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: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environment & Ecology, Exercise & Sport Science, Geological Sciences, Marine Sciences, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology & Neuroscience, Statistics & Analytics.

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

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad) and Indiana University Bloomington (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. in English Education and M.S. in Language Education
What I enjoy most about working with students: I enjoy hearing their plans for their futures and helping them map out how they may reach these goals
My hometown: Mebane, NC
First job out of college: Language Arts teacher at Quail Hollow junior high school in Charlotte, NC
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “D+” in a beginning Geology course during my first year of college
If I didn’t work for Advising I would:  Still continue working with young adults either in teaching or as a guidance counselor
Bucket list item: Traveling to many different countries

N. Nicole Cobb

Advisor
2006 Steele
nncobb@unc.edu
919-962-3411

Biography

Alma Mater: Messiah College (Undergrad) and Oklahoma City University (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language
What I enjoy most about working with students: I love the energy and excitement they bring to campus, but most of all I enjoy being a part of their development and learning
My hometown: Born in Qui Nhon, Vietnam and grew up in Hagerstown, MD
First job out of college: Human Resource Management for Rite Aid
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad:  “D” in Business Law
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Play tennis
Bucket list item: Attend all the tennis Grand Slams

Deb Graczyk

Senior Advisor
2015B Steele
dgraczyk@unc.edu
919-843-8584

Biography

Alma Mater: Oakland University (Undergrad) and Wayne State University (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Human Resource Development and M.A. in Counseling (School and Community)
What I enjoy most about working with students: Hearing their stories and being a small part of making their hopes and dreams a reality
My hometown: Detroit, MI
First job out of college: Officially out of college – Registrar.  First time around – Pre-school teacher
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: I’ve always wanted to have Barbara Walters job, but realistically, I would find another job somehow helping people expand their options through education
Bucket list item: Travel with family and friends and watching my grandson, Jacob, grow up

Tony Hanson

Advisor
2007 Steele
hansont@email.unc.edu
919-843-6659

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad) and Wake Forest University (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. in Management and Society with Coaching Education minor and M.A. in Liberal Studies
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
What I enjoy most about working with students: Listening to their goals and aiding them any way possible in achieving those goals
First job out of college: Video Coordinator for Wake Forest men’s basketball team
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “F” freshman year, however, it was my favorite course
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Coach basketball
Bucket list item: Visit as many different countries as I can

Mary-Charles Horn

Senior Advisor
2008 Steele
marycharles.horn@unc.edu
919-962-4094

Biography

Alma Mater: College of Charleston (Undergrad) and University of Colorado at Denver (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Sociology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education
What I enjoy most about working with students:  I enjoy helping students understand all of their options at UNC, and supporting them along their way
My hometown:  Durham, NC
First job out of college:  I made Chili Dogs at the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park, elevation 12,183 feet.  Wore a hairnet all summer and it was still the best job I’ve ever had
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Hopefully be retired and living by a beach
Bucket list item: Too many to list!

Michael Jahn

Advisor
2017C Steele
msjahn@email.unc.edu
919-843-4953

Biography

Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Undergrad and Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. in English and M.S. in Educational Administration
What I enjoy most about working with students: When I find out that the advice I have given a student has made a positive difference in helping them achieve their goals
My hometown: Madison, WI
First job out of college: Credit card processing call center representative
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “D” in Calculus I
If I didn’t work for Advising I would:  Be an academic advisor at another school
Bucket list item: Fly faster than the speed of sound

Kathleen McNeil

Advisor
2005 Steele
kamcneil@email.unc.edu
919-843-9028

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad) and Wake Forest University (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. and M.A.
What I enjoy most about working with students: Listening to the inspiring, brilliant, and sometimes hilarious stories that students share with me
My hometown: Wake County, NC
First job out of college: Consultant at IBM
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Do everything I could to carry on the work of Fred Rogers
Bucket List: To hug someone wonderful, learn something new, and share a good laugh every day that I am given

Kristin Richards

Advisor
2010 Steele
kerichar@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-4744

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad) and New York University (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. in History and Psychology, and M.A. in Higher Education Administration
What I enjoy most about working with students: Hearing their stories and helping them to achieve their goals
My hometown: Concord, NC
First job out of college: I worked part-time at UNC in the Vice Chancellor’s office and part-time with The Arc and The Autism Society with kids with special needs
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: ‘C’ in Oceanography (science is not my thing despite being on the STEM division)
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Be a travel planner
Bucket list item: See the northern lights

Dexter Robinson

Advisor
2015C Steele
dexrob@email.unc.edu
919-843-8583

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad) and Western Carolina University (Graduate – present)
Degrees: B.A in African American Studies with Coaching Education minor and M.E. in Entrepreneurship
What I enjoy most about working with students: Meeting them where they are at, and learning about their interests
My hometown: New Rochelle, NY and Greensboro, NC
First job out of college: Exceptional Children’s Assistant
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “F”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Be a Division II basketball coach
Bucket list item: Hang out in Dubai

Faculty Advisors

Todd Austell

Faculty Advisor
Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Chemistry: C143 Kenan Labs
tlaustell@unc.edu
919-962-9429

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad and Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Chemistry and Biology, and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry
What I enjoy most about working with students: Helping make the confusing and scary things for them while navigating the university seem less of either
My hometown: Shelby, NC
First job out of college: Assistant Scientist at GSK Pharmaceuticals, RTP, NC
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: I would still be advising and mentoring in my role as a professor because I love helping students in whatever way possible as it is my “calling”
Bucket list item: Done a lot of them, but possibly a rim-to-rim hike across the Grand Canyon or a trip to Patagonia is in the future

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)

Beverly Foster

Faculty Advisor
Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Nursing: 506 Carrington Hall
bev_foster@unc.edu
919-966-4995

Biography

Alma Mater: Syracuse University (Undergrad), UCLA (Graduate), University of Hawaii (Graduate), and UNC-Chapel Hill (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Nursing, MN, MPH in Community Development, Ph.D. in Administration for Higher Education
What I enjoy most about working with students: Their enthusiasm and interest in learning, growing and giving through service
My hometown: Syracuse, NY
First job out of college: A Registered Nurse at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Syracuse, NY
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “B”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: I work part-time, 4 hrs/week, with advising and the remainder of my time I am a Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing
Bucket list item: Time at Topsail Beach with family searching for sea glass, watching the sun rise, and eating shrimp burgers

Joy Renner

Faculty Advisor
Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Radiologic Science: Suite 3050 Bondurant
Joy_Renner@med.unc.edu
919-962-3407

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill (Undergrad and Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Radiologic Science and M.A. in Education – Curriculum and Instruction
What I enjoy most about working with students: Helping them discover academic and career paths suited to their talents and interests where they had not considered before
My hometown: Hendersonville, NC
First job out of college: Medical imaging specialist for surgical associates and clinical instructor for radiography program
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C+”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Start a patient advocacy organization
Bucket list item: Visiting all minor league baseball stadiums and as many food festivals as possible across the US

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

Alma Mater: Tel Aviv University, Israel (Undergrad) and The Technion, Israel (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A, M.S., and Ph.D. in Biology
What I enjoy most about working with students: Watching their academic and personal growth, and love to talk with them about life
My hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
First job out of college: Running a farm, growing turkeys (I am vegetarian now…)
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Teach in college (wait, I am already doing that)
Bucket list item: Free ticket ride around the world

Other Information

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

Aaron Todd

Faculty Advisor
Academic Advising: 2017D Steele
Pharmacy: Office of Student Affairs
aaron@unc.edu
919-843-9759

Biography

Alma Mater: Central Michigan University (Undergrad) and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Physical Education and M.S. in College Student Personnel
What I enjoy most about working with students: Students are the energy to my day and no two students are alike when helping them navigate the university, so it keeps my role with them fresh
My hometown: Otisville, MI
First job out of college: Academic advisor
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: (redacted) Being on academic probation is the best thing that ever happened to me and ultimately led me to a career in higher education
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Travel the world…assuming I won the lottery
Bucket list item: I once wrote about this topic on my blog, tOdd Occurrences https://aaronjtodd.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/bucket-listing/

Deans

Marilyn Wyrick

Senior Assistant Dean
2011 Steele
wyrick@email.unc.edu
919-843-8920

Biography

Alma Mater: East Carolina University (Undergrad and Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. and M.A. in Geography
What I enjoy most about working with students: Helping student solve both small and large problems and watching students grow
My hometown: Boissevain, VA
First job out of college: Billing and accounting in a hospital
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C” in Physics
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Work in a library
Bucket list item: Travel to Rome

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

Biography

Alma Mater: Elon University (Undergrad) and University of Miami, Florida (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. in Business Administration and M.S. in Education
What I enjoy most about working with students: The opportunity to learn from our remarkable students
My hometown: Durham, NC
First job out of college: Intern for the Miami Marlins
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C-“
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Be a professional baseball scout
Bucket list item: Too many to name…but a six month cross country road trip exploring National Parks is near the top

Beth Shuster

Assistant Dean
2002 Steele
eshuster@email.unc.edu
919-843-8918

Biography

Alma Mater: Mount Holyoke College (Undergrad) and University of Washington, Seattle (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. in biochemistry and Ph.D. in Genetics
What I enjoy most about working with students: All UNC students are smart and capable of success. I enjoy working with them as they unlock their potential and explore their options at UNC and beyond as every story is different
My hometown: East Greenbush, NY (near Albany)
First job out of college: Post-doctoral fellowship at UC San Francisco
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C” in p’chem…
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Alternate between working in my garden and traveling
Bucket list item: Visit Antarctica

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)

Leah Frierson

Assistant Dean
2017B Steele
friersonl@unc.edu
919-843-8909

Biography

Alma Mater: Southwestern Illinois CC, Austin Peay State University (Undergrad) and UNC at Pembroke (Graduate)
Degrees: A.A., B.A. in Communication Arts: Broadcast Media, M.A. in Education: Curriculum/Instruction, and M.A in Physical Education: Sport Administration
What I enjoy most about working with students: I enjoy the exploratory process of working with students. I enjoy helping them figure out their likes, dislikes and plan for the future while connecting what they do in and out of class to those goals.  I also enjoy the many things they teach me while working with them that helps me serve them better
My hometown: Belleville, IL
First job out of college: I was a teacher’s assistant for a special education part-time class and worked full time at Western Union (Before I started coaching 😊)
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Work in human resources in training and development
Bucket list item: Visit anywhere in Asia or attend Super Bowl weekend

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