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Breakout Sessions—Block 2

Community Engagement: A Pathway to Scholarship

Community engagement is a hallmark at UT. Adhering to Carnegie’s definition which describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity, UT fulfills its public engagement mission by investing in people and programs that benefit local and global communities. This session will help graduate students understand community engaged scholarship. View the recording for this session.
Javiette Samuel

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

Easy publication of information through the web and social media can make it difficult for the public to discern the truth about academic research and its impact. Graduate students are often challenged to communicate difficult concepts to people from all walks of life, cutting through misinformation to provide the understanding needed to make important decisions. Join us as we discuss opportunities to develop your written, visual and oral communication skills. View the recording of this session.
Kirsten Benson

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

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

Can you say ombudsperson and make it sound like one word? Do you know what an ombudsperson is, or are you thinking ombuds-what? In this quick introduction, participants will learn about the Office of Ombuds Services and how they can take advantage of its services. View the recording of this session.
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch

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)

Technology will play a key role in your graduate experience. Know that the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is here to help. Whether you need help with technology for your class, accessing software, using online survey tools, or learning a new skill, you can reach out to our team. Come and learn about the resources available to you! View the recording for this session.

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

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

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

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.