Office of Academic Advising Initiatives
Location: Student Services Building (SVC), Room 2002
Phone: (813) 974-4051
Fax: (813) 974-0945
Meet our team
Dr. Travis Thompson
Senior Director, Academic Tracking and Advising
Dr. Thompson began at USF in 2004 and currently serves as the Senior Director for Academic Tracking & Advising where he leads and supports university-wide academic advising and undergraduate student success initiatives. His responsibilities include efforts to enhance timely student progression and graduation with the Office of Academic Advocacy, coordination of university-wide academic advising processes and systems to include the degree audit and academic tracking systems, administration of the Career Path and the Professional Development Program for academic advisors, and other areas. He served as Chair of USF's Council on Academic Advising for 2014-2015 and continues as Co-Chair for 2015-2016. Dr. Thompson received both his Ph.D. in Communication and his M.S. in Computer Science from USF and holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. His academic research and interests revolve around designing communication processes for participatory design of learning spaces.
Assistant Director, State and Community College Relations
Aaron Holland is the Assistant Director for State and Community College Relations where he leads efforts to create seamless transitions for transfer students and strengthen relationships with Florida College System institutions as well as private and out of state colleges. His responsibilities include development of strategic academic pathways, creation and support of a transfer advising committee, providing electronic transfer resources, advisor cross-training between institutions, transfer orientation programs and examining transfer course articulation practices. Prior to his current position, he worked in the USF College of Education as an Academic Advisor. He has also worked for USF Admissions, Hillsborough Community College and in the private sector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from USF.
Academic Success Advocate
Leslie Tod has worked at the University of South Florida since 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in Speech Communication and her M.A. degree from the University of South Florida in Communication. While at USF she has taught as an adjunct instructor for the Communication Department and served as an Academic Advisor and Lead Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to working at USF she spent several years in Higher Education in the UK at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the Centre for Human Communication, where she was a senior instructor and course manager.
Dr. Michelle Bombaugh
First Year Retention Advocate
Michelle Bombaugh is the First Year Retention Advocate in the Office of Academic Advocacy. She has been at the University of South Florida since 2005. While at USF, she has worked in Undergraduate Admissions and served as an Academic Advisor and Lead Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences. She earned her undergraduate degree at Florida Southern College in Music Education, her Masters in Education in College Student Affairs from USF, and will receive her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from USF in August 2015. She also holds graduate certificates in Career Counseling and Leadership in Higher Education.
Academic Services Administrator
Kim Williams is the academic services administrator in the Office of Academic Advocacy. She has been at USF for 30 years. Ms. Williams has worked in Financial Aid and University Computing and was with the College of Arts and Sciences since its formation 23 years ago. She moved to Undergraduate Studies when the Office of Academic Advocacy was formed. Ms. Williams has extensive experience in academic advising, graduation certification, academic regulations and university policy.
Academic Services Administrator
Chandra Davis is an Academic Services Administrator and Adjunct Instructor with the University of South Florida, where she has been employed since 2002. She received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Her true passion is education - she loves learning and teaching. She would definitely describe herself as a lifelong learner, always looking for ways to improve and develop. When she isn't teaching or working she enjoys spending time with her large family. She is also a very enthusiastic lover of music, all genres from Reggae to Rock!