Tom Spencer

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Tom Spencer

Academic Adviser

160A Burrowes Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0342

Office Hours:

  • Advising Areas: Asian Studies, Chinese, Comparative Literature, Global and International Studies, Japanese, Korean, and Linguistics
  • To schedule an appointment or for information about drop-in advising, see the links below.
  • Summer hours by appointment only.


  1. Ph.D. Adult Education, Penn State
  2. M.A. TESL, Penn State
  3. B.A. Education, The Evergreen State College


Prior to joining the College of the Liberal Arts advising team, I was a teaching professor in Penn State’s Intensive English Communication Program (IECP). In addition to teaching in the IECP, I helped to develop special English language programs and managed student advising. This advising included advocating for international students who wanted to become full-time Penn State students, and helping them transition to Penn State academically and socially. In doing this work I discovered a passion for advising that has led me to my current job. I look forward to meeting with students, learning about their interests, concerns, and aspirations, and helping them achieve their goals.

Fun facts: I have spent a lot of time working and living overseas. I studied abroad in France and lived in Prague, Czech Republic, for 4 years. In Prague I taught English as a Foriegn Language, learned Czech, and brushed up on my French in a class taught in Czech! I’ve also spent time in two of the directional extremes in Africa: In the north, I spent two weeks traveling around Tunisia in shared, long-distance taxis (louage), camping in the Sahara, and staying in a subterranean hotel that was used as Luke Skywalker’s home on Tatooine. In the south, I spent a summer in Cape Town, South Africa, working as a residential and educational adviser through Vanderbilt University on a service learning study abroad program. In my free time I enjoy playing music (guitar, piano, bass), and hiking with my Border Collie/hound dog mix puppy with my wife.

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