Jennifer Coogan, M.A., M.Ed.
Director and Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs
Building/Room: BANN 323 (Science Wing)
My pronouns: she/hers
My undergraduate alma mater: Marist College, NY
A concern I had moving into college: Deciding on a major! I changed my major every semester in my first two years. This was probably more difficult on my parents who couldn’t understand how I didn’t know “what I wanted to be.” As I look back on this time with discernment, I’m excited for the opportunities I was exposed to in college, especially as a first-generation student. Each class I took introduced me to careers I never thought about before and for that I am grateful.
How I support the student experience at Seattle U: The philosophy that guides my work is “to empower students to be the best version of themselves.” At SU, I do this through two roles: as an advisor and as assistant dean for the College. I care about your experience and growth both inside and outside the classroom. I am a place for you to be heard, to be guided to resources, to understand institutional systems, and to be challenged but supported.
My top picks for enjoying Seattle: Any day trips around the PNW! Marina Beach Park in Edmonds is a great place to take in a sunset, watch the ferries come in and out, and be at the dog park, all at once! Discovery Park is an adventure every time. Golden Gardens is by far my favorite place to people watch and catch the sunset. Watch a professional game in SoDo. Please do the Underground Tour!
A fun fact about me: After college, I traveled across the country for 3 months with my freshmen roommate in green Dodge Neon.