B.A. Temple University, English - Creative Writing
Tiffany was raised in Fort Washington, Maryland and is a graduate from Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. She earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. She is thrilled to come back to CLA as an Academic Advisor. While a student, Tiffany was an Owl Ambassador, a Peer Advisor for CLA, and studied abroad at the university’s campus in Rome, Italy. She still raves about the amazing culture, pasta, and gelato she enjoyed while there. Currently, Tiffany is in the Masters of Social Work program at Temple, with a clinical concentration focusing on mental health. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys exploring brunch spots in the city and checking out different literary readings downtown.
Favorite Books: On Beauty by Zadie Smith, Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, and The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Xiomara I. Gonzalez
B.A., Rowan University
History M.A., Counseling in Educational Settings- Higher Education Track
Xiomara is a native of Puerto Rico but was raised in South Jersey. Xiomara received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University. As a graduate student, Xiomara worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Academic Success Center, where she fell in love with higher education. Once Xiomara graduated with her Master’s degree, she joined the University Advising Center and the Rohrer College of Business as an Academic Advisor at Rowan University. Xiomara enjoys thrifting, going to the movies, and spending time with her loved ones. Xiomara is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help students succeed and grow academically through her role in the College of Liberal Arts.
Favorite Quotes: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman "I've never been content with the status quo. To my mind, satisfaction has always been the enemy of progress." -Henry M. Rowan
Advising Interests: First generation students, athletes, and study abroad.
Nia Bayete Jackson
B.A. Washington University, Psychology and African-American Studies
Nia was born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She travelled abroad as a student to Turkey and Spain. She has worked in Advertising, Customer Service, for online search engines/retailers, in administrative support, as an Elementary School teacher and now as an Academic Advisor. Nia has truly maximized her Liberal Arts education and encourages students to explore all possible avenues that align with their professional and personal interests. She can often be heard telling students: “It is ok to not yet know which career field you would like to enter. It is equally ok if you thought you knew what you wanted to do with your life, but then changed your mind. This experience is quite common. Discovering who you are and what you want are all a part of the college journey.”
Advising Interests: Freshman, Sophomore and Transfer students, non-traditional students and major/minor/career exploration
B.A. with Honors, University of Georgia, Athens, Anthropology
M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Religion
Beth was raised Alpharetta, GA. Growing up, she had many experiences traveling abroad, which ultimately inspired a love of archaeology and historic preservation. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, where she studied abroad in Verona, Italy and received her degree in Anthropology. After working as a field archaeologist in South Carolina, she returned to Athens and received her Master of Arts degree in Religion, concentrating on Islamic Studies. She moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to join Temple’s Department of Religion as a Ph.D. student. After 10 years of teaching, she transitioned into academic advising to continue working with students in helping them take advantage of the many opportunities that Temple offers. Beth enjoys spending time with her loved ones, travelling and exploring bizarre subreddits.
Favorite Books: Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Bulter, The Dirt by Motley Crue
B.A., Boston College, Communication
M.Ed., Harvard University, Higher Education Administration
A northern New Jersey native, Liz is new to the city of Philadelphia after having lived in the Boston area for the last 11 years. Liz attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree in Communication. While at BC, Liz studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which was one of the most memorable and formative experiences of her college years, and she loves helping students plan for study abroad opportunities. After graduating, she first worked in educational travel and then returned to campus life to work in undergraduate student affairs and student conduct at Harvard College. While at Harvard, Liz earned her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When Liz isn’t at work, you’ll likely find her spending time with family, indoor cycling, working on home-improvement projects, sneaking away to the Jersey shore, and exploring her new surroundings. Liz is thrilled to be a part of the Temple community and looks forward to helping students reflect on their academic and professional goals.
Favorite Books: College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Advising Interests: Academic Planning and Goal Setting, Career Exploration and Professional Development for College Students, Developmental Advising, Study Abroad
Dr. Mark Walker, Ph.D.
BA (Hons) History, University of Essex (2009)
MA History, Old Dominion University (2011)
Ph.D. History, University of Essex (2016)
Dr. Mark Walker is proud to be a gay immigrant to the US from Britain, born and raised in East London. He had gone through three different visas (J-1, F-1 and K-1) before moving to the United States in March 2016. He credits Temple alum Edie Windsor for making it possible; her Supreme Court victory in 2013 allowed his now-husband to finally sponsor him for family immigration. A successful ‘Ph.D. survivor’, Mark spent five years doing all the usual doctoral student activities: reading more than he thought possible, researching at a range of archives and libraries handling documents that were hundreds of years old and sometimes too unique to even touch, attending and presenting at academic conferences, and teaching. He began by teaching American students about European history and then switched to teaching European students about American history. In 2016 he completed and successfully defended his magnum opus ‘The Melancholy Pompous Sight’: Royal Deaths and the Politics of Ritual in the Late Stuart Monarchy, c. 1685-1714, and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Essex. After moving to Philadelphia, he briefly taught at Drexel University before coming to Temple in 2017.
Favorite Quote: “Bart, don’t make fun of graduate students. They just made a terrible life choice.” - Marge Simpson
Favorite Books: Hero by Perry Moore, Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Advising Interests: International students, History majors/minors, graduate school planning, academic careers, LGBT students