East Carolina University’s Dr. Amy Shannon is the new director of the University Studies Program, which joined the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences earlier in 2017.
“I am honored and excited to be the new director of the University Studies Program,” said Shannon. “As an undergraduate student, I followed a non-traditional approach to my studies by designing my own degree plan. This personal experience, along with my professional background within higher education, will serve me well in advocating and supporting the University Studies Program and students.”
Shannon brings more than 15 years of experience in academic advising, university leadership and teaching to the position. Since 2014, she has been lead coordinator for undergraduate advising in the ECU College of Education. Shannon earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from ECU in 2013. She received her master's degree in counselor education from Emporia State University in 2000 and a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Central Missouri State University in 1998.
One of Shannon’s goals for the program is to strengthen partnerships with the North Carolina Community College system.
“Transfer students with a large number of accumulated credit hours need to be aware that the University Studies degree is a viable option to completing their undergraduate degree because it can be tailored to meet their specific academic and career goals,” said Shannon.
She also described the benefits of a degree in University Studies.
“The University Studies Program is a wonderful option for students with a higher number of completed credit hours such as transfer students, part-way home students (i.e. adult learners who left ECU in good standing, but without a degree) and military-affiliated students who need a degree that can be tailored to their academic and career goals, but accepting of their accumulated credit hours,” said Shannon.
In future promotion of the program, Shannon wants to educate others about the specifics of the bachelor of science in university studies, research and internships completed by students pursuing the degree, and accomplishments of the program’s alumni.