Office of Student Affairs and Admissions

The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions works with the associate dean, graduate advisors, faculty, staff and students to facilitate students' progress through the academic program.


Areas of responsibility include student recruitment, admissions, registration, new student onboarding and orientation, career services, student professional development, Alumni Mentorship Program coordination and student organization/student group assistance.

Graduate Admissions and Program Coordination

Our graduate admissions and program coordinators work closely with prospective applicants, newly admitted students and enrolled students to assist them with their entire LBJ experience. Enrolled students can reach out to our graduate coordinator staff for help with registration, university forms and requirements, graduation applications and general questions regarding university protocol. If we don't know the answer, we know who to connect you with  to get the help you need. The graduate coordinators in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions cannot help with fellowship or financial aid inquiries; we encourage students to contact those offices directly.

Career Management

The Career Management Office is here to help current students and alumni with all their career preparedness needs, including:

  • Career roadmap planning
  • Semester action plans
  • Workshops (such as networking, salary negotiation, job search journey)
  • Labs (such as digital branding, résumés and cover letter)
  • Résumé and cover letter development
  • Individualized counseling
  • Career and internship fairs
  • Company information sessions and treks
  • Job search strategies and resources
  • Interview preparation through mock interview practice and workshops
  • Employer and alumni connections
  • Job board access and weekly "hot jobs" report
  • Case competitions
  • Alumni Mentorship Program

Read more about the career services available at LBJ.

Student Professional Development

Students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs have opportunities to formally participate in a robust array of professional development activities and programming designed to give students an edge in their job search. The Professional Development Certificate Program requires both in-person and virtual participation throughout the academic year to complement their academic experience. Read more about student professional development at LBJ.

Contact Information

Shannon Chapman, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services:

Main Email and Reception:; 512-471-4292

Student Affairs:
Stuart Bone, Director, Admissions and Student Services
Laura Roach, Senior Academic Program Coordinator

Rafael Mendoza-Nunez, Student Program Coordinator
Ariana Buchanan, Fellowships and Student Services Coordinator

Career Management:
Emily Mills, Senior Placement Representative

Student Professional Development:
Lauren Berryhill, Director, Student Professional Development and Career Services

LBJ Fellowships:
Ariana Davis, Fellowships Coordinator