We encourage you to begin your journey as a new Davidson student by exploring the courses, subjects and academic areas that interest you.

To help guide you through the initial course selection and registration process during the month of June, please schedule an appointment with one of our summer advisers.

Summer Advisers

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Mario Belloni and Student The Two Marios

Mario Belloni

I am a professor and chair of the Physics Department and I am the mentor to Davison’s STEM Posse 4. The picture is from Halloween 2018; I am on the left and on the right is a physics and economics major from Quito, Ecuador.  As an undergraduate, I majored in economics and physics before pursuing physics for my Ph.D.  I grew up in the Bay Area in California and spent time in Connecticut and Florida before moving to Davidson, where I live with my wife and daughter (she is heading off to college this fall). I have been teaching at Davidson for about 20 years and teach both introductory and advanced physics classes. During my time at Davidson, I have served as a holistic advisor to students who have majored in almost every field we offer.  Email me for an appointment at mabelloni@davidson.edu.

Scott Denham Summer Adviser

Scott Denham

I’m director of the Humanities Program, a year-long set of courses for first-year students only. My colleagues and I have remade the Humes program over the last couple years into a dynamic learning community focused on the theme of revolution, across time and cultures. I teach writing, literary and cultural studies, literary theory, postcolonial studies, and translation studies. I’ve taught and advised at Davidson for three decades—so I know a lot about the curriculum. I’m interested in helping students find not only new intellectual passions, but also new ways of thinking about the world and about themselves. I’m especially keen on helping students discern their passions and avoid making decisions with the crowd. Email me for an appointment at scdenham@davidson.edu.

Angie Dewberry Summer Adviser

Angie Dewberry

I am the Registrar at Davidson College and also a member of the Class of 2000.  As a holistic adviser, I enjoy working closely with students as they adjust to life at college.  As a former Davidson athlete (soccer!), I can relate to the balancing act of being a student-athlete and I still enjoy attending athletic events today with my family.  I grew up in California, but have now lived in the South longer than anywhere else. I am an avid reader, enjoy taking my dog on hikes, and look forward to the day that Carolina Cones opens for the ice cream season.  Please do not be too shy to ask your questions. We are all here to help. See my real-time availability and schedule time with me.

Rachid El Bejjani

Rachid El Bejjani

I grew up in Lebanon and have lived in Arizona and Connecticut for almost 12 years before moving to Charlotte/Davidson in 2014. I really enjoy living in uptown Charlotte. I've always loved Biology as a child and was drawn to science from a young age. I work on Neuroscience and Genetics and teach classes in those subjects. All of the work we do in my lab is done directly by undergraduates and I really enjoy working and spending time in and out of the lab with my research students and advisees. I am happy to help with any questions you may have about the curriculum, Davidson, or the area. I will try to find out answers or direct you to the correct person if I do not know the answer to your question. Contact me for an appointment at raelbejjani@davidson.edu or 704-894-2603.

Kristen Eshleman

Kristen Eshleman

I am Davidson’s Director of Digital Learning & Innovation. This basically means I work with students, faculty, alumni, etc who have good ideas for Davidson and help develop and test those ideas for future needs. I also lead a team focused on how Davidson can best incorporate digital learning and other technologies to the benefit of students. I have been at Davidson for 18 years and served as a holistic advisor. Mentoring students has been one of my favorite joys here. I look forward to helping on any question—none is too small or too big! Welcome to Davidson. Book an advising appointment with me.

Cara Evanson Summer Adviser

Cara Evanson

I have served as an adviser for pre-major students at Davidson since 2012. I love the opportunity the holistic pre-major advising program gives me to get to get to know brand-new first-year students and see them learn and grow over the next few years. Each student brings their own variety of interests, and I enjoy the work of connecting them with the resources on campus to best support their exploration and growth. I’m originally from Wisconsin, but happily ditched my snow shovel when I moved to North Carolina. Outside of work I enjoy attending lectures, concerts, and theatre performances at Davidson. See my real-time availability and schedule time with me.

Marc Jacobsen Adviser

Marc Jacobsen

I am the Assistant Registrar and have been at Davidson for five years. I am originally from Long Island, but I have lived in Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia before moving to North Carolina. I’ve been serving as a Holistic Adviser since the program started, but I’ve been an academic adviser for over ten years. My work prior to Davidson centered around helping students make the transition from high school to college, and I am glad I am able to continue that work here. When the weather is warm you will find me with friends, a book or podcast on my boat on Lake Norman. I enjoy watching professional tennis and women’s collegiate volleyball (both Davidson and the Big 10), and I’m looking forward to the final season of Game of Thrones! Email me for an appointment at majacobsen@davidson.edu.

Hilton Kelly Summer Adviser

Hilton Kelly

After many years of schooling and a brief stint as a high school history teacher, I am now an Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Africana Studies, Chair of the Educational Studies Department, and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Davidson College. I received my B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and both my M.S. in labor studies and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My research and teaching interests include sociology of education, critical race theory, the Age of Jim Crow, the lives, work and careers of African-American educators, and social memory studies. My approach to mentoring and advising is that I aim to do for my students what I wished someone had done for me throughout my years of schooling. Email me for an appointment at hikelly@davidson.edu.

Laura Sockol Summer Adviser

Laura Sockol

I am a clinical psychologist at Davidson and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, a small liberal arts college much like Davidson (with better food and worse weather). Before coming to Davidson, I earned my secondary education certification in English and the social sciences, and I am a trained clinician with experience working with various populations. My research focuses on risk factors for depression and anxiety during the transition to parenthood, but I also collaborate with students on research investigating gender differences in responses to other stressful life events – such as college seniors making the transition from school to the workplace. Email me for an appointment at lasockol@davidson.edu.

Lauren Stutts Summer Adviser

Lauren Stutts

I am originally from Charlotte, N.C. and graduated from Davidson in 2005 with a major in Psychology and an interdisciplinary minor in Medical Humanities (now called Health and Human Values). I am a licensed clinical psychologist and specialize in clinical health/medical psychology with a focus on resiliency, stress, and health. I work closely with the pre-health/pre-medical team and the psychology department; therefore, I am particularly suited to advise students who are interested in health professions or psychology. In addition, I am on an inclusive excellence in STEM team and would be happy to assist students in the broader sciences or who have other interests. On a personal note, I live with a disability and use a wheelchair and can guide students who have questions about attending Davidson with a chronic illness or disability. Advising students is one of my favorite activities, so please email me for an appointment at lastutts@davidson.edu.