(July 8, 2010)--Cultivating leaders from within the university is the aim of a new program, Leadership UTSA, which recently announced its cohort of participants for the upcoming academic year. The program was developed in 2009 by John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Gage Paine, vice president for student affairs.
"As administrators, we talk about how everyone at UTSA can play a role in our drive to become a premier research university," said Frederick. "The idea for Leadership UTSA originated with some of our faculty members, and we thought it was a great opportunity to engage more of our faculty and staff members in the university's vision."
In 2008, Ann Eisenberg, associate dean of the Honors College; Marcheta Evans, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Development; and Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Biology; represented UTSA as participants in the UT System's leadership development program. They returned to San Antonio convinced that UTSA needed a similar program. So Leadership UTSA was created as an opportunity for faculty and staff to develop leadership skills and institutional perspectives.
"Being a leader transcends job title or position, and I believe that it benefits the university to nurture leaders at every level," said Paine. "At the same time, as a leader I also am a learner, and Leadership UTSA gave me and Dr. Frederick a chance to learn from our staff members."
Eight faculty and eight Student Affairs staff members participated in the pilot program in 2009–2010. They attended monthly full-day sessions during the academic year, with session topics ranging from strategic planning to understanding budgets. During the spring semester, each participant shadowed a UTSA administrator in order to observe real-world leadership and discuss issues more fully. In addition, each vice presidential area presented on the responsibilities under their purview to give participants a broader understanding of university programs and services.
"If you're at a departmental level as a faculty member or at a unit level as a staff member, you have responsibilities for a relatively finite part of the institutional function," said Leadership UTSA participant Maricela Oliva, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. "You think you understand how it connects to the rest of what happens, but it's good to actually engage others who are performing those other functions."
Her department colleague Professor Alan Shoho added that Leadership UTSA also allowed him to develop strong relationships with his administrative mentor and with faculty from other colleges, which he believes is especially important for a growing university.
"I came to UTSA 16 years ago because I wanted to be part of building something," he said. "Some of my new faculty colleagues here are a little impatient and think we can get from point A to point B overnight. Organizational change doesn't happen overnight, so if I'm a part of that foundation that we're building for the future, that's fine with me."
Because of positive response, Leadership UTSA was expanded to 20 participants for 2010-2011. Faculty selected for the coming year include Carola Wenk, Cory Hallam, John Warren, Judy Teale, Paul Schutz, Roger Enriquez, Stewart Miller and Thelma Duffey. Staff participants will be Beth Manning, Dominique Halaby, Ginnifer Cié Gee, Herb Ganey, Jane Wilcox, Kim Canady, Laura Munroe, Leticia Duncan, Lisa Alonzo, Marisol Scheer, Marlon Anderson and Veronica Ramirez.
"It was a great experience," said Lowa Mwilambwe, director of the University Center and 2009–2010 participant. "I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about leadership theory, more about UTSA, or just to grow professionally and establish ties across the university."
The Spring Research Conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds that is at the same time welcoming and inclusive.
Various locations, Main Campus
Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, will speak about civil rights advocacy, political campaigns, election law and nonprofit management.
SAWS Headquarters, 2800 U.S. Highway 281 North, San Antonio
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
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