CLA welcomes Craig Kaplowitz as Director of the Exploratory Center

Craig Kaplowitz

Dr. Craig Kaplowitz joins the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University as the Director of the Exploratory Advising Center. 

Kaplowitz is a professional educator and program leader with more almost 20 years of experience in learning and development, instructional design, research and analysis, strategic planning, development and assessment of programs and learning experiences. He is a historian and comes to Auburn from Judson University, where he has worked for the past 17 years as professor, chair, and most recently as director of the honors program. 

In our interview below, Kaplowitz talks about his new role, what services the Exploratory Advising Center provides, and his first impressions of Auburn: 

Would you please tell us about yourself? 
I come to the Exploratory Advising Center with almost 20 years of experience in higher education. I am a historian of recent American politics and policy by training, having taught at Judson University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University, where I did my graduate work. I also have served as a department chair and honors program director. Over the years I have developed a passion for helping students get the most out of their college experience, and I am delighted to join the team at the Exploratory Advising Center to continue that work. 

How can students utilize the Exploratory Advising Center
The Center provides academic advising and other support to help incoming students make an informed decision about their major and desired vocation. We also advise and support continuing students who want or need to change their major. All our students receive one-on-one advising, and incoming exploratory students also take a two-credit class that helps them learn about the many majors available at Auburn and begin a process of personal and professional development. The class is a great combination of in-class instruction and experiential learning such as informational interviews, job shadowing, and class observations. After no more than two semesters as an Exploratory major, students transition into the college and major of their choice. 

What will you be doing in your role as director of the Exploratory Advising Center?
At its most basic, my role is to make sure the advisors in the center are equipped and supported so they can serve our students well. I’ll be working on projects that include program development for continual improvement, ongoing curriculum design, professional development for our team, partnerships across campus that enhance our ability to serve Auburn students, and an agenda for presentations and publications that share what we are learning about exploratory advising. I’ll also help troubleshoot tricky student advising questions, teach sections of our exploratory course, and represent the Center on committees and other groups around campus. 

What are your impressions of Auburn, so far?
As for the transition, I arrived in Auburn just over four weeks ago and everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. I am as excited for my family to join the Auburn family as I am to join the great team at the Exploratory Advising Center

To contact Craig Kaplowitz, please call 334-844-7277, or email 

Interview by Vicky Santos | Director, News & Media Services | College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University 

Last Updated: August 21, 2019