Native New Yorker
A Q&A with Andre White, Academic Advisor, Center for Advising & Student Transitions and Adjunct Instructor
How long have you been working at Montclair State?
I’ve been here for 6 ½ years. This is the first and only job I’ve ever held in New Jersey! I’m a New Yorker. I’m from Buffalo, New York.
While I’ve been working in the field of higher education for fifteen years within the areas of academic advising, residence life, community service learning and university partnerships and adult education, my previous experience has all been in New York.
What New York schools have you worked for?
I was an academic advisor for three yearsat Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan. I got to advise all the fashion students and meet the famous Tim Gunn, who was chair of the Fashion Department at the time. I also got to watch the filming of Project Runway over the summer while the students were away.
Besides Parsons, I was an academic advisor for two years at CUNY Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, and I’ve worked at SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Buffalo State College.
What does your current job entail?
As an academic advisor in the Center for Advising & Student Transitions, or CAST, I’m responsible for advising a caseload of first-year, first-time freshmen, undeclared sophomores and students on academic probation.
I’m also the primary chapter advisor to two national honor societies housed within CAST: Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society (ALD) and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars (NCCS).
In addition, I’m the primary advisor for the “Academic Launch” program, which is the male retention program aimed at first-year, first-time male students.
You are also an adjunct instructor. What do you teach?
I teach the GNED-199 First Year Seminar and the GNED-100 Adult Success Seminar.
What’s the most rewarding thing about your work at the University?
I enjoy working with students both in and outside of the classroom. As a professional advisor and an adjunct instructor, I get to see students develop on both cognitive and psychosocial levels. It’s very rewarding! .
Rumor has it you’re a sports fan.
I support all Buffalo, New York sports teams – the NHL Sabres and the NFL Bills. Unfortunately, they are hard teams to love. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by NY Giants’ fans that the Bills stand for “But I Love Losing Super Bowls!” Anyway, the Bills are New York State’s only true NFL franchise, whether New Yorkers want to admit it or not!
You have two master’s degrees. What are you currently pursuing?
I have MS degrees from SUNY Buffalo State College in Higher Education and Student Development and in Adult Education. Right now, I’m completing my certification as a Certified Travel Counselor, or CTC, from the American Society of Travel Agents and the Travel Institute.
I’ve been interested in student and educational travel and its role in higher education since I was completing my graduate assistantship in the Office of International Services at SUNY Buffalo State College.
Where have you gone on your most recent vacations?
Last year, I went to San Juan, Costa Rica, the Hamptons, and Boston. This year, I’m planning trips to New Orleans, Bar Harbor, Maine and the Florida Keys.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Anywhere with a beach, a happening nightlife and a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city! San Juan, Rio de Janeiro, Honolulu, Miami’s South Beach, LA and the Mediterranean all fit the bill.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Travel, of course. But I also like to study ancient and medieval history and just hang out in New York City and Philadelphia. I love big cities and urban experiences. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Toronto and in New York City.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
I’m a fan of Spartacus on STARZ; Game of Thrones and VEEP on HBO; Downton Abbey and Sherlock on PBS and the Big Bang Theory on CBS.