Kerri Cline, President
Kerri is a Senior Academic Advisor for the Tickle College of Engineering, in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Native to West Virginia, Kerri earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2006, from Mountain State University and began her career in higher education. Kerri went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership in 2010, and moved to Tennessee in 2016 to continue her career in higher ed. with the University of Tennessee.
Kerri enjoys spending time with her family, making trips home to West Virginia in the Fall, and watching movies with her three daughters.
Ali Aust, Vice President
Ali serves as an Academic Coach in the Academic Success Center and has been in this role since September 2018. Prior to UT, Ali earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of West Georgia in 2014 after which she began her career in higher education. Ali came to UT in 2016 to earn a Master of Science in College Student Personnel and through her grad program, fell in love with UT and Knoxville.
While not on campus Ali enjoys spending time with her dog, Pepper, and soaking in all that East Tennessee has to offer, in addition to going back to her home state of Georgia to spend time with friends and family.
Melanie Barts, Secretary
Melanie is a senior academic advisor in the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences and works primarily with students in the College’s health and human sciences programs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University in 2014 and her Master of Education in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University in 2018. Melanie started her role at the University of Tennessee in 2018; she also teaches FYS 101 and BUAD 200 and assists with the CEHHS Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board.
Melanie is originally from metro Detroit, Michigan. She enjoys hiking, watching Michigan State football and basketball, and hanging out with her husband and their two cats.
Lindsay Herrell, Communications Coordinator
Lindsay is an academic advisor in the Haslam College of Business. She was an administrative specialist within Haslam before beginning to work as an advisor in May 2019. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from King University in 2016. She completed her Master of Education in Educational Leadership – Higher Education from East Tennessee State University in 2019.
Lindsay is from Western North Carolina but now calls Tennessee home. She enjoys playing board games, binging tv shows, and spending time with my husband and their pets. Lindsay is beginning to work toward her Master of Arts in Political Science from UTK this fall.
Karmen Stephenson, Professional Development Committee Liaison
Karmen is an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has advised students on many paths including Exploratory, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, and almost all Arts and Sciences majors, and she now works primarily with students majoring in Anthropology and Geology and Environmental Studies. Karmen completed her B.A. in Anthropology with a Second Major in Romance Languages (Spanish) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Karmen has taught high school Spanish as well as college courses in cultural anthropology, gender studies, and honors seminars, and her primary research interests are in the anthropology of education. Her academic hobby is the study of anti-science movements in American culture and education. In advising scholarship she is interested in the application of feminist pedagogy to theory in academic advising and in the analysis of the value systems and culture of higher education. She is also interested in the use of qualitative research to enhance advising practice, to improve advising assessment, or to help advisors gain deeper understandings of marginalized students so they can foster greater opportunities and support movement toward equity for undergraduate scholars.
Though Karmen grew up in North Carolina and Florida, Tennessee is now home. She enjoys crafting, hiking, swimming, zoo-ing, swing-pushing, and golf cart joyriding with her family.