Academic Advising


The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture Academic Advising Program is to create an information-sharing and decision-making framework that requires students to be active participants in their education, which in turn enables them to identify and accomplish their educational, personal, and career-related goals. Advising in the CoA+A is a collaborative process between students, advisors, and faculty that promotes academic success, encourages timely progression through degrees, and connects students with resources and opportunities within the CoA+A and UNC Charlotte.

The College of Arts + Architecture (CoA+A) has a wealth of resources available for students seeking academic and professional advice. These resources include professional Academic Advisors, Undergraduate Studies Coordinators, and faculty mentors. 

Fall 2020 CoA+A Academic Advising

CoA+A academic advisors (see contact information below) will continue to operate virtually by email, phone, and video conferencing during Fall 2020.  CoA+A advisors are here for you and look forward to working together! Please reach out with your questions and concerns, and watch your UNC Charlotte email for important messages from your academic advisor.

For change-of-major and/or admissions questions about the College of Arts + Architecture, please see below:

4. For Dance and Theatre, please email Hannah Harrell (

5. For Arts Education, please email Tesh Ramey ( )

Who to Contact:

  • Email the appropriate academic advisor with advising, registration, and/or other questions.
  • With questions related to coronavirus, check UNC Charlotte's COVID-19 and Niner Nation Cares websites. If you don't find an answer, submit your question via this form.
  • With questions about financial aid, tuition, student accounts, etc., see the Niner Central website or contact them at  
  • If you’re not sure whom to ask, email or call Elena Payne-Wiens, Assistant Dean for Advising & Assessment (, 704-687-0876)

CoA+A Advising Team

Elena Payne-Wiens
Assistant Dean of Advising & Assessment

Megan Garner
Academic Advisor, Department of Art & Art History

Hannah Harrell
Performing Arts Academic Advisor (Dance, Music, Theatre)

Meredith Klauss
Academic Advisor, School of Architecture

Emily Makas
Associate Director, School of Architecture

Tesh Ramey
Arts Education Specialist (Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)