(Aug. 28, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will begin a new academic year with more than 60 new faculty members joining its ranks. One of the largest groups of new faculty to join UTSA in recent history, the new professors bring their talent from universities worldwide to contribute to UTSA's progress toward Tier One status.
"We are excited to welcome this impressive group of new faculty members," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Through teaching, research and community outreach, our faculty members play a major role in ensuring that excellence and innovation thrive at UTSA and in San Antonio. Attracting these scholars and researchers to UTSA helps build a Tier One experience for our students as they develop into leaders."
UTSA's new faculty members hail from universities such as the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, Clemson University and Harvard University. Additionally, a few faculty members have joined UTSA from international universities such as the University of Padua, Italy, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
"To be called to interview here, I thought I was dreaming. UTSA is growing and I wanted to be a part of that history," said Bekisizwe S. Ndimande, joining the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"I chose to come to UTSA because of the university's increasing research focus and because it has demonstrated its ability to meet the goals it has set for itself. UTSA is on its way toward Tier One and I want to be a part of that," said Matthew McCarter, who joined the UTSA College of Business from Chapman University, Calif.
With the addition of the new group this fall, UTSA has more than 1,400 faculty members. In addition to welcoming its new faculty, UTSA welcomes nearly 3,500 freshmen and more than 1,900 transfer students, for a total of more than 5,400 new students at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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