Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Drop-Ins:  Monday – Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm; Friday 10:00am – Noon

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

Advisors at the Steele Building serve all undergraduate students in all majors.

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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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.
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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.
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Elizabeth Cox Langefeld

Senior Advisor

1017C Steele

elizabethlangefeld@unc.edu
919-843-6640

Biography

I’m a senior academic advisor here in the Academic Advising Program, spending five years in the Natural Sciences & Mathematics Division, four years in the Graduation Division, and now I’m enjoying being part of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. 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)

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Nikki Glenos

Senior Advisor

G005 Steele Building

nglenos@email.unc.edu
919-962-6250

Biography

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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)

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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.

Leslie Melton

Advisor

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

leslie_melton@unc.edu
919-962-0883
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Kimberlee Nelson

Senior Advisor

G007 Steele

Kim.Nelson@unc.edu
919-843-9029

Biography

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).
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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.
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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.

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.
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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)

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Lara Wind

Graduation Coordinator

G017B Steele

larawind@email.unc.edu
919-962-6043

Biography

Lara Wind advises undergraduates on all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with regard to graduation requirements and degree completion. Lara has previous work experience in the Office of the University Registrar at UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Wilmington and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at UNC-Wilmington. Lara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from UNC-Wilmington. In her free time, Lara enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Hristiyana Zhelezova

Advisor

G008 Steele Building

hristiy@unc.edu
919-843-9026

Biography

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.

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

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David Adamson

Faculty Advisor

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

adamsond@email.unc.edu
919-962-4744

Biography

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.

Education

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)

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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.

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)

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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)
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Desiree Griffin

Lecturer/Advisor

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

dgriffin@unc.edu
919-445-0140
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Kristin Hondros

Lecturer/Advisor

Academic Advising: G010 Steele
Communications: 207 Swain

hondros@email.unc.edu
919-962-4744

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.
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Hilary Lithgow

Faculty Advisor

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

lithgow@email.unc.edu
919-962-6042

Biography

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).
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Robert Malekoff

Lecturer/Advisor

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

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

Hollie Mann

Lecturer/Advisor

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

hmann@email.unc.edu
919-962-3385
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Merida Negrete

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: G010 Steele
Music: 106 Hill Hall

mnegrete@email.unc.edu
919-962-4744
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Julie Page

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 2015A Steele
School of Nursing: 514 Carrington

pagej@email.unc.edu
919-962-3385

Biography

I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years, with a specialty in older adults.  I’ve worked in a variety of settings and enjoyed them all.  For the past 13 years, I’ve been teaching beginning nursing students at UNC School of Nursing.  I really enjoy watching them grow as they learn about nursing.  I also enjoy advising students who are thinking about nursing as a career, and those who are applying to our school of nursing.  On a personal note, I’ve been married for 32 years and we have two sons.  Our oldest is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at University of Hawaii (fun place to visit!) and our youngest is a UNC-CH graduate (Go Heels!) who works as an analyst for Carmax in Richmond, Virginia.

Other Information

Class of 1996 Advising Excellence Award (2007)

Adam Persky

Faculty Advisor

Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Pharmacy: 2312 Kerr Hall

apersky@unc.edu
919-962-3407
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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)

Joy Renner

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)
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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)

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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Roger Kaplan

Assistant Dean

G011 Steele Building

kaplan@unc.edu
919-962-3404

Biography

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.

Education

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

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Lee May

Associate Dean & Director

1011 Steele

lee_may@unc.edu
919-843-9030

Biography

Dr. May has worked at UNC Chapel Hill since 2002, first at Kenan-Flagler Business School, before taking on the leadership of the Academic Advising Program in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2010.  Her academic degrees are from Allegheny College (BA, Psychology), Asbury Theological Seminary (MA, Christian Education), and UNC (PhD, Adult and Higher Education).  She cheers for the Tar Heels and also travels to watch two of her daughters swim for a SAA Division III School. Dr. May loves to call Chapel Hill home but has also lived in Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Texas.  She has an open door policy in the Steele Building and enjoys providing chocolate to students and her colleagues.
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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)

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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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Lora Wical

Deputy Director & Senior Assistant Dean

2014 Steele Building

wical@email.unc.edu
919-843-8919

Biography

I have worked in academic and student services since 1996.  I have spent most of my career in higher education at Carolina.  I served first as an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Program in the College of Arts & Sciences and the General College and most recently I directed academic and student services on the undergraduate level at Kenan-Flagler Business School. What I enjoy most about working with students is watching the transformation that takes place as a student progresses through their undergraduate career and having the opportunity to contribute to their development. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Elmira College in Elmira, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.  Following a year in Shizuoka, Japan as an assistant English teacher, I obtained a Master of Education degree from Ohio University.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, genealogy, and spending time with my family.
Marilyn Wyrick

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)

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Staff

Courtney Briscoe

Student Services Assistant

G017A Steele Building

cbriscoe@email.unc.edu
919-843-8905
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Steve Dobbins

Eligibility Specialist

G015C Steele

sdobbins@unc.edu
919-843-8650

Biography

Steve Dobbins is a third-generation Tar Heel, with a family history in the University covering more than a century.  Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill with majors in International Studies and Radio/TV/Motion Pictures.  He has been a staff member in Academic Advising since 1991.  He assists the deans and advisors of all four divisions of the office with reports and mass communications to students.  He monitors students’ academic eligibility status as posted by the University Registrar and works with that office to make any necessary adjustments when academic appeals are granted or when temporary grades are converted to permanent grades.  Thanks to the generous efforts of his coworkers, Steve was selected by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment to receive the campus-wide 2009 Robert R. Cornwell Unsung Hero Award.  For fun, Steve enjoys acting and singing in theater productions around the Triangle.

Courtney Farr

Student Services Assistant

1017A Steele Building

ccfarr@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-0088
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Judy Gale

Student Services Assistant

1017A Steele

jgale@email.unc.edu
919-843-8907

Biography

Judy has been with the University since 1991, and is a UNC soccer alum. She has lived abroad in China and speaks Mandarin chinese. An avid hiker, Judy also enjoys reading, listening to music and podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Houghton College, Houghton, NY
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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!
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Lisa Nagelvoort

Administrative Manager

Steele Building 1018

lnage@email.unc.edu
919-843-8908
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Ann Oldham

Assistant to the Assoc Dean

1010 Steele

aoldham@email.unc.edu
919-843-8651

Biography

Ann is from Sanford and began her employment with UNC in 1985.  After being with the University for eight years, she decided take some time off to be at home with her children and work in the Lee County school system.   Ann returned to UNC in 2010 and is so glad to be back!  She was originally with Academic Support Services which was housed in Steele Building with “General College” and “Arts and Sciences.”  Upon returning to UNC and continuing her career in Steele Building, it seemed like coming home. Ann has two children; one a graduate from UNC and the other a junior at East Carolina University.   One of the main aspects of Ann’s job that she particularly enjoys is helping students or guiding them to the appropriate person in order for them to be successful. Ann and her family love to travel and go to major league baseball games.
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Vanessa Stamper

Student Services Assistant

G015A Steele

vstamper@email.unc.edu
919-966-5116

Biography

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.