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UTSA names Margo DelliCarpini dean of the College of Education and Human Development

TSA names Margo DelliCarpini dean of the College of Education and Human Development

Margo DelliCarpini, dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development beginning Aug. 1.

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(May 12, 2016) -- Margo DelliCarpini, dean of the College of Education at Morehead State University (Ky.), has been named new dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. She begins her duties Aug. 1.

Before joining Morehead as dean in January 2014, DelliCarpini worked for eight years at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), where she served as chair of the Department of Middle and High School Education from 2010 to 2013.

“Margo DelliCarpini has the experience and vision to be a strong leader for the college,” said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She will ensure that COEHD remains a vital part of the educational landscape in San Antonio while producing more teachers than anyone else in South Texas.”

DelliCarpini’s academic and research focus has been on teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She served as editor of TESOL Journal from 2009 to 2015 and has authored numerous book chapters and refereed articles on English language acquisition, focusing on teacher preparation related to the development of academic English.

She earned her doctoral and bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and a master’s degree in TESOL from Stony Brook University (N.Y.) and also held the rank of lecturer in the Department of Linguistics. She started at CUNY as an assistant professor in 2005, earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2010, and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

“UTSA is the kind of institution that speaks to my passions as an educator and a professional,” said DelliCarpini. “My educational background is in linguistics with a focus on language acquisition and pedagogy, and throughout my professional career my scholarship, teaching, administrative work and public engagement have focused on facilitating success for linguistically and culturally diverse learners. That is aligned with the College of Education and Human Development’s mission — a commitment to the development of inclusive and transformative leaders who are prepared to work in multicultural and cross-national contexts.”

She adds, “I also am excited about the research focus of UTSA. Each of the departments and centers within COEHD engages in research and community engagement that produces scholarship with great impact, not only within the university and region, but nationally and internationally. As we explore new opportunities for sponsored research and collaborative research partnerships, I am confident that the college will continue to be a valuable asset in UTSA’s progress toward Tier One recognition.”

“Dr. DelliCarpini impressed the students, faculty and staff who met her as being a very collaborative person,” said Jesse T. Zapata, senior vice provost for the UTSA Downtown Campus and Academic and Faculty Support and chair of the search committee. “She truly listens to faculty and students, and ensuring that the college is responsive to the needs of the San Antonio community will be a priority to her.”

DelliCarpini succeeds Betty Merchant, who last fall announced her plans to return to teaching and research after serving as dean since 2005.

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is one of the leading providers of educators in the San Antonio area and has one of the largest teacher certification programs in the state. The college has more than 4,700 students and has the largest graduate enrollment at UTSA, with more than 1,200 master’s and 200 doctoral students. The college is responsible for innovative research and grants in higher education administration, professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.

-- Rebecca Luther
Director of Communications, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


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