Dean’s Student Advisory Committee (DSAC)

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The Dean's Student Advisory Committee (DSAC) is headed by Associate Dean Helena Dettmer for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum. This student-led committee helps the College to understand the needs of students and how to assist them. The committee meets with a large number of significant faculty/staff all across campus.

Issues discussed fall within the following topics:

  • Academic policies
  • Degree requirements
  • Advising opportunities
  • Course availability
  • Internship experiences
  • Recruitment activities 

DSAC members raise concerns for discussion and action, ranging from degree requirements and advising to research opportunities and internships.

Some of the past issues we have targeted include but are not limited to:

  • Modifying the required Rhetoric course (to only Accelerated Rhetoric)
  • Addressing maximum # of finals in one day
  • Noting the use of ACE Forms & how to publicize results
  • Inputting improvements to the Main Library
  • Discussing additions to Living Learning Communities
  • Adding ideas to the development of the new ISIS
  • Updating the CLAS Academic Code of Honesty
  • Offering student perspectives to faculty-headed operations across campus

Our current projects include:

  • Forming a major-specific ambassador/mentorship program
  • Assisting with college recruitment activities 

The committee meets once a month during the academic year, generally during the day. If you have any questions, feel free to contact DSAC President Chas Cahill at clas-dsac@uiowa.edu.

Current Members

  • Chas Cahill - Senior - Political Science, Environmental Policy and Planning - Sustainability certificate
  • Brady Campbell - Senior - Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine - Chemistry and Spanish minors
  • Kelly Dunn - Senior - International Studies, Pre-Physician Assistant Program - Spanish minor
  • Megan Henry - Senior- Vocal Performance, Environmental Science, Theatre Arts
  • Alex Hjelmaas - Senior - Biochemistry, Pre-Med - Human Physiology minor - Philosophy minor
  • Danijel Pejkanovic- Senior- Political Science, International Relations (Regional Politics and Relationships) 
  • Garrett Skinner - Senior - Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine
  • Casandra Crose- Junior- Health and Human Physiology, Pre-Physician Assistant Program 
  • Morgan Kennedy - Junior - Human Physiology, Pre-Medicine 
  • Rory Metcalf- Junior- Human Physiology, Pre-Medicine
  • Emily O'Brien - Junior - Human Physiology, Pre-Physician Assistant