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

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

Arts & Sciences: Applied Physical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environment & Ecology, Exercise & Sport Science, Geological Sciences, Marine Sciences, Mathematical Decision Sciences, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Statistics & Operations Research

Professional Schools: Allied Health Sciences (Clinical Lab Science, Radiologic Science, Speech & Hearing), Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Public Health (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy & Management, Nutrition), Pharmacy (PharmD).  Note: once accepted, students are advised within the professional school.

ADVISORS

Alfreda Clegg

Advisor

2003 Steele Building

alclegg@email.unc.edu
919-843-3343

Biography

Alfreda Clegg has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Science degree in Language Education from Indiana University at Bloomington. During the time that she lived in Bloomington, Indiana, she served as an academic advisor for Indiana University. Prior to beginning her career in academic advising, she worked as an English teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg and Alamance-Burlington School systems. She is happy to return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an academic advisor to work with students as they develop their academic goals and plans. Outside of work hours, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening reading, hiking, and listening to music.

Nicole Cobb

Advisor

2006 Steele

nncobb@unc.edu
919-962-3411

Biography

N. Nicole Cobb holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.  She joined the Natural Science and Mathematics Division in August of 2012 as an academic advisor and also teaches in the School of Education. Prior to moving to Chapel Hill in 2010, she was the Learning Specialist Coordinator/Advisor for the Scholastic Enhancement Program (SEP) and taught English Composition for International Students at Miami University of Ohio. Nicole has also served as an ESL/Literacy Coordinator at the Southeast Asia Center in Chicago and as an ESL instructor at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for English as a Second Language.  She has worked with a diverse student population both in advising and teaching. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, gardening, and hanging out with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Deb Graczyk

Senior Advisor

2015B Steele

dgraczyk@unc.edu
919-843-8584

Biography

Employed in higher education for over 20 years, Deb Graczyk has worked as an Advisor, Registrar, and Program Coordinator and has taught several Management and Leadership courses.   Most of her experience has been in Michigan – fairly new to North Carolina, she is enjoying getting to know both the area and the university.  She and her husband moved to North Carolina to be closer to their son and daughter-in-law and their precious grandson.  She has a master’s degree in Counseling, with an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Development.  She loves working with all students, but as a former non-traditional, first generation transfer student, feels a special call to help students experiencing those particular challenges.  Her favorite things to do in her spare time are hanging out with her family – traveling, camping, snorkeling and scuba diving.  Her “quiet” passions are reading and quilting.

Tony Hanson

Advisor

2007 Steele

hansont@email.unc.edu
919-843-6659

Biography

Tony grew up in Wilmington, NC.  He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Society and a minor in Exercise & Sports Science – Coaching Education.  Continuing his education, Tony earned his Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest University.  After graduating from UNC, Tony dedicated the next eight years of his life to coaching basketball, including seven years collegiately and one year professionally in Japan, before embarking on a new career in university academic advising.  As this new chapter in his life unfolds, two things are certain:  Tony is passionate about (1) the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and (2) assisting its undergraduate students in achieving their academic and professional goals.  In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his family, weekend trips to Wilmington, attending UNC sporting events, and coaching high school basketball.

Mary-Charles Horn

Senior Advisor

2008 Steele

marycharles.horn@unc.edu
919-962-4094

Biography

Mary-Charles grew up in Durham, NC and earned her BS in Sociology from College of Charleston. She began her career as a Middle and High School Counselor in Colorado, after earning her MA in Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Mary-Charles has a wealth of experience in Higher Education through her work in Career Counseling, Academic Advising, and Admissions. She enjoys working with students from all walks of life, and playing a helpful role in each student’s academic journey. When not at work, Mary-Charles can be found enjoying time with her family and friends, planning her next beach trip, or cleaning up after her 2 dogs and cats. She loves to travel, read, and to try and fix things around her house on her own.

Michael Jahn

Advisor

2017C Steele

msjahn@email.unc.edu
919-843-4953

Biography

I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin.  I received both my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and my Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I advised at Wisconsin before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill.  Here at UNC, I advise in the Natural Science Sciences and Math Division. I am a dog enthusiast and share my house with Abby, who is a Rottweiler/Labrador Retriever mix.  Besides hanging out with Abby, I like listening to all types of music.  My collection has a lot of classical and eighties in it.  I also enjoy watching movies, reading, and playing video games.  I like puns.  The more of a groaner the pun is the better.

Kathleen McNeil

Advisor

2005 Steele Building

kamcneil@email.unc.edu
919-843-9028

Biography

Kathleen loves working in academic advising and wishes there had been something like this when she was deciding between the dozen or so majors that she was considering when she was at UNC in a previous century. She has been working as a researcher, editor, and human rights activist most of her adult life and finds higher education to be a wonderful combination of all three. When not at work, she enjoys helicoptering her son, bookworm activities of all types, and laughing (perhaps a bit too loudly.)  She is looking forward to assisting you on your journey to graduation.

Kristin Richards

Advisor

2010 Steele Building

kerichar@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-4744

Biography

Kristin grew up in North Carolina and earned a BA in History and Psychology from UNC in 2010. Deciding to take a break from North Carolina, she bounced around the East Coast for six years after graduation and lived in Rhode Island, Washington D.C. and New York. She received her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University in 2013. Since then she’s worked in academic advisement with graduate and undergraduate students. She is happy to return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate academic advisor and to help students navigate the university. In her free time, Kristin enjoys spending time with family (including her two crazy cats), traveling, reading and being outdoors.

Dexter Robinson

Advisor

2015C Steele

dexrob@email.unc.edu
919-843-8583

Biography

Dexter graduated from the University in 2006 with a degree in African American Studies and a minor in Exercise & Sport Science – Coaching Education. He was a part of the first cohort of college advisors through the Carolina College Advising Corps. He was a co-founder of Carolina United. He loves music, sports, and spending time with his family. In his free time, he coaches high school basketball and works with underrepresented high school students who want to pursue higher education.

Faculty Advisors

Todd Austell

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Chemistry: C143 Kenan Labs

tlaustell@unc.edu
919-962-9429

Biography

“Born sometime in the 1960’s in Shelby, NC. Greatest accomplishment:  Married to Jenna (on May 5, 2012) who was ironically born in Austell, Ga. She is a physical therapist. B.S. Chemistry (B.S. Biology), UNC 1987. First majored in Math and Pre-med. before changing to the above. Lived in Granville and then R.A’ed in Ehringhaus as an undergrad. DOE Fellowship in Nuclear Chemistry, San Jose (SJSU), California, Summer 1986. Assistant Scientist, GlaxoWellcome Pharmaceuticals, 1987-1988. Reentered UNC Graduate School in 1988. Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, UNC 1996. Research advisor: James W. Jorgenson, Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Electrospray and Microelectrospray Ionization: Applications with Mass Spectrometry. Visiting Chemistry Prof. at UNC Fall 1995 – Summer 1997. General College advisor at UNC Summer 1995 – Summer 1997. Previous Teaching Experience: Chem. 101,102,241,261,101L,102L, 441L, 481L. Tutoring in Chem. 101, 102, 241, 261, 262, 430. Math 231. Assistant Professor at United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from July 1997 – June 1998. Current Positions: Research Assistant Professor in UNC Chemistry Dept. since July 1, 1998. Director of General Chemistry Laboratory (Chem. 101L/102L) program July 1, 1998 thru 2008 Director of the Chemistry Tutorial Program since August of 1999. Located in Kenan Labs C143. General College advisor for science majors, for the Johnston Scholars Program, and for the Covenant Scholars program. Departmental advisor for Chemistry majors. Current Dept. Research: -Use of technology in chemistry education. Affect of mathematical skills on performance in chemistry education. Personal Ongoing Readings/Research: -Scientific correlations and support of the Bible. -Origins research. -Human sexuality. Random Stuff: Volunteer Campus Tour Guide at UNC from 1990-2001. Still occasionally give tours and help out at U’grad. Admissions. I worked extensively with Student Ticket distribution for football and b-ball on campus for 6 years while in graduate school. I can help you understand the distribution process if you’re confused. I go to many UNC sports events. Hobbies: Racquetball, Disc Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Four-wheeling, Gardening, Camping, Hiking and Rock Climbing, Exploring the SW US, Basketball, Physical Fitness….and a true-blue Carolina fan of all sports. Interests: Time with family, music (listening to), gardening, electronics, computers, Bible study, and science in general. Other important information: A Christian since 1976 and attendee of the Chapel Hill Bible Church. Faculty sponsor/advisor for the UNC Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Faculty advisor UNC Student/Faculty Christian Fellowship.  “

Other Information

James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award (2011)
Class of 1996 Excellence In Advising Award (2002, 2010)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award (2006)
James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award (2004)
Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award (2002)
Mickel-Shaw Award for Undergraduate Advising (1997, 1999)
Order of the Old Well (1993)
Graduate Teaching Award (1990)

Marcus Collins

Faculty Advisor

Student Success & Academic Counseling: SASB North 2203

collinsm@email.unc.edu
919-843-8914

Biography

Marcus completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in his hometown of Pembroke, N.C. at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Public Administration.  Before coming to UNC Chapel Hill he was also an employee of UNC Pembroke where he coordinated the Upward Bound program, taught a college life-skills freshman seminar, and advised undergraduate students.  He arrived at UNC in October of 2001, as the Assistant Dean of the  Center for Student Academic Counseling.  Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Summer Bridge program and fulfills the role of academic adviser to Bridge students, as well as, biology majors in the Natural Sciences division when time permits.  He also advises several undergraduate   student organizations and serves on various committees and boards, including   the American Indian Center advisory board.  Believing in the ability of all students to succeed, Marcus embraces the idea that we must meet students where they are.  One of the ways we do this is through our own authenticity via self-reflection of where we have been and where we are now as practitioners in the field.  One of his favorite quotes comes from the film The Great Debaters: “We must do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do.”  He resides in Durham with his lovely wife Rhonda of almost 13 years and their dog Sonny.  In his free time you can find him reading, doing yard work and enjoying church activities.

Other Advising Roles

Class of 1996 Advising Excellence Award (2007, 2011)

Other Information

Carolina Indian Circle (CIC) Circle Award (2003)
Class of 1996 Excellence in Advising Award (2007)
Class of 1996 Excellence in Advising Award (2011)

Desiree Griffin

Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: 2015D Steele Building
Psychology: 232 Davie Hall

dgriffin@unc.edu
919-445-0140

Robert Malekoff

Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: 2017D Steele Building
Exercise and Sport Science: 216 Fetzer

rmalekof@email.unc.edu
919-962-3407

Adam Persky

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Pharmacy: 2312 Kerr Hall

apersky@unc.edu
919-962-3407

Joy Renner

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Radiologic Science: Suite 3050 Bondurant

Joy_Renner@med.unc.edu
919-962-3407

Other Information

Class of 1996 Advising Excellence Award (1999, 2012)

Gidi Shemer

Senior Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: 2015D Steele
Biology: 213A Coker

bishemer@email.unc.edu
919-843-4482

Biography

I am a Lecturer-Advisor in the Biology department.I was born and raised in Israel, and did my entire academic career back there. I majored in Biology and after taking three years off (working as a farmer) I went to graduate school.I completed a Master of Science and PhD degrees in Biology, and then continued to do research in the Technion, Israel. In 2005 I moved with my family (wife and three lovely daughters) to Chapel Hill, where I pursued research as a postdoc fellow and a visiting lecturer in the Biology   department. My research was focused on physical interactions between cells during development. While I loved doing research, my teaching experience and interactions with undergraduate students led me to change my original path, and to pursue a career of a Lecturer-Advisor. Since July 2009, I am serving as the Biology departmental advisor.  I am happy to assist biology majors and prospective majors in any question related to Biology, from course planning,   through undergraduate research, and to challenges they face in and outside the classroom. Teaching 800 students every year assists me in understanding where they are coming from and hopefully- helps me to help the students to pave   their path towards their next step in life.

Education

Postdocdoral fellow (cell and developmental biology), UNC Chapel Hill
PhD in Biology, The Technion, Israel
MSc in Biology, The Technion, Israel
BA in Biology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Other Information

NACADA National Outstanding New Advising Faculty Award (2012)
Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence (2011)

Deans

Marilyn Wyrick

Senior Assistant Dean

2011 Steele

wyrick@email.unc.edu
919-843-8920

Biography

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

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

Spencer Welborn

Assistant Dean

2018 Steel Building

swelborn@email.unc.edu
919-843-8917

Biography

A native North Carolinian, Spencer Welborn earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elon University and a Master’s of Science in Education and Sport Administration from the University of Miami (FL).  Spencer has extensive experience working in academic advising and academic counseling for student-athletes.  Before joining the Academic Advising Program, he spent more than four years as an academic counselor in UNC’s Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes.  Spencer began his career in higher education working as an academic advisor to student-athletes at the University of Miami. He relishes the opportunity to work with a diverse student population and believes that each student is an asset to the University of North Carolina.  In his free time Spencer enjoys traveling, cooking, exploring the outdoors, spending time with family and cheering on the Tar Heels and Durham Bulls.  

Beth Shuster

Assistant Dean

2002 Steele

eshuster@email.unc.edu
919-843-8918

Biography

Beth Shuster brings a passion for working with students to her job, as well as empathy for the transitions experienced during the college years.  After agonizing over the choice between theater and genetics, she earned her BA in Biochemistry before proceeding to a Ph.D.in Genetics and a subsequent role on the faculty. The shift to advising was not in the original plan, but allowed her to remain actively engaged with college students while balancing life with work.  Dr. Shuster has been advising at UNC since 2004.  Her two children (now in high school and college) provide perspective on some of the issues faced by students.  In her spare (?) time, she enjoys reading, gardening and (occasionally) making jewelry.

Education

BA Biochemistry, Mount Holyoke College
PhD Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle

Other Information

Safe Zone
Haven
Carolina Firsts
Minor Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2006, 2008)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Certificate of Merit (2009)

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