Valerie McClinton

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Valerie McClinton

Assistant Director & Academic Advisor (for last names S-Z)
Assistant Director & Social Sciences & Criminal Justice
Pronouns: She/Her
"The greatest fire you can give to someone is to believe in them." ~Unknown


I consider myself a midwesterner at heart -- we moved here from Missouri, but I've also called Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio home (along with a short stint in Virginia). 

My hobbies are getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine, hiking, running, yoga, paddleboarding and reading.

As your academic advisor, I am here to help you navigate your college experience. While I am here to help you stay on the path toward your degree, I am here for much more than that. My primary role is to listen to you, to set goals with you, and to connect you to resources. I can assist with conversations around adjusting to college, work/life balance, getting involved on campus, developing academic skills, exploring majors/minors, and working to connect you to faculty. Basically, id you need something and aren't sure where to begin, I am your person. I look forward to working with you and building a mentoring relationship with you.

Fun Facts

  • I was a drum major in my high school marching band.
  • I have completed 10 half marathons in 3 different states.
  • An avid ice cream enthusiast -- it is always the time and place for ice cream, as long as there are no nuts or raisins involved.
  • Packers and Avalanche fan


  • Master of Education in Higher Education Administration, Kent State University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Iowa, 1998