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tyler phelps

J. Tyler Phelps
Assistant Director for Transition Services

(618) 650-3701


Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, St. Louis University (in progress) 

Master of Arts in Speech Communication, Eastern Illinois University

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, Eastern Illinois University

Professional Background

How long have you been doing what you do?
I’ve been in higher education both as a student and professional for approximately 20 years. I’m entering my 10th year within the academic advising arena and 4th year as an administrator.

How long have you been at SIUE?
My career at SIUE began in January 2008.

How did you get here?
“ ...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
I always encourage students to find their passion. As an undergraduate, I had an amazing mentor who guided me through my personal development. As an academic advisor, I hope to provide similar support and direction to our students. I thrive on working with students and watching them grow in multiple aspects of their lives.

What are you most passionate about professionally?
I want students to understand the importance of their education. I love the “institution” of higher education in America – its history, its influence and its future.

What do you love most about working at SIUE?
The diversity amongst our students, faculty and staff is wonderful! Again, I love what I do and cannot believe I’ve been given the opportunity to collaborate with such amazing populations!

What are your primary duties in your current position?
Assisting our undergraduate students in transition (e.g. those who are transferring into the University, those who are considering changing majors and those who are struggling with the college process)

Personal Information

Where can we find you when you’re not working?
I’m reading and studying – or spending time with my amazing wife and two children!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in south Central Illinois – on the east side of the state.

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