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

Directory of College of Liberal Arts and 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 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. 

If you have questions related to 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

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:

Advising Questions and Support

Please contact if you have questions about CLAS departmental advising. CLAS Undergraduate Programs 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 CLAS Undergraduate Programs as well. Undergraduate students, faculty, professional advisors, and other staff are encouraged to call 319-335-2633 or email

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 Advisor Directory

CLAS Academic Advising Org Chart

Diane Hauser, Director, CLAS Advising Network
120 SH, 319-335-2633 

Academic Advisors:

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Abbigail Baccam (Office: 325E MLH; Phone: 319-335-1628)
Advisor for Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Informatics, Statistics

Charity Bolden (Office: W223 CB; Phone: 319-467-3069)
Advisor for Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Joe Cilek (Office: E115 FH; Phone 319-335-9181)
Advisor for Therapeutic Recreation

Kaylyn Connolly (Office: 142 BB; Phone: 319-335-1629)
Advisor for Biology, Neuroscience

Iry Eicher (Office: 336A SHC; Phone: 319- 467-3072)
Advisor for Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Health Studies, Human Physiology

Ian Ely-Cate (Office: 318 FH; Phone: 319-335-9186)
Advisor for Sport and Recreation Management

Meredith Gall (Office: E111B PH; Phone: 319-467-0037)
Advisor for Global Health Studies, International Studies, Linguistics, Social Work, Translation, World Languages

Anna Gaw (Office: 144 BB; Phone 319-353-2484)
Advisor for Biology, Biomedical Sciences

Kasey Hagedorn (Office: G40 PBSB, Phone: 319-467-3156)
Advisor for Psychology

Diane Hauser (Office: 120 SH; Phone: 319-335-2633)
Advisor for Latina/o/x Studies minor

Colleen Kelley (Office: 168 SH; Phone: 319-335-2065)
​Advisor for Ancient Civilization, Classical Languages, History, Religious Studies

Emma Kirk-Alvarez (Office: 325F MLH; Phone: 319-335-0793)
Advisor for Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Informatics, Mathematics, Statistics

Andrea Krekel (Office: 111 BCSB; Phone: 319-335 3849)
​Advisor for Communication Studies

Shelby Kubik (Office: 336E SHC; Phone: 319-467-3117)
Advisor for Exercise Science; Health Promotion; Health Studies; Human Physiology; Speech and Hearing Science

Ben Landsee (Office: 114 MH; Phone: 319-353-2010)
Advisor for Anthropology; Enterprise Leadership [Online]; Ethics and Public Policy; Philosophy; Social Work Interest

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

Marcus Leyton (Office: W241 AJB; Phone 319-467-1154)
Advisor for Cinema, Screenwriting Arts, Theatre Arts

Bren Linley (Office: 105 EMRB; Phone: 319-335-1531)
Advisor for Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Health Studies, Human Physiology, Microbiology

Brooklynn McClinton (Office: 132 BCSB; Phone: 319-353-1871)
Advisor for Communication Studies

Anna Newnum (Office: E350D AJB, Phone: 319-335-3845)
Advisor for American Studies; Journalism and Mass Communication; Sport, Media, and Culture; Sport Studies

Christine Norquest (Office: 310A EPB, Phone 319-335-0460) 
Advisor for English; English and Creative Writing; Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Social Justice

Janeil Page-Jamison (Office: G44 PBSB; Phone: 319-384-3657)
Advisor for Psychology

Tiffany Phillips (Office: G42 PBSB, 319-353-2206)
Advisor for Psychology

Matthew Rhodes (Office: 401C NH; Phone: 319-353-5731)
Advisor for Criminology, Law and Justice; Sociology

Mei-Mey Segura (Office: 1400U VOX; Phone: 319-335-1746)
Advisor for Dance, Music

Andy Tinkham (Office: 342 SH; Phone: 319-335-0013)
​Advisor for Interdepartmental Studies, International Relations, Political Science

Kate Torno (Office: 308 EPB, 319-335-0457)
Advisor for English; English and Creative Writing

Hannah Whitcomb DeHague (Office: 255 TH, 319-335-1889)
Advisor for Environmental Policy and Planning; Environmental Sciences; Geography; Geoscience; Sustainability Science