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, he was an editor and newspaper reporter. Andrew is a graduate of Colby College (BA in History) and Northwestern University (MS in Education & Social Policy) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Education Psychology and Research.
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.
B.A. in English Literature & Language with a concentration in Cultural Studies
Rachel Fauth graduated from Pace University in lower Manhattan in 2015. After graduating, Rachel served as a Fulbright English Teacher abroad, where she taught high school language, culture, and film classes in the South Korean countryside. She also edited and wrote nonfiction for the Seoul-based literary magazine, Infusion. In the US, Rachel has tutored writing to native and non-native English speakers at community colleges and university in both New York and Knoxville, Tennessee. Rachel is passionate about well-crafted personal narrative as a tool for social action; her own writing has been recognized by the New Millennium Literary Awards, Solas’s Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Passages North Literary Journal. These days, Rachel’s interests reside in the fields of memoir, trauma studies, and place-based storytelling.