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Advising for Current Students

Your BDP advisor is here to help! Whether you’re looking for a great class to take next semester, thinking about the kind of Connecting Experience you want to pursue, or figuring out which BDP requirements you have left to fulfill, your BDP advisor is an important resource throughout your time in the program.

During your first semester in the BDPs you will be required to meet with your advisor at least once to create a plan for your BDP experience. Beyond that, we encourage you to meet with your advisor regularly for guidance in selecting courses and preparing for Connecting Experiences. Your advisor can alert you to courses you may not be aware of, check your progress in your BDP, and help you figure out how to integrate your BDP requirements with your degree plan.

It is important that you meet with your BDP advisor the semester before you intend to register for a research, creative project, or internship Connecting Experience course. These experiences take careful planning, so it is best to start early and discuss your plans with your advisor to make sure you’re on the right track.

Call 512-232-7564 to schedule an appointment with your BDP advisor. Or, for quick questions, drop in during walk-in hours on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. The BDP office is located in FAC.

View the BDP advising syllabus.

Meet the Advisors

Julia Chinnock Julia Chinnock, M.A.
Digital Arts & Media, Environment & Sustainability, Media, Culture & Identities, and Museum Studies

Julia Chinnock joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in December 2015. Prior to joining the BDPs, Julia worked as an advisor in the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin. She has also worked in Career Services at UT Arlington and WyoTech, taught courses for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State, and served cupcakes at a local Austin bakery. Julia graduated with a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan University, double-majoring in Theatre and Spanish, and received an M.A. in Theatre History and Dramaturgy from Texas State University.


Ashley Clark Ashley Clark, M.Ed.
Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Ethics & Leadership in Business, Ethics & Leadership in Health Care, Ethics & Leadership in the Media, Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government, Human Rights & Social Justice, Public Policy, and Social Inequality, Health & Policy

Ashley joined the Bridging Disciplines staff in December 2016. She was previously an advisor in the Moody College of Communication working with Radio-Television-Film. Before moving to Austin, Ashley completed her M.Ed. in Human Relations at Plymouth State University, where she advised undeclared and exploratory students. Ashley earned her B.S. in Sociology from Illinois State University in 2010, and has also been a project manager at a creative agency in Chicago, a title-holding drag king, a craft beer festival organizer, and a volunteer photographer for Humans of Austin, but advising is by far her favorite role!


Joanna Tryon Joanna Tryon, M.Ed.
Children & Society, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profits

Before joining the BDPs in November 2016, Joanna worked as a mental health counselor and housing advocate at SafePlace in Austin, TX. She has also completed a fellowship with Polaris in Washington, D.C., where she provided counseling and case management services to survivors of human trafficking. Joanna received her B.S. in applied learning and development: youth and community studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and her M.Ed. in counseling and development from George Mason University.


Larissa Noake Larissa Noake, Ed.M.
Global Studies

Larissa Noake joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in August 2015 as the Senior Program Coordinator. Larissa oversees advising services, events, and outreach activities for current and prospective students. Prior to joining the BDPs, Larissa spent eleven years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Cambridge, MA. While there, she managed the administration of professional programs for PreK-12 school leaders; served as relationship manager for a collaboration between HGSE, Teach For America, and Chicago Public Schools; and worked in the Career Services Office advising students on educator licensure requirements. She received her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from HGSE, and her B.A. in English and B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas at Austin.