Academic Advising

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. 
On Friday, July 10, The College of Arts + Architecture held a virtual Town Hall for new incoming students who have already completed SOAR and their parents/families. Click here to see questions and answers from that event. 

CoA+A Advising Mission

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.

Elena Payne-Wiens
Assistant Dean of Advising & Assessment

Megan Garner
Academic Advisor, Department of Art & Art History

Hannah Harrell
Performing Arts Academic Advisor

Meredith Klauss
Academic Advisor, School of Architecture

Emily Makas
Interim Associate Director, School of Architecture

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


Special COVID-19 Message

Academic advising appointments with CoA+A academic advisors (see below) will continue while UNC Charlotte is monitoring the Coronavirus situation. Your advisor(s) will be working remotely; advising will be conducted by email, phone, and/or video chat, depending on instructions from your advisor. Please check your UNC Charlotte email frequently and follow instructions 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 ( )

Please go here for the most recent COVID-19 Niner Notices, including information on campus services, residence halls, FAQs, and an inquiry form. Campus remains open with reduced operations; most faculty and staff will be working remotely. Some services (such as the student health center,Career Center, etc.) are available to students, but schedules and delivery modes may vary.

Please take care of yourselves and each other, and stay in touch with your advisors and your faculty. Let us know how we can support you during this time!

Who to Contact:

  • Email your academic advisor with advising and/or registration questions.
  • Email your faculty with questions about your spring 2020 courses.
  • With questions related to Coronavirus, check the Niner Notice website and if you don't find an answer, submit your question via this form.
  • If you’re not sure who to ask, email or call Elena Payne-Wiens, Assistant Dean for Advising & Assessment (, 704-687-0876)