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OSAA Services and Directory

Office of Student Affairs and Admissions

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


Areas of responsibility include student recruitment, admissions, registration, orientation, fellowships, internships, academic writing assistance and career services.

Graduate Admissions and Program Coordination

Our graduate admissions and program coordinators each have skills in both graduate admissions and student affairs to manage the cycles of admissions and advising. Prospective students may reach out with questions about program details and admission requirements. Current students can receive assistance with course registration, financial aid and other services related to current student needs.

The Writing Lab

The Writing Lab works with students from their first weeks on campus to assess the strength of their writing and offer targeted support. Students can request peer coaching or in-depth consultations with a professional writing coach for a wide variety of written work, including:

  • Writing assignments
  • Resumes
  • Cover letters
  • Statements of purpose
  • Writing samples 

The lab will also host special workshops and events throughout the semester that may include faculty and alumni guests.

Career Management

The Career Management Office is here to help current students and alumni develop professionally and connect with their future careers.

  • LBJCareers, also for employers, is a full-service career search platform allowing users to search for or post available jobs, and upload and manage resumes, cover letters and writing samples.
  • Career Workshops are available throughout the semester to provide tips and advice on professional development and job searches.
  • The office can help connect students with internships and professional development funding, keeping a pulse on where students want to work, the skills they’re looking to develop and what services they need to be successful in these endeavors. 

Contact Information

Director: Shannon Chapman, lbjosaadirector@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-4292

Admissions: LBJAdmit@austin.utexas.edu
Gwendolyn Kelso, Graduate Admissions and Program Coordinator

Student Affairs: LBJStudentAffairs@austin.utexas.edu
Laura Roach, Graduate Program Coordinator
Amy Pakes, Graduate Program Coordinator

Career ManagementLBJCareers@austin.utexas.edu

Writing LabLBJWriting@austin.utexas.edu