STEPP Program Staff

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From left: Emily Johnson, Barbara Tritt, Morgan James, Alicia Slentz, Sarah Williams


Dr. Sarah Williams

2701 Joyner Library

As the director of the STEPP Program, Dr. Williams is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the program. In addition to providing guidance and direction for the students and staff, she oversees the program's research overlay, collaborates with the university community, networks and establishes connections with external partners, and coordinates other processes essential to developing and sustaining the STEPP Program.


Ms. Emily Johnson

Associate Director/Transition Specialist
2702 Joyner Library

Ms. Johnson leads outreach and collaboration efforts both inside and outside the university and supervises much of the mentoring and ongoing work of the program. She facilitates the recruitment and application process and is thus the primary point of contact for prospective students and families. The aspect of her role that is focused on student transition includes guiding the adjustment to college for incoming students during the year prior to matriculation and assisting with college-to-career support for students preparing to graduate.


Ms. Morgan James

Instructional Specialist
2706 Joyner Library

Ms. James provides ongoing daily support to all currently enrolled students during the academic year. She develops and teaches the STEPP Program curriculum, which focuses on equipping participants with skills, strategies, and resources necessary to be successful in the university setting, such as time management, organization, study skills, learning strategies, and campus resources. She also monitors students' daily progress, supervises study hall, trains and supervises the program's tutors, and provides academic support as needed.


Ms. Barbara Tritt

2707 Joyner Library

Ms. Tritt coordinates a co-advising model for students in the STEPP Program by serving as advisor to all current students in partnership with advisors from their respective academic departments. She oversees the daily operations of the program in addition to coordinating program-related events, data collection routines, and resources. She is the primary point of contact for currently enrolled students and tracks their overall academic progress from enrollment through graduation.


Ms. Alicia slentz

Administrative Support Associate
2703 Joyner Library

Ms. Slentz is responsible for independent administrative work supporting the STEPP Program and College STAR initiatives. She manages overall grant budgets, as well as purchasing and supply inventory. She works closely with all College STAR campus-based managers, the UNC-GA and the Oak Foundation.


Email Address for General Inquiries:


Mailing address for all STEPP Program staff members:

STEPP Program
Attn: [Name]
East Carolina University
Joyner Library
1000 East Fifth Street
Mail Stop #516
Greenville NC 27858-4353

Note: If you are sending a package to the STEPP Program via UPS, please substitute the following address: STEPP Program, Attn: [Name], East Carolina University, 100 Joyner Library, Greenville NC 27858-4353. This second address is only for packages sent via UPS. All other mail and packages (sent via US Postal Service, FedEx, DHL, etc.) must use the regular mailing address listed above.

News and Events
Upcoming Open Houses

The STEPP Program hosts information sessions for prospective students and families throughout the year. Check our Open House page for the dates of these sessions and the link to register!

2018 Cohort Update

Admission decisions for the 2018 cohort of the STEPP Program were made in August 2017. All the students who were offered a seat in the program have accepted their offer and have been admitted to ECU. Welcome to the STEPP community, 2018 Cohort!

Applications for 2019 Cohort

Applications for the 2019 cohort are available here. The application deadline for this cohort is May 15, 2018. Stay tuned for updates on the application process!

Read our latest STEPP newsletter

The Winter 2018 STEPP newsletter is now available.

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