Lapétra Bowman, Ph.D.
- Director of Academic Advising , Office of Academic Advising
Lapétra Bowman, Ph.D. develops strategic initiatives to promote student success and student retention within the Academic Affairs unit. As Advising Coordinator, she oversees the daily functions of the Office of Academic Advising and professional advising staff responsible for FY through major declaration academic advising. Additionally, she supports faculty advisors by developing advising resources, degree checklists, and advising workshops, along with other professional development opportunities.
Originally from Nancy, France, Lapétra Bowman, Ph.D. and her grandmother moved to the U.S. in the summer of 1985. She subsequently attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in English (1997), her Master’s Degree in English (2000), and her Doctorate in English (with a focus in comparative literature by women) (2010), all the while being the primary caretaker to her beloved grandmother for well over twenty-two years.
In addition to being an Academic Adviser for 17 years, Lapétra Bowman, Ph.D. has taught undergraduate courses in English, Humanities, and Women’s Studies for more than a decade. Courses taught include “Body Narratives in American Film,” “The Modern World,” “The Romantic Age,” “Medieval World,” “Introduction to Women’s Studies,” “Feminism and Globalization,” and “Gender and Media." She has also worked as a retention specialist, program coordinator, assessment coordinator, internship coordinator, and thesis program coordinator. She has also been involved with curriculum development, revising catalogs, and peer mentoring programs.
When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling with her husband Todd, as well as cooking complicated but delicious French cuisine, attending theatrical or musical events, hiking throughout the Texas Hill Country, swimming, practicing yoga, meditation, and gardening.