Odessa Amaya joined the English undergraduate advising team in the fall of 2011. In addition to academic advising, Odessa organizes career seminars for the English Professional Series, oversees efforts to support academically at-risk students, and serves as the co-coordinator for the Oxford Summer Program. Odessa received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Tennessee and M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson University. Her favorite Austin pastime is exploring all the amazing restaurants in the city.
Neal Ballard joined the advising team in the spring of 2011 after working in the Admissions office since 2007. His duties include scheduling appointments, assisting with writing contests, and also coordinating various undergraduate English events. Neal has lived in the Austin area since the winter of 1998 and graduated from the University of Texas in the fall of 2006 with a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the Moody College of Communication. In his free time, Neal enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, playing games, and playing and listening to dance music.
Andrea Davis discovered her love of working with college students while an undergraduate peer advisor. Upon moving to the wonderful city of Austin in 2007, she joined the English advising team. She is also the primary advisor for the Department of Rhetoric & Writing. Andrea co-coordinates the Oxford Summer Program, liaises with degree audit programmers, participates in several Rhetoric & Writing and English initiatives, and types the words that Gulliver tells her to tweet. When not in Parlin Hall, Andrea is likely at a park waiting for a music festival to roll into town.
Brad Humphries has been advising students in the College of Liberal Arts since 1999 and in the Department of English since 2007. He oversees academic advising for American Studies, English, Rhetoric & Writing, and Urban Studies majors. Brad coordinates the English Honors and Creative Writing Certificate Programs, handles English course enrollment, leads English summer orientation, and manages various initiatives for the Department of English. Brad graduated from UT-Austin with majors in English and Radio-Television-Film before many of his students were born. During advising sessions, he is easily sidetracked by discussions about pets. He doesn’t mind being told that he looks like Anderson Cooper but is less keen on comparisons to John McEnroe.