Dr. Roberta Berry
Dr. Berry is a tenured associate professor in the School of Public Policy. She joined Tech in 1999 and during her time has initiated several educational initiatives to enhance undergraduate education, including a new pre-law minor. She has worked to connect students interested in intellectual property law with law student mentors and to engage students in team-based, problem-driven learning projects with challenging problems in bioethics and biotechnology. Dr. Berry earned her Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame; her J.D. at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and her B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Dr. Shannon Dobranski
Pre-Graduate & Pre-Professional Advising
Dr. Dobranski has been an educator at Georgia Tech since 1996. She is currently the Director of Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Programs, overseeing a team committed to students and alumni seeking careers in education, law, or health, or pursuing graduate admission or prestigious fellowships. Shannon earned her Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Texas (hook-em!) in her hometown of Austin. Her field of study was Shakespeare, and her dissertation focused on absent fathers in Shakespeare’s middle comedies. As a faculty member at Georgia Tech, her teaching and research focused on Shakespeare, Shakespearean adaptations, adaptation studies more generally, and short fiction. After serving as a Brittain Fellow in Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Shannon took on the role of undergraduate coordinator for that school and was subsequently promoted to associate director of undergraduate studies. In that role, she oversaw the day-to-day management of two degree programs: Science, Technology, and Culture and Computational Media. She also coordinated several study abroad opportunities, including exchange programs with universities in Sweden and Denmark as well as a faculty-led program in Italy.
Mr. Brent Griffin
Retention & Graduation/Assistant Registrar, OUE/VPES
Mr. Griffin transferred to Georgia Tech in August 2019 after 23 years as a mathematics professor and administrator at Georgia Highlands College. He is a proven academic leader with diverse experience related to student retention, student success initiatives, curriculum design, course scheduling and academic advising. For 12 years he served as the mathematics representative to University System of Georgia Council on General Education. Mr. Griffin earned a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech and B.A. in Mathematics from Huntingdon College (AL). He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in analytics through Georgia Tech’s online analytics program. His interests include international travel, college football (Go Jackets!) and classic cinema.
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch
Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Dr. Hirsch is a Cultural Anthropologist specializing in community sustainability, cultural diversity, asset-based community development, and network building. She came to Georgia Tech in 2015 after eight years working with communities, municipalities, museums, universities, and businesses on sustainability and climate action in the Chicago area as well as around the country. She also has an extensive background in university administration, focused on study abroad and experiential education. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and her BA in American Culture from Northwestern University. She studied abroad at Waseda University in Japan and spent three years working in Japan for the Japanese government and Baxter Healthcare. In her free time, Dr. Hirsch enjoys biking, hiking, and kayaking, spending time with her partner, son, and their two wire-haired terriers, reading, traveling (particularly to Asia), and volunteering with fair trade and reentry from prison programs.
Dr. Christopher Reaves
Academic Engagement Programs
Dr. Reaves joined Georgia Tech in January 2011 as the director of undergraduate research and student innovation. He oversees and supports undergraduate research programs, provides support for student symposia, conferences and competitions related to undergraduate research and student innovation and campus communications related to both efforts. Prior to coming to Tech, Dr. Reaves was the founding director of the Office for Undergraduate Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned a B.S. in Education and a M.P.A. from Jacksonville State University (AL) and a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs with a concentration in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Louisville.
Dr. Beth Bullock Spencer
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Academic Support Programs
Dr. Spencer serves as a central resource to provide leadership for undergraduate academic advising; to support and provide resources for academic advisors; and to implement campus-wide advising initiatives and programs that benefit student success. Dr. Spencer collaborates closely with the Complete College Georgia-Georgia Tech (CCG-GT) steering committee to ensure alignment of academic advising with CCG strategies. She works closely with the Registrar’s Office on the development and communication of academic policy and curriculum updates as they relate to advising. Finally, she serves as Georgia Tech’s representative on the USG’s Regent’s Advisory Committee on Academic Advising (RACAD) and advises GTAAN and other campus partners. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University, a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, and a M.A. in Modern Social History from the University of Lancaster (UK).
Dr. De Morris Walker
Summer Session Initiatives
Prior to joining Tech in January 2017, Dr. Walker worked in the Office of Summer Session at Clemson University, while earning his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. He brings nearly 10 years professional experience in higher education, including roles in student affairs and academic affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara; California Polytechnical Institute, Pomona; and Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc. Dr. Walker’s doctorate from Clemson University explored how a summer pre-college program fostered parent and family engagement among their program participants, who would be first-generation college students. He has an M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He enjoys visiting family and friends in Southern California and Louisiana; spending time with his wife and two daughters; and being a “Dance Dad” with his daughters’ dance studio.
Academic Support Programs
Mr. James Barricelli
Center for Career Discovert & Development
Employer Relations (C2D2)
James began his career at Georgia Tech as the Director of Employer Relations for C2D2 since November 2018. He has more than 16 years of experience in career services and higher education. He has successfully led teams at institutions such as Wake Forest University, UNC Chapel Hill, George Washington University, and George Mason University. He has served in leadership roles for several professional associations including ACPA and the Virginia Association of College and Employers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Utica College of Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In this position, James reports directly to the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dr. Steven Girardot. He oversees and implement the transformation of career services, undergraduate cooperative and work-based experiential education, and professional development activities. He will work collaboratively with leadership in graduate career services and pre-professional advising to ensure a seamless integration of these services and programs with a focus to ensure students across all colleges are well-served by the center.