CLAS Advising Network: Advising in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Directory of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences departmental advisors

CLAS Advising Network (CLASAN) Departmental Advising

CLAS students with a declared major are advised by professional staff advisors and faculty advisors after completing 24s.h.of credit. You can find the name and contact information for your assigned academic advisor(s) in MyUI, under Programs of Study & Advisors.  If you have questions about advising, please contact your advisor or

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

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

Nearly 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 for a minimum of one semester or through the completion of 24 semester hours of credit if you have a declared major.

Other students advised at the 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 72 semester hours of credit.

CLAS Departmental Advising

You will typically make the transition to department faculty or professional staff advisors after completing 24sh 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:

Advising Questions and Support

The office of Academic Programs and Student Development provides advising leadership, support and training for all CLAS departments. Questions about CLAS policies, procedures, student problems, academic fraud and plagiarism, or any other issue that raises a concern should be handled by this office. Departmental staff, faculty and professional advisors are encouraged to contact this office with any questions by calling 319-335-2633 or emailing

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. 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Professional Advisors Directory

Diane Hauser, Director, CLAS Advising Network
120 SH, 335-2633  

Academic Advisors:

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Ignacio Alvarez (Office: W223 CB; Phone 319-335-5904)
Advises for Chemistry, Speech and Hearing Science, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Karmen Berger (Office: 304N CC; Phone: 319-384-1328)
Advises for: International Studies, Global Health Studies, Latina/o Studies minor, Latin American Studies certificate and minor

Joe Cilek (Office: E115 FH; Phone 319-335-9181)
Advises for Health and Human Physiology

Joe Davis (Office: W149 SSH; Phone: 319-335-2487)
Advises for: Anthropology; Criminology, Law, and Justice; Sociology

Ian Ely-Cate (Office: 121 FH; Phone: 319-335-9186)
Advises for Health and Human Physiology

Anna Gaw (Office 144 BB; Phone 319-353-2484)
Advises for Biology, Neuroscience, and interim advisor for Environmental Sciences

Zachery Hickman (Office 310A EPB, Phone 319-335-3460)
Advises for English; Journalism and Mass Communication; Communication Studies

Debra Johnson (Office: C106A Seashore Hall; Phone 319-335-0135)
Advises for Psychology, Neuroscience

Martha Kirby (Office: 344 SH; Phone: 319-335-2347)
Advises for International Relations, Political Science

Emma Kirk (Office: B20H MLH; Phone: 319-335-0793)
Advises for Computer Science, Informatics, Mathematics

Andrea Krekel (Office: W243 AJB; Phone: 319-335 3849)
​Advises for Communication Studies

Lynne Lanning (Office: 122 ABW; Phone 319-384-1817)
Advises for Art and Art History

Megan Lyons (Office: 120 ABW; Phone 319-335-3059)
Advises for Art and Art History

Kyle McEvilly (Office: 158 SH; Phone: 319-335-2065)
​Advises for History, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Anna Newnum (Office: W241 AJB, Phone: 319-335-3845)
Advises for Journalism and Mass Communication

Janeil Page (Office: C106B SSH; Phone: 319-384-3657)
Advises for Psychology

Tiffany Phillips (Office: 111B PH, 319-353-2206)
Advises for Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Linguistics; Social Work Interest

Molly Rechkemmer (Office: E317 VAB; Phone 319-384-0940)
Advises for Cinema and supplements Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts
Director for the Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate

Elizabeth Rook (Office: E106 FH; Phone 319-335-1390)
Advises for Health and Human Physiology

Kristina Sosa (Office: 318 FH; Phone: 319-353-5423)
Advises for Sport and Recreation Management

Andy Tinkham (Office: 415 JB; Phone: 319-335-2065)
​Advises for African American Studies; American Studies; Ancient Civilization; Classics; Ethics and Public Policy; Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies; Interdepartmental Studies Individualized Plan of Study; Social Justice; Sport Studies

Kate Torno (Office: 308 EPB, 319-335-0454)
Advises for English

Hannah Whitcomb (Office: 121C TH, 319-335-1889)
Advises for Environmental Policy and Planning; Environmental Sciences; Geography; Geoscience; Physics and Astronomy