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

  • Wheeler Practices the Art of Redesign

    When you’re a contractor with more than 20 years’ experience, the concept of redesign is not a new one. But Bryan Wheeler chose to redesign his construction management course at ECU rather than a physical project. A charter graduate of ECU’s construction management program in 1984, Wheeler returned to the campus seven years ago as a teaching instructor. He chose to review and redesign his Construction Management 2400/01: Building Systems and Codes Course using principles of Universal Design for Learning that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

  • College STAR Campuses Successfully Co-Host First Cross Campus Faculty Development Webinar

    The campus faculty development directors at East Carolina University (ECU), Appalachian State University (ASU) and Fayetteville State University (FSU) co-hosted the first cross campus faculty development webinar entitled, “Flipping the Class to Support Student Engagement”. Eighty-seven of the 122 registered participants from universities and community colleges across the state of North Carolina participated in this event. Presenters shared the flipped classroom instructional methods they use that also align with the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Dr. Dorothy Muller, Director of ECU’s Office for Faculty Excellence commented, “Presenter, Dan Guberman used UDL language like ‘multiple means of representation’ in a way that sounded like it is now a part of his everyday language. Special thanks to our presenters for sharing their expertise in this unique forum. Presenters from ECU were Steve Sligar, Rosa Bell, Dan Guberman and Heidi Bonner. The presenter from ASU was Mark Venable, and the presenters from FSU were Bonnie Grohe and Shunta Hailey.

  • Workshop Served as Jump Start For Course Redesign CREW

    For Dr. Hamid Fonooni an interest in ergonomics meshed with the principles of Universal Design, and an interest in enhancing the student experience led to embracing the concept of Universal Design for Learning.

  • ECU Academic Advisors Share Early Alert Success Tips

    After years of experience with an academic early alert system at East Carolina University, academic advisors are sharing their success tips with others through an article in the December issue of “Academic Advising Today.”

  • STEPP Receives Grant from Kenan Charitable Trust

    The Walter and Marie Williams STEPP program (Supporting Transition and Education through Planning and Partnerships) at ECU will get an important boost from a two-year grant recently awarded by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.

  • Dr. Jennifer Valko on the Value of Feedback

    Recognizing how much her students’ backgrounds resemble her own profile is a motivating factor for Dr. Jennifer Valko, an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures who has been at ECU since 2004. As a non-native speaker of Spanish who took many of the same courses as her students during her undergraduate studies, Dr. Valko can relate to their experience. "Mastering a second language is challenging, yet quite achievable and essential in our increasingly globalized society," she said. Moreover, like many of her students, Dr. Valko was the first in her family to go to college, and she appreciates that some students may need a little more guidance and patience.

  • New Curriculum Revamps Biology Education

    When multiple initiatives support the same end goal, the result can be a win for faculty and students alike. Such is the case with the biology curriculum redesign project at Appalachian State University. A faculty team has been hard at work to restructure the four-year biology curriculum, starting with the introductory courses. Their efforts are part of the nationwide PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education) initiative to rethink the way biology is taught at the university level.

  • As-U-R Offers Tiered Services to Students

    The As-U-R program at Appalachian State offers support to students with executive function challenges (EFC) which are 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.

  • Starfish CREW’s Publication featured on StarfishSolutions.com

    he East Carolina University Starfish CREW recently published their article, “Maximizing the Use of an Early Alert System through Advisor Outreach” in the December, 2014 edition of Academic Advising Today. The folks at Starfish Retention Solutions are as excited as we are about the publication and have featured the paper on StarfishSolutions.com

  • Fayetteville State Receives Grant to Support Students with Learning Differences

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (February 12, 2015) – Students who learn differently will have access to an array of academic supports through a new program at Fayetteville State University (FSU) called Bronco STAR (Supporting Transition, Access and Retention). The program has been made possible through a three-year $1 million grant from the N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.