Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies Announcements

Starfish Student Success Manager

Congratulations Melissa Friddle, new Starfish Student Success Manager

Melissa FriddleUNCW and Undergraduate Studies is happy to announce the appointment of Melissa Friddle to the position of Starfish system manager.  Melissa comes to her new role after joining UNCW in 2012, initially serving in the Office of the Registrar.  She helped develop processes for the OAP (Online Accelerated Programs) for two years prior to transitioning to University College in 2016.  She has been an Academic Advisor for the last three years and managed the advising and registration portion of Freshman Orientation.  She earned an undergraduate degree in Music from Winthrop University and a Masters of Business Administration from Appalachian State University.  Her diverse experiences positions her well to support students, faculty and staff in this newly-created role. 

As Starfish manager, Melissa will work closely with UNCW advisors, staff, and faculty across campus to encourage adoption and thoughtful use of the system, which promises to make it much easier for students and those who work directly with them to share information, connect to crucial campus resources, and communicate around courses, advising, tutoring, housing, financial aid, the library, and other vital student services.  Melissa will also collaborate with academic and student affairs leadership in developing strategies for student success that take advantage of Starfish’s capacity to improve outreach and communication across campus. 

Please join us in congratulating her on her new position, which begins August 20.

New Director of University Studies

Congratulations Dr. Donald Bushman, new Director of University Studies; many thanks to Dr. Beverley McGuire.

Dr. Donald BushmanThe Dean of Undergraduate Studies and University Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Donald Bushman, associate professor in the Department of English, has been appointed director of University Studies, effective at the start of the Fall 2019 semester.  Dr. Beverley McGuire will remain in this role through the summer and will support Dr Bushman’s transition.  We hope you all will join us in thanking her for her three years of service as she transitions back to full time faculty status. 

As director of University Studies, Dr. Bushman will work with the Faculty Senate and the University Studies Advisory Committee, UNCW’s colleges and schools, University College, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and other campus constituents to help administer the University Studies program and strengthen that curriculum.  He will also serve as an advocate and source of information for University Studies, represent University Studies in appropriate venues, and facilitate coordination among the University Studies' Explorations Beyond the Classroom component and the work of the Office of Applied Learning.  In addition, he will work with the General Education Assessment Coordinator and others in the assessment and strategic improvement of University Studies.  The director is also responsible for the review of relevant student petitions and requests for waivers.  He will also collaborate with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies on efforts to enhance and promote undergraduate education at UNCW.

Dr. Bushman earned a Ph.D. in English, with a specialization in rhetoric and composition, from the University of Tennessee.  Prior to his appointment at UNCW, he was a member of the University of Arizona’s University Composition Board, the unit of the English Department that oversees their writing-across-the-curriculum program.  At UNCW he has served as both composition coordinator and Chair in the English Department.  He regularly teaches first-year composition classes, as well as upper-level classes on such topics as argument, style analysis, and the history of rhetoric.  He is excited to assume his responsibilities and contribute to the strengthening of UNCW’s undergraduate liberal arts experience.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bushman on his new role. 

Campus Open Forums for Director of University Studies

Undergraduate Studies welcomes three candidates for the Director of University Studies position for campus interviews beginning April 29, including an open forum presentation to which all faculty and staff are invited to attend. The open forum dates are listed below and candidates’ credentials can be accessed by selecting their names.

Open Forum Topic:  The current state of the University Studies curriculum and their vision for next steps.

DUS Candidate Interviews


Select candidate's name to access their CV

Open Forum

Date, Time & Location


Dr. Anthony Travis Atkins

Associate Professor of English

Monday, April 29, 9:30-10:45 am

Randall Library, 2005


Dr. Donald E. Bushman

Associate Professor of English

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30-10:45 am

Teaching Lab, 1053


Dr. Linwood J. Randolph Jr.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Tuesday,  May 7, 9:30-10:45 am

Watson Education Building, 266











All open forums will be recorded and made available by May 8th.  Surveys are available to collect your feedback regarding the candidates and their open forum presentation.  Further information and the job posting can be found here

New Honors College Associate Director

Congratulations Dr. Eva Mehl, new Associate Director of Honors.

TheDr. Eva Mehl Dean of Undergraduate Studies and The Honors College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eva Mehl as the new Associate Director of Honors. Dr. Mehl is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History and has been at UNCW since 2011. She holds two PhDs, one in Latin American history from University of California Davis, and another in European History from the University of Alicante (Spain). She received her M.A. in History from Universidad International de Andalucia. ... more 


New Honors College Director

Shawn Bingham

Shawn Bingham was named Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Honors College in an announcement on May 30th. With over 15 years of experience in higher education, Bingham will bring a great deal of expertise to his role at UNCW. Currently Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs of the Honors College at the University of South Florida, Bingham previously served at ... more


New General Education Assessment Coordinator

Lea BullardCongratulations to Lea Bullard, new Coordinator of General Education Assessment.  Undergraduate Studies is happy to announce that Lea has accepted a new position collaborating with the University Studies Director and the University Studies Advisory Committee in keeping UNCW’s assessment of University Studies robust and effective.

Lea is a homegrown Seahawk, born in Wilmington and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree from UNCW. Lea returned to UNCW in September 2010 as a research assistant for General Education Assessment. Prior to that, she was a research assistant at the University of Michigan where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Measurement. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education as both an educator and researcher.

"I’m passionate about student learning and I look forward to supporting UNCW’s commitment to the journey of learning, inquiry, and discovery for our students. As a critical piece to supporting the learning experience, assessment of our general education program helps guide curriculum and ensures that our learning outcomes remain focused on the needs of our students and society. I am excited to continue that work and to continue to grow with UNCW.”