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
“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,”
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,”
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.