(Jan. 1, 2014) -- Meet Paul Rodriguez. He was the first doctoral student in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies to pursue a higher education emphasis
Rodriguez began his doctoral program in fall 2010. After three-and-a-half years of study, he said his degree is something he is very proud of.
“It feels good to be the first graduate,” said Rodriguez. “I think that it’s great that the Higher Education Administration emphasis is becoming more popular. Each year we’ve had more interest in it.”
The UTSA faculty is likewise very proud of Rodriguez.
“We [were] very excited to have Paul Rodriguez as our first higher education emphasis graduate,” said Gloria Crisp, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS). “We expect that the higher education component of the ELPS department will continue to grow and develop over the next few years.”
Now an alumnus, Rodriguez hopes to secure a postdoctoral fellowship or a tenure-track assistant professor position at a research university.
“It’s been really great here at UTSA,” he said. “The professors have been outstanding. The ELPS department has provided me a lot of material in terms of going to conferences, presenting at conferences, producing research, getting involved in different scholar programs, and now helping with the job process.”
Following in Rodriguez’s footsteps are 37 doctoral students and 154 master’s students currently pursuing an emphasis in Higher Education Administration through the UTSA College of Education and Human Development’s top-tier degree programs.
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President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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