Academic Success Staff

Sharon Oster, Academic Success Advisor

Sharon Oster joined the University of Dallas in August 2013.  She is a native of St. Paul, MN and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Animal and Plant Systems (2000). She also has an M.Ed. in Adult, Secondary and Higher Education (2001) from Grand Valley State University. Sharon has almost 15 years of experience working in higher education. She has previously worked as a career counselor and most recently as an academic advisor and retention specialist. Sharon is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) and National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).  

Graduate Assistants

Joe Aziz

Joe Aziz has been a University of Dallas student and employee since August 2013. He is enrolled as a full-time student in the IPS doctoral program for Philosophy. His hometown is just outside of Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Eckerd College in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology, and received an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Santa Fe in 2012. He worked as a University of Dallas Residence Coordinator for the 2013-2014 academic year, and has previously worked as a mentor for both high-school students in low demographic communities, and individuals with learning disabilities.

Rachel Fields

Rachel Fields has been a student at the University of Dallas since the Fall of 2012. She is currently enrolled in the IPS doctoral program for Literature.  She received her M.A. in English from UD in August of 2014, and received her B.A. in English from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she graduated magna cum laude.  Though she graduated from Cleburne High School, she considers her hometown to be El Paso, Texas. Previously she has worked with at-risk elementary school students and has worked with various after-school programs.

Natalie Gosline

Natalie graduated from UD with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2016 and was a Spring Romer. She was member of the Psychology Club, Indian Film and Culture Club, Crusaders for Life and APO while she was an undergraduate student. She is currently working on her Masters in Psychology and has had several internships at various non-profits agencies assisting at-risk clients with bettering their circumstances.

 Matthew Guertin

Matthew is enrolled as a full-time student in the IPS doctoral program for Philosophy. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Master of Sacred Theology from International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria and a BA in Philosohy from St. Joseph College of Maine. Matthew has previously worked as a tutor for various disciplines and as a teaching assistant.

News

Iraqi Couple Will Use UD Education to Enrich, Preserve Culture

They came here so that someday, they can go back with even more to offer. Sana Kandalan, MA '19, and Anmar Oghanna, MBA '19, a wife and husband, both received scholarships to pursue graduate education at UD; they hope to use their degrees and experiences here to better serve their community back home in Erbil.

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Trailblazing Golden Crusaders Pave Path for Future Generations

During their freshman year, a mere nine miles from the UD campus, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. Kennedy's famous words, "Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man," were imprinted on the memories of these freshmen, influencing the development of their characters and philanthropic spirits and empowering them to serve with distinction in all types of vocations.

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Professor Scott Churchill Explores the Souls of Animals

After happening across the early biophilosopher Jakob von Uexküll as a freshman biology major, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill began peering into the worlds of animals through what Uexküll called the "spiritual eye" rather than our physical one; there, he discovered the animal spirit.

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