The Psychology Department Hires a “Dynamic Duo” for Student Advising

The Psychology Department is excited to welcome Stephanie Osterthun and Joanna Seley as student advisers. They both have much to offer.

Psychology advisers Stephanie Osterthun and Joanna Seley
Psychology advisers Stephanie Osterthun and Joanna Seley

Stephanie Osterthun

I have more than 20 years of experience in a variety of higher education settings and capacities including advising, recruiting, admissions, new student orientation programs, scholarship coordination, international student admissions/advising, and federal TRiO grant administration. In addition, I have developed and taught career planning and first year experience courses. I began working for UNL in January 2008 in Online and Distance Education, then as the On-Campus MBA Program Coordinator/Advisor before joining the Psychology Department in April 2014 as one of the Chief Advisers. I earned my undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Wichita State University and master’s degree in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Kansas State University. I grew up on a farm outside of Arkansas City, Kansas, which is about 300 miles straight south of Lincoln, and about 1 ½ miles from the Oklahoma state line – hence the southern accent I’m told that I have, even though I don’t hear it! I recently took on a new identity as my husband, Stu, and I just became first-time grandparents. Our grandson was born on Halloween and was the best “treat” we could have ever hoped for!

Joanna Seley

I completed my Master of Science in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University this past May and am grateful and excited to be working as a Chief Major Adviser for Psychology here at UNL! During my graduate program I worked in International Student and Scholar Services and with the Developing Scholars Program – an undergraduate research program for first generation and underrepresented students. I also worked in Career Services with students who were making decisions regarding majors and careers. I enjoy diverse student populations and the opportunity to learn their stories and engage with them as they grow intellectually, emotionally, personally, and professionally. Originally from Clay Center, Kansas, I completed my bachelor's in Family Studies and Humans Services from Kansas State University in 2007. I then worked as manager at a local coffee shop and pursued a degree in Spiritual Direction from Emmanuel House Seminary. When I'm not working, I can be found visiting the farmer's market or the park, being creative through music or art, traveling, or savoring a good meal or cup of coffee with a friend.