Advising Staff

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Suanne H. Early, Director of Student Affairs, joined our team in 2015 after nearly 15 years as an advisor for exploratory and pre-law students.  She received her M.Ed. in college student personnel services from the University of Louisville and is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. Suanne is active with the UK Advising Network and NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising, and has served in many leadership roles with these organizations.  Suanne [dot] Early [at] uky [dot] edu  859-218-0282


Dr. Schyler Simpson, Director of Retention and Student Engagement, is a proud three-time graduate of UK’s College of Communication and Information. She completed her doctoral dissertation on student perceptions of learning in academic advising in 2013. Schyler previously served the college as a graduate teaching assistant, lecturer, advisor and recruiter. Schyler [dot] Simpson2 [at] uky [dot] edu  859-257-7800


Hasan Abdel-Jaber, Academic Advisor, holds both a B.A. in education from UK and an M.A. in education from Georgetown College. In his most previous position, Hasan worked as an academic and career specialist at EKU helping students find their major and career pathways. Prior to his experience at EKU, Hasan has worked as an academic coach for the Department of Transformative Learning and an instructional aide for the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at UK. Hasan joined the College of Communication and Information Team in the Fall of 2021. Hmab223 [at] uky [dot] edu. 859-218-0281.


Kelly Cirbus, Administrative Services Assistant, received a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2015 from Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduation she worked as a Registration Specialist in the Baldwin Wallace Registrar’s department and then transitioned to an Administrative Specialist role for Athletics. In 2020 she started working in the Admissions Department at Midway University where she continues to serve her role as Head Dance Coach for their dance team. She joined the University of Kentucky and the College of Communication and Information in Spring 2021. kelly [dot] cirbus [at] uky [dot] edu, 859-257-4839.


Rachel Dixon, Academic Advisor, received her B.A. and M.A. in communication from the College of Communication and Information's prestigious University Scholars Program. Rachel previously served the college as a student ambassador and recruiting intern. Currently Rachel is serving as the Awards Coordinator for the UK Advising Network. Rachel [dot] dixon7 [at] uky [dot] edu (Rachel.dixon)Rachel [dot] dixon7 [at] uky [dot] edu  859-218-5349


Jordan Hoehler, Academic Advisor, received a B.S. in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 2015 and a M.S. in higher education from the University of Kentucky in 2016. He previously worked as an academic services intern in the University of Louisville athletic department and an academic services assistant in the CATS center within the athletic department at the University of Kentucky. He is serving as a UK Staff Senator. Jordan joined the College of Communication and Information advising team in the spring of 2018. Jordan [dot] hoehler [at] uky [dot] edu  859-218-0284


Sydney Shields, Academic Advisor, received her B.A. in sociology and her M.S.Ed. in higher education & student affairs from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sydney previously worked in the Office of Residence Life at UK as a resident director before joining the College of Communication and Information advising team in the spring of 2021. sydney [dot] shields [at] uky [dot] edu, 859-218-2292


Courtney Spradling, Academic Advisor, received both her B.A. in communication studies and her M.A. in student personnel services in higher education from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Courtney began her higher education career in 2007 and has served in a variety of roles at both EKU and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. She joined the CI Advising team in Fall 2021. Courtney [dot] Spradling [at] uky [dot] edu, 859-323-2789


Ryan Story, Academic Advisor, is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Kentucky with his undergraduate degree in psychology and a master's degree in higher education. He started his career at UK as a graduate assistant in the CATS center with the athletic department and began full time in the transfer center in 2016. Ryan joined the College of Communication and Information Advising team in the fall of 2016. Rkst222 [at] uky [dot] edu   859-218-3915