Mentorship

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Gwendolyn Stovall

Current Fellow
Freshman Research Initiative
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College of Natural Sciences
Initiative Focus
Mentorship
Skill-Building
Student Success

For the last 10+ years, Gwen Stovall has worked as a biochemist and aptamer researcher in the CNS Freshman Research Initiative, where she leads a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) to identify aptamers, understand the underlying mechanisms and parameters of aptamer selections, and investigate aptamer specificity. As an educator, Gwen is committed to student empowerment and success, and seeks to improve student outcomes by mentoring, teaching, challenging, and engaging students.

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Shelly Rodriguez

Current Fellow
UTeach-Natural Sciences
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College of Natural Sciences
Initiative Focus
Mentorship

Shelly Rodriguez is a Professor of Practice and instructor for the UTeach program in The College of Natural Sciences. She also directs UTeach Maker, a micro-credentialing program that helps preservice teachers bring innovative, project-based maker practices into their STEM classrooms. As a PTF, she is passionate about improving the career experiences of professional faculty at UT Austin.

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Louis Waldman

Retired
Art and Art History
French and Italian
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College of Fine Arts
College of Liberal Arts
Initiative Focus
Collaborative Learning
Mentorship

Louis Alexander Waldman is an Associate Professor in Art and Art History (College of Fine Arts) with a joint appointment in French and Italian (Liberal Arts). Previously Louis worked in Florence, Italy, as Assistant Director of the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti.

Peniel Joseph

Peniel Joseph

Current Fellow
Public Affairs
History
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College of Liberal Arts
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Initiative Focus
Mentorship

Peniel Joseph is the First-Year Representative on the 2020 PTF Steering Committee.

Mike Findley

Michael Findley

Current Fellow
Government
Public Affairs
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College of Liberal Arts
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Initiative Focus
Mentorship
Student Success
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Katie Tackett

Alumni
Special Education
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College of Education
Initiative Focus
Mentorship

Katie is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Special Education, where she also serves as the Undergraduate Advisor. Her PTF project is aimed at building community and communication throughout a Special Education major's time on the Forty Acres.

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Patrick Davis

PTF Emeritus
Pharmacy
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College of Pharmacy
Initiative Focus
Collaborative Learning
Mentorship

Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy (Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry). Teaches required and elective pharmacy coursework in drug metabolism, infectious diseases, and interprofessional health education. Also teaches a First-Year Signature Course on historical pandemics and their impact on society.

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Jessica Toste

Alumni
Special Education
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College of Education
Initiative Focus
Mentorship
Student Success

Dr. Jessica Toste is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She has research affiliations with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and the Texas Center for Equity Promotion. Toste was the Chair of Provost’s Teaching Fellow in 2022-2023.

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Sean Theriault

Alumni
Government
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College of Liberal Arts
Initiative Focus
Mentorship

Project Title: COLA’s Teaching Mentor Program 

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Julia Clarke

Alumni
Geological Sciences
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Jackson School of Geosciences
Initiative Focus
Mentorship
Undergraduate Research

Hands-on research experiences for undergraduates offer unique active-learning experiences with real-world questions. These experiences create communities and improve 4-year graduation rates. They may also help create a student body and alumni population that recognize the importance of the research mission of large R1 universities.

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