These experts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette faculty and staff have agreed to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments and trends in their areas of expertise. If you need help arranging interviews, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 337-482-6397 or email

Expert on early childhood education, literacy and assessment and testing of children

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Assistant Professor

Expert on the current nursing shortage

Department of Nursing

Expert on health and safety in the workplace

Emergency Health and Safety
Associate Director of Public Safety, Risk Manager

Expert on interior design and the history of design

School of Architecture and Design

Expert on the archaeology of Louisiana, the Lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Child and Family Studies

Expert on Louisiana studies

Center for Moving Image Arts, Department of English
Director, Professor

Expert on geological hazard and risk analysis, and oil and gas reservoir evaluations

Department of Petroleum Engineering

Jennifer Ritter Guidry holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has served as Assistant Director for the Programming and Special Projects Division (formerly the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism) since 2003 and oversaw production for the UL Press for three years. Her research interests include indigenous Louisiana history and the impact of Americanization on various settlement groups in Louisiana. She also coordinates research and community programming, maintains a working relationship with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism as well as its private sector partners, and participates in several presentations and demonstrations throughout the year. In addition, she supervises all material packaged from the archives for a greater audience in a multitude of formats, plans events and programs throughout the year, and conducts fieldwork for the archives. She has a passion for rural development and creative placemaking and works closely with communities throughout Louisiana.

Center for Louisiana Studies
Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects

Expert on education law and K-12 education

Educational Foundations and Leadership
Interim Dean, Professor

Expert on singing, classical music and theater, and opera

School of Music and Performing Arts
Master Instructor, Director of UL Lafayette Opera Theater