About the Staff
Meet the FACS staff! We are an office of two, and we are both so excited to help you shape your career journey in the arts. Read more below about who we are and how we can help you.
Career Services Coordinator, Operations and Programming
Isabel Tweraser (she/her) provides individual career coaching to fine arts students and alumni. She is passionate about supporting and empowering students of all identities as they work towards meaningful careers in the arts. Additionally, she teaches the fine arts internship course and oversees FACS programming and scholarships. Isabel earned her MM in music theory at Florida State University, where she served as an instructor of music theory, music technology, and aural skills. She also holds a BA in music and a BS in computer science from Southwestern University, where she gained three years of experience working in the Center for Career and Professional Development. She is an active musician in the central Texas region and is dedicated to providing equitable access to professional resources and opportunities in the arts.
Isabel serves all COFA students, but especially loves working with:
- Performing arts students
- Students who need help preparing their digital portfolios and online profiles
- Students interested in combining multiple disciplines into their artistic pursuits, especially students with technical interests
- Anyone who needs help with a job or internship search, or who has questions about the fine arts internship course!
Favorite place to hang out on campus: I love sitting outside by the alumni center and enjoying a cup of coffee from Texas Expresso.
Childhood dream job: Oh man, so many… but I really wanted to be a famous writer. Or an archaeologist.
Most interesting job/internship in college: I learned many important life lessons working for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers… yum.
Career tip for COFA students: One of the best ways to build connections in the arts is to show up to events happening in town! Grab a couple of friends and head to a gallery opening together, or the closing night of a contemporary dance show. By showing up and immersing yourself in current art, you’ll learn about the local arts landscape and find other professionals with similar interests.
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Career Services Coordinator, Student Engagement and Marketing
Elizabeth Tuggle (she/her) obtained her MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in Islamic art history. She has received notable awards to support her work including the Critical Language Scholarship, the Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship, and the Theodore Bowie Fellowship. She also holds a degree in physical chemistry and has worked in semiconductor laboratories and environmental testing agencies in Austin. Elizabeth brings her experience in both the natural sciences and the fine arts to the role of the Career Services Coordinator to advise students from all backgrounds as they complete their degrees within the College of Fine Arts.
Elizabeth serves all COFA students, but especially loves working with:
- I love helping students with long-format applications–anything from pedagogy statements, graduate school applications, statements of interest, I love it! I get excited about wordsmithing materials that highlight individuality and enthusiasm in students.
- Studio art and art history students
- Graduate students
Favorite place to hang out on campus: I did a lot of Arabic homework at the balcony tables at Mezes Hall, so they hold a special place in my heart.
Childhood dream job: I really wanted to be a veterinarian! That dream was crushed as soon as I learned that being a vet did not mean that you could cuddle animals all day.
Most interesting job/internship in college: I interned in the conservation lab at the Harry Ransom Center, it was so cool working with all the rare books and materials.
Career tip for COFA students: If you are searching for internships or fellowships but coming up empty, check out the experience sections in resumes and CVs of people you admire in your field–it’s like a curated list of jobs and internships pertaining to your interests! You never know what opportunities might be out there but rarely advertised except through word-of-mouth, so CVs are great ways to see what might be out there.