About Us

History of CES

The Center for Exploratory Studies (CES) was established at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in February 2003 to assist all UC undergraduate students with the major selection process in an effort to promote student retention.  While administratively housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, CES serves as a university-wide advising center.  Originally, CES advisors focused primarily on major selection and transition.  As the effectiveness of the center became well established in terms of student retention and satisfaction, additional advisors were added to serve the growing exploratory student population.  Today, advisors in CES comprehensively assist students with curricular planning as well as the time-intensive major selection process.  Currently, the Center serves more than 1,700 UC undergraduate students.
 

Academic Advising at UC

MISSION

The UC Advising community engages and supports students through teaching and collaboration to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.

VISION

The UC Advising community will advance a personalized educational environment in which:
  • All students achieve their goals through exploration, reflection, and engagement
  • We are committed to inclusion, teaching, and lifelong learning
  • We are global leaders in advising practice, scholarship, and innovation

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Kelly Schiller

Title: Senior Academic Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: 2433 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-5860
Email: schillk@ucmail.uc.edu
Web: kelly.schiller@uc.edu

Senior Academic Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Advised students with declared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences for five years before moving to the Center for Exploratory Studies in 2016, advising across all UC Colleges and majors.  

Education

  • M.A. Community Mental Health and School Counseling, University of Cincinnati, 2004.

Publications

Other Publications

  • F. Robert Wilson, Mei Tang, Kelly Schiller, Kerry Sebera (2009). "No Child Overlooked: Mental Health Triage in the Schools." . Michigan Journal of Counseling , 36 (1), 24-35.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Kevin Ploeger and Kelly Schiller (05-29-2015). High School to College Advising:Creating a Culture of Engagement OHAAA Ohio Academic Advising Association, Miami University.
  • Kevin Ploeger and Kelly Schiller (09-24-2015). High School to College Advising:Creating a Culture of Engagement University of Cincinnati Advising Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • Dr. Christopher Hanes, Daniel Cummins, Kelly Schiller (09-20-2018). Connecting to Support; Student Success and Wellness, CAPS, CARE and Advising University of Cincinnati Advising Conference, University of Cincinnati.

Poster Presentations

  • Kevin Ploeger and Kelly Schiller (04-10-2015). High School to College Advising:Creating a Culture of Engagement NACAADA Regional Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Matt Pickett and Kelly Schiller (09-19-2017). So, What Else Can You Do? : A Practical Approach to Discovering Your Transferable Skills University of Cincinnati Advising Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio .

Honors & Awards

  • Staff Excellence in Advising Nominee McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, 2014.
  • UCUAADA Member of the Month, December, 2017.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, 2018. Best Student Reviews .
  • UCUAADA Nominee Best Colleague, 2019.
  • CARES Award Nominee Pride of the Lion College of Arts and Sciences, 2020.
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Experience & Service

Work Experience

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  • 06-20-2016Liaison to College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio .

Events Organized

  • Conference. 6th Annual Advising Conference Committee (2017, University of Cincinnati.

Service

  • University Coordinator, McMicken Ambassadors 2012 to 2016
  • Committee Member, ELSA Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs 2014-2017
  • Committee Member, Cultural Competence Workshop Series , 2015 to 2016
  • Safe Zone Trained Ally,
  • Trans*Ally,
  • Conference Organizer, University of Cincinnati Advising Conference Committee, 2017
  • Committee Member, University of Cincinnati Orientation Planning Committee, 2017
  • Committee Member, Orientation Planning Committee, 01-15-2018 to 08-15-2018
  • Faculty Sponsor, DAAP Design in Mind Faculty Advisor 2018 to To Present

Board Certifications/Licenses

  • Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board current to 2024 ,
  • Ohio Department of Education, Secondary Education Teaching License current to 2024

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2020, Member, Ohio Academic Advising Association (OHAAA),
  • 2020, Member, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA),
  • 2020, Member, American College Counseling Association (ACCA),
  • 2020, Member, University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA),

Courses Taught

  • -MLTI-1075 DISCOVERING UC
  • 15-MLTI-123 COLLEGE SUCCESS SKL
  • -MLTI-1011 LC
    MLTI 1077
    Level: Undergraduate