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Shannon Telenko, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Academic Adviser

125 Moore Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-1811

Office Hours:

  • For further information about drop-in advising, see the link below for advising hours and location.


Working off and on at University Park since 2005, my first positions with the university were ethnographer and qualitative data analyst in the College of Health and Human Development. In late 2013 I came to the College of the Liberal Arts by way of World Campus, where I was also advising students in psychology and human development and family studies.

My interest in higher education and working with college students started in my final year of college at Robert Morris University. As one of the captains of the soccer team, I found that the freshmen on the team began to rely on me for advice about their classes and college life. They trusted me because I was patient and knowledgeable and a good student, and I loved talking with them and helping them. During that final fall semester, I began to look at graduate school options and decided to pursue higher education administration with a student personnel focus at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. While there I held paraprofessional positions in student outdoor recreation, residence life, and athletics (tutoring and advising). Upon graduation I moved to American University to work as a resident director, and I decided to pursue additional graduate work in cultural anthropology since I was interested in the journey that first generation students, like myself, must take as they navigate higher education. While my thesis for that graduate work has changed direction, I remain interested in pursuing research projects (some day!) around first generation college students' experiences as well as how social justice can be obtained through higher education.

When I am not advising or thinking about advising, I enjoy writing, reading, learning the banjo, and cooking (and eating). My family and I live very close to campus, and we love that we can walk to work, school, church, shopping, restaurants, sporting events, and Arts Fest!

Research Interests:

Social justice in and through academic advising, critical race studies
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