Department of English

Advising Information

Location  Parlin 114
Hours  8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday, closed noon to 1
Phone  (512) 471-5736
Twitter  @GulliverTweets


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 English, Health & Society, 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.

Katie Bland is a graduate of the UT College of Liberal Arts, where she double majored in English and Spanish (Hispanic Studies). She joined the Parlin Advising Office as a Student Development Specialist in early 2018, and is now an Assistant Academic Advisor for our team, advising both English and Urban Studies majors. Katie enjoys working in her home department, and interacting with both current English students and her previous professors alike. Katie oversees the English undergraduate newsletter and works with student organizations such as Hothouse Literary Journal, of which she was a member when she was a student at UT herself.

Mitchell Ridsdale joined the English department in fall 2016 as the office’s Student Development Specialist. He is now an Associate Academic Advisor with the advising office.  Mitchell was born and raised in the Austin area and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering in 2016. Outside of work, Mitchell enjoys Austin’s vibrant live music scene and avoiding sunburns while out and about in this beautiful city.