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. For assistance, contact 901.678.8888. 

Advising Appointment Preparation

  • Review the course plan or approved baccalaureate contract and note completed and remaining courses
  • Review the schedule of courses in your myMemphis portal and note the courses you intend 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

Setting an Advising Appointment

Academic Advising is available in-person, by phone and web conference. Schedule your advising appointment through the Navigate Student mobile app or set appointments online through Navigate.

Need assistance setting an appointment? Call our front desk at 901-678-2716.


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 College of Professional & Liberal Studies. Walk-in appointments are a maximum of 10 minutes and are conducted by phone or in-person at our office, Brister Hall, room 218. Students requiring more time, should schedule an appointment. (Students may call the main desk at 901-678-2716 on walk-in days to have their name placed on the phone list and an advisor will call them back the same day.)

College of Professional & Liberal Studies Advisors

Debbie Wyatt concentrations:

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

Dot Hale concentrations:

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

Danesha Winfrey concentrations:

Health Services
Human Services
Organizational Leadership (Campus students N-Z)
Organizational Leadership (Fed Ex LiFE)

Mary Ewart concentrations:

Legal Studies
Manufacturing Technology Management
Information Technology
Interdisciplinary Studies
Organizational Leadership online and (Campus students A-G)

Ernest Hendley - Baccalaureate Contract Program majors:

Professional Studies
Liberal Studies

Ernest Hendley concentrations:

Commercial Aviation
Urban Studies

Dot Hale - Graduate Degrees:

Master of Professional Studies
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Colin Chapell - Graduate Degrees:

Doctor of Liberal Studies