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

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

College of Arts & Sciences: Aerospace Studies, African, African American & Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, City & Regional Planning, Contemporary European Studies, Economics, Geography, Global Studies, History, Latin American Studies,  Management & Society, Military Science, Naval Science, Peace, War & Defense, Political Science, Public Policy, Social & Economic Justice, Sociology.

Professional Schools: Business, Education, Information Systems

 ADVISORS

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Paige Abe

Advisor

1007 Steele Building

pabe@email.unc.edu
919-843-8924

Biography

Paige Abe holds a Master of Arts in College Student Development (Appalachian State University) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Science (James Madison University). She joined the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division in January of 2016. Prior to her work as an academic advisor, Paige began her professional career at Carolina by serving as the Community Director of Kenan Community for three and a half years in the Department of Housing & Residential Education. In the past, Paige has fulfilled her love of teaching and mentoring students through co-instructing two sections of the EDUC 318 course and serving as a Cluster Facilitator for LeaderShape at Carolina. When off campus, she enjoys training for half/full marathons, walking her dogs, traveling, and reading.
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Lisa Beisser

Advisor

Academic Advising: 1015D Steele
Kenan-Flagler Business School: McColl Building

lisa_beisser@unc.edu
919-962-0883

Biography

Lisa Beisser is the Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Business Admissions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  In this role, Lisa leads the student recruitment and admissions efforts for the undergraduate business program.  She is primarily responsible for recruiting talented UNC undergraduates to enroll at the Business School for their Junior and Senior Years.  She is also responsible for attracting talented high-school students to UNC through the Assured Admissions Program which guarantees enrollment at the Business School.  The goal is to enroll the best students using broad criteria that include academic excellence, diversity, global mindset, leadership, innovation, community, teamwork and employability. Prior to this role, Lisa spent many years as an Associate Director with the full-time MBA admissions team at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Originally from the Boston area, Lisa earned an undergraduate degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School.  In addition to admissions, Lisa’s professional experience includes management consulting and working with early stage start-up businesses.  She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Steve (MBA class of 1996), and her two daughters.
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Elizabeth Cox

Senior Advisor

1017C Steele

escox@email.unc.edu
919-843-6640

Biography

I’m a senior academic advisor here in the Academic Advising Program, spending five years in the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics before switching to the Graduation Division in 2012. My job is wonderful because I get help students on a daily basis & I also learn so much when they share their experiences.  I’m a native of Florence, SC, & a graduate of Clemson University, where I earned a BA in Communication Studies & M.Ed. in Counselor Education & Student Affairs Administration. Advising has been a huge part of my life since I advised as a graduate assistant for undecided students at Clemson. I’m a 13th generation South Carolinian, a 3rd generation educator, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, & a former show choir member (well before Glee, although one of my students does call me Ms. Pillsbury!). I love to sing, cheer on the UNC Tar Heels & Clemson Tigers, meet advising colleagues through NACADA: the Global Community of Academic Advising, & travel on hurricane relief trips with the Clemson Wesley Foundation.

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Award for Advising Excellence (2009)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit (2010)

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Melissa Edwards

Senior Advisor

1017B Steele

melissa_edwards@unc.edu
919-843-6671

Biography

Melissa grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina in Candler. She attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies.  Having grown up a Duke fan, her Carolina pride is hard-earned, but she has officially converted and is a true Tar Heel now.  She began her work with Academic Advising as a Student Services Assistant, moving on to serve as the Assistant to the Associate Dean of Advising before settling into her current position as a full-time academic advisor in January 2010. Melissa began studying classical piano at the age of six and has played professionally throughout her life, although she mostly plays for enjoyment now.  She remains involved in the local and state Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Women Programs, and is a former local representative.  She also enjoys painting, being outdoors, and spending time at home in the mountains with her family. Having been through the Carolina undergraduate experience herself, Melissa is committed to her students and their success, and appreciates each student’s individual journey as they grow and develop academically and personally throughout their time at Carolina.

Other Advising Roles

Transfer Experience Committee

C-STEP Liaison

Student Veteran Resource Team

Johnston Scholar Advisor

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2011)
NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit (2013)

Cliff Jones

Advisor

1017D Steele Building

cjones11@email.unc.edu
(919) 843-8839

Biography

Cliff Jones is thrilled to be back at Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a Sports Administration concentration. After graduation, Cliff supported traditionally underserved students as they navigated college application and enrollment processes in his role as a Carolina College Advising Corps college advisor at Hillside and Southern High Schools in Durham, NC. While earning his Masters of Education degree in Higher Education Administration at NC State University, Cliff worked as a residence director and as a graduate intern with the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes. In Cliff’s most recent position, he served as an Exploratory Majors Advisor at UNCG, where he facilitated conversations and activities that allowed undecided students to connect their passions and strengths to academic disciplines and courses. In his free time, Cliff enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching youth basketball, reading, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and dominating Fantasy Football leagues.
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George Maitland

Senior Advisor

1003 Steele

gmaitlan@email.unc.edu
919-843-6658

Biography

Hi!  I’m Dr. George Maitland and I’ve been an advisor at Carolina for 11 years.  Prior to joining the Academic Advising Program, I held a variety of positions in and out of education.  My education career experiences range from teaching 5th grade, teaching special education and being a college professor at the University of Pittsburgh.  My outside of education experiences include owning and operating several small businesses including a counseling center for students with attention deficit disorder followed by owning several ice cream shops.  I really enjoy my current role as an academic advisor and I hope that shows in my interactions with Carolina students.  I especially enjoy helping advisees plan their academic pursuits and achieve their educational objectives.  While I hold advanced degrees from ACC rival Virginia, I consider Carolina to be my home.

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2007)

Class of 1996 Advising Excellence Award (2010)

National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Certificate of Merit (2011)

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2015)

Leslie Melton

Advisor

Academic Advising: 1015D Steele Building
Kenan-Flagler Business School: McColl Building

leslie_melton@unc.edu
919-962-0883

Sarah Rowe

Advisor

1006 Steele Building

sarahrowe@unc.edu

Biography

Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and her Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology from Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD).  Sarah joined the Academic Advising program in July of 2016. Prior to joining the Academic Advising Program, Sarah began her Carolina career, working in Carolina Housing serving as the Manning East Community Director (2011-2015) and the Odum Village Community Director (2015-2016). When not at work, Sarah enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, watching football and spending time outside.
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Dennis Soberl

Senior Advisor

1008 Steele

soberl@email.unc.edu
919-843-4948

Biography

My professional life began as a high school history teacher. I left the profession after a few years to pursue other interests and spent a number of years in the business world. Eventually, my passion for working with students returned, stronger than ever. At that point, I left the business arena and went into higher education, starting out in college admissions, where I eventually became a Director of Admissions. After nine years in Admissions, the opportunity came to move into Academic Advising. I spent ten years advising students at the University of Pittsburgh, College of Business Administration. After many years of long, cold, gray winters, my wife and I decided to move to a warmer climate. We moved here at the end of 2010 after I was hired by UNC. I have truly enjoyed working with the students here and look forward to meeting many more of you. I am also the co-chair of the Transfer Advising Committee. Helping transfer students is a strong interest of mine. Outside of work, I enjoy golfing, reading non fiction books, photography, and the beach. I remain an avid Steeler and Penguin fan! I also spent time as a Civil War re-enactor (for the North!)
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Lynn Tocci

Advisor

1008 Steele Building

lctocci@email.unc.edu
919-843-3342

Biography

Lynn earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She then attended Marist College where she earned a MA in Counseling and Community Psychology. She worked for a few years as a family counselor in a high school before moving to North Carolina where, after working for a few years, she earned her MSW from Carolina.  She’s worked with students and their families in a variety of settings. Over the last several years she’s been immersed in the world of College Admissions, first at the undergraduate level at Duke. During the last four years she’s worked concurrently in a variety of roles at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She was on the Admissions team for the online MBA program, reading applications and interviewing candidates.  She worked with the Leadership Initiative in the full-time MBA program role playing in Managerial Simulations and has worked in Admissions with the Undergraduate BSBA program. Now in Advising, she’s excited to help undergraduate students discover an educational path that is the right fit for them. When not at Carolina you can find her at home spending time with her husband and two fabulous kids.

Jean-Paul Viray

Advisor

Hardin Hub

jpviray@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-5116
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Linwood Webster

Advisor

1015D Steele

linwood.webster@unc.edu
919-843-3451

Biography

With over 17 years in higher education, I bring a wealth of experience & knowledge to Academic Advising.  Having worked at Duke University (Medical Center Library), Harvard University, and over 10 years here at UNC, I bring the perfect blend of administration and information technology (IT). Currently enrolled in the M. Ed. Counselor Education Program at N.C. State University, for Clinical Mental Health, my anticipated graduation date is May 2014.  Having a M.S. in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English – Media/Journalism from N.C. Central University, my professional passions include helping individuals be successful in all fields of human endeavors.

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2005)

Anna Zirkel

Advisor

1005 Steele Building

korin@email.unc.edu
919-843-8648

Biography

Anna grew up in Indianapolis, IN and earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University.   After her undergraduate degree she worked as a flight attendant to see the world outside of the Midwest.  Anna’s interest in global awareness, social impact, and higher education took her to New York City where she earned her M.Ed. in Counseling from Hunter College.  She worked at New York University as an academic advisor in Liberal Studies and Global Liberal Studies prior to her work here at UNC as an academic advisor in the Social and Behavior Science Division. As a loyal Hoosier, the Tarheels have found a way into her heart and she enjoys watching UNC basketball.  Anna also enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors with her wonderful family.   Stop by her office to say hello!

Other Advising Roles

First Year Student Committee

Orientation Committee

Faculty advisors

Matt Andrews

Matthew Andrews

Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: 1015D Steele
History: 515 Hamilton

andrewsm@email.unc.edu
919-962-0883

Biography

I am the Lecturer/Advisor for the UNC History Department.  I have an academic interest in the links between sports, politics, and social reform movements.  I teach courses in US History and American Sport History.
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Kara GrawOzburn

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 1017D Steele
School of Education:103 Peabody

kara@unc.edu
919-843-6245

Other Information

Class of 1996 Advising Excellence Award (2012)

Stephen Lich-Tyler

Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: 1017D Steele
Economics Department: 303 Gardner

swlt@email.unc.edu
919-843-8839

Biography

Stephen Lich-Tyler is a lecturer in the economics department. He regularly teaches statistics, econometrics, and labor economics. His research interests are household and family economics, intertemporal behavior, labor economics, and applied microeconometrics. Before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, Dr. Lich-Tyler held positions at the University of Michigan, Copenhagen University, and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Hollie Mann

Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: 2015A Steele
Political Science: 354 Hamilton Hall

hmann@email.unc.edu
919-962-3385
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Valérie Pruvost

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 1015D Steele
Romance Languages & Literatures: 222 Dey

pruvost@email.unc.edu
919-962-0883

Biography

I completed my PhD in Romance Languages-French at UNC in 2002. (I also hold an MA in French from Ohio U and an MA in English from Paris VII-France). I taught at Wake Forest for a year before returning to UNC, where I have remained, teaching undergraduate French courses, ever since! I have been a Faculty Academic Advisor since 2004 and enjoy talking with students who have different scopes of interest.  It allows me to meet a wide variety of students, better understand their lives outside of the classroom and encourage them in their studies or personal endeavors. I also serve on appeals for Honor court cases as well as other committees on campus. In my free time you can find me practicing yoga, walking my dogs or traveling to see my family in France.

Other Information

National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Faculty Advisor Certificate of Merit (2012)

Jonathan Weiler

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 1015D Steele
Global Studies: 2205 FedEx Global Education Center

jweiler@email.unc.edu

Biography

I am a University of Michigan Alum who did my PhD in political science here in Chapel Hill. I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Global Studies major at UNC. My interests include Russia, the Middle East and baseball.

Other Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies and
Senior Lecturer, Global Studies

Deans

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Andrea Caldwell

Senior Assistant Dean

1015C Steele

andreac@email.unc.edu
919-843-6052

Biography

Andrea earned her MS Ed in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University and a BS in Management Information Systems from Winston-Salem State University. Before coming to Carolina, she held student affairs positions at Duke University, The University of South Carolina and The University of Illinois. Andrea is an award-winning academic advisor who believes each student possesses a set of unique strengths, talents and abilities; each one needs to feel connected to the University, know how to find and use appropriate resources, and have the confidence to make their own life decisions. Her calling is to inspire Carolina students to explore beyond the familiar, to engage fully in their curricular and co-curricular pursuits, and to empower them to envision greater possibilities.  Andrea lives in Durham and has a large and rambunctious extended family in Statesville, NC who she considers to be some of her greatest life teachers and beloved friends. During quiet times, you may find her  reading a good book, listening to jazz music or watching well-written television shows.

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2008)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award (2009)

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Ken Shugart

Assistant Dean

1002 Steele

kshugart@email.unc.edu
919-843-4361

Biography

After attending the U.S. Naval Academy for two years I transferred to the University of Virginia where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.  After working in restaurant management for several years I returned to school, earning a Master of Art in Psychology, which paved the way (eventually) to the position I hold now, Senior Academic Advisor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  And I’m glad to be here!  This is a great job and a great place to do it.  I look forward to coming to work every day.  Working with our students is immensely rewarding and I love solving problems, which I get to do every day.

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2011)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Certificate of Merit (2012)

Staff

Courtney Farr

Student Services Assistant

1017A Steele Building

ccfarr@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-0088
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DJ Lester

Student Services Assistant

1015A Steele Building

dlester@email.unc.edu
919-962-3084

Biography

DJ is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill from Roxboro, NC. As a student, he worked in the Office of the Dean of Students at UNC. He was a member of the Marching Tar Heels all 4 years as well as one of the Drum Majors his senior year. He loves supporting the arts just as much as he enjoys watching live sporting events. Don’t be surprised if you catch him at any UNC sporting event cheering on the Tar Heels!