Greetings, and welcome to new students! Academic advisors Keshia Atkins (right) and Anna Ivy (left) provide advising services for undergraduates majoring or minoring in English and/or creative writing; we're also happy to meet with prospective students who want to learn more about these programs. With the help of office administrator Nancy Rahn, we'll do our best to support you in whatever ways we can.   

Office Hours:

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-noon and 1:00pm-4:30pm

You can connect with us in a number of ways: 

  1. You can email your questions and concerns. If you have an established relationship with a particular advisor and would like to email her directly you may, or you can email in which case Anna, Keshia, and Nancy will all see your message and the first person able to reply will do so.
  2. If you want to communicate with an advisor in real time, please schedule an appointment by calling the office at 217-333-4346 (note that we do not schedule appointments via email). If you have to leave a message, please include your name, UIN, the reason for the appointment, and your preferred advisor (if any). Someone will get back to you as soon as possible (we do not return calls over the weekend so if you leave a message on Friday evening please expect to hear back no earlier than Monday). Depending on your situation and how urgently you want to meet, you may need to schedule a virtual appointment, but if you prefer an in-person appointment please specify that and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

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Contact us

English Building, Room 200
608 S. Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-4346 
Fax: 217-333-4321


Advising for Current Students

We work with all English and Creative Writing students to help them track their academic progress and plan out their coursework. We also connect students with departmental and campus resources as needed to address a wide range of academic, personal, social, and professional concerns. While advising is not mandatory for every student every semester, we do require first-year students to check in with us regularly, and we strongly encourage all our students to meet with us at least once a semester even if everything is going well. 

Advising for Prospective Students

We welcome the opportunity to talk to prospective students about the strengths of our department and about the varied and interesting careers a degree in English or Creative Writing may lead to. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have questions, or call our office at 217-333-4346 to schedule an appointment.

Study Abroad Course Approvals

We serve as LAS 299 advisors for students seeking English department credit for courses taken while studying abroad.  Email us if you have questions, or call 217-333-4346 to schedule an appointment.