Christine Norquest

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Senior Academic Advisor

Christine advises undergraduate students in the Departments of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies (Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Social Justice) and English (English and English & Creative Writing).Christine came to the University of Iowa to pursue her Ph.D. in English, sight unseen, from the southernmost Texas border where she was born, raised, and taught middle school. Her dissertation focused on the sonic environment in 19th-century American fiction and explored the intersections between sound and identity.

Christine identifies as Latina, she uses she/her pronouns, and students may call her Christine or Dr. Norquest.

Advising: I strive to be a helpful advising resource for students with marginalized identities. I love getting to know all my students as individuals. Please talk to me about your favorite books, movies, music or what you’ve been working on and thinking about; help me understand the challenges you’re facing so I can support you; share your celebrations with me, big, small, and medium! Through our conversations, I want to get to know you, your goals, and your struggles so I can help you prepare for the college experience you want to have.

Hobbies: Reading novels just for fun, listening to audiobooks while I walk or cook, running, music, being outside when the sun is shining, hanging with my family and our two free-roam pet bunnies, finding pockets of time to be alone and recharge as an introvert.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • M.A., English, University of Texas-Pan American (a Hispanic Serving Institution, now University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley), Edinburg, TX
  • B.A., English, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
    • Teaching Credentials: Teacher Certification (2003-2011), grades 4-12, English, Language Arts/Reading

Higher Education Background:

  • Instructor / Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa (Interpretation of Literature, American Lives, College Transition, College Success Seminar): 12 years
  • Academic Advising (Academic Advising Center at UI): 8 years
  • Academic Advising (Departments of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and English): 1 year, starting September 2022

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Schedule an appointment if you have detailed questions about such things as: your degree audit and requirements, study abroad, careers or graduate school opportunities, or you need to complete financial aid (SAP) forms. Appointments cannot be scheduled during Drop-in Hours.

If you are a declared GWSS or SJUS major with more than 24 hours earned, please use the Online Scheduler.  The scheduler is also found in MyUI under Advising Appointments.   If you are making a full academic plan or have a complicated situation, you might want to schedule two back-to-back appointments to get more time. You can also see Drop-In Hours (always on Zoom) through the Online Scheduler. Note: All first-semester students and students with less than 24 semester hours are advised in the Academic Advising Center. The Center’s team of advisors specializes in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa and help each student plan for a successful academic start.

If you are not a declared GWSS or SJUS major or have trouble scheduling an appointment online, please email Christine at 

If you are a prospective student, please contact the Office of Admissions at 319-335-1569 to coordinate a departmental visit along with other campus visit opportunities.