Advising Center

The Advising Office at The College of Media & Communication is dedicated to providing students with the answers necessary for completion of their degree plan. Prospective undergraduate students should contact the advising office for information on enrolling in the college. Current students should check with the advising office each semester for information on advising sessions and requirements for graduation.

Advising staff are available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - Noon and
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Contact Advising:

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Meet our team!

Julia Heard Witt

Julia Heard Witt

Director of Advsing

Julia Heard

Julia Heard Witt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Auburn University and a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin-Simmons University. She’s a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and is also a National Certified Counselor. Before taking the Director of Advising position at Texas Tech in April, Julia spent the previous ten years at South Plains College in the Guidance and Counseling Center as a Veteran and Academic Counselor.


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Debra Sanderson

Debra Sanderson

Academic Adviser

Debra Sanderson

Proud Texas Tech alumna from the Public Relations program, experienced in assisting entertainment executives in the 5 years prior before moving back to Lubbock. Favorite celeb encounter would be Jane Lynch at Glee’s 100th episode party and Melissa Peterman of Reba and Baby Daddy fame. I also performed at the Nokia Theater with my church. I’m passionate about my alma mater, always strive to be a helpful and honest advisor and care deeply for my family, church and friends.


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Kim Bergan

Kim Bergan

Academic Adviser

Kim Bergan

I was Born in North Dakota but got to Texas as fast as I could! Don’t mess with Texas! I graduated from Texas Tech in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Math minor. Majority of my time since graduation, I have been in an advising position and loved it!


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Donald Ellis

Donald Ellis

Academic Adviser

Donald Ellis

The bachelor of arts degree in electronic media and communications is designed to train innovative, responsible storytellers in convergent media forms who can create, analyze, and compete in diverse U.S. and global media marketplaces. The EMC program offers professional courses in electronic media, visual communication, digital media production, photography, and writing to provide a broad and thorough liberal arts education. This is not simply a skills-oriented program. Instead, the program is devoted to preparing students for leadership positions in electronic media industries.


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Judy Poffenbarger

Judy Poffenbarger

Academic Adviser

Judy Poffenbarger

I was born in Lubbock and grew up in a house just 5 blocks from campus: Texas Tech has been an important part of my life for a long time. My B.A. in English is from Texas Tech, and my M.A. in English is from The University of Texas at Austin. After 20 years in public education (and miscellaneous other endeavors), I joined Texas Tech Advising in the Department of Communication Studies 8 years ago. The work is rewarding, and I wake up every morning looking forward to getting to the office to continue the work I love.


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