Meet Our Team
Department Leadership Team
Andrea McCourt, PhD
Human Resource Development
Sarah Foley, MS | email@example.com
Sarah Foley, MS, is the Director of Student Services for the University Studies program in Undergraduate Education at Texas Tech University.
She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech. She believes in student success and supports the University by providing outreach to students and support of their completion of a rigorous and meaningful degree that is unavailable elsewhere as a formalized program of study. Sarah understands the needs of students that elect to pursue a different major late in their matriculation, transfer students with a plethora of accumulated hours, and placed bound students interested in immediate professional applications.
From her teaching, advising, leadership experience, Sarah has 11 years of services at Texas Tech University. She has a passion for student success, fostering professional development for academic advisors, and focuses her efforts on equipping, organizing, empowering, and supporting the University Studies Student Services office.
Sarah is the proud mother of her 8-year-old son Connor and enjoys spending time with friends, attending Red Raider sporting events, and physical fitness.
As a transfer student to Texas Tech in 2001, Sarah graduated from Texas Tech University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management (RHIM) and earned an M.S. in RHIM in 2006. After teaching the senior-level capstone course for two years, Sarah moved to the advising office in the College of Human Sciences. For the past five years, Sarah has led an advising staff for the College of Outreach and Distance Education, University College, and most recently University Studies in Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs at Texas Tech University.
Sarah supervises three Lubbock-based academic advisors and an academic analyst, as well as assists with two off-campus academic advisors. She is the primary contact with the Office of the Registrar, Dean of Students, and Center for Campus Life to coordinate and resolve any student-related questions and concerns. She approves all degree plans, course substitutions, and academic transfers, add/drop forms, change of grades, incompletes, backdated withdrawals, second bachelor degrees, re-admission from suspension, commencement participation contracts, and increased student load hours for University Studies students. In addition she annually nominates outstanding students for Who’s Who and Parent Citizenship awards for University students. Sarah consults with Associate Dean’s, department chairs, faculty, and Instructors regarding online and regional site for course offerings and resolving student concerns. She supervises graduation coordination three times a year for commencement activities, on-campuses Red Raider Orientation for newly admitted students, and local and state-wide recruiting events hosted by the Office of Admissions. Sarah works with marketing, website administrators, and maintains relationships with the advising community, Career Services, Financial Aid, Student Business Services, Military & Veteran Affairs, and Support Operations for Academic Retention, Student Disabilities, and Student Health to assist students in University Studies.
Memberships, Affiliations, & Service
- Nominated for the “Masked Rider” Distinguished Staff Award by the Office of the Provost (2011)
- Gender Equity Council (2013)
- Student Conduct Hearing Officer (2012-2013)
- Member of the Committee for Academic Advising & Retention (2011 - 2013)
- Member of the Subcommittee for Quality Advising & Assessment (2011 - 2013)
- Member of the Distributed Learning Council (2009-2012)
- Member of the National Academic Advising Association (2008-2013)
- Member of Student Life Council (2009-2011)
- Volunteer Service Plus Facilitator for Quality Service & Professional Development (August 2009 -2012)
- Lead Volunteer Member for the Back to School Fiesta (2010-2011)
- Volunteer for Mentor Tech Program (2009-2010)
- Member of the Raider Assistance Coalition (2009-2011)
- President and Graduate Advisor for the Red Raider Chapter of the Club Manager’s Association of America (2004-2007)
- Vice-President of Eta Sigma Delta, International Hospitality and Tourism Management Honor Society (2003-2004)
- Conrad Hilton Memorial Scholar (2002-2004)
- Recipient of the Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management Faculty and Lola Cone Scholarship (2002-2004)
- Volunteer for the Coeur D’Alene Women’s protective services and rape hotline (1999-2000)
- Volunteer for Harvesters Hunger Research Campaign (1999-2000)
- Pioneer Leadership Program, Denver University (1998-1999)
- UCIS 3300 – Perspectives in Integrative Studies, Instructor – Fall 2011
- XL Strategies for Learning, Instructor – Spring 2011
- RHIM 4415 – Advanced Food Production Management, Instructor – 2007 - 2008
- RHIM 3470 – Food Systems Management 2, Teaching Assistant – 2005- 2006
- RHIM 3460 – Food Systems Management 1, Teaching Assistant – 2004- 2005
Marcus Tanner, PhD | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Marcus Tanner is the Program Director for Integrative Studies at Texas Tech University. Both his education and life experiences are interdisciplinary. Before working in higher education, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and spent 13 years in full-time pastoral ministry. He earned a Master’s degree in Education and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. Dr. Tanner is credited with developing the undergraduate program in Integrative Studies at Texas Tech. “I love teaching and working with students of all ages. Learning is not just an academic venture it should be a lifelong goal”.
His research interests include the interaction of ministry work and family, work and health concerns, and program assessment. Dr. Tanner has published primary research on forced termination of clergy and its effects on clergy and their families. His publications can be found in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as trade publications and organizational newsletters.
Dr. Tanner serves on a number of committees at the university and is the Co-Coordinator for the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies National Honor Society (Alpha Iota Sigma). He also serves as the founding president of a non-profit organization he and his wife, Michelle, started. Their organization, HealingChoice, provides PastorCare to ministry families, helping them develop healthy relationships, healthy ministries, and healthy families.
Ashlee Brown, MS | email@example.com
Lead Academic Advisor
University Studies (Online)
Ashlee W. Brown, MS, is Lead Advisor for the University Studies program in Undergraduate Education at Texas Tech University.
Ashlee came to Texas Tech University as a freshman in 2000 to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (2004). Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she continued on with her education to complete a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (2006). During her graduate studies, Ashlee found her passion for working with students in the College of Human Sciences academic advising office. Since then, she has held multiple positions in student services including Assistant Direct of Recruiting and Placement for the College of Human Sciences, instructor for the Program of Academic Development and Retention, and currently Lead Advisor working primarily with online University Studies students.
Ashlee was born and raised in Midland, Texas but has been a Lubbock resident since 2000. She and her husband stay busy with their two children: daughter Gracen and son John. Ashlee is an avid reader and book collector and hopes to one day instill the same love of learning in her children. She loves cooking, spending time with friends and family, and running with her dog, Rooster.
Ashlee’s passion for working with the online Bachelor of Arts/Sciences in University Studies stems from her philosophy on interdisciplinary degrees. At its most basic level, higher learning is simply the “education, learning, or scholarship on the collegiate or university level” (Merriam-Webster, 2012). However, those commissioned to facilitate this level of education view higher learning as a state in which one learns to think critically about the world around us; to have a greater sense of awareness of our ability to influence our environment. Interdisciplinary studies allow students the opportunity to reach their full potential and Ashlee is committed to this end for every student she works with.
As Lead Advisor, Ashlee works one on one with prospective and current students interested in completing their bachelor degree through online courses. She is committed to ensuring that all online students are allowed the same educational opportunities as Lubbock students and strives to include all online students in the Texas Tech community. Ashlee also works with different departments on campus and aids in facilitating communication between online students and available resource centers including Office of Financial Aid and Student Business Services, Student Disability Services, Military & Veteran Affairs, Office of the Registrar, and various other student services.
Ashlee is also an instructor for PADR 0061: Strategies for Academic Achievement for Majors in University Studies. This course is intended to help students develop the habits of successful individuals by researching skills for academic achievement and implementing goals for personal and professional growth. The fall 2013 term will be Ashlee’s 5th semester as instructor for this course.
Sarah Hatley | firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Academic Advisor
Sarah Hatley, is Senior Academic Advisor for the University Studies program in Undergraduate Education at Texas Tech University.
Sarah is currently pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education emphasizing Leadership in Administration. She earned her Bachelors of Science degrees, History and Speech Communication, from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, in 2003. Her interest in student/academic affairs began in the office of student financial aid at ENMU where she sought answers to help her understand the complexity of student financial aid. She found her understanding through employment as a student worker in the ENMU’s financial aid office and has been in student and academic affairs ever since. Her trek at Texas Tech began in 2007 when two things happened almost simultaneously, gaining employment as an academic advisor with the College of Arts and Sciences and finding the man of her dreams. Sarah has been academically advising for interdisciplinary degrees since starting with TTU in 2007 but has been with University Studies since 2009. She and the man of her dreams, J. G. Hatley, were married on Texas Tech soil in the United Spirit Arena’s own Club Red in December of 2012.
Sarah ascribes to a variety of advising philosophies dependent upon the advisee and their unique and individual needs. She feels full student engagement in pursuit of academic endeavors is paramount to the whole person. It is important students understand the bigger picture of completing a college degree, why it should be meaningful to them and how it relates to them, their families and communities.
Sarah advises Lubbock campus students, perspective students and, should the occasion arise, online students as well. She is the Red Raider orientation coordinator for University Studies. One of the functions of Sarah’s current position with Undergraduate Education is supporting all programs offered by Texas Tech and she does this extremely well but University Studies is her main focus. University Studies is a very unique program but she offers guidance, support and resource information for other Texas Tech University programs.
Katherine Rodgers, MA, MEd | email@example.com
Katherine Rodgers, MA, MEd, is an Academic Advisor for the University Studies program in Undergraduate Education at Texas Tech University.
Katherine has been a Red Raider since she began her college career. In May of 2013 Katherine graduated with her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master of Education in Higher Education. While a graduate Student here at Texas Tech, Katherine had the privilege to instruct many students in History and also had the opportunity to work in the Office of Admissions by leading tours of the campus and also supervising student telecounselors.
Having earned both of her undergraduate degrees at Texas Tech in History and Spanish in December of 2009, her passion for Tech has only grown over the years. Katherine also participated in the Study Abroad program and attending school at the TTU Campus located in Sevilla, Spain for a year.
Katherine enjoys spending time with her precious puppy Luci Lu as well as her family and friends. She also enjoys working out, reading, going to church, volunteering, and traveling.
Katherine’s passion for education through her own experiences at Texas Tech and her position as an Academic Advisor helps foster her enthusiasm for helping students to realize their collegiate goals. She enjoys guiding students through their academic plan and toward academic success by building a personal connection with students. She understands college is where students learn to think critically and independently. She believes college is the place where a student can learn not only the material presented in the classroom, but also discover who they are as a person.
As an Academic Advisor, Katherine works with Lubbock-based students who have the last names L-Z. These students have come from a diverse population pool. This student population consists of non-traditional students, military veterans, student athletes, international students, and traditional aged students. By working with a student population that is vast and diverse, Katherine discovers ways to relate with each student to make sure that each is receiving the advising that he or she needs in order to help them to see their potential and where their future endeavors might lead them. Katherine fosters positive working relationships with other offices across the campus to help facilitate meeting student’s needs. Katherine takes great pride in recruiting for University Studies. This includes participating in a variety of events hosted by the Office of Admissions throughout the year in order to not only promote Texas Tech, but also the concept of an interdisciplinary degree. Having earned a master’s degree in an interdisciplinary degree, Katherine is able to explain the benefits that a degree like this holds for students.
Christopher Corona, MEd | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Corona, Med, is the Academic Analyst & Graduation Coordinator for the University Studies program in Undergraduate Education at Texas Tech University.
Christopher began working in higher education in March 2013. He is currently the Academic Analyst & Graduation Coordinator for University Studies at Texas Tech University. Prior to working in higher education, Christopher served in the United States Navy from December 23, 1997- August 16, 2006 as a 8404 (Fleet Marine Force Corpsman), and achieved the rank of Hospital Corpsman Second Class (E-5). He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA., and Camp Pendleton, California.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Christopher earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences with an emphasis in Athletic Training and a Master of Education from Texas Tech University. He believes that education is the most important action we can do for ourselves and he strives to develop student success through education and training.
Christopher reviews all graduating seniors from University Studies with an 18-point check system to ensure students are meeting program, institution, and state requirements. Christopher stays abreast of changing rules, techniques, technologies, and philosophies relevant to advising. In addition, he helps foster professional development with student assistants and works closely with our liaisons in the Registrar’s office.
Christopher enjoys spending most of his free time with his family and friends, and is a diehard Red Raiders fan. Wreck’em Tech!
Andrea McCourt, PhD
Human Resource Development
Gail Bentley, PhD
Rodney Donahue, PhD
Justin Louder, EdD
Suzanne, Tapp, MS
Jillian Yarbrough, PhD
Human Resource Development
Raynie Gibbs, MA | email@example.com
Raynie Gibbs is an Adjunct Instructor for the Integrative Studies department at Texas Tech. Mrs. Gibbs earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2003.
She worked as a high school Physics and Chemistry teacher and counselor in Midland, TX, and as a counselor and parent educator at Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center in Odessa, TX before beginning her career in higher education. Mrs. Gibbs then worked for Odessa College for ten years in various capacities, including personal and career counseling, academic and cultural advising, research committee work, and service as an instructor in the psychology department. She particularly enjoyed her work on the Quality Enhancement Plan at Odessa College, Gaining Essential Math Skills (GEMS), in developing an integrative plan of action to create a higher success rate for college students in developmental math education. She worked to research many possible solutions for low success rates, including proficient advising, testing, instruction, tutoring, and fast paced semesters to develop an integrative solution for delivering the courses to students. In her teaching tenure, Mrs. Gibbs has utilized a variety of delivery methods to instruct many different student populations. This uniquely qualifies her to teach online courses to nontraditional and distance students. Mrs. Gibbs has also worked as a contributing editor on collegiate psychology textbooks for John Wiley & Sons, publishers. In addition to her work in higher education, she serves as Director of the Preschool Ministry at Victory Life Church.
Outside of work you can find her spending time with her husband of thirteen years and their three very active sons. Together they enjoy traveling, reading, Texas Tech football, Texas Rangers baseball, movies, and a rousing game of Chutes and Ladders.
Joe Imamura, MArch, MLA, MS | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Imamura is a part-time instructor for Integrative Studies at Texas Tech University. He is a licensed practitioner, educator, and impassioned advocate for student learning. He brings experience and industry expertise from both private and public sectors with a background in planning, design, and construction. He lives in Washington, DC where he is a program manager and policy analyst for the federal government.
Mr. Imamura also brings extensive teaching experience having previously taught landscape architecture, engineering, and interior design. He is a member of several academic societies and professional organizations to include the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, American Society of Public Administration, American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, and Project Management Institute. He is a licensed city planner, a certified Project Management Professional, and a recognized sustainability expert for the design of LEED certified buildings.
Mr. Imamura attended Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, along with graduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and interdisciplinary studies. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Land Use Planning, Management, and Design where the focus of his dissertation is on collaborative management practices and integrative design. In addition, his research interests include the emerging field of humanitarian design, a highly specialized area of expertise where architects, engineers, and planners engage in emergency response and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Ryan VanDusen, PhD | email@example.com
Dr. Ryan Van Dusen has worked in higher education since 2002. He has held positions in student activities, residential life, student conduct, and veterans services at Independence (KS) Community College, New Mexico State University, and Texas Tech. He currently is the Associate Director of Military & Veterans Programs at Texas Tech University. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Van Dusen served in the U.S. Army from 1998-2002 as a 19K (Armor Crewman) and achieved the rank of Sergeant (E5). He was stationed at Ft. Riley, KS and Camp Casey, South Korea.
Dr. Van Dusen earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Communications Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Van Dusen completed his PhD in Higher Education at Texas Tech University. The title of his dissertation was "A Quantitative Study of Student Veterans' Intent to Persist." Dr. Van Dusen's research interests include veterans in higher education, nontraditional student retention, and leadership in higher education.
Dr. Van Dusen is married and has two daughters. He spends most of his free time with his family. He is a huge fan of the Red Raiders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Texas Rangers, and Houston Texans.
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