Academic Advising

Academic advising is a critical component of the undergraduate experience. It is the process of developing a meaningful educational plan that is compatible with the student's abilities, values, interests and career goals. In achieving an academic degree, both the student and the advisor must share in the responsibilities. It is University of Memphis policy that every student be advised before each registration period unless a student qualifies to be cleared for more than one semester by their advisor.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Help students clarify their values, interests and goals as related to their academic program
  • Provide accurate information about educational options, requirements, policies and procedures
  • Assist students with a course plan to satisfy university and college requirements for graduation
  • Refer students to other university resources, as needed

Student Responsibilities

  • Know the requirements of your chosen academic program, including all deadlines.
  • Monitor your academic progress by keeping a record of courses that you complete.
  • Read and keep all materials provided by your advisor.
  • Complete all required forms and contracts by the designated deadlines.
  • Retain a copy of all forms and contracts before submitting them to the college.
  • Be aware of deadlines for registration, fee payments, and other important tasks.
  • Activate your University of Memphis email address. This is the official means to communicate with your advisor. For assistance, contact 901.678.8888 or visit

Advising Appointment Preparation

  • Review the course plan provided by your advisor or your approved baccalaureate contract and note which courses you have completed.
  • Review the schedule of courses in your myMemphis portal and make a list of courses you plan to take for the upcoming semester.
  • Schedule your advising appointment.
  • Be prepared to review UMdegree during each advising appointment and include a list of any questions or concerns.


Student should carefully review all requirements to qualify for self-advising before submitting a request.

Walk-in Advising

Walk-in advising sessions are available to students who currently have a declared major in University College and have met with a University College advisor in a previous semester. Walk-in appointments are a maximum of 10 minutes and are conducted in room 218 of Brister Hall. Students requiring more time, should schedule an appointment. (*Online students may call the main desk at 901-678-2716 on walk-in days to have their name placed on the walk-in phone list and an advisor will call them back the same day.

University College Advisors

Dot Hale concentrations:

Legal Studies/Paralegal Services

Debbie Wyatt concentrations:

Child Development & Family Studies
Early Care and Learning
Early Intervention Specialist
Pre School & Childcare Administration
Non Profit Development & Administration
Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising
Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design

Malinda McDaniel concentrations:

Asian Studies & International Trade
Religious Studies
Judaic Studies
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
Disability Studies & Rehabilitation Services
Emergency Management
Technology Management Services
Organizational Leadership (Campus students H-M)

Danesha Winfrey concentrations:

Health Services
Human Services
Organizational Leadership (Campus students N-S)

Mary Crites Online Degree concentrations:

International Organizational Leadership
Information Technology
Interdisciplinary Studies
Organizational Leadership (and campus students A-G)

Ernest Hendley - Baccalaureate Contract Program majors:

Professional Studies
Liberal Studies

Cyndi Hill - Lambuth and Memphis Campus:

Lambuth Campus Undergraduate Degrees
Main Campus Organizational Leadership (Campus students T-Z)

Colin Chapell - Graduate Degrees:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Master of Professional Studies