About Us


University College fosters the growth of interdisciplinary and cross-college academic programs, and its programs are designed to provide intellectual opportunities for students whose interests, aptitudes, and career goals range widely across college boundaries. It is the home of the University Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate major, and the Sustainability, Information and Cyber Analysis, and Leadership minors. The Exploratory Advising Center for incoming freshmen who are in the process of determining the academic major they wish to pursue is also part of University College.

University College Directors

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Dr. Constance Relihan

Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies & Director of University College

The Office of Undergraduate Studies strives to provide a wide range of programs and services to assist Auburn's undergraduates. Below is a listing of the Directors for the OUS units - feel free to contact anyone of them if you need assistance or want to learn more about their unit.

Bret Smith

Prof. Bret Smith

Associate Director of University College & Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies Undergraduate Degree Program allows students to create new interdisciplinary programs of study that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree. Students can draw from the many different areas of study available to create a degree not otherwise available.

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Dr. Nanette Chadwick

Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

Academic Sustainability Programs offers an interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability Studies, provides support to faculty to incorporate sustainability into courses across the curriculum and promotes collaborative research projects on all aspects of sustainability by students and faculty. In addition, we coordinate with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management to enhance the use of campus operations as examples and projects in courses and research, as well use research and teaching activities to inform and support the development of sustainable operations on campus.

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Dr. Ruthanna Spiers

Director of University Advising

Before becoming the Director of University Advising, Ruthie served as the academic counselor for the Academic Counseling and Advising Center and prior to that program coordinator for the Auburn University Learning Communities.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College, Master’s degree in Counseling from Auburn University, and PhD in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University.  She has three daughters and a wonderful husband, Jay.

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Dr. Charlotte Sutton

Dr. Sutton’s research has been published in numerous journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology and Harvard Business Review. Her work on such topics as women in management, stress and interpersonal communication has been cited in such places as ABC News, CNN News, Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Business Week. In 1991 she was named as one of five Irwin Fellows, an award given to top business professors in the U.S. In 2004 she received the Southwest Academy of Management’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. In recognition of her work with business, nonprofit and professional organizations, Dr. Sutton was awarded the College of Business’s 2000 Excellence in Outreach Award. Dr. Sutton regularly conducts seminars across the country for organizations as diverse as Sony, Center for Disease Control, and the State of Texas. She has served as president of the Southwest Academy of Management and of the Southwestern Federation of Administrative Disciplines and is vice president for the Southern Management Association.

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Dr. Donald R. Mulvaney

Advises approximately 35 students, advisor for Block and Bridle and Campus Young Farmers Group. Facilitator of development of the College of Agriculture PRAXIS – Leadership in Motion Program, and USDA-CSREES funded programs in leadership development. Coordinator of the College of Agriculture Leadership Studies minor (CALS) Faculty Fellow Associate Director, the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

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Dr. Greg S. Weaver

Greg S. Weaver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Auburn University. He earned his Ph.D. in 1997 (Sociology) from the University of Nebraska, M .A. in 1993 (Applied Sociology) from the University of Central Florida, and a B.S. in 1988 (Criminology) from Auburn University. He is a former probation officer with the Florida Department of Corrections. Major research and teaching interests include lethal violence, substance use, and homeland security/terrorism. Dr. Weaver is a member of the Homicide Research Working Group, the AU Homeland Security Education Initiative, Police Futurists International, and the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Last modified: March 12, 2018