As assistant director of the Academics Center for Excellence, Lori Selzer oversees the academics of four Cougar athletic teams, including Men's Track and Field, Women's Swimming and Diving, Softball and Baseball.
In addition to the variables of daily professional interaction with her student-athletes, Selzer's primary responsibilities include day-to-day advisement, advising her teams with course selection, and assisting her student-athlete's with choosing their major and maintaining academic progress.
Selzer first became involved with UH Athletics as an athletic tutor, 13 years ago, while an undergraduate student at the University of Houston. After graduating from UH with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, she completed her Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Houston-Victoria.
She was a student member of the Texas Counseling Association, a board member of the Houston Area Family Pathfinders Advisory Council and a board member of the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children. She currently is a member of NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association.
While completing her master's degree, Lori began working as a teaching assistant for the University of Houston, College of Technology, Department of Human Development and Consumer Science. For the past few years, she has taught HDCS 1300: Human Ecosystems and Technological Change in the same department.
Upon graduation from her master's program, she accepted a full-time position with the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, where she served as the Student Services Coordinator. There, she was instrumental in creating the student group associated with the campus at that time, L.A.S.O.; which stood for "Leadership, Advocacy, Service and Outreach" to all four of the UH Universities that were represented at UH-Sugar Land at that time. In addition to this, Selzer was also the liaison between the four teaching Universities and the System Center.
Five years ago, Selzer joined the Department of Athletics as an Academic Advisor. In her current capacity, in addition to her advising duties, she also serves as the liaison between the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the tutoring coordinator for the program.
Before working full time at UH, Selzer was a part-time counselor with the Houston Community College System. There, she assisted with the student course selection, carried out procedures for semester registration and filed academic degree plans for students. She also held several positions at DePelchin Children's Center, working with homeless families, pregnant teens and young high school mothers; thus establishing her strong background in working with "at-risk" populations.
In the past, Selzer has been invited as a guest lecturer to introductory level human development and psychology classes at UH- Downtown. She is also a co-author of Weaving Family Tapestries, a college-level textbook. She wrote The Basic Tenets of Polyamory, an article in the book.