STEPP Program Staff



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
Open House

The STEPP Program welcomed 14 families to our information session during ECU's Fall Open House. The next ECU Open House will be held in Fall 2016.

Meanwhile, STEPP is looking forward to hosting several information sessions for prospective students and families during the Spring 2016 semester. Check our News & Events page for updates on the dates of these sessions and how to register!

Admission Decisions for 2016 Cohort

Admission decisions for the 2016 cohort of the STEPP Program have been made, and decision letters were mailed out to all interviewees during the week of Sept. 22nd.

Applications for 2017 Cohort

Applications for the 2017 cohort will be posted on our website in early 2016. The application deadline will be May 15, 2016. Interested students are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming STEPP information sessions, which will be held Oct. 24, 2015 and in March or April of 2016.

STEPP Program represented at the 2014 Learner Profile

STEPP Program participants, Marell Cook (2011 Cohort) and Justin Decker (2013 Cohort) participated in the 2014 Learner Profile Convening on August 15 in Chapel Hill sponsored by the Oak Foundation Learning Differences Programme and their partner organization Public Impact. more...

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