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Academic Advising

The Psychology department uses a Shared Model of advising. As a Psychology major you will have two advisors – a faculty member and a professional advisor. Any faculty member in the department can serve as your faculty advisor. Mr. Jean-Paul Viray will be the professional advisor for all Psychology majors and minors.

What is a professional advisor?

As the college professional advisor, Mr. Viray will be one of the first points of contact for any questions you may have regarding the Psychology program at UIS. You will work with him regarding class choices and registration, analysis of your degree audits (i.e., DARS), selecting your concentration, and other important functions. He can also assist with referrals to other offices and resources (e.g., the Center for Teaching and Learning).

Mr. Viray’s email address is: His phone number is 206-8224. His office is located in University Hall, room 3043.

What do I see my faculty advisor about and what do I see the professional advisor about?

Professional advisor duties:

  • Course scheduling (e.g., planning courses to take for upcoming semesters)
  • Petitions (e.g., waiving a required course or request for upper-division credit.)
  • Progress toward degree (e.g., Graduation Application Signature form)
  • Appeals (e.g., Appeal of Academic Suspension or Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form)

Faculty advising duties:

  • Graduate school counseling (e.g., choosing the right graduate degree and program, the application process, et cetera)
  • Career counseling (e.g., what job opportunities are there post-BA)
  • Internship possibilities (e.g., should I do an internship? What internships are available?)
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