American Studies
American Studies

Graduate Student Resources

Non Resident Tuition Waiver Link

For graduate student web profiles

To access your profile, login to the COLA database ( with your UT EID and password

  • Instructions for Editing Profile Pages
  • Add a Photo to your Profile

The UT College of Liberal Arts (COLA) provides each faculty member and graduate student with a profile page (see our Faculty List and Graduate Student List) that allows them to maintain their professional information in a single location. That information can then be displayed on any COLA website with which the faculty or graduate student is affiliated.

Your profile on the American Studies website promotes you, your work, and the Department as a whole. When prospective students, employers and funders are searching for information about UT, COLA data shows that more than not, they go to the department of interest's website first. Once there, the most clicked-on pages of each department are the Faculty pages and the Graduate Student pages. Visitors want to see who the faculty are, what their research interests are, and what the graduate students are working on. Please make sure your page is filled out and kept updated.

Instructions for Editing Profile Pages

LAITS (Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services) provides easy-to-follow instructions with videos on how to update COLA website profiles. Please note that although these instructions refer to faculty, the same information applies to graduate student web profiles, as well.


  1. Log on: COLA database (use UT EID and password)
  2. Personal information: fill out Biography, Interests, Office Hours, Office Location/Phone
  3. Confirm your changes by viewing your profile from the department web site.
Be sure to click on the blue "UPDATE DATABASE" button at the bottom of each page or your changes will not be saved!



Add a Photo to your Profile

Please make sure you have a photo with your profile! To update or add a photo to your profile, please email your photo to Caitlin McClune. Please make sure your photo is not less than 500 pixels wide, and preferably at least 600px wide.

Preferred photograph style (from COLA): 

  • Large portraits that appear clear and crisp are easy for us to work with, and the final id's made from these will have a professional polished look on the web.
  • It is our preference that the smallest dimension for photos be: width= 600 pixels (at 72 dpi) 
  • We will accept wider or narrower images & prefer that images not be less than 500 pixels wide.

When to expect your photo to be on the website (from COLA):

  • Photos received during the 1st to the 15th in a month will usually be up by the end of that month. 
  • Photos received during the 16th to the end of the month will usually be up by the middle of the following month.


Graduate Coordinator

Violet Rose Cantú
Room: BUR 436C
Phone: 232-2332


Graduate Advisor

Dr. Cary Cordova
Room: BUR 418
Phone: 232-4582