Meet our advising team!

Undecided, First-Year, and Pre-Major students who have not yet chosen a major or have not met the requirements to be admitted directly into a major are assigned to an AAC academic advisor. While you are assigned an advisor, you are welcome to meet with any advisor in the center. Students with assigned advisors in other departments may meet with any AAC advisor for supplemental advising.

Brian Keiser Headshot

Brian Keiser
Director of Academic Advising
Wahlstrom Library, Room 506K
(203) 576-6632

Brian began his career in higher education in 2006 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Brian worked as an academic advisor in Engineering Student Services where he focused on first-year freshmen transition into the STEM field. Brian moved to Connecticut in 2015 to continue his career in higher education at Yale University where he work on student and academic affairs related issues within Yale College. Brian has been at the University of Bridgeport since December 2016 and is the Director of Academic Advising and Title III Project Director. Brian focuses on creating new initiatives at UB aimed to increase student success and retention. Brian has taught a variety of first-year seminars at both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Bridgeport. In regards to education, Brian earned his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2002, his M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2012, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Nebraska. In the little free time Brian has he enjoys spending it with family, reading, writing in his blog The Scholar Life, and staying active. One random thing about Brian is that he ran eight marathons.

Shannon Sousa

Shannon Sousa
Academic Advisor
Wahlstrom Library, Room 506J
(203) 576-6633

Before joining the University of Bridgeport, Shannon was an Academic Coordinator and Counselor in the Student Support Services Office for student-athletes at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She also taught courses in the First-Year Seminar program and Journalism department. She began her journey in Higher Education in 2008 as an Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs at QU before transitioning into Academic Affairs as a college instructor at multiple colleges in Connecticut. Shannon is a two-time alumna from Quinnipiac University earning a M.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Mass Communication. Shannon follows the student development theory using a student-centered model that helps to empower students to learn within a context framed by their own concrete experiences. She helps students discover their personal identity through self-reflection and assessment tools and by understanding the value of short and long-range educational planning to become independent, decision-makers. She is an active NACADA member participating on committees, presenting at conferences and researching advising practices. In her spare time, she enjoys making memories with her large, extended family, she practices yoga, attends music concerts, shops local and enjoys being outdoors.

Leslie Hazen

Leslie Hazen
Writing Coordinator
Wahlstrom Library, Room 506A
(203) 576-6646

Leslie Hazen comes to the University of Bridgeport from Gateway Community College, where she worked as a tutor in the Writing Center, providing writing support across all disciplines at the college. Leslie earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Southern Connecticut State University, where she also taught introductory English courses for several years. Leslie believes that student writing will improve with attention and practice, and her goal is to help students see themselves as thinkers and writers in community. She lives in Hamden, CT, with her husband and three daughters. In her free time, Leslie enjoys her book club, renovating the family home and binging on Netflix series, most recently, “Broadchurch.”

Tom Bellucco

Tom Bellucco
Academic Advisor
Wahlstrom Library, Room 506H
(203) 576-3949

Tom, originally from Rochester, NY, attended college for six years at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York, where he attained a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Journalism/Mass Communication as well as an M.A. in English. During his graduate studies he worked as a graduate assistant in SBU’s Teaching and Learning Center, advising at-risk students, organizing peer tutoring, and teaching foundational courses to underclassmen. Tom uses his relatability and vast experiences as a student and mentor to help advisees navigate the many challenges college can present. When he’s not advising students, Tom is likely watching, listening to, or talking about any sports team under the sun, most commonly the Pittsburgh Pirates. He loves all kinds of music and watches plenty of TV shows too, his favorite being “The Office.”

Amanda Chan
Academic Advisor
Wahlstrom Library, Room 506I
(203) 576-6634

Amanda joined the Academic Advising Center team at the University of Bridgeport after having previously spent her career in higher education working with Residential Life. Amanda first joined the UB community in 2015 as the Associate Director for Housing and Residential Life, later becoming the Director for the office. Prior to UB, she worked as an Area Coordinator in the Office of Residential Education and Housing at the University of New England in Maine. Amanda earned her B.A. in Communication Studies and her M.Ed. in Counseling in Student Affairs from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She also earned an Advanced TEFL Certificate from Notting Hill College. With her advisees, Amanda focuses on the goal of self-authorship and goal exploration as she assists students through their successful college transition and personal development in and out of the classroom. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and “fur-kids.” She also loves watching movies, dabbling in photography, baking, binge-watching Korean dramas, and enjoys spending time outdoors.


  • Academic Advising Center

  • Wahlstrom Library, Room 506
    126 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • (203) 576-6632


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