Student Health Insurance
Jaclyn Slack, Hildreth Agency
Title IX: Your Rights & Responsibilities
Laura Bryant, Office of Title IX
Laura Bryant, Ph.D., MSSW serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention, Training, and Evaluation in the Office of Title IX. In her role, Laura oversees the university’s comprehensive approach to preventing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Laura has worked at the university for eleven years, and before serving in her current role, Laura was the Director of the Center for Health Education & Wellness in which she directed student prevention efforts, care, and support via 974-HELP, and threat assessment. Currently, Laura serves as a member of the Commission for LGBT People and serves on the College of Social Work Advisory Board where she is also an adjunct professor.
Developing Future Faculty at UT
Robert Jacobsen, Teaching and Learning Innovation
Robert Jacobsen, PhD, wears many hats around the university. As a lecturer in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Jacobsen teaches introductory geology and geoscience education. Through his course on planetary geology, students learn to use Earth’s geology to understand the geology of our solar system. Jacobsen also works with Teaching & Learning Innovation as the UT Institutional Leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, & Learning. In this role, Jacobsen leads programs for graduate students and postdocs focused on evidence-based teaching practices in STEM. Through these programs, participants become more authentic and effective instructors. Finally, Jacobsen is the Assistant Director of the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium. The consortium exists to support STEM learning opportunities at UT and in the community. Each year, Jacobsen coordinates funding for undergraduate research and community partnerships focused on K-12 education.
Abby Sherman, Graduate Student Services
Abby Sherman is the Coordinator of Student Services for the Graduate School. Abby has worked in graduate education at UT for over 6 years. She advises students on Graduate School requirements for theses and dissertations and is part of the graduate and professional student professional development team. Abby earned two bachelor’s degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from UT. She is a voracious reader and loves all things creative whether it be art, music, or theatre. She enjoys taking advantage of the amazing outdoor amenities in East TN and going to local festivals.
Natalie Hassett, GRA, Graduate School
Natalie Hassett is a School Psychology doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at UT. This year, Natalie will earn her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and a graduate certificate in Grief, Loss, and Trauma. In 2018, she graduated from Clemson University earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Natalie is currently a graduate research assistant for the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has worked on several research projects focusing on literacy assessment and instruction as well as the identification and screening of students for dyslexia and intellectual giftedness. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring Knoxville, TN and loves spending time with her family and community.