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 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.

Leah Stoddard has been in advising since 2013 and advising in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin since 2016.  She advises English majors, and also coordinates the Oxford Summer Program.  Leah graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a Bachelor’s in History, and completed her Master’s in College Student Development at St. Edward’s University in Austin.  Leah is a native Austinite, and proud of the fact that many of her family members are Longhorns. She is always up for discussing the latest Disney/Pixar movies, and loves geeky culture, which is obvious when you see her office.

Olga Koutseridi joined the advising team in the summer of 2016 after working as an Assistant Instructor and Teaching Assistant here at UT-Austin since 2011. Olga advises both English and Rhetoric & Writing majors and manages the bi-weekly advising newsletter. Olga received her M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in Classics with a focus on material culture and history of the Roman Republic. During her free time, Olga enjoys practicing vinyasa yoga, baking sourdough bread and making kombucha. Her other hobbies including trying new places to eat around Austin, visiting museums as well as listening to podcasts on food history.

Mitchell Ridsdale joined the English department in fall 2016. His duties include scheduling appointments, assisting with writing contests, and also coordinating various undergraduate English events. 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.