Grace Lillard

Grace Lillard headshot
Academic Advisor

Background and areas of interest:

I grew up in a small town in Illinois and am a Midwestern transplant to the PNW. Growing up, I was constantly reading or playing sports. I completed my BA in English at Mizzou and later earned my PhD in English & American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. I have previously taught undergraduate courses in English, College Writing, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). I love genre fiction, crafting, drinking tea, and hiking. 

What brought you to the U of O?

I came to UO in Spring 2023 to join OAA in this advising role! I’m excited to be part of a large university with such a vibrant campus community, and to be nearby so many excellent spots for outdoor adventures. 

How did you get involved in academic advising?

I found my passion for working one-on-one with students in previous roles as a progress counselor and mentor, which is what ultimately led me to OAA. I value a holistic approach to advising that acknowledges students’ full selves and the unique experiences of each student’s journey, and it’s my privilege to help students navigate their own pathways to success.