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Message from the Department Chair


Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs

OWLS Department Chair - Professor 

PED 101

Phone: (512) 245-2115



Hello OWLS Family,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you, we're here for you!  The Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies offers most of its courses online.  Faculty and staff continue to work remotely (and a few of us in the office) to support our students so no disruptions occur with your courses.  Because our students are already online learners, university measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 do not heavily affect them. President Trauth continues to update the university webpage as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. I fully understand the uncertainty, anxiety, and questions some of you may have regarding how your studies may be impacted. Please know we are working to keep our commitment to you. Do not hesitate to reach out should you have questions or concerns. Faculty will continue communication on specific course content and information.  Some of you have asked about referring a friend or family member to our program- we are still accepting applications (business as usual). While this remains a challenging time, I want to thank our incredible students and alumni (faculty and staff too) for making OWLS proud. We see and recognize the good work you do in the program and for our communities. I love that our alumni are city leaders, government employees, first responders, teachers, truck drivers, business owners, restaurant workers, nonprofit employees, health care workers, and so many more! Please be safe and help us overcome this pandemic by following strict protocols.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back at the “Meet and Greet” and awards ceremonies, once we overcome this difficult time.


Take care and be safe,

 Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, LCSW, PhD

Department Chair and Professor, Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies