At UH Hilo, academic advisors are faculty members. Each student is assigned an academic advisor. If you have declared a major, then your advisor will be faculty in your major department and should be contacted directly for advising. To find your advisor, click on "Who is My Advisor?".
It is important to review the roles and responsibilities of both the student and the academic advisor. Please refer to the Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities.
Students with majors are assigned advisors from their respective academic departments, however advisors are not assigned until 3 weeks into the first semester at UH Hilo. Students will be able to meet with advisors from their departments during orientation and before registration, however if they would like to meet with an advisor before orientation, students are encouraged to contact the department directly to arrange for an advising appointment.
Exploratory (General) Students
General students (NOT English Language Institute, pre-pharmacy, or pre-engineering) are assigned to the advisors in the UH Hilo Advising Center, or unless otherwise noted, assigned to other faculty.
- ELI students are assigned to Pamala Collins, the director of the English Language Institute.
- Pre-Pharmacy students are assigned to Dr. Sue Jarvi.
- Pre-Engineering students are assigned to Dr. Keith Edwards.
Exploratory students will continue to be advised by advisors in the Advising Center, until he or she declares a major, at which time a new advisor in the major department will be assigned.
At UH Hilo, changing advisors is an informal process. Most students who would like to get advice from an advisor other than the individual assigned to them simply just begin meeting with another faculty member with whom they feel more comfortable. If you are being advised by a faculty member in your department other than your assigned advisor, you are encouraged to notify the department secretary for any advisor changes.
If you have changed your major, a new advisor will be assigned to you before advising for early registration.
Advisors for Double Degrees and Majors
Students pursuing double degrees and/or majors are strongly encouraged to meet with advisors from both departments to ensure timely completion of degree requirements. An advisor will only be assigned from the student's primary major so it is the responsibility of the student to seek guidance from an advisor from his or her second major.