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Advising

Academic Advisors and Faculty Mentors

The College of Design uses a team-based approach to advising in which students will have access to a professional academic advisor 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 advisor from orientation through graduation. The professional advisors have expertise in areas related to student success. Your professional advisor 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 advisors are:

Jeremy Miller

Academic Advisor
Bachelor of Architecture

291 Design
jmiller9@iastate.edu
(515) 294-1846

Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m., remote on Wednesday

Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock

International Student Advisor
Academic Advisor
BA in Art and Design, BFA in Integrated Studio Arts, Second Major in Interdisciplinary Design

292 Design
annegn@iastate.edu
(515) 294-8634

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

Sam Johnson

Academic Advisor
BS in Community and Regional Planning, Design Open, BFA in Graphic Design

289 Design
515-294-7361
samfj@iastate.edu

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

Rachel Hansen

Academic Advisor
BFA in Interior Design, BID in Industrial Design

293 Design
515-294-5840
rehansen@iastate.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., remote on Thursday

Malinda Cooper

Academic Advisor
BLA in Landscape Architecture

288 Design
macooper@iastate.edu
(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.

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