Community Engagement: A Pathway to Scholarship
Javiette Samuel, Office of Diversity and Engagement
Javiette Samuel, PhD, is the assistant vice chancellor for Diversity and Engagement, director of Community Engagement and Outreach, and an affiliated associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies. She has worked with underrepresented P-20 students, families, and communities for nearly 25 years, focusing on engagement, outreach, and evidence-based programs. Samuel partners with units across campus to connect UT’s knowledge with the community in mutually beneficial ways and on initititives that ensure access and are designed to address recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff.
Communicating Your Research
Kirsten Benson, Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center
Kirsten Benson, PhD, is the director of the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center at UT. She recently co-authored an article on international graduate student writers, has co-edited several writing textbooks, and has published a variety of articles on writing center practices and student writing. She teaches graduate-level courses on qualitative research methods in writing studies and composition pedagogy and undergraduate courses in public and persuasive writing.
Michelle Brannen, UT Libraries
Sean Q. Hendricks, Graduate School
Sean Q. Hendricks currently serves as Communications Manager for the Graduate School. His job is to maintain communications for the Graduate School, including the promotion of professional development for graduate and professional students, the highlighting of graduate student research, and the recruitment of excellent students to graduate programs at UT. He is a strong advocate for the training of graduate students to talk about their research clearly and compellingly to many different audiences.
Introduction to Ombuds Services
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Office of Ombuds Services
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch is the University Ombudsperson and Director of the Office of Ombuds Services at UT. Prior to being appointed as the ombudsperson in 2019, she was a faculty member in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences in the Educational Psychology Department with the rank of professor. She has experience working as the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Head of the department.
Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Rose Parker, Office of Information Technology
Rose Parker, a graduate of UT with a master’s degree in Education, is an Assistant Director in the Office of Information Technology (OIT). With 20+ years in IT support at the university, she coordinates the communication efforts for OIT and provides support to faculty, staff, and students for various OIT services.
Rosie Sasso, Office of Information Technology
Rosie Sasso, PhD, is a Senior Learning Technology Specialist in the Office of Information Technology. She provides instructional design and technical support to faculty, staff, and students in utilizing the university’s online academic learning environments, Canvas and Zoom.
Rochelle Butler, Office of Information Technology
Rochelle Butler, PhD, is a Research Consultant in the Office of Information Technology. She provides statistical consulting and qualitative research design and analysis support to faculty, staff, and students utilizing university-supported research software.
Rachael Stanley, Office of Information Technology
Rachael Stanley is a Learning Technology Specialist in the Office of Information Technology. She provides instructional technology support and training for faculty, staff, and students utilizing the classrooms, clickers, and educational and business software available on campus.