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Andrew Seidler

Director

CONTACT
865-974-3518
aseidler@utk.edu

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

BIOGRAPHY
Andrew Seidler is Director of UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships. Under his leadership, UT has emerged in recent years as one of the nation’s top-producing Fulbright institutions and has had back-to-back Rhodes Scholars, its first-ever Gates Cambridge and Mitchell Scholars, its first Marshall Scholar in 35 years, and, in 2020, a Goldwater all-time record five scholars. Andrew received the Chancellor’s Ready for the World Citation and, prior to working at UT, was an editor, book reviewer, and newspaper reporter. His newswriting was recognized by the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association and the Illinois Press Association. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College and a master’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University.



Michael Handelsman

Senior Faculty Director Emeritus

CONTACT
handelsm@utk.edu

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

BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Michael Handelsman is Senior Faculty Director Emeritus of the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF). He has been on the University of Tennessee faculty since 1976. Michael’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. Michael was formerly Director of the Global Studies interdisciplinary program at the University of Tennessee and also directed numerous service-learning project in which students with advanced proficiency in Spanish worked with local Latinx children and their families in the Knox County community.



De Furio headshot

Assistant Director

CONTACT
ldefurio@utk.edu

DEGREES
PhD, English Literature, University of Alabama
MA, English Literature, Villanova University
BA, Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Laura De Furio is Assistant Director of the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF). Laura formerly taught in the English Department at the University of Alabama, tutored in the Writing Center, and administered thesis and dissertation submissions in the Graduate School. Her research and teaching interests include early modern British women’s writing, archival theory, manuscript culture, and politics. Her book project, Femme Covert: Ciphered Politics in Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1640-1680, offers a literary history of women’s secret politicking recovered from neglected archival materials, including cipher letters, petitions, biographical fragments, and gossip. Her work has been supported by grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Laura started her career as a high school teacher in the School District of Philadelphia (PA) as a Philadelphia Teaching Fellow.


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