Office of Student Services

Diverse backgrounds. Effective advising.


Jill Rockwell, Senior Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services, oversees the administrative units of admissions, student affairs, and career services, working with the other members of the student services team to strengthen students’ co-curricular and career-related experiences at the Batten School. Before joining the Batten School in 2008, Rockwell spent nearly a decade working at Duke Law School, both in career advising and as the law school’s Associate Dean of Students.  Prior to these positions, she practiced employment law at the Chicago office of Littler Mendelson and served as the Director of Career Advising and co-director of publications at the University of Illinois College of Law. She earned her JD, cum laude, from the University of Illinois, and her BA in journalism and political science at Indiana University. Contact Jill at


Steve Hiss is the Batten School’s Director of Career Services and Alumni Engagement. A lifelong public servant, Steve’s interest in the Batten School not only stems from his own career in public service, but also from former and current Batten students with whom he worked in his position as the Commander of UVA’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Among his other achievements in that position, Steve fundraised to create an endowment for the Captain David J. Mehlhop Memorial Award and Scholarship, and he was instrumental in nominating Batten alumnus Nate Jewell for the prestigious National Air Force ROTC Cadet of the Year Award. Before joining the University of Virginia, Steve was the second-highest ranking officer of the Air Force’s largest operational B-1B bomber wing, where he was responsible for supervising more than 4,000 Airmen and billions of dollars worth of equipment. He also served as the Division Chief responsible for Strategic Planning at Air Force Headquarters, where he led a team of individuals charged with developing future air, space, and cyberspace concepts and strategy. While Steve earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue University and the University of Michigan, he is now a proud ACC supporter and fan of the Hoos. Steve is a former School Board member and current Boy Scout leader for his sons’ troop. He lives in Ivy with his wife and three sons. Contact Steve at