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Graduate Research Assistants

Jacob Combs


Jacob H. Combs is a Graduate Research Assistant primarily working for Dr. Shetay Ashford in the Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies department. Prior to becoming a GRA, Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Texas State University in 2012. After graduation, Jacob worked as a field archaeologist for three years before returning to Texas State to pursure a Master of Arts in Geographic Information Science.
In his capacity at OWLS, Jacob is currently writing one article with Dr. Ashford where his role is to analyze the spatial patterns of underserved communities is San Marcos and Luling, TX. He is working on another article with Drs. Ashford and Dr. Stephen Springer examining how court cases related to education and discrimination have effected education policy and practice over the last several decades. In his free time, Jacob enjoys being outside, composing and preparing to be a first-time father.

Courtney Graham

Courtney Graham is a Research Assistant working with Dr. Cathy Cherrstrom. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2016, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Rhetoric. Courtney is now a graduate student majoring in International Studies, focusing on studies in Africa and Political Science.

Courtney is currently assisting Dr. Cherrstrom in research that focuses on the Midlife Career Transition to the Professoriate. Courtney has also assisted Dr. Cherrstrom with grant proposals and drafting articles pertaining to the adult education field. In the past, she and Dr. Cherrstrom have written literature reviews that focus on giving adult students a voice. Courtney has also assisted Dr. Cherrstrom in research for the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Courtney will graduate in May 2018. With her Master’s, she plans on starting a career in International Affairs and children’s rights advocacy. In her free time, Courtney volunteers at Caritas of Austin where she works with refugees in writing resumes and seeking jobs. She also enjoys reading and playing basketball.

Sean Quiñones

Sean Quiñones is an OWLS graduate student completing a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and he received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Texas State University in 2016. In his time in the OWLS department, he has assisted several faculty members on various publications, grant proposals, and research initiatives. Additionally, Sean assists with managing the graduate program and recruiting students, as well as assisting with the USDA Boots2Roots program. At the moment, Sean manages the OWLS social media accounts and is assisting Dr. Ashford in planning a conference for young women to pursue STEM professions. Sean also had the privilege of working on a book with Dr. Boden that is set to print in the next few months.

Sean has managed and coordinated several local and public health campaigns and is currently working for a State Representative from Houston. He is seeking to impact policy in Texas and across the nation.

Lindsey Wilson


Lindsey Wilson is a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Todd Sherron at the Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Department at Texas State University. Before coming to Texas State, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Originally from the San Antonio area, she wanted to find a graduate school to work towards receiving her License in Family and Marital Therapy back home after graduating from Mizzou. Through her studies, she is pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling, emphasizing in Family, Marital and Couple Therapy.

At the OWLS department, she is helping Dr. Sherron work on research and drafting articles regarding the transitions and successes of veterans in adult education programs. She also does work with assisting Dr. Sherron and other professors with any editing, research, or course material make-ups as needed. Lindsey is set to graduate in May of 2020. After that, she hopes to work for organizations to encourage mental health and counseling among adolescents. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys running, reading, volunteering at Youth Service Bureau, and spending time with her friends and family.