Academic Programs

Undergraduate Studies Degree Programs Staff

Kyna Betancourt

Kyna Betancourt, Ph.D

Assistant Dean, General Education, Assessment, and Academic Programs

Dr. Betancourt earned her M.S. in Clinical Linguistics from University of Potsdam, Germany followed by her M.S. and Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She was an inaugural fellow of the Doctoral Leadership Program at USF and has recently completed the Professional Development in Higher Education Leadership Program. Before joining Undergraduate Studies she was an Instructor and Director of the Language, Speech, and Hearing Undergraduate Program for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She was also the Chair of the General Education Council for two years and helped lead the effort of the General Education Enhancement at USF. In her role with Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Betancourt continues to work with the General Education Council and curriculum at USF, is creating and overseeing the new Undergraduate Studies Assessment, Analysis, and Visualization Team, is developing and carrying out Undergraduate Studies' efforts to make student success practices public via publications and presentations, and is creating and maintaining an Interdisciplinary Institute focused on fostering interdisciplinary teaching by providing services and resources to faculty. 

Beth Taylor

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's degree in Political Science and master's 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 Office 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. 

Liz graduate assistant

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. 

Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BSAS) Advisor 

Cathy Marquez

Cathy Marquez, Instructor and BSAS Academic Advisor

 Cathy joined the Academic Programs team as theAcademic Advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree program. Ms. Marquez 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 bachelor's degree in English at the University of South Carolina and her master's degree in Counseling and Guidance at the University of South Florida.

 Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Advisors 

Joseph Chambers

Joseph Chambers, BGS Academic Advisor, (Students with Last Names L-Z)

 Joseph serves as an Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. 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 post-traditional 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. A proponent of autodidacticism, Joseph enjoys reading about history. He loves chicken nuggets, and is a devoted supporter of the Oxford comma.


Keri Uravich, BGS Academic Advisor
(Students with Last Names A-K)
Keri is a Tampa Bay native and joined USF as an Admissions Officer for Graduate Studies in 2011 after attending FSU and earning her degree in English Education. She has spent the last six years working as an Academic Advisor in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. During this time, she worked to develop student initiatives to promote a strong sense of community among students within the department. Prior to working in higher education, Keri taught middle school Language Arts in both Florida and Illinois. Keri appreciates large amounts of strong coffee and enjoys travelling across the pond for proper fish and chips.


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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.