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EIU Department of Communication Studies


The Department of Communication Studies has the following academic advisors:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Gill, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Matt Gill, Chairperson, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Marita Gronnvoll, Assistant Chair/Associate Professor
  • Dr. Angela Jacobs, Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
  • Dr. Claudia Janssen Danyi, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Richard G. Jones, Jr., Associate Professor/Basic Course Director
  • Dr. Scott Walus, Associate Professor/TV and Video Production Director

If you have not been officially assigned to an academic advisor, please contact Communication Studies at 217-581-6003 or, so you can be assigned an advisor.

Meeting with Your Advisor

Be on time and do not skip your appointment. To cancel your advising appointment, provide at least one hour notice via e-mail. This way, other students can have your time slot. If you are late for your appointment and another student stops by, that other student takes the appointment.

Your advisor will check to see if you have any holds on your record. Holds on your record will prevent you from being able to register. Advisors usually cannot clear your holds, but can direct you to the appropriate office.

Your advisor will complete a scheduling worksheet, which contains a proposed schedule and any notes on which you need to follow up. You will need to sign the form; you will receive one copy, while another copy will be placed in your file.

Be sure to ask any and all questions you have, or make another appointment to get them answered. During the appointment, you will receive a personal identification number (PIN) you must enter into the computer system during registration. We recommend you enter your PIN as a contact in your cell phone so that you won’t forget it.

How to Run a Degree Audit

A degree audit allows you to evaluate your academic progress. You can run a degree audit in PAWS.  Log in to PAWS, click on STUDENT and then RECORDS. Once there, click DEGREE AUDIT REPORTING SYSTEM. You should now see a screen with your name on it and to the right side there is a button: RUN AUDIT. Click this button. You will be redirected to a screen requesting you wait up to 5 minutes for the audit to appear. Click on the link VIEW AUDIT. You don’t have to wait 5 minutes. Usually 30 seconds is sufficient.

You should see a blue link with your major and option listed. Click that link. You are now in your degree audit. At the top of the audit is a link that says, “Printer Friendly Version.” This is the version of your audit you want, it will print in 4-6 pages.

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Department of Communication Studies

Buzzard 2521
600 Lincoln Ave Charleston, IL 61920
217- 581-6003

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