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Advising

Academic Advisors

Doane University believes in and is dedicated to assisting its students in achieving their goal of an excellent higher education. Leading through our values of Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation and Transformation we strive to provide a team of advisors who are dedicated to the student’s academic, personal, and professional success. Every Doane student is assigned an advisor based on their primary major. Your team of advisors will include a general advisor and a faculty advisor. This team will work closely with the student to provide the best overall support and discipline-specific expertise.

Team approach

Each student will be assigned at minimum two (2) advisors.

A general advisor (full-time) who works with the student and the faculty member to determine an academic plan to graduation, is up-to-date- on University policy and procedure regarding course registration and offerings.  The general advisor is responsible for, but not limited to:

  1. Providing answers to questions on procedure, policy, etc. (or help finding the answers).
  2. Helping the student problem solve.
  3. Providing academic advice.
  4. Helping the student in deciding/selecting a major.
  5. Providing information on career and involvement resources.
  6. Helping facilitate the student’s interaction with the administration.
  7. Working with the student on tasks such as officially declaring a major, naming the catalog of record, etc.), building a schedule during enrollment time periods.
  8. Work with the Academic Success/Support Center regarding student’s probation and recovery plans.
  9. Working with the students to develop an accurate plan to graduation record. Reviewing and confirming with the student that all degree requirements are met. Faculty advisors, student advising guides, and the degree audits generated by the Registrar’s Office help students monitor their progress toward graduation.

A faculty advisor who works with the student to determine appropriate course plans for the primary major and career interests. The First Year Liberal Arts (LAR) seminar instructor will serve as the initial faculty advisor until a faculty member in the discipline-specific area is identified.  The faculty advisor is responsible for, but not limited to:

  1. Helping the student in deciding/selecting a major.
  2. Providing academic advice on course selection in the major area.
  3. Approving the plan to graduation and course selections prepared by the student with the general advisor.
  4. Helping the student in understanding other major, minor or program interests that will complement the primary program or student’s career interest.
  5. Providing information on careers and opportunities in the advisor’s discipline.
  6. Helping facilitate the student’s interaction with the administration.

*These responsibilities are based on the National Academic Advising Association guidelines. Students may receive supplemental advising from the wide range of resources available.

The additional resources available to students are (but not limited to) the Academic Success Center, Career 2 College/Career Services and Leadership Offices, the Writing Center and Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to contact the Academic Affairs Office with questions and concerns about advising and other issues related to their success at Doane.

Director of Academic Advising

Ann Koopmann, Director of Academic Advising

Ann Koopmann - Director of Academic Advising

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Academic Advising Staff - Crete Campus

Rhonda Lake-McKercher, First Year Academic Advisor

Rhonda Lake-McKercher - First Year Academic Advisor

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Carlos Palacios, Academic Advisor

Carlos Palacios - Academic Advisor

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Tracee Fairbanks, Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor

Tracee Fairbanks - Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor

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Academic Advising Staff - Lincoln Campus

Dana Moze-Kadavy, Academic Advisor

Dana Moze-Kadavy - Academic Advisor

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Allysa Swiec, Career Specialist and Academic Advisor

Allysa Swiec - Career Specialist and Academic Advisor

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Student Stories

These students were on the Fall 2023 Dean's List and these are their "Student Stories" filled with Tips and Tricks on how to get on the Deans list as well as some of what they do on and around campus.  These will update with different students weekly! Check in to see who's next!

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Grace Dowding

My name is Grace Dowding, I am a junior from Firth, Nebraska. My major is environmental science with a minor in agriculture and natural resources. I am a captain of the softball team, the vice president of the Student Athlete Leadership Team, I am in the Wildlife and Conservation Organization, I work for the Sports Information Department, and I’m involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. There are multiple reasons why I initially chose to call Doane my home for the next four years. Some of the main reasons were that I wanted to stay close home, not go to a big school, and wanted to be able to be involved in multiple activities while still getting the “college experience.” The main reason I am able to be involved in so many things while also being on the Dean’s List is because of how well the professors at Doane communicate with their students. If I know that I am going to miss class due to one of the activities I am involved in, I make sure to let my professors know a good amount ahead of time. The professors, in return, are able to get back to me quickly to let me know what I will be missing in that class and if there is anything I need to make up. My favorite thing about Doane is how much it surprised me. I went into college my freshman year with the attitude of putting my head down, not going out of my way to meet anyone new, and to keep a low profile. However when I moved in, I quickly realized that was impossible. The people, professors, and staff at Doane are too amazing to not get to know and appreciate. I have met so many amazing people here that I hope to know for the rest of my life.