Kathleen Phillips

Kathleen Phillips

Academic Advising Director


Katie is an Academic Advising Director for West Campus, where she advises students as they explore their academic paths and discover their intellectual identities at Stanford. Her academic areas of expertise are interdisciplinary environmental and Earth sciences. She earned her PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy at UCSD in 2006 where her research focused on using novel oceanographic techniques to monitor natural hazards. She conducted research in Hawaii, Oregon, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, and Antarctica and logged over six months at sea on various research ships.  She earned her BA in Physics and Environmental Science at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  Although her areas of expertise are in the sciences, Katie's academic interests range broadly from art history, psychology, and policy to understanding the process of learning and theories of education.  

Katie is passionate about helping students learn to navigate the many resources and opportunities available to them at Stanford, and she is particularly engaged in helping first generation college students with this process. She's also an active member of Stanford's Association for Women in Science and is committed to increasing representation under represented groups in STEM fields. Katie enjoys talking with students about their interests and helping them to weave those together to create cohesive themes in their education.  

Prior to joining Academic Advising, Katie was a Lecturer (2011 - 2017) for the Earth Systems Program where she developed and taught Capstone, Writing-in-the-Major, and other classes and advised students. She was a Program Manager (2009 - 2011) for the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) where she managed the joint Masters program for MBA, Law, and Medical students and developed and taught the Capstone project course.