Although Dr. Dorothy Muller is retiring after 40 years, she talks about assisting students and faculty with the same level of enthusiasm you suspect she brought to her arrival on campus in 1977.

It was a younger, pregnant new Ph.D. who arrived in Greenville with her husband in 1976. She made ECU one of her first stops and began her career with the university as a part-time adjunct professor of reading. The following year, she was on the faculty full-time--sharing her expertise on reading in content areas, a specialty which she now acknowledges as a pre-cursor to the concepts of Universal Design for Learning which she would champion through College STAR.

Muller worked directly with students until 2006, ultimately becoming Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Studies whose mission was to support distinctive education and to provide academic support services to assist students in obtaining the best education ECU had to offer. read more

College STAR News

  • The new leaders of the College STAR Student Blog featured at ecu.edu

    East Carolina University's Walter & Marie Williams STEPP Program's Patrick Young and Logan Darr have been featured in an article at ecu.edu. The article describes what the new leaders of the student blog have in store.

  • Dr. Jason Gee on Getting Students to Remember Material

    Getting students to relate to him so they will remember the material is a strategy employed by Dr. Jason Gee, a teaching assistant professor in biology who has been at ECU since 2008. It’s a practice that his students appreciated and mentioned when they were surveyed by the College STAR program last year. “I loved how he applied the information that we learned; it allowed me to grasp the new information and remember it. Many professors teach the information and that’s it. Dr. Gee went into the information deeper and made sure we understood it,” said one student.

  • Faculty Focus Successful On All 3 Campuses

    Long-time successful faculty development programs at three universities are quick to give College STAR credit for giving their efforts a boost and providing a unifying framework around Universal Design for Learning (UDL). From its inception, College STAR has been a two-track program with Component A focusing on student-support programs and Component B supporting each university in designing an instructional support model for faculty members. Much of this support has focused on assisting faculty members who want to infuse UDL principles into their classroom instruction. Use of these principles has the potential to enable them to better serve the wide range of learners in college classrooms today, including, but not limited to, some of the students in Component A.

  • ASU Faculty Use Summer as Time for ReDesign

    Some 26 faculty members at Appalachian State wouldn’t have any trouble writing an essay on how they spent their summer. They were busy infusing new energy into a course they had identified earlier in the year as a target for redesign. Their efforts weren’t undertaken in a vacuum, however, because they were all participants in Appalachian’s Course (Re)Design Institute sponsored by the Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence as part of the College Star component B program supporting faculty. The journey began in April as part of a hybrid face-to-face and in-person institute. After 15 hours of individual preparation, participants met as a group for a week in May and then continued their course revision work throughout the summer.

  • Tegrity CREW Finds Recipe for Success

    When everyone on the team is dedicated to helping students succeed, a Faculty Learning Community can make real progress and deliver tangible results for students and instructors. That’s been the experience of the Tegrity CREW at East Carolina University formed 3 years ago under the auspices of the College STAR program and the Office for Faculty Excellence. The team, which includes faculty, technical experts, members of the OFE staff and the Pirate Tutoring Center, has focused on Tegrity lecture capture technology that enables faculty and tutors to record their audio, web-cam video and computer screen activity, right from their desktop.

  • Bronco STAR Helps Challenged Students Succeed

    All college students struggle with adjusting to a new learning environment. Students with extra challenges at Fayetteville State University can now get assistance through a new program called Bronco STAR. Bronco STAR is a support program for students with executive function challenges (EFC) and ADD/ADHD which can show up as chronic difficulties in starting projects, planning, organization and decision-making. These types of learning challenges can have long-term implications for academic and personal success. They may or may not have been identified earlier in a student’s academic career.

  • Dr. Dan Guberman Presents at the Lilly International Conference

    Congratulations to teaching assistant professor of Music at ECU, Dan Guberman! Dr. Guberman presented his teaching and learning innovations at the Lilly International Conference in Bethesda, Maryland on May 28. His evidence based teaching and learning research project focused on the ways faculty use technology, like lecture capture software, in the classroom to create original instructional practices. According to Dr. Guberman, “In this presentation, I share how I use these technologies outside of the classroom to fulfill a variety of needs, from introducing or reviewing important topics, to giving feedback on large assignments. Ultimately, use of these technologies elsewhere makes classroom time more efficient and effective. In addition, I share other implementations of these technologies and best practice strategies based on an in-progress study by a faculty research group.”

  • Dr. Carol Goodwillie on Helping Her Students Succeed

    Creating an atmosphere where students can determine themselves when they are struggling with a key concept has been a successful strategy for Dr. Carol Goodwillie, an associate professor of biology who has been at ECU since 2001. Her students have responded positively and cited her encouraging attitude when College STAR surveyed students last year. “As a student with learning disabilities, the motivation and true compassion towards my learning the material was essential in my succeeding at East Carolina University,” one student wrote. “She helped me learn not only the material in the class but, more importantly, how to learn in general.”

  • Appalachian State Art Show Celebrates Different Styles of Learning

    The smiles were big as a small group of students from Hardin Park Elementary School showed off the artwork they had created with their mentors from Appalachian State University. The show was the culmination of weeks of work as part of Appalachian State’s Eye-to-Eye chapter. Eye-to-Eye is a national mentoring organization that utilizes an arts-based curriculum to pair students with a learning disability or attention deficient hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) with college students with similar diagnoses as a means of academic and personal empowerment.

  • Graduate Marell Cook Shares her Experience so Others Can benefit

    Recent STEPP and ECU graduate Marell Cook has some advice for those who would like to have as positive a college experience as she has enjoyed—Stay focused and treat school as a full-time job. Then enjoy college life in the evenings and on weekends. It’s an approach that worked well for her based on an impressive list of accomplishments including the Eastern Carolina Association of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Award and the undergraduate Outstanding Senior Award for the English department. Even if you don’t know Marell, you might recognize her name from the permanent mark she has left on ECU. Early on in her time as a Pirate, she wrote the poem “Where Pirates Plunder” which graces the entry to the Boneyard, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's raucous end zone section.