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Academic Advisers and Faculty Mentors

The College of Design uses a team-based approach to advising in which students will have access to a professional academic adviser as well as a faculty mentor. The two roles are different, and understanding what each one does will allow you to make the most of the expertise they can offer you.

Professional Academic Advising

All design students will be assigned a professional adviser from orientation through graduation. The professional advisers have expertise in areas related to student success. Your professional adviser should be your first point of contact for questions related to:

  • curriculum requirements, progress toward degree
  • degree audit issues, making changes or substitutions in your program
  • connecting you to resources, programs and support systems
  • registration, general scheduling questions
  • forms, add/drop slips, changing/ declaring majors/minors, reinstatement
  • university and college academic policies and procedures.

Professional advisers are:

Jeremy Miller

Academic Adviser
Architecture, Industrial Design

(515) 294-1846

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Allison Ringholz

Academic Adviser
Graphic Design, Interior Design, Integrated Studio Arts

293 Design
(515) 294-5840

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Malinda Cooper

Academic Adviser
Landscape Architecture

288 Design
(515) 294-3680

Office Hours
Monday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Marina Reasoner

International Student Adviser
Academic Adviser
Community and Regional Planning, Interdisciplinary Design, Design Open, Art and Design
292 Design
(515) 294-8634

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All office hours are subject to change due to university meetings and trainings the adviser may need to attend. Weekly schedules are posted on each adviser’s door.

Faculty Mentoring

Design students will also be assigned a faculty mentor. This happens typically at the beginning of the third year in your major (second year for ISA and fourth year for ARC). Your faculty mentor is an expert in your field and therefore can offer valuable insight and advice. Connecting with your faculty mentor gives you the opportunity to benefit from their expertise; we encourage you to meet with them each semester. The mentor role will vary slightly by department. However, these items are among the things your faculty mentor can advise on:

  • Major/specialization course selections
  • Honors program of study
  • Research, experience learning, internship, study abroad opportunities
  • Determining appropriate substitute courses
  • Career and personal goals
  • Graduate school