Assistant Provost for Academic Advising

Elly Brenner

Elly Brenner was named assistant provost for academic advising in 2019. In this role, she directs Notre Dame’s Center for University Advising, providing centralized leadership for the University’s various undergraduate academic advising services. These include programs designed specifically for first-year students as well as major-based advising in the colleges and schools. She also has responsibility for ensuring appropriate levels of integration between advising delivered in the first year and that done after students have declared a major.

Prior to her appointment as assistant provost, Brenner was assistant dean for records and registration in Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies. Her work there focused in large part on overseeing course registration for the incoming first-year class (approximately 2,000 students) and coordinating with various academic departments to make a diverse and comprehensive offering of courses available to first-year undergraduates.

Brenner joined the University’s faculty as a first-year academic advisor in 2003 and has served as director of the Peer Advising Program, partnered with the Division of Student Affairs to plan and implement Welcome Weekend programming, and been director of special projects and first-year intellectual initiatives within The First Year of Studies. In 2013, she won the University’s Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Brenner earned her B.A. in sociology from Notre Dame and both an M.A. in public policy and administration and an M.S.W. with a clinical concentration from The Ohio State University.