act with unconditional positive regard towards the student. I will not judge students, but instead endeavor to help them as best I can in any way that I can.

I commit to embrace, respect, and support diversity.
I recognize that students come to college with diverse identities and beliefs that may impact their experience as a student and as a member of our college community. In my interactions with students, I will acknowledge and respect my students’ identities and beliefs and will endeavor to tailor my advising to meet the individual needs of each student.

I commit to ongoing professional development.
As an advising professional, my students trust and expect that I will be knowledgeable of academic policies, university resources, and various developmental opportunities that may help them achieve their academic and personal goals. I am also responsible for knowing and promoting best practices in academic advising, including but not limited to student development theory, recent advising research, and laws relating to higher education. In order to be the best advisor I can be, I will continue to pursue a variety of professional development opportunities to improve and expand my knowledge of the profession. I will also make time to read recent research and publications relating to advising.

Representative Publications

Kaufman Baumann, Emily. 2017. Case by Case: How advisors can help students during difficult times [preconference workshop]. Region 7 Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference, Tulsa, OK.

Kaufman Baumann, Emily and Hernandez, Vince. 2017. See You In Class: How advisors can help students during difficult times [concurrent session]. Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN) Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX.

Kaufman Baumann, Emily. 2016. Why is my student crying and what can I do about it? [concurrent session]. National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kaufman Baumann, Emily. 2014. Crisis management & student mental health [concurrent session]. Association of College Unions International (ACUI) National Conference, Orlando, FL.