CMS Staff

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Betancourt

Jennifer Betancourt

Assistant Director of Administration

Office: CMA 7.112B
Phone: 512-232-4880

Jennifer Betancourt serves the Department of Communication Studies, Chair, and unit leadership with support of academic, faculty and administrative management.  She is responsible for the instructional budget, course scheduling, human resource management, faculty promotion/Tenure, and any other tasks which need to be taken on. Jennifer also works closely with the College's academic advisors for academic planning and course management.

Jennifer’s background includes Military, Public and Academic service. Her varied experience lends themselves well to her Administrative Manager position.

Outside of the office Jennifer loves to spend time with her ever growing family and friends. Crafting and sewing are two of her hobbies. Quilts are a necessary gift from “Aunt Nif”, no niece or nephew left behind!


Vicky Moseley

Sr. Administrative Associate

Office: CMA 7.112D
Phone: 512-232-4878

Lisa Moseley, Senior Administrative Associate for the Communication Studies department has over 21 years of experience with UT Austin accounting policies and procedures. Lisa’s expertise includes travel pre-authorization and reimbursement, payroll, accounting and reconciliation. Other jobs include inventory tracking, new hire onboarding, CMS speaker series and conference administration, UTNIF Summer Camp and UT Forensic team support.


Saúl Palomo

Administrative Associate

Office: CMA 7.112
Phone: 512-471-5251

Saúl serves the department as the first point of contact with students, faculty, visitors, and the general public, responding to inquiries via department phone, email, and walk-in traffic. For CMS students, he makes sure that they have any and all of the materials they need to be successful during their time here. For faculty, he provides support with obtaining rooms for classes and meetings as well as organizing calendars, course instructor surveys, grade reporting, and updating our website.

CMS' physical space is under his care as well, from managing our conference room reservations, making sure our student cubicle and office spaces are up to par, to clearing paper jams in our departmental printer. Saúl is a jack of all trades and will take care of things before you even ask!

Born and raised a TRUE Austinite, he bleeds burnt orange and loves all things Austin, even through it's drastic never-ending changes.

Jenn Porras

Jenn Porras

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator

Office: CMA 7.110
Phone: 512-471-1942

Jennifer “Jenn” Porras serves as the Sr. Academic Graduate Program Coordinator for CMS. She has 15 years of higher education experience that includes undergraduate advising, admissions, and recruitment. She is a recipient of the James W. Vick Award for outstanding advisor in 2020. As a first-generation college student, she is deeply passionate about helping others achieve their college goals. She holds a B.A in International Studies and an M.A. in Women and Gender studies. Outside of the office, Jenn is an avid lover of movies, music, and true crime podcasts and shows. Her favorite spot in Austin is the boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake. 

Undergraduate Advisors (via Moody College advising office)

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Non-Moody students who are interested in transferring into the Moody College and would like to meet with an academic advisor must attend an internal transfer information session before they may meet with the Internal Transfer Advisor.