I’m an Academic Advisor by profession, having received my M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University in 2014. It was during my undergraduate years at Illinois College that I realized I wanted a career wherein I could work with college professors and educate college students. At IC, I studied International Studies and, with the help of my amazing faculty advisor, designed my own concentration in World Religions. Along the way, I took a few semesters to complete an A.A. at Lincoln Land Community College before returning to IC to finish my B.A. in 2012. I’m very involved with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), having been elected the 2018-2020 Chair of the Small Colleges & Universities Advising Community, as well as consistently attending and presenting at state and national advising conferences. I’m also very proud to serve as NACADA Liaison in the development of a professional advising community here at UIS. I’m always looking for opportunities to collaborate with like-minded colleagues, whether it be research, writing, or presenting.
My advising philosophy centers on empowering students to not only become masters of the tools that will help them most on the road to success, but also to enjoy the journey and look for meaning and growth where it might least be expected.
I love golf, classic rock, NPR, the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, Harry Potter, U.S. History, hiking, kayaking, and my two cats and two dogs.
Undergraduate (on-campus) students in the College of Public Affairs & Administration are encouraged to meet with me for academic advising, including navigating remaining requirements, clarifying general education requirements, assisting with petitions, interpreting college policies, and more related to your road to graduation. Students should still meet consistently with their faculty advisor who, as an expert in their field, will gladly engage in meaningful discussion of goals and interests as they pertain to your academia and career exploration.