Students majoring in the undergraduate and graduate Information Sciences and Technologies programs are assigned both an academic advisor, and a faculty advisor. The professional academic advisors guide students though the program’s curriculum, helping them develop their academic plan. They do this by taking into consideration program requirements, pre-requisites, and course sequences and availability. They also help students by interpreting institutional policies, referring students to other resources on campus and discussing issues of concern regarding student's academic progress. Students are expected to be responsible for making their own decisions based on the information and advice their advisor offers. Frequent student-advisor contact is a proven factor in student success.
Please note: all first-year and transfer students are required to meet with their academic advisor in the fall semester. First-year students with a semester and/or cumulative GPA <2.0 will also be required to meet with their advisor in the spring semester as well.
- Matt Lake, Information Technology and Honors (Matt.Lake@rit.edu)
- Betty Hillman, Networking and Systems Administration, and Medical Informatics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jill Persson, IST Graduate Programs (email@example.com)
Scheduling Advising Appointments
The IST Office, located at Golisano Hall, room 2120, is open Monday-Friday, from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. If you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor (for any reason), the most efficient way to do so is to contact the office at 585-475-2700 or by coming to the office in person and scheduling an appointment with the front office staff. Our advisors have very full schedules and emails sent directly to them asking "when can you meet?" cannot be answered in a timely manner and will result in delays. In an effort to avoid these delays you can only make appointments through our front office staff.
Please note that appointments will not be made for the same day. If you need a quick question answered that day, please come in during walk-in hours.
Walk-in Hours (no appointment necessary)
Walk-in appointments are for quick 10 minute or less questions. When you come in for a walk-in, the front office will ask why you need to see an advisor. This is to help assess if it is appropriate for a walk-in or if you need an appointment.
Walk-ins are held Monday-Friday from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The advisors rotate open office hours during the week. The schedule of which advisors are on for which day of the week is posted in and outside the Student Services office. If you need a walk-in, and your assigned advisor is not scheduled, you may see the advisor assigned that day.
There are no office hours during the summer term.
4 Year Check-Off List
Download the 4 year check-off list to make sure you are on track!
Faculty advisors are a resource for the 'big picture' questions for topics like:
- What should I take as my concentration if I want to work in field XYZ?
- I really liked course X, where can I go deeper into that?
- How can I get more coursework on topic ABC?
Your faculty advisor is someone that understands your curriculum from the perspective of the overall content, as well as their own particular content specialty. Students can often learn a great deal by incorporating their faculty advisor into their support structure: sometimes this is the formally 'assigned' faculty advisor, and other times simply a faculty member that students gravitate toward given their particular concentrations. Your faculty members are great resources for discussing career options, major specific electives, and co-op opportunities being a good ‘fit.’ Getting to know your faculty is very important; they have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share. You also never know when you will need a reference letter for a future job.
IST Minor Advising
- Applied Informatics: Professor Jeffrey Lasky firstname.lastname@example.org
- Database Design, Development, and Implementation: Professor Ed Holden email@example.com
- Medical Informatics: Professor Steve Zilora firstname.lastname@example.org
- Networking and Systems Administration: Professor Larry Hill email@example.com
- Web Design and Development (non-computing): Professor Ron Vullo firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web Development (computing): Professor Dan Bogaard email@example.com