The Office of Pre-Professional Advising
James McKneight, J.D. - Pre-Law
Holcomb, Room 146
Professor McKneight, College of Business, advises all students
interested in studying pre-law as well as serves as advisor to the
Professor McKneight came to Butler as an Executive-in-Residence
in 2006 and is currently an instructor in management, teaching the
Freshman Business Experience and Business Law. After earning
his B.S. in management, specializing in accounting, from Purdue
University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of
Law-Indianapolis, Professor McKneight worked as a senior tax
manager at Ernst & Young. He then served as the chief
financial officer for a number of companies, including Summex
Corporation where he also served as in-house counsel until 2006
when Summex was sold to WebMD.
Professor McKneight is available for advising by appointment on
Monday and Fridays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Geoff Hoops, Ph.D. - Junior Pre-Health
Professions Advisor (Freshmen and Sophomores)
Gallahue Hall, Room 335A
Dr. Hoops earned a B.A. in chemistry at Grinnell College in
Iowa, followed by a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry at the University
of Michigan in 1995. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate
at Purdue University before coming to Butler in 1999.
He is a professor of chemistry and will be advising freshmen and
sophomore level students interested in the health professions
including medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine and
physical therapy as well as serving as an advisor to the students
who have declared chemistry as their major.
Dr. Hoops has walk-in advising for pre-health students on
Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. & 1:00-3:00 p.m. as well as on
Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Michael Samide, Ph.D. - Senior Pre-Health
Professions Advisor (Juniors and Seniors)
Gallahue Hall, Room 317
Dr. Samide, professor of chemistry, advises junior and senior
level students interested in the health professions including
medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine and physical
therapy. He also advises students who have declared chemistry as
their major and first and second year students in the exploratory
Dr. Samide obtained a B.S in chemistry at Wheaton College in
Illinois. He then completed a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at
Indiana University in 1998. Dr. Samide has been teaching at Butler
since 2000. Prior to teaching at Butler he was a visiting assistant
professor of chemistry at Indiana University.
Dr. Samide offers the following advice to undergraduates:
"I believe that all undergraduate students, but especially those
who are serious about continuing their education at a graduate
level, need to treat their undergraduate career as a career.
Studying and learning is the student's job for the next four years,
and it is not an easy job. If you wish to be successful and land a
good job or place into a graduate or professional school, put in
the time and effort to become the best candidate possible. It's all
in your hands!
Dr. Samide has walk-in advising for pre-health students on
Thursdays from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 1:00-4:00
General University Contact
Office of Admission, Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Local Phone: 317.940.8100
Toll Free: 800.940.8100