Staff Spotlight · Texas Tech · Thoughts from Counselors

Staff Spotlight – Katie Ericson

Hi! My name is Katie Ericson, and I am a Senior Academic Counselor here at the TECHniques Center! I am so excited for this semester, and eager to get to know everyone better.

I have previously worked in Academic Advising with the Pre-Professional Health Careers office at Texas Tech, and before working in academic advising I was a Residence Life Coordinator in Wall/Gates with University Student Housing here at Tech. Being able to have positions in different areas around campus has allowed me to learn about the extensive amount of resources Texas Tech has, and has taught me what it means to be a Red Raider. Currently I also serve on the Staff Senate, as well as the Gender Equity Council where I serve as the Title IX Committee Chair and on the Engagement Committee. I really enjoy getting involved with the campus community and utilizing all resources we have on campus for both staff and students!

A selfie of a man and woman with a rainbow and mountains behind them
Katie (right) with her husband, Tim

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where I attended the University of Utah, and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology as well as Mass Communication. I then moved to Muncie, Indiana and earned my Masters in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. After a brief stop in New Mexico, I moved to Texas, and have been here almost five years! I have fallen in love with Lubbock, as it has introduced me to Texas Tech, my husband, as well as the West Texas community.

A bride and groom stand under a wooden altar smiling
Katie and Tim enjoyed a beautiful wedding this summer

Some of my favorite things to do in this area are to explore the city, hike Palo Duro, and eat lots of chips and queso! I am currently training for a half marathon, and love to read and garden on my days off. I’m so lucky to do these things with my husband Tim and our dog Cooper by my side, along with some awesome friends here! I also love watching college football, college basketball, and college gymnastics any chance I get!

A closeup of a brown dog with large glasses on
Katie’s dog, Cooper!

Academic Counseling Philosophy

I strive to develop a genuine relationship with each student and tutor I work with by maintaining an open door policy, encouraging open and honest conversation, and challenging individuals to become independent learners and develop skills to be used after college. I challenge while also supporting and empowering students and tutors to do and be better for themselves and their community by utilizing the resources available to them at Texas Tech University. I believe this relationship can be built from conversational advising and truly listening to students and their stories. I value empathy and input and direct what I learn about each person to help with goal setting as well as career planning. 

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