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Latoya Watson, Assistant Dean

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I am a proud Blue Hen! I earned my bachelor's in Marketing and Management in 2004. In 2008, I earned my Master of Public Administration with specializations in State and Local Management and Education Policy. Currently, I am studying for a doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

I have over twelve years of experience in the fields of higher education and education policy. For five years, I served as an Academic Advisor II in University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For two years, I served as an administrative academic advisor for the Associate in Arts Program. In 2015, I accepted an appointment to be the assistant dean for the Associate in Arts Program. I work in the field of higher education because college was a transformative experience for me. As assistant dean, my goal is to help you learn and grow through your college experience. 

My office is located at 109 Mitchell Hall on the Newark campus. My office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact me at latoya@udel.edu or by phone at (302) 831-3020 to schedule an appointment.

Keenon Mann, Georgetown

I was born and raised in Georgetown, Delaware, and after graduating from Sussex Central High School, I traveled down to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where I received a B.A. in English in 2004. From North Carolina, I returned to my home state and obtained a Master of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from UD in 2006.

Over the past nine years, I have enjoyed working as director of education, technology, cultural arts and art with Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware; complex coordinator in the Office of Residence Life at UD; and, most recently, as the program manager with Communities in Schools of Delaware for the Milford School District.

I am looking forward to helping students transition from the Georgetown campus to the Newark campus. I am available Monday through Friday at the William C. Jason Building, Room 115. I can be reached at keenon@udel.edu and by phone at (302) 855-1657.

Melvin Mendoza, Dover

I’ve had quite the journey to get to the University of Delaware. I grew up on the sunny coast of California, where I earned a B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine and a M.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Cal State Long Beach. I also have a M.S. in Counselor Education from East Carolina University.

I started working in academic advising at Indiana University, and now I am here at the University of Delaware. I briefly worked as an academic program coordinator with the College of Arts and Sciences on the Newark campus before moving on to join the AAP Advisement team. It is a privilege to help students navigate their college years. Outside of the office, I enjoy playing tennis, playing video games, watching Netflix, traveling, and reading comics.

I look forward to helping students in Dover succeed in their first couple years in college and transition to the main campus. To schedule an appointment with me, please follow this link: http://www.udel.edu/003187. My office is located in Room 759 of the Education Technology Building.​

Howard Fishman, Wilmington

I’ve been an academic advisor for over 10 years.  I earned my bachelor's in Political Science at Brooklyn College (yes, I was a commuter too!), a master's in government at Cornell, and a master’s in social studies education at University of Pennsylvania. After teaching and working as a school project manager for a bit, I started working in a college setting in 2002 at Temple University, working with both science and technology majors first, and then fine art majors. I then had the opportunity to join UD at the Wilmington campus four years ago.

Ever since stepping onto a college campus, I have found the experience to be stimulating, and I enjoy working in a place of intellectual growth and tolerance. I’m a political junkie and listen to music spanning the globe and ranging from Mozart to Marvin Gaye to Miles Davis.

I’m available in Wilmington five days a week. You can always reach me at hfishman@udel.edu or by phone at (302) 571-5331. I post my appointment availability on my door (Room 309, UD Academic Center), so sign up!

Nicole Young, Wilmington

I have been an academic advisor at the University of Delaware Associate in Arts Program in Wilmington since March 2016. Before that I served at West Chester University for about nine years. I also have experience working in music and the arts, Greek life, and event planning and have been an active collegiate advocate for social justice and safety. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, I earned my B.S. in Professional Studies: Psychology, Health Sciences from West Chester University and my M.S. in Organization Leadership.

Within the AAP, I serve as one of two academic advisors in Wilmington. My partner advisor is Mr. Howard Fishman (hfishman@udel.edu), who works in the Del Tech Building. We advise first-year and sophomore students and instruct First-Year and Sophomore Seminar courses.

I know that having someone you can rely on to help you through your journey is invaluable, and I am happy to help in any way that I can. You can reach me at nicoley@udel.edu or by phone at (302) 571-5663. From Monday through Thursday, you can reach me at my office in Room 301A (inside the lab) of the UD Downtown Center; Fridays, I am located in Room 426 of the Del Tech Building. 

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UDAAP Advisors
  • Associate in Arts Program
  • UD Academic Center
  • 300 N. Orange St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 571-5395
  • Fax: (302) 657-5198