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
121 LIS
(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 Supervisor
Supports admissions and student records
112 LIS
(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
Room 112D
(217) 300-3832

Rebecca Hodson

Rebecca Hodson, Assistant Director of Career Services
Oversees career services directed towards students and serves as practicum coordinator
122 LIS
(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
124 LIS
(217) 244-3810
For advising inquiries, email iSchool MS/LIS Advising
Schedule an appointment

"Our students have such varied talents, interests, and perspectives—I absolutely love chatting through curriculum paths which allow students to reach their academic and professional goals."

Melissa Newell

Melissa Newell, Director of Undergraduate Affairs
Oversees the administration of the Bachelor of Science in information sciences (BS/IS) degree
Room 104
(217) 300-5003

“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 towards employers
103 LIS
(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, Visiting 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.

345 LIS
(217) 244-1921

Katelyn Talbott

Katelyn Talbott, Academic Advisor
Provides academic advising and program planning for MS/LIS students; coordinates student communications for Student Affairs
Room 104
(217) 300-0277
For advising inquiries, email iSchool MS/LIS Advising
Schedule an appointment

"I enjoy helping students fulfill their passions in library and information sciences. Being an Illinois alumna, I encourage students to take advantage of all the opportunities Illinois has to offer through IS classes and hands-on experiences."

Dianne Tellschow

Dianne Tellschow, Office Manager
Provides support for student affairs and the recruitment and admissions support
112 LIS
(217) 300-1590

"My favorite part of my job is the event planning. I love to plan events for the iSchool!"

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
123 LIS
(217) 300-3040

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

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams, Graduate Student Coordinator and Academic Advisor
Provides academic advising and program planning for MS/IM students
104 LIS
(217) 244-8478
For advising inquiries, email iSchool MS/IM Advising
Schedule an appointment

"I am excited about expanding the programming available for our MS/IM students and helping students be successful in their academic career and beyond."

Ava Gillespie

Ava Gillespie, Advising Graduate Assistant
MS/LIS student


Eileen Lopez

Eileen López, Student Leadership Graduate Assistant
MS/LIS student

"As the student leadership GA, I act as the bridge between students and staff here at the iSchool. I'm looking forward to creating experiences that will empower my peers to engage in leadership processes that will create positive change and enrich graduate student life overall."

Olivia Palid

Olivia Palid, Graduate Hourly
MS/LIS student

"I work on the iSchool student newsletter, iSchool Connections social media (Facebook and Instagram), and more. To submit an event for the student newsletter, please email me." 


Abigail Sewall

Abigail Sewall, Employer Relations Graduate Assistant
MS/LIS student

"As the employer relations GA, I work to share important networking and professional development opportunities with our students. I love showing my classmates how many doors a degree from the iSchool can open up for them professionally. Our School really cares about setting students up for success."

Help Desk/Technology

Jen Anderson, Information Resources Manager
Oversees iSchool help desk/student tech support
244 LIS
(217) 244-4903

Matt Beth, Manager of Instructional Technology
Oversees ITD office, Blackboard Collaborate, and Moodle course management system
211 LIS
(217) 333-2306

Suellen Scoby
Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist
211 LIS
(217) 300-5401

Additional student services are available through University offices, including:

Student Affairs Departments
Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)
Writers Workshop