To schedule an appointment, please use our online scheduler (rather than emailing an advisor).

Advisors in this division are located on the Ground floor of Steele Building and focus on majors and minors within the following fields of study:

College of Arts & Sciences: American Studies, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Dramatic Arts, English, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Romance Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Pre-Professional School Majors: Media and Journalism (once accepted, students are advised within the professional school)


Nikki Glenos

Senior Advisor

G005 Steele Building


Originally from North Carolina, Nikki earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville. She began her career in higher education while serving as a Career Advisor at the University of Louisville Career Center and continued her work with students as she assumed the position of Transfer Advisor at the University of Kentucky, providing academic advising to all prospective and incoming transfer students at the university. Upon moving back to her home state of North Carolina, she served as the Program Director for the North Carolina LiteracyCorps in the UNC School of Education. Nikki joined the Fine Arts and Humanities Division in the College of Arts and Sciences and General College in September 2014 as an academic advisor. In her free time, Nikki loves spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking, reading, and most importantly, spending quality time with her husband, family members, and friends.

Kimberlee Nelson

Senior Advisor

G007 Steele


Originally from Indiana, Kimberlee Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Tourism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Education focusing on higher education administration from the University of Kansas.  With a career focused in housing and student affairs, Kim came to UNC through a position with the Department of Housing and Residential Education, where she served as Odum Village Community Director for 3 years before switching to her current position as an Academic Advisor.  Kim enjoys seeing students find their ideal major and helping them use campus and community tools to maximize their UNC experience.  Based on her personal and professional experiences, Kim particularly appreciates connecting with out-of-state students, international students, transfer students and first generation college students.  When not at work, Kim strikes a balance between her indoor hobbies (cooking, crafting, home improvement projects) with her love for sunshine and the great outdoors (gardening, hiking).

Hristiyana Zhelezova


G008 Steele Building


Hristiyana Zhelezova holds both a Master of Education degree in College Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education (North Carolina State University) and a Master of Arts degree in Bulgarian Legal Studies (Varna University). She joined the Fine Arts and Humanities Division in January of 2016. Prior to her work as an academic advisor, Hristiyana served as an Assistant Director for the Clemson University Center for Career and Professional Development. Hristiyana is a lifelong learner; as an aspiring college counseling professional, she is motivated by her desire to help students be successful and achieve their goals. Hristiyana believes in inspiring people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. When off campus, Hristiyana enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, and exploring festivals.

Faculty Advisors

David Adamson

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: G010 Steele
Dramatic Art: 221 Center for Dramatic Art


David Adamson has been a Faculty Academic Advisor since 2005.  He continues to teach in the Department of Dramatic Art where he also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. After earning an MFA ’78 and LDA ’79 at UNC-CH he spent 15 years in New York as well as various Regional Theatres both acting and directing. When his wife, Judy, was invited to head up the Costume Technology Graduate Program they found themselves back in Chapel Hill in 1995 and David renewed his connection with PlayMakers and the DDA.  He has also acted with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and the Carolina Ballet since returning to Chapel Hill. He belongs to the following professional Unions – Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  He has received the Joseph C. Riley Service Award from the Screen Actors Guild. David is a Viet Nam Veteran.


LDA (Licentiate of Dramatic Art) University of North Carolina-CH 1979
MFA Directing University of North Carolina-CH 1978
BA University of Northern Iowa 1967

Other Information

Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence (2009)
NACADA Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in Faculty Advising (2011)

Kristin Hondros


Academic Advising: G010 Steele
Communications: 207 Swain

Hilary Lithgow

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: G015D Steele
English & Comparative Literature: 324 Greenlaw


I am the lecturer/advisor for the Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, excited to be working with humanities undergraduates on issues ranging from the sublime (What should I do with my life after college? Did Keats really prefer suffering to immortality?) to the…less sublime (How do I drop a class again?). I’m from Massachusetts originally, and come to Chapel Hill by way of Austin, TX and Jupiter, FL among other places. Academically, I’m a Haverford College Alum, did a second BA at Trinity College Oxford, got my PhD in British Lit. at Stanford and taught for seven years at Florida Atlantic University before happily coming to UNC in July 2011. I am especially interested in the literature of war and in working with veterans here at UNC, and also work with our department’s undergraduate club, S.O.U.L. (the Student Organization for Undergraduate Literature).

Merida Negrete

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: G010 Steele
Music: 106 Hill Hall


Marilyn Wyrick

Senior Assistant Dean

2011 Steele


I have been an advisor at Carolina for 14 years, starting as part-time and then accepting a full-time position in 1999.  I earned a BA & MA in Geography from East Carolina and came to UNC-CH for more graduate studies, where I found working with undergraduate students more enjoyable than research.  As a dean, I work with students who are in academic difficultly and those who need a dean’s permission to exempt certain policies and help with the administration of our program.  I was born in rural Virginia and live out in the country, as I have all of my life.  I enjoy taking care of my horses, chickens, and cats; reading; and listening to music.

Other Information

Carolina Firsts
Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2001)
NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator, Certificate of Merit (2009)

Roger Kaplan

Assistant Dean

G011 Steele Building


Roger has been with Academic Advising since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from New York University and completed his undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley. Roger has also taught at Duke, Ohio State and Emory Universities. Roger considers himself a “native southerner” since he is from Southern California, but locals don’t seem to accept that. Fluent in Hebrew, he also lived in Israel for a number of years and holds dual citizenship with the US and Israel. His son, Lorin, possesses all of the musical talent in the family is currently in his senior year at Durham School of the Arts. Their family also includes Ginger (the cat); they live in Durham.  Roger loves living in the area because of the community feeling and the availability of hiking trails, arts and more. At Carolina, he recognizes the great diversity of the student body and their appreciation for what the University offers.


University of California, Berkeley (BA)
New York University (MA)
New York University (Ph.D.)

Other Advising Roles

Chair, Orientation Committee

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2012)
National Academic Advising Association, Outstanding Advisor Award (2013)
Chair, Provost’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Life at UNC-CH

Glynis Cowell

Assistant Dean

Steele Bldg. G015D
(919) 962-0156


Vanessa Stamper

Student Services Assistant

G015A Steele


Vanessa a person who enjoys meeting people from different cultural backgrounds. She enjoys going to plays and exploring the arts, and she loves to venture out and try new things.  Vanessa looks forward to welcoming you to the Second Floor of Steele Building.