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Meet the ONSF



PhD, Education Psychology & Research (in progress)
MS, Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University
BA, History, Colby College

Andrew Seidler is Director of the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF). In 2016, Andrew received the Chancellor’s Ready for the World Citation, in part for developing and leading UT’s first-ever study abroad program to Cuba. Prior to working at UT, Andrew was an editor and newspaper reporter. Andrew is a PhD student in Educational Psychology & Research, where he is focused on collaborative communication, international education, and learning over the lifespan.

Michael Handelsman

Senior Faculty Director


PhD, Romance Languages & Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Florida
MA, Romance Languages, University of Florida
BA, Spanish, Gettysburg College

Michael Handelsman is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.A. in Spanish) and the University of Florida (M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages; Ph.D. Certificate in Latin American Studies), and he has been on the University of Tennessee faculty since 1976. Handelsman’s principal teaching and research interests are Latin American narrative, Ecuadorian literature and culture, concepts of national identity, women writers, literary journals, Afro Hispanic literature, globalization, and decolonization. In addition to having received an Organization of American States research grant and six Fulbright fellowships, he has been a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities since 1987. Currently, he is Director of the Global Studies interdisciplinary program at the University of Tennessee and Senior Faculty Director of the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships. Handelsman also directs a service-learning project in which students with advanced proficiency in Spanish work with local Hispanic children and their families in the Knox County community.

Graduate Student Intern


B.A. in Biology, concentration in ecology and environmental science
M.S. in Nutrition/M.P.H. (in progress)

Jen Trumbo is a former Energy Science and Engineering PhD student in the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. She is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in public health and nutrition at the University of Tennessee. Ms. Trumbo wants to integrate scientific findings with policy, social and economic problem-solving. She hopes to inform long-term environmental planning through energy, social, health, and economic priorities and trends. She is a reviewer for the journal Futures and is passionate about STEM outreach. Ms. Trumbo received a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in ecology and environmental science from Capital University.

Jonathan Christian Thomas

Undergraduate Student Assistant


College Scholars, The University of Tennessee

Jonathan Thomas is in the College Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee and plans to graduate in May 2019. He has shadowed doctors at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the Medical Explorations Program over the summer of 2015 and hopes to continue. Jonathan is also a member of TEDxUTK and is very involved with the Arabic Department. Because of his work in ONSF, Jonathan has a strong interest in the Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Boren Scholarship, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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