(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.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
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