CLAS Advising Network (CLASAN) Departmental Advising
CLAS students with a declared major are advised by professional staff advisors and faculty advisors after completing 30 semester hours (s.h.) of credit. You can find the name and contact information for your assigned academic advisor(s) in MyUI, under Programs of Study & Advisors.
Every CLAS department has a professional academic advisor and faculty for advising and mentoring. Academic advising in your department will follow one of the options below.
- A professional staff advisor is assigned as the primary advisor for all majors in the department from sophomore year through graduation. Faculty mentor and assist students who are interested in specific courses, graduate programs, and research.
- A professional staff advisor is the primary advisor for sophomores only. Juniors and seniors are assigned to a faculty advisor for primary advising and the professional staff advisor is listed as an additional advisor who can assist you with questions about CLAS Core courses, college policies, and finding help on campus.
- A faculty advisor is assigned as the primary advisor for all majors in the department, sophomore year through graduation. A professional staff advisor is assigned as the additional advisor for all students also, to answer questions about CLAS Core courses, college policies and finding help on campus.
You can schedule an appointment with your professional advisor through MyUI. Contact faculty advisors by email to make an appointment. Schedule an appointment with an advisor
New transfer students assigned to a CLAS departmental advisor will meet with their advisor for the first time during transfer orientation. See Transfer Student Orientation for additional information.
All CLAS sophomores are required to meet with their advisor for registration authorization. Many departments also require juniors and seniors to meet with an advisor for registration authorization. However, advising is about more than choosing courses. Academic advising is an essential element of a successful undergraduate experience. Your advisor will help you understand policies and procedures, assist you in selecting majors and courses and encourage you to engage in campus and community activities that will not only enhance your college experience, but will also prepare you to realize your dreams and reach your goals.
Your academic advisor will teach you:
- how your college experience can help you meet future career goals
- how to be a successful student at the University of Iowa
- how your major and elective courses can help you reach your goals
- how to monitor the progression of your major and degree
- UI and CLAS policies and procedures
- ways to use UI resources
- about engagement in the UI and broader world community
Academic advisors will also:
- be the one person you can turn to when you have questions or concerns
- help you figure out how to get help when needed
- contact you with helpful information concerning your major or student life
- help you identify your academic and career goals
- encourage and support you as you work toward your goals
Your job will be to:
- ask questions!
- take responsibility for meeting your academic goals
- make and keep appointments with your advisor
- learn how to interpret the degree audit
- assist in the creation of a graduation plan
- use appropriate campus resources
How Advising Works Across Campus
Academic Advising Center
All first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised in the Academic Advising Center (AAC). If you are advised in the AAC, you are required to meet with your assigned advisor prior to registration. CLAS first-year students are assigned to a departmental advisor after completion of 30 s.h. and a declared major or for a minimum of one semester.
Other Students Advised at AAC
If you have only declared a pre-major, an interest in a post-baccalaureate program or are an open major—someone who has not declared a major yet--you will also be advised at the AAC until a major is declared. Students are required to declare a major by the time they have completed 60 semester hours of credit.
CLAS Departmental Advising
You will typically make the transition to department faculty or professional staff advisors after completing 30 s.h. if you have a declared major. You will have an advisor for each major you declare.
Colleges outside of CLAS offer their own advising services. Students who are admitted to other colleges or have questions about the application and advising process for non-CLAS colleges should contact:
- College of Education—Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, 319-335-5359
- College of Engineering—Student Development Center, 3612 Seamans Center, 319-335-5763
- College of Nursing—Linda Myers, 37 Nursing Building, 319-335-7015
- College of Pharmacy—Office of Professional Education, 231 College of Pharmacy Building, 319-335-8795
- College of Public Health—Kim Klinedinst, S267 College of Public Health Building, 319-384-1536
- Tippie College of Business—Undergraduate Programs Office, C140 PBB, 319-335-1037
Advising Questions and Support
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about CLAS departmental advising. The Academic Programs and Student Development office provides advising leadership, support and training for all CLAS departments. Questions about other CLAS policies and procedures, student problems, complaints about academic issues, academic misconduct or other concerns related to undergraduates may be directed to Academic Programs and Student Development as well. Undergraduate students, faculty, professional advisors, and other staff are encouraged to call 319-335-2633 or email email@example.com.
Advising Mission and Goals
CLAS faculty and professional advisors teach and provide guidance on academic and University procedures, policies, and resources in order to facilitate student academic and personal success, foster student responsibility for their own education and to assist students as they define and work towards their academic and post-baccalaureate goals.
Diane Hauser, Director, CLAS Advising Network
120 SH, 319-335-2633
Karmen Berger (Office: 24 PH; Phone: 319-384-1328)
Advisor for Global Health Studies, Latina/o/x Studies minor, Latin American Studies certificate and minor
Joe Cilek (Office: E115 FH; Phone 319-335-9181)
Advisor for Health and Human Physiology, Therapeutic Recreation
Joe Davis (Office: 401C NH; Phone: 319-335-2487)
Advisor for Anthropology; Criminology, Law, and Justice; Sociology
Ian Ely-Cate (Office: 318 FH; Phone: 319-335-9186)
Advisor for Sport and Recreation Management
Meredith Gall (Office: E121 FH; Phone: 319-467-0037)
Advisor for International Studies, Health and Human Physiology
Anna Gaw (Office: 144 BB; Phone 319-353-2484)
Advisor for Biology, Biomedical Sciences
Justin Hagedorn (Office: E117 FH; Phone: 319-467-3005)
Advisor for Health and Human Physiology
Diane Hauser (Office: 120 SH; Phone: 319-335-2633)
Advisor for Neuroscience
Ellie Healy (Office: W223 CB; Phone: 319-467-3211)
Advisor for Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy, and Health & Human Physiology
Debra Johnson (Office: G42 PBSB; Phone 319-335-0135)
Advisor for Psychology
Colleen Kelley (Office: 168 SH; Phone: 319-335-2065)
Advisor for History, Ancient Civilization, Classical Languages, Ethics and Public Policy, Philosophy, Religious Studies
Martha Kirby (Office: 344 SH; Phone: 319-335-2347)
Advisor for International Relations, Political Science
Emma Kirk (Office: B20H MLH; Phone: 319-335-0793)
Advisor for Computer Science, Data Science, Informatics, Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Andrea Krekel (Office: 111 BCSB; Phone: 319-335 3849)
Advisor for Communication Studies
Lynne Lanning (Office: 122 ABW; Phone 319-384-1817)
Advisor for Art, Art History
Anna Newnum (Office: E350D AJB, Phone: 319-335-3845)
Advisor for Journalism and Mass Communication, American Studies, Sport Studies
Janeil Page-Jamison (Office: G44 PBSB; Phone: 319-384-3657)
Advisor for Psychology
Tiffany Phillips (Office: 111B PH, 319-353-2206)
Advisor for Linguistics, Health and Human Physiology, Social Work, Speech and Hearing Science, World Languages
Molly Rechkemmer (Office: W241 AJB; Phone 319-467-0047)
Advisor for Cinema, Dance, Music, Screenwriting Arts, Theatre Arts
Andy Tinkham (Office: 342 SH; Phone: 319-335-0013)
Advisor for Political Science, Psychology, Interdepartmental Studies
Kate Torno (Office: 308 EPB, 319-335-0454)
Advisor for English, English and Creative Writing
Allison Wanger (Office: 310A EPB, Phone 319-335-0460)
Advisor for Communication Studies; Cinema; English; English and Creative Writing; African American Studies; Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Screenwriting Arts; Social Justice
Hannah Whitcomb DeHague (Office: 255 TH, 319-335-1889)
Advisor for Environmental Policy and Planning, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geoscience, Health and Human Physiology, Sustainability Science