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 500 Internal Server Error

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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 requiring more time will need to schedule an appointment. (Students majoring in the College of Professional & Liberal Studies may call 901-678-2716 on open advising days for a phone session.) 

College of Professional & Liberal Studies Advisors and Concentrations


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                      
Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising
Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Design
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
Disability Studies & Rehabilitation Services
Religious Studies
Judaic Studies
Professional/Liberal Studies (Baccalaureate Contract Program)   

Danesha Winfrey

Health Services
Human Services                                                       
Organizational Leadership (Campus students H-Z)
Organizational Leadership (Fed Ex LiFE)
Professional/Liberal Studies (Baccalaureate Contract Program)

Mary Ewart

Emergency Management
Technology Management Services
Manufacturing Technology Management             
Information Technology               
Legal Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies (Baccalaureate Contract Program)
Organizational Leadership online and (Campus students A-G)

Dot Hale - Graduate Degrees:

Master of Professional Studies                               Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Colin Chapell - Graduate Degrees:

Doctor of Liberal Studies