CASA Advisors

Nancy Bucknall, Director

103D Foust Building

B.A. in English & Philosophy from the University of Central Arkansas. M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I’ve been teaching at UNCG for over 20 years, and have been Director of CASA for 16 of those years. The best part about working in CASA is getting to work with 1st year students who have such ambition, talent, and curiosity driving them to learn more about the world. My hobbies include reading (especially North Carolina writers), hiking (especially in the North Carolina mountains), martial arts, and spoiling my three cats.

Caitlin Saraphis, Associate Director

103K Foust Building

 BA in History and English, UNC-Greensboro 2007. MA in European History, UNC-Greensboro 2009. I have worked with CASA during SOAR since 2008, and now work full-time as an advisor. My faculty appointment is in the History department, where I teach pre-modern History courses such as Western Civ and Medieval Legacy. My interests include plagues, purgatory, and picking fights with the History Channel.

Eleanor Cowen, Assistant Director

103C Foust Building

B.A., University of Georgia, Master of Communication, Georgia State University. Media credits include working for National Geographic Television and Discovery Communications as an Assistant Editor/Sound Editor, and a variety of roles in narrative, commercial, and industrial productions. I worked as Post-Production Manager in the School of Filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts, and taught in the School of Communications at Elon University before coming to CASA. In addition to academic advising, I teach in the Media Studies department at UNCG.

D. Clinton Williams, Assistant Director

103G Foust Building

 BA Oberlin College (History and Religion); MTS Harvard Divinity School; MA (History) and PhD (ABD) Harvard University. I joined CASA in the Fall of 2016 as an Assistant Director. At UNCG, I am also a faculty affiliate in African American and African Diaspora Studies where I teach modern African American history. My academic scholarship explores the myriad ways religious communities fashioned ecumenical and interracial alliances to participate in post-WWII political dialogue in America. In addition to UNCG, I have either taught or held administrative roles at Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Paul Quinn College.
 Nicholson Sprinkle

Nicholson Sprinkle, Assistant Director

103L Foust Building

BA in Communication Studies and Anthropology, UNCG. MA in Communication Studies, UNCG. I’ve had the privilege of working at UNCG for four years now; one of those as a research assistant, and three of them as a teacher. It’s a privilege to now have this position in CASA and to work with so many talented students as they begin their academic careers. Outside of higher education, my hobbies include hanging out with my cats, mixed martial arts, emergency medicine, backpacking, and iron-distance triathlon.

Jeff Colbert, Advisor

414 Graham Building

I am a two-time alumnus of UNCG (BA in Political Science–December, 1984/Masters in Public Affairs–May, 1986) and I began teaching at UNCG in Spring, 1988. I principally teach PSC 100, 105, and 210, but I also regularly teach in the Warren Ashby Residential College and in the Freshman Seminar Program. I have served as an academic advisor at UNCG for more than 20 years. My daughter graduated from UNCG with an Elementary Education degree and her husband is a UNCG alumnus as well (Computer Science). I am an avid UNCG Spartan fan and can be frequently seen (and heard) at UNCG athletic events! My wife and I are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Jeremy Ingraham, Advisor

325 Sullivan Science Building

B.S. in Biology and M.A. in Exercise Science from Furman University, Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University. At UNCG, I am the instructor of Bio 271: Human Anatomy.

Robin Maxwell, Advisor

325 Sullivan Science Building

B.A. and M.A. in Biology at UNC Greensboro. I teach Microbiology, Invertebrate Zoology, and General Biology. I have taught and advised at UNCG for 32 years, in addition to moonlighting teaching in a Physician Assistant program, doing research in microbial contamination of a consumer product, and grading AP exams for College Board. I am currently the Chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and Director of the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, so I help students trying to get into medical, dental, veterinary, and other schools as they plan, prepare, and apply to the program of their choice.

Margaret Hood, Advisor

323 Sullivan Science Building

B.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University. M.S. in Biology from UNCG . I am the anatomy lab coordinator, and I teach introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors as well as physiology and anatomy labs. I have been an academic advisor for CASA since 2006.

Josh Kellogg, Advisor

403C/441 Sullivan Science Building

B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. M.S. in Medicinal Plant Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. in Medicinal Plant Chemistry from North Carolina State University. I’ve been teaching chemistry at the community college and university level for over 5 years now. I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, working on natural product isolation and development of new potential antibacterial compounds. I am excited to be working with 1st year students who have such opportunity and curiosity that drives them to investigate the world around them and find their true directions. When not in the lab or in the classroom, I am hiking/biking/kayaking the wilds of North Carolina, or exploring the Greensboro region with my wife and daughter.

Amy Ernstes, Advisor

417 Graham Building

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago. MA in Sociology from UNCG.

I have worked with CASA for several years, starting in 2008 as a graduate assistant and SOAR advisor, while earning my MA here at UNCG. I started teaching in the Sociology Department in 2013, and now also work with CASA as an academic advisor. I find Sociology fascinating (and important; one of my favorite topics is Intersectionality) and I love teaching and its opportunity for me to introduce students to what it means to think sociologically. Working with students is what makes my work personally meaningful, and I especially appreciate the enthusiasm and ambition of first year students!


Tracy Howell, Advisor

116 Petty Building

Tracey H. Howell is a mathematics educator in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNCG.  She has been a member of the department since 1998 and enjoys teaching introductory undergraduate mathematics classes as well as classes for pre-service teachers.  She advises first year mathematics majors and serves as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Her research focuses on instructional practices that support students’ mathematical argumentation, instruction in highly-impacted schools, and teacher learning of students’ mathematical thinking. She is also interested in undergraduate mathematics learning and technology in mathematics education.