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Faculty & Staff

Matthew Wood, N.C.C.
Academic Advisor
Kearns 213C

M.A., East Tennessee State
B.A., University of North Carolina
A.A., Forsyth Technical College


Matthew Wood is the full-time Academic Advisor for students in Interdisciplinary Studies. He assists students in changing their major, forming a concentration, registering for courses, and applying for graduation. Additionally, Matthew works with undeclared students and instructs both Experiential Internship (IDS 495) and theFirst-Year Experience (UNIV 110U). Matthew has worked in elementary school, middle school, and higher education settings. He is recognized as a National Certified Counselor. Matthew's strong work ethic and education background assist him in successfully advising each student according to their individual needs.


Dr. Michele C. Everett
Lecturer, University College
Kearns 114B

Ph.D., University of Tasmania
M.Ed., Queensland University of Technology
B.G.S., University of Idaho

Dr. Michele Everett is a Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies in University College. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tasmania, Australia. Dr. Everett’s research focuses on arts and higher education with particular interest in teaching and learning strategies for student engagement and well-being. Prior to this appointment, she was a Teaching Associate at CCU.


Dr. Brandi A. Neal
Lecturer, University College
Kearns 104B

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of South Carolina


Dr. Brandi Neal is a Lecturer in University College and began teaching at Coastal in fall 2013. Her research interests include the multivoice music of Renaissance-era composer Nicolas Gombert, the vocal works of J.S. Bach, music of the Civil Rights Era, and ideas of reference in hip-hop and rap.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Neal also has experience in advising undeclared and undecided students.  She will establish a transitional program for freshman students to start the summer of 2014.



Dr. Nelljean M. Rice
Dean, University College
Kearns 101

Ph.D., University of South Carolina
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
M.A., Eastern Washington State
B.A., Beloit College

Nelljean Rice

Dr. Nelljean Rice, the Dean of University College, has taught at Coastal since 1988. Her areas of specialty include Children's and Young Adult literature, British and American poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Asian Literature in Translation, and First Year Writing classes. Additionally, Dr. Rice helped establish the minor in Women's and Gender Studies, of which she was the program director until 2005. Dr. Rice's monograph, A New Matrix for Modernism: A Study of the Lives and Poetry of Charlotte Mew and Anna Wickham, was published by Routledge in 2003. Dr. Rice supervises the Interdisciplinary Studies program and instructs advanced level courses in the department.


Interdisciplinary Studies also employs the services of a faculty review committee. Faculty members from various colleges and departments across CCU volunteer their time to ensure interdisciplinary students articulate, plan, and succeed in a meaningful program of study at Coastal.

Contact Information

Matthew Wood
Academic Advisor

Office: Kearns 213C
Phone: 843-349-5089
Email: mwood@coastal.edu