(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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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