Jess Tuck Director

Jess E. Tuck, Ph.D.

Director, ACCESS & Title III Project Director
(561) 297-2072
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Dr. Jess E. Tuck was appointed Director of the ACCESS Program & Project Director of FAU's U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant in October 2010. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with University Advising Services. Dr. Tuck's experience began at FAU in 2003 advising freshmen and sophomores with undeclared majors, providing guidance to students through developmental advising strategies. Dr. Tuck received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from FAU, where his dissertation topic was Students' preference for online versus face-to-face academic advising based on individual learning styles. He received a M.Ed. in Counselor Education, also from FAU. Dr. Tuck attended SUNY Plattsburgh and holds a B.A. in Sociology.

Abdula Newman

Abdula Newman, M.B.A.

Assistant Director, Academic Advising & IT Support
ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-2016
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Abdula is originally from The Bahamas and holds Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting from Florida Metropolitan University and Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, Abdula holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Abdula has been working at FAU since 2001 in academic advising and previously worked as a Coordinator of Academic Programs in the office of Freshman Academic Advising Services. While Abdula enjoys assisting students with course selections and adjusting to college life his hobbies/interests include traveling, technology, reading, theater, and music.

Angel Nevin

Angel Nevin, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, Get Wise
ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-3962
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Angel is a proud owl! She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She enjoyed her time at FAU so much she is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from FAU. Angel's specialty is in academic support services and programs. She teaches in a freshman learning community every year and enjoys watching students adjust to and excel in college. Personally, Angel loves to cook for her friends and family. She has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. She enjoys spending time with her family and is even happier if that time is at the beach!

Jordan Knittel

Jordan Knittel, M.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4737
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Jordan came to Florida Atlantic University in her third year of undergrad as a transfer student, from where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and New Media Studies. After receiving her degree, she worked in Television post-production for three years and realized that it was not her life's passion, so she returned to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership. While working towards her Masters degree she gained experience working with New Student Orientation, Student Leadership programs, Greek Life, Student Conduct Board and Academic Advising. Helping students is where her passion truly lies, and she is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs for University Advising Services. She is excited to work with students on a daily basis, and assist them in discovering their dreams and goals while in college and beyond. Outside of higher education she enjoys traveling, yoga, cheering for the FAU Owls and the Miami Heat.

Jennifer Coisson

Jennifer M. Coisson, M.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4736
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Jenny is a Coordinator of Academic Programs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from College of Charleston, and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from The Citadel Graduate College of South Carolina. She is currently working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to joining UAS she worked in the areas of experiential education and career services, leadership and ethics, international student services, counseling and substance abuse, and institutional research. Jenny is very excited to be a part of the UAS and FAU family during this transitional phase. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, being involved with sports, and exploring South Florida!

Brooke Trauth

Brooke Trauth, M.B.A.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4623
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Brooke is a Florida Native who came to Florida Atlantic University in 2012 to pursue a Master of Business Administration. Prior to attending FAU, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Miami. Brooke worked in the FAU Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence while pursuing her Master’s Degree, which is where she discovered her passion for helping students reach academic success. She is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs in University Advising Services. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and doing Crossfit.

Jasmine Briggs

Jasmine Briggs, M.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4756
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Jasmine joined the UAS team as a Coordinator of Academic Programs for ACCESS. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and her Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership. She has worked in a variety of organizations in higher education, including Leadership & Student Involvement, Residence Life, First Year Programs, and Student Activities Council. Jasmine is passionate about working with students to help them succeed, and she is excited to be a part of the OWL family. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and relaxing by the beach.

Below please find additional individuals dedicated to assisting ACCESS students.

  • Melanie E. Adams, M.S., GCDF

    Assistant Director, Career Advising, Counseling & Education (ACCESS)
    (561) 297-3533
    SU 220

  • Melanie Adams has been with Florida Atlantic University since June 2013 but has been working in career services since 2010. She is an Assistant Director on the Career Advising, Counseling and Education team at the FAU Career Development Center. Melanie works closely with the University’s ACCESS program as the liaison for career counseling and instructs multiple sections of a Career & Life Planning course. Melanie is a Global Career Development Facilitator and an active member of the National Career Development Association. Additionally she actively attends and presents at various professional conferences on career-related topics. She received her master’s degree from Florida International University in Higher Education Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.

    Melanie is be available to see ACCESS students for career counseling by appointment by calling 561-297-3533. When you go to the Career Development Center or call for an appointment make sure to ask to meet with "Melanie."

Below please find additional resources dedicated to assisting ACCESS students.

Career Development Center

Center for Learning And Student Success

 Last Modified 10/14/15