More than 60 new faculty join UTSA this fall from around the nation and world

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(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.

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About UTSA

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.