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Jeanette Herman Jeanette Herman, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs
hermanjm@austin.utexas.edu

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.
Senior Program Coordinator
larissa.noake@austin.utexas.edu

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.


Katie Davidson Katie Davidson, M.A.
Associate Academic Advisor
katie.Davidson@austin.utexas.edu

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@austin.utexas.edu

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.


Tressa Olsen Tressa Olsen, B.S.
Senior Administrative Associate
tressa.olsen@austin.utexas.edu

Tressa Olsen received a B.S. in biology and a Bridging Disciplines certificate for Environment & Sustainability from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. She provides administrative support for the Bridging Disciplines Programs. She previously worked for the Center for the Skills & Experience Flags since 2015.


Shannon Rose Shannon Rose, M.P.A.
Associate Academic Advisor
shannon.rose@austin.utexas.edu

Shannon Rose joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in August 2018. Before joining the BDPs, Shannon was the flag petitions coordinator in UT’s Center for Skills & Experience Flags, working with students and advisors to facilitate the flag petition review process. She has also worked as a graduate program coordinator at McGill University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal and her Master’s degree in public administration from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.