Student Affairs Staff

Our students are our purpose. We foster a learning experience that enables students to reach their individual goals in a balanced, healthy, inclusive student environment. Student Affairs serves students through our resources, referrals, and connections. Through recruiting, advising, diversity programs, and career services, we motivate student excellence by supporting intellectual engagement throughout their educational experience and beyond.

Meg Edwards

Meg Edwards, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Oversees all aspects of academic advising, career services, student life and development
4140 HUB
(217) 244-3776

"If I could choose one word to describe the uniqueness of the iSchool student experience, it would be 'flexibility.' There is so much room in the curriculum, pre-professional opportunities, and student life to make choices that are critical and important to the individual student."

Penny Ames

Penny Ames, Admissions and Records Coordinator
Supports admissions and student records
4131 HUB
(217) 333-7197

"My favorite part of my job is the interaction with the students, both prospective students and current students. The excitement prospective students generate while they talk about their academic and professional goals is awesome!"

Troy Driskell

Troy Driskell, Office Support Specialist
Supports Student Records and assists with application processing
4136 HUB
(217) 300-3832

Denzel Goodloe

Denzel Goodloe, Assistant Director for MS/IM and MS/BIO Advising
Oversees academic advising for MS/IM and MS in Bioinformatics (IS concentration)
4151 HUB
(217) 333-3280
Email MS/IM Advising or MS/BIO Advising
Schedule an appointment

"I enjoy being intentional and collaboratively asking positive open-ended questions that help students explore and maximize their educational experiences. My favorite part is becoming an integral player in ensuring iSchool student's success in their academic endeavors while discovering their dreams, goals, and purpose."

Rebecca Hodson

Rebecca Hodson, Assistant Director of Career Services
Oversees career services directed toward students and serves as practicum coordinator
4145 HUB
(217) 300-2254

"Students come from many different backgrounds and bring varied experiences to the program, so the students really make this place unique. Our staff provides a high level of individualized support throughout the program, which I think distinguishes us from other graduate programs."

Karla Lucht

Karla Lucht, Assistant Director of MS/LIS Advising
Oversees MS/LIS advising and is coordinator for continuing education
4137 HUB
(217) 244-3810
Email MS/LIS Advising
Schedule an appointment

Melissa Newell

Melissa Newell, Director of Undergraduate Affairs
Oversees the administration of the Bachelor of Science in information sciences (BS/IS) degree
4143 HUB
(217) 300-5003
Email BS/IS Advising

“I aspire to help each student customize their undergraduate experience to fit their interests and career pursuit. The interdisciplinary approach of information sciences provides an excellent opportunity for students to create their unique path.”

Michele Plante

Michele Plante, Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Oversees career services directed toward employers
(217) 333-1102

"I feel very lucky to work with incredibly talented staff, faculty, students, and employers. I love how the iSchool focuses on problem-solving and creative solutions to accommodate students' needs."

Ruth Shasteen

Ruth Shasteen, School Librarian Program Coordinator
Coordinates the School Librarian Licensure program and advises/supervises iSchool students seeking initial licensure and/or Library Information Specialist or Technology Specialist endorsements through the Illinois State Board of Education.

4157 HUB
(217) 244-1921

Katelyn Talbott

Katelyn Talbott, Coordinator for Student and Academic Affairs
Provides coordination of administration, student support, outreach, and engagement for the Information Sciences PhD program.
4139 HUB
(217) 300-0277

Tony Torres

Tony Torres, Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Affairs
Advises BS/IS students and provides student engagement, support, and outreach for the undergraduate program
4136 HUB
(217) 300-3040
Email BS/IS Advising

"I look forward to seeing how our students apply what they learn to issues in society."

Talia Shaw

Talia Shaw, Academic Advising Graduate Assistant 
MS/LIS student

"I enjoy connecting students to all the wonderful resources the iSchool community has to offer."

G Trupp

G Trupp, School Librarian Licensure Program Graduate Assistant
MS/LIS and school librarian licensure student

"I love working to grow the school librarian licensure program through research and outreach."

Help Desk/Technology

Jen Anderson, Information Resources Manager
Matt Beth, Manager of Instructional Technology
Whitney McComas, Instructional Technology Support Specialist
Lindsey Sharp, Senior Instructional Technology Support Specialist

Services include general IT support, learning management system, Zoom, and other instructional technologies. For more information, visit our webpage or email