About Us

Mission and Values

The staff and students of Transfer Student Services (TSS) are dedicated to supporting FSU’s goal of ensuring a meaningful and productive educational experience for students who have chosen to transfer to FSU from another institution. Through a vast array of outreach, transition, and on-campus support programs, TSS aims to provide for its transfer student population:

  • Access to comprehensive and accurate information so they can make well-informed decisions about their educational paths;
  • Access to intensive peer, academic, advising, and faculty support in the first year so that they can smoothly acclimate to FSU;
  • Access to events, resources, networks, and relationships so that they can feel connected to the FSU experience; and
  • Access to key campus partners so that they can effectively prepare for their post-graduation experiences.

Contact Us

Location: University Center A, Room 3600
Phone: (850) 645-7890
Email: transferstudentservices@fsu.edu
Social Media:
   Facebook: FSU Transfer Student Services
   Twitter: @fsutransfers
   Instagram: @seminoletransfers


Meet Our Team

Dr. Kimberly R. Burgess SLS 3140 Faculty And Team Leader

Dr. Burgess specializes in support services for transfer students at Florida State University. In addition to teaching SLS 3140: Academic Success Strategies for Transfer Students, she serves as a liaison and point of contact for transitioning students seeking key campus personnel and resources to help them thrive. Dr. Burgess brings twenty years of experience supporting and training nontraditional college students as an advisor, instructor, and administrator. Contact: kburgess@fsu.edu

  • B.S. Communication (Florida State University)
  • M.S. Adult Education (Florida State University)
  • Ph.D. Adult Education (Florida State University)

Ms. Dawn Adolfson SLS 3140 Instructor

Ms. Adolfson serves as an instructor for SLS 3140 and facilitates Transfer Experience workshops, Transfer Roundtable, and Study Sundays for Transfer Students. She is currently a doctoral student at FSU studying Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies and specializes in English Language education, blended instruction, computer-assisted instruction, and social media use in education. Contact: dadolfson@fsu.edu

  • B.A. Anthropology and Spanish (Florida Atlantic University)
  • M.S. Foreign and Second Language Education (Florida State University)

Ms. Andria Cole SLS 3140 Instructor

Ms. Cole serves as an instructor for SLS 3140 and facilitates Transfer Experience workshops, Transfer Roundtable, and Study Sundays for Transfer Students. She is a native Floridian who "returned home" after living in Texas, Georgia, and Maryland. Andria’s previous experience includes employment as a university housing administrator, a certified math and science teacher, and an academic success coach.

Currently, Ms. Cole works as a Program Evaluator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs.  She is also a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology - Learning and Cognition program at Florida State University. Her research interests include the mentoring philosophy of Black male STEM faculty and the success of Black male students in STEM fields. Contact: acole2@fsu.edu

  • B.S. Journalism (Texas A&M University)
  • M.S. HR Management (Texas A&M University)
  • M.Ed. Middle Grades Education (Mercer University)
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership (Kennesaw State University)

Mr. Laith Jum’ah SLS 3140 Instructor

Mr. Jum'ah, a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology, serves as an instructor for SLS 3140 and facilitates Transfer Experience workshops, Transfer Roundtable, and Study Sundays for Transfer Students.He has more than a decade of experience working as a teacher, lecturer, and trainer, with schools and universities. His primary focus is to enable students to become self-regulated learners which will positively impact their academic lives.  His students learn motivation strategies and how to process new information. Contact: ljumah@fsu.edu

  • B.A. Jurisprudence (University of Jordan)
  • M.A. Educational Psychology (University of Jordan)

Mr. Rod Kelley SLS 3140 Instructor

Mr. Kelley is a full-time Ph.D student in the College of Education’s Educational Leadership & Policy Studies department with an emphasis on Higher Education. He is a SLS 3140 instructor and facilitates Transfer Experience workshops, Transfer Roundtable, and Study Sundays for Transfer Students.

Mr. Kelley brings previous experience and expertise in higher education administration and student organizations, having served previously as an administrator in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and currently as an advisor to Golden Key International Honour Society and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Contact: rkkelley@admin.fsu.edu

  • B.S. (Furman University)
  • M.S. Educational Leadership (Florida State University)

Ms. Kiaira McCoy SLS 3140 Instructor

Ms. McCoy serves as an instructor for SLS 3140 and facilitates Transfer Experience workshops, Transfer Roundtable, and Study Sundays for Transfer Students. Ms. McCoy has previous experience as a first-year instructor and as the Assistant Director of Tutoring Services at the University of Miami. She is currently enrolled in the Higher Education doctoral program at FSU. Contact:  kdmccoy@fsu.edu

  • B.S. Marketing (Florida State University)
  • M.A. Public Relations (University of Miami)

Mr. Devin Dawson Transfer Outreach Specialist

Devin is a third-year transfer student from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) at Florida State University. He focuses on keeping transfer students aware of events and deadlines through social media and other marketing avenues.

Devin is also the owner of two online businesses, as well as the founder and CEO of a digital marketing agency that focuses on helping companies enhance their social engagement through social media marketing. He aspires to help companies craft and amplify their stories, building brands and consumers. Contact: dmdawson@fsu.edu

  • A.A. (Tallahassee Community College)
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