Advisor Availability


Students are welcome to meet with Zac Shields, advisor for Design, regardless of their year in school, admission status at KU, or admission status for KU Design.


General Availability:

Zac is available by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students should schedule an appointment (recommended duration in parentheses) to discuss any of the following:

  • Next-Semester Enrollment (30 minutes)
  • Prospective Interest in Studying Design (30 minutes)
  • Graduation Checks (30 minutes)
  • Probation Action Plans (60 minutes)
  • Financial Aid Appeals (60 minutes)

For other questions, Zac is available by appointment or on a drop-in basis! Zac's drop-in hours are Mondays and Fridays each week from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Students are also welcome to call Zac at 785-864-2959 with questions and concerns, just as they would with an email or in-person drop-in. They should include their name and KUID number with their question(s)!


Appointment Options:

Zac is available to meet by appointment with students either in person (Marvin Hall room 200) or over the phone (785-864-2959) - whichever is best for them!


How to Set Up an Appointment:

Students are welcome to set up an appointment in any of these ways:

  1. Select a time on Zac's online calendar (recommended for current Design students).
  2. Email and include a few days and general times in the next two weeks that work well for them.
  3. Call Zac at 785-864-2959 and state their name, KUID number (if they're a KU student), and a few days and general times in the next two weeks that work well for them.



Main Advising:

All students should meet with an advisor at least once per semester to ensure that they are on track to graduate and are properly enrolled for the next semester. Most students will meet with an advisor after the publishing of the next semester's schedule of classes, which generally coincides with the beginning of October in the fall semester and March in the spring semester.

During this busy time, referred to as "Main Advising" by advisors and lasting 1.5-2 months, students are welcome to schedule a meeting with Zac through his online calendar and/or meet with a faculty advisor in their area of study. Faculty advising occurs on specific dates, which vary by semester and will be promoted in advance.

Students who are not admitted to Design are still welcome to meet with Zac during main advising! If Zac is not your assigned advisor, but you would like to meet with him, please email him at His response time is slowed during Main Advising season, but rest assured that he will respond to you as soon as he's able!


Email Advising:

Students are welcome to email Zac with questions, and he will answer as quickly and completely as he is able! That said, many advising discussions are best had in person. It is recommended that you visit Zac's drop-in hours or make an appointment if possible!

Advising emails are generally responded to within one or two days, though emails received during the first week of classes and during Main Advising season often see extended wait times.

Zac's email is

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Marvin Hall, Room 200
1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045