Jeanette Herman, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs
Jeanette Herman received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Her research focuses on textual and visual images of suffering bodies as they circulate in colonial and postcolonial political contexts, particularly in India and Ireland/Northern Ireland. She has published articles in Camera Obscura and Comparative Literature Studies. She has taught courses on Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora, Women’s Popular Genres, and the Rhetoric of Political Bodies. Before joining the Bridging Disciplines Programs 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. In her current role, she directs the Bridging Disciplines Programs and works with a variety of academic initiatives in the School of Undergraduate Studies, including the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Larissa Noake, Ed.M.
Senior Program Coordinator
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.
Julia Chinnock, M.A.
Senior Academic Advisor
Julia Chinnock joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in December 2015 as the advisor for the Digital Arts & Media; Environment & Sustainability; Media, Culture & Identities; and Museum Studies Bridging Disciplines Programs. 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, M.Ed.
Associate Academic Advisor
Ashley joined the Bridging Disciplines staff in December 2016, and serves as the advisor for students pursing the Human Rights & Social Justice; Public Policy; Social Inequality, Health & Policy; Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies; and all Ethics & Leadership programs. 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!
Shannon Rose, MPA
Associate Academic Advisor
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.
Tressa Olsen, B.S.
Senior Administrative Associate
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.