Our Mission

Academic advising is an intentional, collaborative relationship based on trust and mutual respect. This relationship promotes the student’s development of competence, autonomy, and sound decision-making skills. The goal of academic advising is an individualized academic experience for each student developed through a mentoring relationship.

Mike and Jean Steffenson, for whom the Student Services Center is named.

Mike & Jean Steffenson Student Services Center

Opened in 2013, the space in 2162 Sweeney is dedicated to meeting the advising needs of CBE students. It was made possible by the generosity of department supporters Mike & Jean Steffenson. CBE’s three undergraduate academic advisors are located here.

Academic Advising

When you join the department, you will be assigned an academic advisor and this person will be your primary point of contact for advising needs and questions.

Student Services Staff

Matthew Brown
Student Services Specialist
2162 Sweeney
Dee Hehr
Academic Advisor
2162 Sweeney 515-294-2127
Allison Wortman
Academic Advisor
2162 Sweeney

If you have an urgent matter and your advisor is unavailable, you may contact another advisor or staff person for assistance. Stop by the Mike and Jean Steffenson Student Services Center, call 515-294-7643, or email for general advising needs.

Student Expectations

You are ultimately responsible for completing your degree plan. To assist you in tracking your progress toward degree requirements, an academic progress report is available on Workday. You should check your APR every semester to ensure that each course you have taken at ISU or transferred from elsewhere is applied to the correct curricular category or requirement. Your academic advisor can answer questions about your degree audit and, if necessary, submit requests for corrections.

Your academic advisor is here to assist you with the course registration process, consult with you on adding or dropping a course, answer your questions about university, college, and departmental policies and procedures, and guide you to campus resources. Email communication will be used by your academic advisor, and other CBE staff and faculty, to send notices about advising matters. For this reason it is important that you check your ISU email frequently.

Faculty mentoring

During the semester you are enrolled in ENGR 1010 (new from High School students) or CHE 2020 (new transfer students), you will be assigned to a faculty mentor.  Your relationship with your faculty mentor is another important resource to help you reach your academic goals. Your faculty mentor will consult with you about selecting electives that support your career goals, answer your questions about the profession of chemical engineering, provide guidance about applying to graduate school, and discuss any other issue with you that requires faculty expertise. While the department has planned meetings between you and your mentor during the semesters that you are enrolled in ENGR 1010, CHE 2020 and CHE 3810, you are welcome to contact your mentor to arrange an appointment to discuss your professional and career goals at any time.

Contact information for faculty can be found here.