The Department of Academic Affairs aims to improve the academic lives of Boston University students. We tackle issues that students face in the classroom as well as in the broader context of their time at Boston University. For this upcoming year, the Academic Affairs team is excited about implementing a wide variety of initiatives ranging from reporting to the administration regarding the new Hub program, to improving the transparency of final exam grading. We plan to collect and utilize data to ensure the initiatives we propose are those that the student body wants. At the end of the day, all students come to Boston University to learn and receive the best education possible. We hope to work with the entire student body to represent their needs, solve problems, and constantly improve academics on campus. We are always looking for new members and ideas to help accomplish this goal.
Office Hours: Mon 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
My name is Jacob Aznavoorian, and I am the current Director of Academic Affairs. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and am studying Political Science on the Pre-Law track. In my free time, I like to bike, bake, and explore different cities (and their food scene!). Outside of Student Government, I am the Vice-President of Events for Pride in Business, a founding member of the CAS D&I Committee, and an intern with the Andrew Gounardes campaign in New York City. I love to gate-keep, but I highly suggest MIDA in South End (co-owned by a BU professor!), and the SoWa Open Market. Some of my initiatives for this year include but are not limited to: Virtual IDs, Financial Aid Workshop(s), and 24-hour Access to Study Spaces! If you would like to get involved in these initiatives, please apply to be an Academic Affairs Staffer, I'd love to have you. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or restaurant recommendations.
Hi! My name is Mason Yates and I am the incoming Deputy Director of Academic Affairs. I am originally from Norwalk, CT though I have moved around quite a bit and lived in several states including Texas and New York. I am currently in my second year at CGS and plan on continuing into Questrom to pursue a degree in Finance. Growing up just outside of NYC, as well as studying abroad in London, has curated my deep love for large cities. Nothing excited me more than the opportunity to immerse myself in a melting pot of cultures, landmarks, delicious food, and everything else large cities tend to offer. This is largely why I chose to attend BU. I am always looking for new places to explore and try in Boston so if you have exceptional must-try places, let me know! Throughout my academic career thus far, I have always recognized the importance of healthy relationships between students' desires and an administration's willingness to listen. I got involved in the Academic Affairs Department last year as a staffer, and this year as Deputy Director, to act as a voice where students can express opinions on how they want their educational experience to be shaped; something I believe is of the utmost importance. I have many initiatives I would like to work on this year to improve the student body's experience here at BU, but more importantly, I would like to hear from all of you about things that would make your time here at BU even just a little bit better. So please, do reach out! I would love to see some of you at our meetings, and of course, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have!