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. Review our quick guide to set an appointment in Navigate

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

Open Advising Sessions

Due to high volume academic advising inquiries we will be hosting open advising dates to assist students with summer and fall 2024 registration. These sessions are limited to 10-15 minutes.      

Monday, March 25th – Thursday, March 28th

9:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Monday, April 1st – Thursday, April 4th

9:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Send an email to cpls@memphis.edu or call the main office at 901 678-2716 to be added to the open advising list. Please provide you U-number in your request. Please understand that open advising is available on a first come first serve basis. Once on the list, you will be contacted by the appropriate advisor.  

If you are changing your major (never been advised in our college) and/or have been readmitted, you will need to complete our Declaration of Major form so that you can be coded to the appropriate advisor in our college.


Find your College of Professional & Liberal Studies Advisor 


Debbie Wyatt

Child Development & Family Studies
Child Life Specialist
Early Care and Learning
Early Intervention Specialist
Early Care and Learning 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 students A-G)


Dr. Danesha Winfrey

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


Mary Ewart

Commercial Aviation
Information Technology 
Organizational Leadership (campus students A-G)

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