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!"

Rebecca Hodson

Rebecca Hodson, Career Services Coordinator
Works with students on career exploration, identifying experiential learning opportunities, and the professional job search; coordinates the IS591 practicum course
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, Graduate Studies Advisor and Coordinator of Continuing Education
Provides academic advising and program planning for MS/LIS students; coordinates registration for continuing education
124 LIS
(217) 244-3810

"Since I work with nondegree students as well as degree-seeking students, I enjoy seeing the names of our alumni pop up during registration. I'm thrilled they want to take advantage of more learning from us!"

Ann Ohms, K-12

Ann Ohms, School Librarian Program Coordinator
Assists students who wish to pursue school librarianship and/or seeks to combine their interests in working with youth, technology and libraries in K-12 public education
123 LIS
(217) 300-9934

"Our alumni contribute to the profession long after graduation from our program--from a willingness to support future school library professionals as cooperating teacher-librarians within their practical field experiences to serving as guest speakers  and facilitating professional development opportunities for and with colleagues."

Michele Plante

Michele Plante, Employer Relations Coordinator
Collaborates with employers and alumni in developing strategies to engage student talent; primary contact for 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."

Dianne Tellschow

Dianne Tellschow, Office Support Specialist
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!"

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

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

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."

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

Stefanie Borntreger
Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist
(217) 300-5369

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