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

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)
102 LIS
(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
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
Email 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
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
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, 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 125
(217) 300-0277
Email 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
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."

Kristin Walters

Kristin Traniello, Career Services Graduate Assistant
MS/LIS student

"I love helping people tell their professional stories and find exciting job and internship opportunities."

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
Oversees iSchool help desk/student tech support
244 LIS
(217) 244-4903

Whitney McComas
Instructional Technology Support Specialist
Provides Moodle, Zoom, and other instructional technology support for faculty, staff, and students
211 LIS
(217) 300-6907

Lindsey Sharp
Senior Instructional Technology Support Specialist
Provides Moodle, Zoom, and other instructional technology support for faculty, staff, and students
(217) 300-0069

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

Additional student services are available through University offices, including:

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