Contacting SPARK Partners


Dean Elizabeth Vardaman, Associate Dean for Engaged Learning, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 254.710.4176

Office: Burleson Hall 105

Key Awards: Fulbright, Truman, Pickering, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, Rotary Global Grant


Dr. Kirsten Escobar, SPARK Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 254.710.3306

Office: Burleson Hall 105

Key Awards: Fulbright, US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes, Shepherd Scholars, Mount Vernon Leadership Fellowship, Truman, CLS, Summer fellowships & internships for undergraduates


Dr. Frieda Blackwell, Associate Dean for Humanities and Professor, Modern Languages & Cultures, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 254.710.3361

Office: Burleson 105

Key Awards: Boren


Robert Leis, Exchange Program & Study Abroad Advisor, Center for Global Engagement

Phone: 254.710.4824

Office: Hankamer Academic Building, Suite H160

Key Awards: Gilman


Dr. Jeffrey Olafsen, Associate Professor, Physics, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 254.710.2280

Key Awards: Goldwater


Dr. Stephen Gardner, Professor, Economics and Director, McBride Center, Hankamer School of Business

Phone: 254.710.6147

Key Awards: Schwarzman


Dr. Jennifer Good, Associate Professor, German, College of Arts & Sciences, and Director, University Scholars, Honors College

Phone: 254.710.6542

Office: Old Main 201A

Key Awards: DAAD German Academic Undergraduate Scholarship, DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering, DAAD University Summer Course Grant, DAAD German Academic Graduate Scholarship, DAAD RISE Professional Internship


Dr. Rena Bonem, Professor, Geology, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 254.710.2187

Office: BSB NA E 413

Key Awards: Udall