Sarah Montès is an innovative and student-centered higher-education leader with exceptional knowledge of advising trends, and a proven record of advising, teaching, project management, curriculum development, data analytics and organizational management. After teaching foreign language and English language in in a range of classroom settings from kindergarten through college-level and leading a Language Learning Center, she pivoted to advising in 2008 when she joined the Tulane team. Since that time, Sarah has held a number of roles within the advising area in Newcomb-Tulane College where she now serves as the Executive Director and Assistant Dean of NTC Advising Services. Sarah earned the prestigious Tulane Staff Excellence Award in 2015.
In her various leadership roles at Tulane, Sarah has been instrumental in the implementation of various retention and graduation initiatives. She also lead the successful academic and career advising integration and strategically transformed the advising role to ensure that the team is well-equipped to serve a wide-spectrum of needs of Tulane students. She also analyzes course enrollment trends and partners with university leadership on all aspects of enrollment management and course forecasting in a very challenging enrollment landscape wherein students can pursue virtually any major or minor across five schools and in over 90 programs upon matriculation in the College.
Sarah believes in the transformative and important roles advisors play at the individual student level as well as within our broader society and aims to ensure that advisors are well-supported and fully understood across all levels of university leadership. She is a fierce advocate for marginalized populations at the institution and aims to ensure that equitable advising practices and policies are in place at Tulane.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Lawrence University (WI) where she also earned her teaching certificate in both French and English as a Second Language. She studied abroad in Senegal and France and taught as well as conducted research in Haiti. Sarah holds a Master’s of Arts degree in International Development from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).