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Jessica Speece

Academic Advisor

Jessica Speece

Contact

Office Location

35-37 Leon Street
339 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jessica Speece, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BA in Communications Studies, Youngstown State University

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Youngstown State University with a minor in Cross-cultural Diversity studies. Soon after graduation, I began a Master of Arts program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I studied Student Affairs in Higher Education.

Prior to joining the academic advising team at Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, I worked at the Ohio State University as an academic advisor.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I advise a diverse population of undergraduate students in computer science, data science and cybersecurity related majors. From orientation to graduation, I support students with academic planning and connect them to resources on campus that can help them make the most of their college years. I meet individually with students and we have discussions in order to identify personal and professional goals. Together, we create personalized academic plans that can be followed and adapted as students navigate their educational, co-curricular and co-op experiences. I provide additional support to first-year students through the instruction of CS1200- Leadership Skill Development class. The CS1200 course introduces students to Khoury College and the policies and procedures of Northeastern University. Lesson plans cover various topics that impact leadership development including; communication, time management, resume building, reflection, and teamwork. I also oversee the Fellow program for the CS1200 class. The Fellows are a group of experienced Khoury College students that serve as teaching assistants and peer mentors. As an academic advisor, I enjoy having the opportunity to see students grow, discover their passions and accomplish their goals.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at the College?

Computer science impacts many other industries and Khoury has acknowledged that by developing unique combined degree programs. The combined degrees allow students to study other subjects concurrently with computer science without extending their time in college. They attract a variety of students that may not have considered studying computer science before and they open the door for different co-op and career opportunities. In my years at Northeastern, it has been exciting to witness the growth of the college, student population, and development of academic programs. It’s exciting to work for Khoury College of Computer Sciences, where the faculty and students are significantly contributing to the developments of such an innovative field.