Academic Advising for CPLS Students

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. Academic advisors help students clarify their values, interests and goals and provide accurate information about educational options, requirements, policies and procedures

Advising Appointment Preparation

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. Academic Advising is available in-person, by phone and web conference. Appointments can be set through the Navigate Student mobile app, online through Navigate, or call 901-678-2716.

Students can prepare for their advising session by reviewing their course plan or approved baccalaureate contract as well as check the course schedule for the upcoming semester. To ensure successful advising, students are encouraged to read and keep all forms, contracts and materials provided by their advisor, complete all required forms and contracts by the designated deadlines, and monitor  academic progress through various resources like UMdegree

Alternative Advising Options

  • Students interested in self-advising should carefully review all requirements to qualify before submitting a request.
  • Open advising sessions are available to students who currently have a declared major in College of Professional & Liberal Studies. Appointments are a maximum of 10 minutes and are conducted by phone or in-person at our office, Brister Hall, room 218. Students majoring in the College of Professional & Liberal Studies may call 901-678-2716 on open advising days for a phone session. Students requiring more time will need to set a full advising session with an appointment. 

Find your College of Professional & Liberal Studies Advisor 


Debbie Wyatt

Child Development & Family Studies
Child Life Specialist
Early Care and Learning
Early Intervention Specialist
Pre School & Childcare Administration
Non Profit Development & Administration  
Asian Studies & International Trade
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services       
  Judaic Studies
Disability Studies & Rehabilitation Services
Religious Studies
Urban Studies
Legal Studies
Emergency Management
Technology Management Services
Manufacturing Technology Management
Professional/Liberal Studies - Baccalaureate Contract Program (campus students A-G)


Dr. Danesha Winfrey

Health Services
Human Services 
Organizational Leadership (UofM Global online, campus students H-Z)
Organizational Leadership (Fed Ex LiFE)
Professional/Liberal Studies (Baccalaureate Contract Program, campus students H-Q)


Mary Ewart

Information Technology 
Organizational Leadership (TN eCampus online, campus students A-G)
Interdisciplinary Studies (Baccalaureate Contract Program, TN eCampus students online)
Professional/Liberal Studies (Baccalaureate Contract Program, campus students R-Z)


Captain Warren Travis

Commercial Aviation                



Dr. Dorothy Hale - Graduate Degrees

Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership
Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Leadership
Master of Professional Studies in Training and Development                           
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies 
Graduate Certificate in Aviation Human Factors
Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies
Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership


Dr. Colin Chapell - Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Liberal Studies