Professional Portrait Photo of Julia Makela, Associate Director for Assessment and Research


Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S./Ed.S., Counseling, The Florida State University
B.S., Computer Science, Cornell University

Campus Affiliations

Division of Student Affairs Assessment Committee, Chair
Career Services Council, Member
Council for Learning Outcomes Assessment, Member
Chancellor's Senior Survey Review Committee, Member

Professional Memberships

National Career Development Association
National Association of Colleges and Employers
Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers
Society for Vocational Psychology


Presidential Recognition Award, National Career Development Association, 2017
John Steele Grant Award, Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers, 2015, 2016 
John D. Shingleton Award for Innovation, Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers, 2015, 2016
Exemplary Achievement in Assessment Recognition, Division of Student Affairs, 2014, 2016
Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association, Division E (Counseling), 2014

Fun Fact

My perfect getaway involves a mountain bike, canoe, backpack, climbing ropes, compass, orienteering map, and about two-dozen checkpoints on a timed course.

What do you like best about your job?

Helping students find ways to describe their own career stories, followed by empowering them with strategies and tools to take the next step. I also truly enjoy how our career center shares data and student stories to inspire and inform the next generation of students and their career decisions. Illinois is a special place!