Sumaya Villanueva


Academic Advisement Center

524 West 59th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
Suite L.73


M/TH 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
T/W 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
F 9 AM - 1:00 PM
*Late night hours are only offered during Fall & Spring Semester

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Walk-In Hours:
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Walk-In Hours are only offered during the Fall & Spring Semester

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Sumaya Villanueva, Ph.D.

I completed a BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctorate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. I became the Director of the Academic Advisement Center at John Jay College in June 2008, after working for five years at Hostos Community College where I was hired as the Coordinator of Student Retention Services and then promoted to Director of Advisement and Retention Services.

Like many people, I found a career path I feel passionate about by first ruling out what I didn't want to do and then identifying my strongest skills, what I valued most, the type of environment I wanted to work in, and the population I wanted to work with. When I was pursuing the doctorate degree, I realized that while teaching appealed to me, I was less interested in doing research and publishing, both essential components for a successful faculty tenure track position. Even though I was no longer interested in becoming a professor, I knew that I wanted to work in a university environment. That is how I became interested in pursuing a career in Higher Education Administration; a choice that has led to a very meaningful and enriching career. As Director of the Academic Advisement Center at John Jay, I play an integral role in the professional development of my staff, collaborate with other professionals from the college to develop and implement quality services for our students, and most importantly, I am able to help students find their own enriching personal and academic path.

Sumaya Villanueva