iSchool Advising: Faculty Content Specialists
iSchool Students have many career and course planning resources available from which to choose, including the Academic Advising modules and FAQs in the Canvas Advising Site, the iSchool Advising Toolkit and our Faculty Content Specialists, who can answer questions focused on academic planning and research interests, the Career Development eResources, and the iSchool Career Center Liaison. As future information professionals, graduate students are encouraged to do their pre-planning homework, utilizing the career development resources to set and measure their program and career goals. The Student Success Planner is the perfect place to keep an individual record of advising notes, career self-checkpoints and questions [watch a video tutorial for the Student Success Planner].
Faculty Content Specialists are experts in their academic specialties within LIS. They will not be able to answer administrative and procedural questions pertaining to topics such as Candidacy deadlines, registration issues or financial aid questions. Those questions must be answered through the eAdvising Resources or by the Student Services team. Career and job search questions should be addressed to Jill Klees, iSchool Career Center Liaison
How to connect with a Faculty Content Specialist
All students must start with INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203, INFO 204. As you complete these courses you will start to think about your interests and electives. Make use of the faculty content specialists and the career pathways.
Academic faculty are content specialists. They are happy to talk with you about the areas in which they teach and work. They are not administrative experts. Nor do they deal with complaints about other faculty. Complaints about faculty should go to Dr. Hirsh (iSchool Director)
Not sure if you want to follow a pathway?
Cannot see the area in which you are interested below?
Need initial help in planning classes?
Start with one of the following. Tell them what you are interested in and where you might hope to work and they can help and also connect you with other faculty experts. They all have an excellent overview of the curriculum:
- Dr. Linda Main (Graduate Advisor)
- Debbie Faires (Director for Online Learning)
- Dr. Debbie Hansen
- Dr. Virginia Tucker
- Beth Wrenn-Estes MLIS
- Dr. Sue Alman
Choose a Content Specialty
Note some of the faculty content specialists can discuss skill sets with you that can be used in a broad range of environments; others can also discuss an actual environment. They will be happy to tell you what they do and what skill sets will help you move into the field and/or environment in which they work.