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Jeanette Herman Jeanette Herman, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs

Jeanette Herman is the assistant dean for academic initiatives in the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) at The University of Texas at Austin. As part of her role, she directs the Bridging Disciplines Programs, a set of college-bridging certificate programs for undergraduates, and the Center for the Skills and Experience Flags, which coordinates part of the general education for all undergraduates at UT Austin. She also works with the Office of Undergraduate Research and other initiatives focusing on cross-college academic programming for undergraduates. Before joining UGS in 2006, Jeanette was the editor for UT Austin’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she managed three series of scholarly monographs and literary translations. She received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, with research focusing on images of suffering bodies in colonial and postcolonial political contexts.

Larissa Noake Larissa Noake, Ed.M.
Assistant Director

Larissa Noake joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in August 2015. 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.

Rebecca Buckalew Rebecca Buckalew, M.Ed.
Associate Academic Advisor

Rebecca Buckalew joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in November 2019. She previously worked as an academic advisor in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University after receiving her B.A. from the same department. Rebecca also holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from The University of Texas at Austin. As a student, Rebecca worked as a graduate assistant in UT Austin’s Office of Student Activities and the First-Year Experience Office.

Katie Davidson Katie Davidson, M.A.
Associate Academic Advisor

Katie Davidson joined the Bridging Disciplines Program in February 2019. Prior to joining the BDPs, Katie worked as an evaluation and assessment coordinator, career educator, and global experiential learning coordinator at the University of Arizona. Katie received her B.A. in English from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and her M.A. in higher education in the College of Educational Policy & Practice from the University of Arizona.

Janelle Lim Janelle Lim, B.S.
Associate Academic Advisor

Janelle Lim joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in February 2019. Prior to joining the BDPs, Janelle was the program coordinator and teacher of a college-readiness program serving high school students in Austin, Texas. She earned her B.S. in secondary English education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.