Honors Advising Resources
Calendar showing Honors advisor availability for Spring 2022. Mondays: Peer Advisor Hannah Horowitz, 2-3pm, Honors Lounge. Tuesdays: Peer Advisor Yanni Shaw, 9:30-10:30am, Lounge; Advisor Rebecca Stultz, 3-4pm, Cornerstone. Wednesdays: Peer Advisor Hannah Horowitz, 2-3 p.m., Lounge; Advisor Rebecca Stultz, 3-4 p.m., Cornerstone. Thursdays: Peer Advisor Yanni Shaw, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Lounge; Advisor Nikki Kroushl, 3-5 p.m., RL 2006A. Fridays: Advisor Nikki Kroushl, 1-3 p.m., RL 2006A. Note at bottom: *Rebecca Stultz not available for walk-ins from Feb. 5 - Mar. 13. Contact her directly for appointments.

Note: Schedule is an average week. Holidays/breaks may be exempt. As noted above, Rebecca Stultz will be advising remotely Feb. 5 - Mar. 13. Otherwise, advisors are available for walk-ins as shown above. (Lounge is the Honors Lounge in Randall Library rm 2006. Nikki's office is attached to the lounge, RL 2006A. Rebecca will hold hours in the Cornerstone common area or classrooms on the 1st floor.) All advisors and peer advisors are also available for appointments--please find their contact info below. 

The Honors College offers advising resources for Honors students, including the opportunity to talk to a Peer Advisor or UC Professional Advisor. 

  • How Advising Works in Honors

    Year 1 (First-Year Student):

    All students at UNCW, including students with transfer credit and early college credit, enter UNCW categorized as undeclared, first-year students. As an undeclared student (e.g., a student who cannot yet officially declare their major), you will be advised by a designated honors advisor who has a general knowledge of majors, minors, honors curriculum, and University Studies requirements. This advisor will help you explore potential majors and paths and select classes that enable your goals or expand your horizons. You will need to get a PIN from your designated advisor before you are able to register for classes each semester. 

    Once you complete 24 credits at UNCW (usually 2 semesters), you will be eligible to declare your major. You do not have to declare your major at this point and can wait until you're more certain. Until you declare a major, you will be advised by Honors College generalist advisors. 

    Year 2: 

    Most students declare a major at some point in their 2nd year of college. Declaring a major is not a binding decision, and you can still change it later. But, declaring a major will change your advisor. Rather than the general UNCW Honors advisor you have been working with previously, you will have an advisor in your major department. You will meet with that new person each semester to secure your PIN and register for classes. That means that if you declare a major in psychology, a psych professor may serve as your academic advisor; if you declare a major in business, one of the professional advisors in the Cameron School of Business will advise you; etc. 

    One important thing to know is that major advisors don't always have a perfect understanding of honors requirements. We encourage you to track your own honors progress using tools in the Honors Canvas course. However, you are always (regardless of grade level, major, time of year, etc.) welcome to make an appointment with Nikki Kroushl, the full-time academic advisor in Honors. Part of the Honors Academic Advisor's job is providing supplemental advising to upper-level students to ensure they stay on track for Honors. 

    Year 3:

    Continue to make progress in your major and finish up your University Studies and Honors requirements. The Honors advising team is still happy to provide advice and feedback on completing your honors requirements. This is when students need to begin to think about their potential honors thesis projects.

    Year 4: 

    Most students complete their honors thesis projects during this year. Honors staff are still happy to help you navigate honors requirements (including the honors thesis), but you will still primarily meet with your major advisor to select classes. 

  •  Your Assigned Advisor

    The individual who can speak with you in-depth about your schedule and give you your Registration PIN (AKA the code you must have to register for spring courses) is your academic advisor. Although peer advisors and Honors advisors can be extremely helpful with the details of honors requirements, your main academic advisor is the only one who has access to your PIN. (Click here to find out how to determine your advisor.)

    Until you declare a major (which will be after you complete 2 semesters at UNCW), you will be assigned an advisor from the Honors College advisors. After you declare your major, you will be reassigned to an advisor who specializes in your major, but you can always return to Honors on an as-needed basis for additional advising. 

    Below are the Honors College advisors as of Fall 2021.

    Dr. Shawn Bingham, Director of the UNCW Honors College

    Dr. Shawn Bingham, Director of Honors


    Dr. Eva Mehl, Assistant Director of the UNCW Honors College

    Dr. Eva Mehl, Associate Director of Honors


    A headshot of David Bollinger, an Honors academic advisor.

    Mr. David Bollinger, Communication Studies Faculty



    Profile photo of Maggie Bannon.

    Ms. Maggie Bannon, College of Arts and Sciences Staff


    A headshot of Dr. Arthur Frampton, an academic advisor for Honors students.

    Dr. Arthur Frampton, Biology & Marine Biology Faculty



    Nikki Kroushl, Academic Advisor & Honors Advisor Coordinator



    Dr. Nathan Ragain, Honors Visiting Lecturer & Bruce Scholar


    Dr. Nathaniel Grove, Director of CSURF

    Dr. Nathaniel Grove, Director of CSURF and Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty


    Rebecca Stultz headshot

    Ms. Rebecca Stultz, Part-Time Honors Advisor 




    Peer Advisors

    Peer advisors provide the perspective and experience of an older student in the College and help support students with common questions and challenges to completing requirements for graduation.

    Peer advisors can help if…

    • you have questions about the Honors curriculum requirements that neither the degree audit nor your primary advisor can answer
    • you would like some advice on the whole thesis process (searching for a topic, finding a mentor, paperwork…)
    • you want to know more about the resources that CSURF (the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships) has to offer
    • you would like to get further involved with Honors and/or campus activities, clubs and organizations

    You can contact your peer advisors via email to ask questions or set up an appointment. Advisors will be available via Zoom or they can make in-person appointments outside and in other places on campus where social distancing can be practiced. To make an appointment, contact a peer advisor by email:

    Yanni Shaw

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    Hi everyone! My name is Yanni Shaw and I am currently a junior. I'm majoring in Biology with a minor in neuroscience and chemistry. I currently work as a student office assistant for the school of Social Work here at UNCW. For fun, I enjoy going to the movies with my friends or relaxing and reading a book. Can't wait to meet you all this year! 

    Drop in Hours during Spring 2022: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Honors Lounge or available on Zoom (passcode 592612). Contact for other appointments. 

    Hannah Horowitz

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    Hello, my name is Hannah Valentina Horowitz and I am a junior from Raleigh, NC majoring in Public Health and minoring in Nonprofit Management. I currently serve as the Co-Director for the Seahawk Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) as well as Chief of Staff for Student Government Association. In my downtime, I enjoy being outdoors, running, and finding new recipes. Following graduation, I hope to attend graduate school to study Health Policy and Management.

    Drop in Hours during Spring 2022: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. in the Honors Lounge or available on Zoom (passcode Bu29jb). Contact for other appointments. 


  • Professional Advisor(s)

    If you're looking for advice on major exploration or University Studies classes, or have other questions better answered by a professional advisor, you can reach out to Nikki Kroushl or Ms. Rebecca Stultz.  

    Nikki Kroushl
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    Nikki Kroushl is an Honors College alumna who graduated from UNCW with majors in Communication Studies and Creative Writing in 2019. She joined Honors as a staff member a few months later. She served as the Student Services Specialist in Honors for two years before transitioning to the role of Academic Advisor in September 2021. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Instructional Technology. As an undergraduate, because of Honors and CSURF, she was able to travel to (and present research in) Seattle, Boston, and San Diego Comic-Con. She visited Iceland with the HON 121: Happiness Emphasis class in 2018. As a former UNCW tour guide, she is happy to be your go-to person for campus fun facts or recommendations for student organizations or Wilmington restaurants. (Or cat pictures.)

    Nikki has a caseload of first-year students as primary advisees and also advises upper-level Honors students who have declared their major and need additional advice on Honors requirements during their later years of college. 

    You can schedule an appointment with Nikki through Starfish, email kroushln@uncw.edu, or call 910-962-2929. Or stop by her office attached to the Honors Lounge in Randall Library 2007. 

    Rebecca Stultz
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    Rebecca Stultz (B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University and M.Ed. in Education Counseling from Boston University) comes to us with a vast experience as a professional advisor. Rebecca has been advising freshmen and sophomore students for 20 years, 14 of those at UNCW, where she has also been teaching UNI 101 since her arrival in 2006. She particularly enjoys helping students try to find their place and develop their identity as college students. If you are still undecided or you are considering a second major, you can benefit from talking with Rebecca about exploring combinations of majors with minors or double majors that fit your interests and goals. Rebecca can also answer questions about Degree Works and Honors requirements. She has also worked previously as an individual, marital, and family therapist, so if you just need to chat with someone, she will be happy to meet with you as well. 

    Rebecca will be having drop-in in-person hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 - 4 p.m. in Cornerstone during Spring 2022. Walk-ins will be available Jan. 7 - Feb. 4 and Mar. 14 - end of classes. From Feb. 5 - Mar. 13, please contact Rebecca directly for appointments.

    If you are unable to meet with her during one of these times, you can email her ( stultzr@uncw.edu ) and she’ll schedule an alternate time to meet.