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Academic Advising

Academic Advising at the Stuart School of Business in Chicago is managed by a staff of professional advisors who work with students to identify and develop their academic goals, while helping support personal and professional growth.

Academic Advisors can help you

  • Understand the curriculum and your course sequence
  • Navigate course enrollment and graduation requirements
  • Understand and resolve holds and other course registration issues
  • Adjust to new social, cultural, and academic challenges
  • Connect you to various resources on campus based upon your specific needs
  • Transition into the campus community by participating in SOAR

Learn more about the Stuart advising team

Undergraduate Advising

John Twombly

John Twombly, Director of Undergraduate Programs in Business and Undergraduate Advisor

John Twombly advises all Stuart undergraduate students. Prior to joining Illinois Tech, Dr. Twombly taught at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago.

Graduate Advising

Nadya Lesova

Nadya LakirovichDirector, Academic Advising

Nadya Lakirovich oversees the Office of Academic Advising, teaches in the ACE program, and works closely with Stuart administration and Program Directors on academic planning. Ms. Lakirovich joined Stuart in April 2010. Prior to that, she worked for several years in the private sector as an Account Manager and Technical Recruiter. Ms. Lakirovich earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Economics from Loyola University Chicago. Her academic and professional interests include developmental advising, curriculum development, assessment and survey research, and leadership development.

Justine Grant

Justine GrantAssistant Director, Academic Advising

Justine Grant joined Stuart Student Affairs in June 2011 and advises graduate students on their academic program. She also teaches in the ACE Program, supervises Student Affairs Student Assistants, and oversees data reporting for the office of Academic Advising. Prior to joining Stuart, Ms. Grant worked in banking and later at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as Academic Advisor in the Psychology Department. She earned her M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her B.S. in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her academic and professional interest areas include counseling and social psychology, advising theory, career advising, and technology in advising.

Tamar Daskin, Academic Advising

Tamar Daskin joined the Stuart Academic Advising team in November of 2016 as a part-time academic advisor. Tamar also works at Northwestern University with the Chemistry Ph.D. program as the graduate intern. Prior to joining Stuart, she was the graduate assistant with the One Book One Northwestern program, and she worked in the Office for Sponsored Research at Northwestern. Before transitioning to higher education, she worked in technical theatre for several years at many Chicago theatres. She will complete her M.S. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern in March. He professional interest include advising theory, intrusive advising technology, and the use of analytics in student success.

Current students

Your academic advisor is listed in the myIIT portal.