Academic Programs

Undergraduate Studies Degree Programs Staff

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Beth Taylor, Assistant Director

Beth was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1995, Beth moved to Ocala, Florida and attended the College of Central Florida. Beth transferred to USF where she earned her Bachelor degree in Political Science and Master degree in Adult Education and a graduate certificate in College Student Affairs.  Beth currently serves as the Assistant Director for two degree completion programs housed in the Department of Undergraduate Studies: the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS). Beth also serves as the Administrative contact for Complete Florida, a Degree Completion Initiative founded by the State of Florida. She also serves as the Osher Re-entry Scholarship Coordinator.


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Cathy Jewel, Instructor and BSAS Academic Advisor

Cathy has joined the Academic Programs team as the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) Academic Advisor. Ms. Jewel has an extensive background working with both community college and university students. Her 25 year career at USF includes assisting BSAS students as well as major re-selection advising, and most recently as the Exploratory Curriculum Major (ECM) advisor for undecided freshmen. Ms. Jewel also certifies the USF AA, BSAS and BGS degrees. She completed her BA in English at the University of South Carolina and her MA in Counseling and Guidance at the University of South Florida.


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Joseph Chambers, Academic Advisor, BGS

Joseph serves as an Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. He works with current USF students that have been redirected or dismissed from a previous major. A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Joseph graduated from Mountain State University, where he majored in Liberal Studies with a focus in American Law & Politics, in 2008. Joseph has advised for a range of programs, including criminal justice, leadership studies, pre-medicine, and engineering technology. He has done significant work with first-generation students and international students, as well as adult and nontraditional learners. For over a decade, he has been a supporter of Toastmasters International, the world's largest organization dedicated to communication and leadership skills development, in which he has held several award-winning leadership roles. As a proponent of autodidacticism, Joseph enjoys reading about history. He loves chicken nuggets, and is a devoted supporter of the Oxford comma.



Liz Luckenbaugh, Graduate Assistant

Liz graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in Education and a minor in Gender Studies. After teaching in Pasco County for three years, she returned to school and received a post-baccalaureate degree through USF Sarasota Manatee in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently enrolled in the Speech Language Pathology Master's program here at USF. Liz enjoys going to the beach and Disney, watching movies, and spending time with family, friends, and her pet cat, Gilbert.


Note: Please be sure to contact / schedule appointments with your specific USF college advisor. Questions related to your specific major should be directed to the appropriate advising contacts. The above advisors specialize in the two program mentioned above and cannot advise on majors other than those listed above.

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