Advising in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Directory of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences departmental advisors

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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 to monitor the progression of your major and degree.
  • How to read and understand your degree audit.
  • What to consider in the registration process.
  • UI and CLAS policies and procedures.
  • How to find and utilize UI resources
  • Ways to engage in the UI and broader world community.

Academic advisors will also:

  • Want to hear from you when you have questions or concerns.
  • Contact you with helpful information concerning your major or student life.
  • Help you identify your academic and post-baccalaureate 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

Academic Advising Center

Nearly all first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised in the Academic Advising Center (AAC). First-year students who have declared majors in Physics & Astronomy are advised by faculty in their departments. 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.

Other students advised at the AAC

If you have 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 completed 24sh and have a declared major. Your advisor may be one of the following:

Faculty advisor—you may be a major in a department where you will be assigned to a faculty member for all of your advising needs.

Professional staff advisor—some departments have professional advisors who provide academic advising to all of their majors.  Faculty mentor and assist students who are interested in graduate programs, research or have other non-advising questions.

Combination of faculty and professional advisors—your major may be in a department which has a professional advisor for students with 24-60 semester hours.  After completing 60 semester hours, you would be reassigned to a faculty advisor until you graduate.  You are still able to meet with the professional advisor for routine questions and procedures (drop/add courses, review degree audit, create plan of study,etc.) after reassignment to a faculty advisor.  In some departments, students with a UI grade point average of 2.30 or less and students with a major grade point average below 2.00 are advised by the professional advisor regardless of whether 60 semester hours have been completed or not.

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 Engineering—Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, 319-335-5763
  • College of Nursing—Linda Myers, 37 Nursing Building, 319-335-7015
  • College of Pharmacy—Office of Academic Affairs, 127 Pharmacy Building, 319-335-8795
  • College of Public Health—Kimberly Williams, 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

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
120 SH, 335-2633  

Academic Advisors:

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Ignacio Alvarez (Office: E225D, CB; Phone 319-335-5904)
Advises for Chemistry, Speech & Hearing Science, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Denise Barnard (Office: W149 SSH; Phone: 319-335-2487)
Advises for: Anthropology, Social Work Interest, Sociology and Criminology

Karmen Berger (Office: 21 SH; Phone: 319-384-1328)
Advises for: International Studies, Global Health Studies, Latin American Studies certificate and minor

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

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

Anna Gaw (Office 144 BB; Phone 319-353-2484)
Advises for Biology

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

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 & Art History

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

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

Molly Rechkemmer (Office: E317 VAB; Phone 319-384-0940)
Advises for Art & Art History

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

Andy Tinkham (Office: 158 SH; Phone: 319-335-2065)
​Advises for Ethics & Public Policy, History, Interdepartmental Studies Individualized Plan of Study

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

Amanda Tusing (Office: 111B PH, 319-353-2206)
Advises for Division of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures; Linguistics

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