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

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

The committee meets every other week during the academic year, generally in the evenings. If you have any questions, feel free to contact DSAC President Jennifer Brown at clas-dsac@uiowa.edu.

Current Members

  • Alec Bramel - Senior - Political Science, Pre-Law - History minor
  • Aleksander Durumeric - Senior - Chemistry, Mathematics - Computer Science and Spanish minors
  • Alex Hjelmaas - Senior - Biochemistry, Pre-Med - Human Physiology minor - Philosophy minor
  • Aly Olson - Junior - Vocal Performance - Theatre minor - Performing Arts Entrepreneurship certificate
  • Brady Campbell - Sophomore - Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine - Chemistry and Spanish minors
  • Charlotte Dutcher - Senior - French, Speech and Hearing Science
  • Chas Cahill - Senior - Political Science, Environmental Policy and Planning - Sustainability certificate
  • Elizabeth Mello - Senior - International Studies, Dance
  • Emily O'Brien - Sophomore - Human Physiology, Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Garrett Skinner - Senior - Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine
  • Helen Miller - Senior - French, International Studies
  • Jennifer Brown - Senior - Communication Studies - Psychology minor
  • Jeralyn Westercamp - Senior - Marketing, Management, Political Science - Music minor - Leadership Studies certificate
  • Kasra Zarei - First year - Psychology, Spanish, Biochemistry
  • Kelly Dunn - Junior - International Studies, Pre-Physician Assistant Program - Spanish minor
  • Lizzy Mello - Senior - International Studies, Dance
  • Mackenzie Borders - First-year - International Relations, Spanish
  • Maddy Walkner - Junior - Health and Human Physiology - Microbiology minor
  • Megan Henry - Sophomore - Vocal Performance, Environmental Science - Theatre minor
  • Molly Hammer - Junior - Ethics and Public Policy, Journalism & Mass Communication - History and Sociology minors
  • Morgan Kennedy - Sophomore - Human Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Nate Hua - First year - Chemistry, Theatre minor
  • Nathaniel Gier - Junior - Economics, Math, Spanish
  • Ramsan Younatham - Junior - Human Physiology, Pre-Medicine
  • Taylor Tabatabai - Senior - Biology, Pre-Medicine
  • Yan Ting Chen -