Elaine S. Brooks, Ph.D.

Academic Director |

Professor of Spanish and Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Fellow and has taught at UNO for twenty years. Dr. Brooks came to New Orleans in 1989 from the University of California, Davis, after earning a master’s degree in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Spanish Medieval literature. Dr. Brooks is a fifth-generation Californian having grown up in both Northern and Southern California. “When I accepted the position to teach at the University of New Orleans, I had never been to the Southern states of the United States. But, my home is now New Orleans and as an avid Saints fan, I have no desire to move back to California.” Dr. Brooks has lived in three Spanish-speaking countries: Mexico, Spain and Costa Rica. As a member of Latin American Outreach at UNO, she has visited every country in Central America, except Nicaragua, and she has made many trips to Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay. During her career at UNO Dr. Brooks has published articles on 15th-century Spanish poetry and has published two books on Spanish literature and language. In July 2007 Dr. Brooks became the Academic Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, a position she enjoys because she and her colleagues are dedicated to advancing the importance of integrative learning at UNO, and to fulfilling the academic goals of the more than 600 IDS majors.


Dan Harper

Associate Director |

Dan has been employed with UNO for 19 years. He started with BGS as a Counselor in 1996 and now holds the position of Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to his duties with IDS he also serves as the Coordinator for the National Student Exchange Program at UNO. Prior to arriving at UNO he worked for LSU in Eunice for 5 years where he held positions as Director of Student Activities and Orientation, Tutorial Coordinator, and Counselor. Dan graduated from Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) University with a M.S. in Counseling in 1990 and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He was a late higher education bloomer as he did not enroll in college until he was 34. After holding several jobs between the ages of 14 and 34 he decided to give college a try as means to move forward in a career. Like many students, regardless of age, he was not sure what he wanted to be when he grew up! He tried out several majors before settling in to the best personal and academic fit. In short, entering college turned out to be the right decision as it has led him to where he is today. Like many other transplants, Dan visited New Orleans for the first time as a tourist and fell in love with the city. At that point (25+years ago) he declared that one day he would live and work in NOLA. And here he is today with no regrets!

Jennifer Archibald

Jennifer Archibald

Academic Counselor |

Jennifer is new to the city of New Orleans. However, she has a long history of visiting and working in the Crescent City. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from The University of Memphis. She is currently a first year Graduate Student studying Tourism at UNO. As an undergraduate, Jennifer had the opportunity to work with an elite group of sports organizations, including the Memphis Grizzlies, NASCAR, the PGA Tour and the NCAA. From a very early age, her passion has always been sports. Jennifer is endeavoring to combine her love of sports with the amazing tourism industry that the city of New Orleans has to offer. Her love of New Orleans coupled with her passion for the University of New Orleans, makes it difficult for Jennifer to imagine living and studying anywhere else.