FYE Office Staff - 100A Meier Hall
The first year experience staff are here to provide support and guidance as students go through their first year at the university and beyond. To contact any of the staff or faculty, please utilize the online directory or email the FYE office directly.
First Year Student Staff:
The first year mentors are upperclass students who assist in supporting first year students and help coordinate programs and events on campus. Mentors are available to meet with students throughout the day who need assistance or guidance. Mentors also write for the first year success blog and maintain/staff the office's social media accounts. Office assistants staff the main FYE office, answering questions and helping out with projects. Learn more about the first year mentors and office assistants and how to become one here.
First Year Experience Office Staff
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Mathew Chetnik, director
Mathew received his master's degree in student development from Appalachian State University and his bachelor's in English and black studies from SUNY New Paltz. As a first generation college student, Mathew has worked in residence life, orientation and student leadership at a number of institutions and has been involved in a number of initiatives related to the first year experience at Salem State University. He has worked closely with NACURH, a national student leadership organization, was named outstanding mentor by ACPA, the American College Personnel Association, and was a finalist for the First Year Advocate Award through the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience. Mathew is currently in his second year of a doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in higher education administration.
Sara Moore, faculty fellow for the first year experience
Sara Moore is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Salem State University. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Shepherd University, an M.A. in Sociology from The New School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University. At Salem State, Sara’s primary teaching responsibilities include Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of the American Family, Medical Sociology, and Public Sociology. She also advises the Florence Luscomb Women’s Center and works closely with the Center for Civic Engagement. Sara’s research and teaching interests include community-based and participatory action research; marriage, family, and intimate life; sexual and reproductive health; and qualitative and feminist approaches to social research. As the faculty fellow, Dr. Moore coordinates learning communities and the first year reading experience program.
Sean Spellman, student success coach
Sean attended the University of Rhode Island where he received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Sean began his involvement in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide and eventually became a tour guide trainer. He then joined the Department of Housing and Residential Life where he became a resident advisor. It was this position that led Sean to become an orientation leader for the Department of New Student Programs. Being an orientation leader sparked the inspiration to pursue a career in higher education. One of Sean's greatest passions in life is volunteering which led him to become a part of URI's Clearinghouse in which he participated in an alternative spring break to Charleston, SC. where he worked with Habitat for Humanity. Sean's dream is to work at a university where he can help others discover their passions during their undergraduate career similar to how he did and is looking forward to the next chapter of his life at Salem State University in the higher education in student affairs graduate program.
Jingwen Yan, student success coach
Jingwen received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2013. As an undergraduate student, she served as one of the coordinators of the Model United Nations and worked as an English language teacher in an English training school. She came to the US in 2013 to pursue a master's degree in English at Salem State University, and graduated in 2015. During her two years of studying in the US, Jingwen became interested in student affairs, and would like to pursue a career in higher education. She is currently enrolled in her second master's program, higher education in student affairs at Salem State University.
Jordan Thompson, student success coach
Jordan Thompson attended Salem State University and received her bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Educational Studies. As an undergraduate student, she worked in the first year experience office as a First Year Mentor for two and a half years. Her interest grew in the field of higher education after working with students from all over the world and different walks of life. She is excited to return to Salem State University and be a part of the Higher Education in Student Affair’s program and work as a Graduate Assistant in the FYE office. Jordan’s goal is to inspire students to reach their academic potential.