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More than three dozen UTSA faculty earn tenure, promotion, emeritus status

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(Sept. 18, 2013) -- The UTSA Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announces the promotion of 42 UTSA faculty members. The promotions were approved by the UT System Board of Regents in August and were effective. Sept. 1, 2013.

The purpose of promotion and tenure at UTSA is to retain and reward those faculty who are best qualified to help develop and execute the university mission. In addition to meritorious accomplishments in the categories of teaching; research, scholarship or creative activities; and service, successful applicants for promotion and/or tenure must demonstrate a high potential for continued excellence and effectiveness.

Thirty-three faculty earned promotion to associate professor with tenure; six associate professors were promoted to full professor.

Finally, three retired faculty members were awarded emeritus status in recognition of their years of valued service and contribution to the university mission.


Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Mark Bayer, Department of English
Daniel Beal, Department of Psychology
Mark Brill, Department of Music
Natasha Burns, Department of Finance
Michael Cepek, Department of Anthropology
Pepe Chang, Department of Management
Joel Christensen, Department of Philosophy and Classics
Karen Daas, Department of Communication
Abraham DeLeon, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Samer Dessouky, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Matthew Dunne, Department of Music
Douglas Frantz, Department of Chemistry
Edgar Ghossoub, Department of Economics
Jamon Halvaksz, Department of Anthropology
Jill Hernandez, Department of Philosophy and Classics
Julie Johnson, Department of Art and Art History
Seok Kang, Department of Communication
Brian Kelley, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Long Liu, Department of Economics
Dennis Lopez, Department of Accounting
Michael McDonald, Department of Management
John Millican, Department of Music
Jianhua Ruan, Department of Computer Science
Fidel Santamaria, Department of Biology
Heather Shipley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Robert Tillyer, Department of Criminal Justice
Todd Troyer, Department of Biology
David Vance, Department of English
Hung-da Wan, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Alistair Welchman, Department of Philosophy and Classics
JingYong Ye, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Juyan Zhang, Department of Communication
Michelle Zhang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Promotion to Full Professor

Yusheng Feng, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Meizi He, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Yufei Huang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Martha Lundell, Department of Biology
Misty Sailors, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Qi Tian, Department of Computer Science

Associate Professor Emeritus

MaryEllen Garcia, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Barbara Gonzalez-Pino, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Professor Emeritus

Frank Pino Jr., Department of Modern Languages and Literatures



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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