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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 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral 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

For current students: Your academic advisor is listed in the myIIT portal.


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

The Office of Academic Affairs and Advising at the Stuart School of Business supports Stuart’s academic initiatives, collaborates with campus colleagues to set academic policies, and enriches the student experience by:

  • Providing personalized and holistic academic advising in a supportive environment
  • Partnering with students to set academic, professional, and personal goals
  • Connecting students to academic and co-curricular resources at Illinois Tech
Justine Grant


Justine Grant
, Director, Academic Affairs & 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.


Tiffany Yi
, Graduate Academic Advisor

Tiffany Yi joined the Stuart advising team in May 2018. She has experience teaching in Chicago Public Schools, as well as teaching English in South Korea. She spent the past two years working with undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including traditional, non-traditional, domestic, and international students. Ms. Yi holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She is particularly passionate about social justice in education.


Ph.D. Advising

sivakbalas@stuart.iit.edu

The university has implemented changes with regard to the advising and course registration process for Management Science (MSC) students.

By September 15, all PhD-MSC and MS-MSC students must have selected an area of concentration using eforms in Graduate Degree Works.

  • All MS-MSC students should schedule a visit with Academic Advisors Justine Grant or Tiffany Yi for information about advising and registration for your program.
  • Each PhD-MSC student must visit with your academic advisor Dr. Siva Balasubramanian during his office hours at DTC 426.

For details about course registration and requirements, see Advising Process for PhD-MSC and MS-MSC Students.