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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. 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 School of Undergraduate Studies in 2006, Jeanette was the Editor for UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she managed three series of scholarly monographs and literary translations. In her current role, she directs the Center for the Core Curriculum and the Bridging Disciplines Programs, and she works with a variety of academic initiatives in the School of Undergraduate Studies, including the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Archer Program.

Deborah Miller
Flag Petitions Coordinator

Deborah Miller has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in sociology from The University of Texas at Austin, and secondary teaching certification in social studies and mathematics. She has worked at UT Austin as a teaching assistant, tutor, lifeguard, technical typist, and degree audit specialist. In her current role, she coordinates the flag petition process and provides advising for students submitting flag petitions.

Jess Miner, Ph.D.
Senior Program Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist

Jess Miner joined the CCC in September 2010 from the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics. While in Charleston, Jess served on the college-wide Academic Planning Committee and on the Steering Committee for Women’s and Gender Studies. In addition to teaching courses in Greek, Latin and Classical Civilization, she gained experience in curriculum development through her work with the First-Year Experience program and by designing interdisciplinary courses with the departments of Theatre and Communication. She received her A.B. in Classics from Smith College and her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 with a research emphasis in Greek oratory and comedy; she is currently a Lecturer for the Classics Department. In her role as a Curriculum Specialist for UGS, Jess oversees the flags in Ethics and Leadership, Cultural Diversity in the United States, Global Cultures, and Quantitative Reasoning. She also works with faculty across campus on teaching and curriculum development in these areas.

Jen Morgan
Senior Program Coordinator, School of Undergraduate Studies

Jen Morgan received her M.S.S.W. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. She has worked in the Office of the General Faculty providing administrative support for the faculty governance bodies on the UT Austin campus. Jen joined the School of Undergraduate Studies in February 2011. She provides support for the implementation of the core curriculum across campus and for the work of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee and each of the flag committees. She ensures that state-mandated changes to the core curriculum are implemented across colleges, working with faculty, administrators, and governance committees. She also guides students through petitioning waivers or substitutions for core and flag requirements.

Susan Schorn, Ph.D.
Senior Program Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist for Writing

Susan “George” Schorn joined the CCC in 2008 after seven years coordinating the University’s cross-disciplinary writing program from within the College of Liberal Arts. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Ph.D. in English Literature from The University of Texas at Austin, and has taught literature and writing at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, St. Edward’s University, and UT Austin. Her current research focuses on student writers’ revision processes in response to multi-modal feedback.

Melissa Suy
Administrative Associate

Melissa Suy received her B.A. in English from the University of Utah in 2011. She provides administrative support for the skills and experience flags in the Center for the Core Curriculum. Before joining the School of Undergraduate Studies in August 2011, she worked with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, she began her first year in the M.A. program in the Department of Communication Studies where her research focuses on embodied communication.

Rebecca Wilcox, Ph.D.
Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research

Rebecca Wilcox received her B.A. in Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz before moving to Austin to attend graduate school at the University of Texas. She completed her Ph.D. in English in 2009 with an emphasis on medieval studies and a secondary focus on postcolonial literature. She was an assistant professor of English at West Texas A&M University in Canyon from 2008 to 2011, teaching Medieval Literature, Chaucer, the Crusades, English Literature to 1800, Women Writers, and Freshman Composition. Rebecca returned to UT in 2012 to continue her support of undergraduate education as Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research and a member of the Center for the Core Curriculum, where she is working on implementation of the Independent Inquiry flag.