LSU Discover Staff

Jacqueline Bach

Jacqueline Bach, Interim Director

Jacqueline Bach, PhD
LSU Discover Interim Director and Vice Provost of Academic Programs & Support Services
Elena and Albert LeBlanc Professor, English Education & Curriculum Theory

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, Operations Manager

Tori Clement, MA
Operations Manager

Phone: 225-578-4378
Office: 333 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.

Headshot of staff member Ella Magerl

Ella Magerl, Program Coordinator

Ella Magerl
Program Coordinator

Phone: 225-578-7401
Office: 330 Hatcher Hall

Ella Magerl joined the LSU Discover team during summer 2023. Prior to LSU she worked at The University of Alabama for four years with roles in the College of Continuing Studies, University Recreation, and the Division of Community Affairs. In addition to supporting LSU Discover, Ella serves as the Program Coordinator for the LSU Gulf Scholars Program. She earned her bachelor's degree in Park Management and Conservation with a minor in Business from Kansas State University.





LSU Discover Student Workers

Maggie Fugate
Maggie is a freshmen studying Physics.

Caitlin "Beck" Hanypsiak
Beck is a freshmen studying Biology and Anthropology.

Kailey Landry
Kailey is a freshmen studying Animal Science.

Tiesha Lowe
Tiesha is a freshmen studying Accounting.

Janae' Narcisse
Janae' is a freshmen studying Political Science.


LSU Discover Advisory Board 2022-23

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 & Dramatic Arts

To be named
Manship School of  Mass Communication

Josef Horacek
CxC Student Coordinator, College of Art & Design

Giulio Mariotti
Associate Professor, College of Coast & Environment

Patrick DiMario
Professor, College of Science

Kevin Ringelman
Professor, College of Agriculture