LSU Discover Staff

Jacqueline Bach

Jacqueline Bach, Interim Director

Jacqueline Bach, PhD

LSU Discover Interim Director and Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Services


Phone: 225-578-1437

Office: 221K Peabody Hall

Jacqueline Bach is a professor of English Education and Curriculum Theory at Louisiana State University. Her scholarship examines how young adult literature engages teachers and students in conversations about social issues, the ways in which popular culture informs (and might improve) pedagogy, and the preparation of secondary English/ Language Arts teachers. She is the co-editor for the “Engaging Texts” section of The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. She is a former high school English teacher.


Sarah Ferstel

Sarah D. Ferstel, Associate Director

Sarah D. Ferstel, MA

Associate Director


Phone: (225) 578-7825

Office: 331 Hatcher Hall

Sarah Ferstel has worked at LSU since 2008 – her first five years were with the LSU Libraries and since 2013 she has worked for LSU Discover. As associate director, she is responsible for developing, managing, and promoting the program’s initiatives and running the day-to-day operations. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Liberal Arts at the Louisiana Scholars’ College in Natchitoches, LA.  She spent the fall and spring semesters working in archaeological labs and summers excavating at local plantations and historical sites. While earning her Classical archaeology master’s degree from Florida State University, she taught Classical mythology courses and had the privilege to excavate at Pompeii during the summer. Sarah’s own undergraduate research project examined the development of the Isis cult in Roman Italy.


Tori Clement

Tori Clement, Office Coordinator

Tori Clement, MA

Office Coordinator


Phone: 225-578-4207

Office: 330 Hatcher Hall

Tori Clement has worked at LSU for over a decade. Most recently, she worked in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and before that, the Office of Assessment & Evaluation.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at LSU.


Darian McGehee

Darian McGehee, Graduate Assistant

Darian McGehee, BFA

Graduate Assistant

Darian McGehee is a second year graduate student at LSU pursuing a Masters Degree in Graphic Design. She is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS where she received her BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History. She was apart of USM’s student graphic design firm, RISE Creative, and was also the Art Director for USM’s School of Performing and Visual Arts design and communications team.


LSU Discover Student Workers

Julia Ardoin

Julia is a sophomore here at LSU and is studying Mass Communication.


Dakota Babin

Dakota is a freshman here at LSU and is studying Biochemistry.


LSU Discover Advisory Board 2021-22

Janet McDonald Professor, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Michael Blandino Assistant Dean, Ogden Honors College
Arend Van Gemmert Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences & Education
Joseph Givens Director, McNair Scholars Program
Mike Benton Associate Professor, College of Engineering
Areendam Chanda Associate Professor, E.J. Ourso College of Business
Joseph Francis Associate Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
Jeremy Bernardoni Assistant Professor, College of Music and Dramatic Arts
Hyojung Park Associate Dean,  Manship School of  Mass Communication
Lake Douglas Associate Dean of Research and Development, College of Art and Design
Giulio Mariotti Associate Professor, College of Coast & Environment
Wenqing Xu Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture
Patrick DiMario Professor, College of Science