Martha Kirby

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kirby, martha
Senior Academic Advisor
344 SH
Drop-in hours:
By appointment or drop-in hours as noted
Phone number:
(319) 335-2347


Martha Kirby serves as the academic advisor for political science and international relations majors who have earned at least 24 semester hours.

Schedule an Appointment

Advising Drop-in Schedule | AY2019-20
MONDAY 2:00-3:00 p.m.
TUESDAY 3:00-4:00 p.m.


9:00-10:00 a.m.
THURSDAY 10:00-11:00 a.m.
FRIDAY 11:00 a.m.-Noon

For quick questions, send Martha an email to:

Questions or Scheduling:

  • To schedule an appointment, go through your MyUI account here.
  • For adding and dropping courses and other immediate issues, stop by for drop-in hours in 344 Schaeffer Hall.

*Scheduling an individual appointment is recommended if you would like to review your degree audit, create a plan to graduation, or have other questions for which an extended conversation is needed.

Martha is available to assist students with the following:

  • Advisor signatures on add/drop and other university forms
  • Questions about course registration
  • Questions or problems with your degree audit
  • Academic probation
  • Review of study abroad courses for major credit
  • Opportunities for Honors students
  • Discussions regarding adding second majors, minors, and certificate programs
  • Information regarding campus resources for students
  • Choosing your faculty advisor
  • Other questions or concerns you may have

In addition, when you achieve junior standing and above you will be assigned a faculty advisor; students and faculty are matched based on shared academic interests. While you will continue to see Martha Kirby for routine advising functions, your faculty advisor is available to:

  • Provide disciplinary guidance for research projects
  • Serve as a mentor for honors theses and projects
  • Discuss your graduate and professional school aspirations
  • Supervise off-site student internships

We encourage you to allow your advisor the opportunity to get to know you well enough that they can provide expert advice tailored to your individual interests.