Academic Advising

Academic Advisement at Bradley is decentralized, meaning that all students are assigned a faculty advisor in the major they are currently declared in, including the Academic Exploration Program. If a student changes their major, they will be assigned a new academic advisor. Advisors help students to define academic and career goals, provide course planning assistance, clarification of academic policies and regulations, and provide awareness and guidance to those interested in studying abroad or in registering an internship for credit with the Smith Career Center.  Students should feel comfortable contacting their academic advisor not only during registration periods, but all year long.  We also provide online resources to aid students in the advising and registration process. Please see some of our examples below and for a list of questions that students can bring to their academic advisor at any time:  

Making the Most of Advising

To prepare students for their academic advising appointments, the following webpage offers information about the process. It also includes the steps to access Webster for registration and other useful information.

Advising Handbook

To further assist faculty in their efforts to provide meaningful and accurate advising information, the academic advising handbook is available online. Resources, services and programs that would be helpful to students during the advising session are listed at this site along with university requirements and deadlines, and transfer work procedures, just to name a few of the topics in the Handbook.

Outstanding Academic Advising Award

This award was established in 1991 by the Student Senate and the Center for Orientation & Advisement to recognize the significant contribution that a member of Bradley’s faculty, administration or professional staff provides to students as an academic advisor.  Dr. Kristi McQuade was named the 2013-2014 recipient.

Student Activities has consolidated all awards and the descriptions of what letters of recommendation must include.  When completing your application, please delete the awards and scholarships that you are not nominating an advisor for to conserve paper and ink and follow the following steps:

  1. Fill in the grey box with your information as the nominator.  If you are a faculty member nominating someone for Advisor of the Year, please disregard the ID #, Major, Overall GPA and Anticipated Graduation Date
  2. The Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year description and criteria can be found on the middle of the second page.  When printing out your application, please check the box next to the award.
  3. When writing the letter(s) of support, you will find the points that need to be addressed on the last page under the award itself.  Please note there is a word limit of 600 (approximately two pages double spaced) and that there is a maximum of three letters of support from faculty, staff or students that may be submitted.
  4. All materials must be received by Friday, April 17th at 5pm by either the Student Activities Office in Sisson Hall 141 or the Orientation Office in Heitz Hall 100

Should you have any questions please contact Student Activities at 309-677-3050 or the Orientation Office at 309-677-2420.  

Click HERE to obtain the application to nominate an advisor for the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.

Past Award Recipients:

  • 1991-1992 Charlotte Awl - Nursing
  • 1992-1993 Dr. Max Taylor - Chemistry
  • 1993-1994 Dr. John Howard - International Studies
  • 1994-1995 Dr. Ian Welsford - Biology
  • 1995-1996 No Advisor Awarded
  • 1996-1997 No Advisor Awarded
  • 1997-1998 Dr. Charles Bukowski - International Studies
  • 1998-1999 Dr. Larry Aspin - Political Science
  • 1999-2000 Dr. Mary Ann Manos - Teacher Education
  • 2000-2001 Dr. Celia Johnson - Teacher Education
  • 2001-2002 Dr. Joseph Emanuel - Industrial Engineering
  • 2002-2003 Dr. Elizabeth Cram - Nursing
  • 2003-2004 Dr. Nina Collins - Family and Consumer Sciences
  • 2004-2005 Dr. Molly Cluskey - Nursing
  • 2005-2006 B.J. Lawrence - Communication
  • 2006-2007 Dr. Dawn Roberts - Psychology
  • 2007-2008 Dr. Tim Conley - English
  • 2008-2009 Dr. Sara Netzley - Communication
  • 2009-2010 Mr. Gary Will - Art
  • 2010-2011 Dr. Michael Greene - Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • 2011-2012 Dr. Jason Zaborowski - Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • 2012-2013 Dr. Kris Maillacheruvu - Civil Engineering and Construction
  • 2013-2014 Dr. Kristi McQuade - Chemistry

Commonly Asked Advising Questions:

  1. How do I find out who my Academic Advisor is?
    After logging into Webster, Academic Advisors are listed in the “Other” tab.  If you do not see an advisor assigned, please contact your major department. 
  2. When should I see my advisor?
    Anytime!  The most common time for students to consult with their advisor is during early registration.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with his or her advisor.  Be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor early since many students will be doing the same thing and you may benefit from an early or multiple appointments depending on how much time is needed here.
  3. How do I make an appointment to see my advisor?
    Call your advisor, stop by his/her office or e-mail them.  On the main Bradley University page is a directory link that allows you to search for on-campus professionals by their first and or last names.  It may be best to reach an advisor during their scheduled office hours which are likely posted outside of their office.  Otherwise, visit or contact the Major Department to determine your advisor’s office hours.
  4. What should I bring to my advising appointment?
    • A tentative schedule of classes for the following semester
    • Your degree audit/DARS
    • Short and long-term questions about your major, internships and career beyond Bradley
    • Questions about transferring courses from a community college if need be.
  5. What should I expect from my advisor?
    • Awareness of course options
    • Information about university policies and procedures
    • Knowledge of future employment or graduate school opportunities
    • To serve as a resource for other concerns
  6. What should I NOT expect from my advisor?
    • Telling you what is a “good or easy” class.  Your advisor may have an opinion of what is a “good class,” but each student’s skills and interests are too different to determine what “good or easy” means for an individual student. 
    • Making decisions for you.  Advisor scan educate you on options, but you need to make the final decision.