The first level of advising is your academic adviser. Your academic adviser is there to help you make the most of your experience at Iowa State from the beginning. Academic advisers help prospective students and their families learn about the psychology program, help new students become oriented to the department and university, and support current students throughout their time in the program if they have questions, concerns, or seek help planning for the future. Your adviser can support you by connecting you with resources on campus and in the community and by helping you to develop decision-making, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills.
Drop-In Hours – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday
Scheduled appointments (encouraged) available on Access Plus 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday
- Any office hours changes are posted on the door of 1460 Lago
The second level of advising is the Faculty Adviser. The faculty adviser handles more psychology content-based questions and is available to discuss students’ general concerns including appropriate undergraduate courses for certain career tracks, specialty areas for graduate study, research and job opportunities, career goal decisions, and/or referral to additional resources. The faculty adviser also is available to discuss general student concerns as well as possible solution.
The faculty adviser represents an important contact with a professional academic psychologist, so please don’t neglect this valuable resource. Faculty advisers will be assigned your second semester at ISU and adviser lists will be available in 1460 Lago.
Contact information for psychology faculty and instructors are posted on the Faculty Directory page. Appointments are recommended for more extended questions.
Dr. Robert Hessling is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the faculty supervisor of advising. Any concerns about advising or problems not effectively handled by the Central Advising Staff or your faculty adviser should be conveyed to Dr. Hessling.