University of Iowa

How do I make an appointment with the Director of Scholar Development (DSD)?

Our transition to the Advising Scheduler in Maui has been delayed until further notice.  Until that changes, I am returning to YouCanBook.Me.  Click the button below to view my availability and schedule a conference. 

A note on response times during peaks in the application cycle: In the months of January, February, March, September, October, and November, I am often in student conferences or committee meetings for more than six hours of the workday.  During these busy windows, please allow for two to three work days for a response to non-emergent inquiries and requests. If you have an emergent need or a time-sensitive question, I ask that you drop by Room 431 in the BHC or call my office at 319-335-1874 to let me know more about what is happening. Email is not your most effective medium if you have a question or concern which must be addressed immediately.

What should I do to prepare for my conversation with the DSD?:

To make the most of an initial appointment, I encourage the following steps prior to your conference:

  • Conduct a preliminary search before the scheduled appointment to familiarize yourself with the range of opportunities available.  This will allow for a much more productive planning conversation.  For guidance on how to get started with this step, visit the "Conducting your search" section of our website.
  • Share a current resume/CV and a writing sample with me at kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled conference.
  • Consider your motivation.  Students often expect their initial conference to primarily focus on eligibility and application administration.  Applying for a fellowship - or any genuinely rewarding opportunity - requires more attention and reflection than you might expect, so prospective applicants should be prepared to dig into the following questions:
    • Why? More specifically, what is driving your interest in a specific opportunity?
    • What is the problem/question you are most drawn to in your work and life?
    • What isn't working in your field/discipline/area and what do you want to do about it?
    • What do you want other people to trust you with in your professional life?
When are the DSD's Office Hours?

Due to increasing demand for individual appointments and the underutilization of drop-in availability, I am not currently holding office hours.  Instead, I invite students to make use of the extensive resources available on our website to refine their questions and build a list of opportunities they are most interested in exploring with me in conversation during scheduled one-on-one appointments. If none of the available appointment times are not manageable due to work schedules or other extenuating circumstances, do not hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email.  If it is necessary and possible to do so, I am willing to work with students to find a time to meet that works for both parties outside of my established SDC schedule.