Staff Directory


Dr. Ann L. Kenimer

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
 
Dr. Kenimer serves as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies. In this role, she works with the academic colleges and other campus units to strengthen programs and services designed to help students successfully complete their undergraduate studies. She is a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Since joining the Texas A&M University faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor, she has supported undergraduate learning experiences including experiential learning, academic assessment, honors, and study abroad opportunities. She provided leadership for academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 2007 to 2011 as the Associate Dean for Academic Operations. From 2011 to 2012, she served as Associate Dean of Faculties.
 
A native of Virginia, Dr. Kenimer earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Virginia Tech and her doctorate in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. She is active with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and serves on the executive committee for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
 
Dr. Kenimer has been named a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence and has received The Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award. She was also named a Piper Professor, an award established by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, in 2007. In 2009, she was named an Outstanding Alumna from Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Dr. Valerie Balester

Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Executive Director for Academic Success Center and the University Writing Center

 
Dr. Balester is Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies and the Executive Director of the Academic Success Center and the University Writing Center. She serves as Undergraduate Ombuds. Dr. Balester holds the rank of Professor in the Department of English where she engaged in teaching, research, and service related to rhetoric and writing, including serving as the Director of Writing Programs with responsibility for the writing center, freshman English, technical writing, and writing about literature. Her research agenda focuses on diversity in language as it relates to higher education and to writing pedagogy.


Dr. Sumana Datta

Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Executive Director of LAUNCH

 
Dr. Datta has overall responsibility for LAUNCH programming. She coordinates with university, college and departmental programs to initiate, promote and facilitate Honors and Undergraduate Research efforts, including administration of the University Honors, University Scholars and the Undergraduate Research Scholars Programs. She provides support for College and Departmental-level Honors Programs and development of Honors courses as well as individual and programmatic Undergraduate Research initiatives at the College and Departmental level.

She joined the faculty in 1993 and is currently an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. She has served as a member of the Council of Principal Investigators, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research and is currently a Councilor for the Undergraduate Research Program Director Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). She has mentored about 50 undergraduates in her laboratory and is a frequent speaker on mentoring, management and communication skills.


Dr. Tim Scott
Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies


Undergraduate Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Timothy P. Scott to the position of assistant provost effective 1January 2017. Dr. Scott will oversee development, implementation, and coordination of processes for awarding competency-based academic credit,pathways to degree completion, and opportunities for alternate  academic credentials. He will also provide support to colleges and academic support units to facilitate access and inclusivity.
Dr. Scott is professor of biology and science education policy and currently serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University.  His research focuses on teaching and learning in science and student success. Dr. Scott is co­-director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Texas A&M.  Much of his work focuses efforts on national and state sciencstandards and policy as it relates to STEM teacher certification, professional development and student achievement in science and mathematics.
In 2001, he founded the university's aggieTEACH program, which was developed to address the shortage of teachers in the high need areas of mathematics  and science.

Executive Director for Undergraduate Studies
 
Ms. Harper is the Executive Director for Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University. She has a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with Specialization in Volunteer Administration, from Michigan State University. She has extensive experience with the implementation and assessment of high-impact educational experiences, higher education’s response to critical incidents involving students, and assessment of academic advising, recently serving as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board’s Academic Advising Assessment Work Group assembled in response to SB 36, 82nd Texas Legislature. In addition, she directs Undergraduate Studies’ First Year Seminar Program and was lead editor and author of Crisis Management:  Responding from the Heart (2006).


Ms. Amanda Booth

Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies

Ms. Booth is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Studies.  A Texas A&M former student, Ms. Booth has extensive experience in advising and student management, having served in a variety of academic advising positions in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences-Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, as well as the College of Geosciences-Department of Oceanography, and the College of Science-Department of Biology.  She works across Undergraduate Studies units to promote academic support services via print, online and social media that engage undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M University.  She also coordinates outreach events for Undergraduate Studies and its units, organizes the UGST Speaker Series, and supports ombuds and academic grievance services for undergraduate students.  She advises two student organizations, One Love and Freshmen Leaders Advancing in Service and Honor, and was a CAM (Corps Academic Mentor) to Company A.
 
Assistant to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
 
Ms. Chavarria has been employed with Texas A&M University/The Texas A&M University System since 2008. She serves as Dr. Kenimer’s primary administrative support and directs and coordinates activities related to the operation of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. She is responsible for the coordination of the Academic Operations Committee and Academic Operations Committee Deans’ committees. Ms. Chavarria has over 30 years of administrative professional experience. She attended McKenzie-Baldwin Business College.   She is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals where she received her Certified Administrative Professional and Organizational Management certifications.
 
Assistant to the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies
 
Ms. Hines began her career at Texas A&M University in 1999 working for Athletics Career Services and in 2001 she moved to the Department of Residence Life.  There she was awarded the Division of Student Affairs Award of Distinction in 2009.  In February of 2013 she joined the office of Undergraduate Studies.  She will provide administrative support to Dr. Valerie Balester, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies and to Ms. Kristin Harper, Executive Director.  She will also serve as Undergraduate Studies’ primary liaison with the Academic Affairs Business Office.  She is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals where she received her Certified Administrative Professional and Organizational Management certifications.