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Academic Advising

The School of Informatics and Computing advising team strives to create a welcoming, inclusive, supportive and collaborative environment. We are committed to providing quality individualized advising that cultivates student growth and success. Our programs and services are designed to encourage personal, academic and professional development.

Specialized academic advisors are available to assist students based on their academic status (current SoIC student, pre-SoIC major, or exploratory IU student). Please select the appropriate link below that best describes your present academic status:

Also, you can find out more information about available academic resources and the vision of SoIC academic advising.

Current SoIC Students

After you have been certified into SoIC, our academic advisors will be available to help you understand your degree requirements, define and achieve your personal learning goals, manage your Personal Development Plan, and guide you through course sequencing to graduation.

Anytime you need assistance, you can make an advising appointment online or give us a call.

Make an Appointment
When you schedule your advising appointment, you’ll need to choose the appropriate advisor.

  • If your last name begins with A-G, your advisor is Lynda Haywood-Smith in Informatics East, Room 101.
  • If your last name begins with H-N, your advisor is Melody Lynch-Kimery in Informatics East, Room 146.
  • If your last name begins with O-Z, your advisor is Shamim R. Ali in Informatics East, Room 144.

Students pursuing the B.A. in Computer Science should schedule their advising with Izabela Kenney at or (812) 856-0052.

Exploratory IU Students, Pre-SoIC Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Our academic/career advisors will help you explore the fields of Informatics and Computer Science, and the multiple careers available to students majoring in these fields. They will help you evaluate your personal, academic, and career goals, and cultivate your Personal Development Plan. You will also be introduced to the many possibilities to become involved in the SOIC community, including student organizations and other leadership opportunities that will enhance your academic experience and professional readiness.

Anytime you need assistance, you can make an advising appointment online or give us a call.

Make an Appointment
When you schedule your advising appointment, you’ll need to choose the appropriate advisor.

  • If your last name begins with A-L, your advisor is Tiana Williams Iruoje in Informatics East, Room 104.
  • If your last name begins with M-Z, your advisor is Jennifer Schepers in Informatics East, Room 102.

You may also register for INFO-Y 100, Exploring Informatics and Computer Science (1 cr.) The objective of this course is to offer students an opportunity to explore the fields of Informatics and Computer Science, while also learning about the multiple careers available to students majoring in the fields. In this class, you will explore your values, interests, personality and strengths. You will also meet with current faculty and industry experts in technology. Emphasis will be placed on the various ways technology affects the work world. Offered 1st and 2nd eight weeks in the fall and spring semesters.

Academic Resources

Visit the Student Center in OneStart to view your academic advisement report and see how you’re progressing on your degree requirements. Learn how to read this report.

Academic Tutors
The Student Services Office maintains a list of tutors for all of the core Computer Science and Informatics courses. The tutors listed have had success in these particular courses and have agreed to be available for students who want private tutoring sessions. All of the fees and meeting times are arranged between the tutor and the student being tutored. The department does not have any role in arranging or coordinating tutoring sessions and cannot guarantee the effectiveness of any tutor. If you need help in your Computer Science or Informatics courses, please feel free to contact any of the tutors listed for that particular course. Spring 2014 Tutor List.

Learn More about SoIC Academic Advising

To aspire to be recognized as exemplars at engaging students in an integrative academic advising, self-assessment, and career exploration process designed to help students identify and realize their academic, professional, and personal goals.

The Advising Team Values include:

  • Developing relationships with students that continue from point of entry through graduation and beyond.
  • Creating an honest, accessible, and inviting atmosphere.
  • Responding to inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively.
  • Engaging in interactive discussions with students.
  • Modeling respectful, courteous, and collegial dialogue.
  • Recognition of accomplishments.
  • Empowering students to formulate their personal, academic and professional development plan.
  • Evaluating students’ past academic performance to direct future decision making.
  • Understanding and educating students about academic requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Disseminating complex information using a realistic and supportive approach.
  • Providing students with success strategies to meet their academic goals.
  • Acting as an advocate in a student-centered environment.
  • Serving as a referral and connecting students, staff, faculty, and campus community to applicable resources.
  • Continuing to learn about the most current trends in advising, technology, and computing careers.
  • Engaging in development opportunities that promote professional growth.

 Students who fully engage in SoIC interactive advising services will:

  • Learn how to prepare for a productive advising session.
  • Participate in advising sessions that foster critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Be prepared to engage in goal setting.
  • Understand the importance of taking responsibility for meeting their goals.
  • Actively seek the assistance of Career Services.
  • Be able to create a personal, academic, and professional development plan.
  • Be knowledgeable about their degree requirements and how they relate to long term plans.
  • Know how to access their academic advising report and monitor their academic progress.
  • Be able to understand and interpret their academic advising report.
  • Have the knowledge required to comprehend School/University policies and procedures.
  • Understand the importance of forming mentoring relationships.
  • Learn about the value and relevance of experiential and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Learn how to access and utilize applicable campus resources to meet their needs.
  • Be prepared to graduate in four years.