(Aug. 16, 2018) -- UTSA will begin a new academic year with 50 new assistant, associate and full professors joining its ranks. The new faculty members bring their talent from a host of prestigious institutions from around the nation and world.
“The faculty are the core and heart of this university,” shared Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy in her welcome to the faculty during this week’s new faculty orientation. “You’re here at UTSA to advance knowledge through discovery application and translation and to ensure the success of our students. As a new faculty member, we not only help you to establish your own research area, we provide the opportunity to collaborate and be part of a team of faculty colleagues addressing today’s grand challenges. Furthermore, our UTSA students are hungry to work with you as a faculty member and experience the passion of underlying the diversity of scholarship that goes on here from the laboratories to the library.”
The incoming faculty members chose UTSA for a variety of reasons.
“UTSA has a great research vision for the upcoming years and I am eager to contribute to this exciting opportunity, without reducing quality of teaching,” stated Arka Roy, who is joining the Department of Management Science and Statistics.
“I decided to come to UTSA because the position I've taken will provide me an exciting opportunity to establish an internationally recognized research program that has implications for natural resource management in a state facing rapid global change, and in one of the fastest growing research universities in the country,” said Jennifer Smith, who is joining the Department of Environmental Science and Ecology. “I am also excited to hold a position in a university that is committed to diversity and inclusion such as UTSA!”
“The institution and department provide great opportunities to work with groups of students, mentor master's and doctoral students, and perform research, while having the potential to establish collaborations with colleagues and adjacent institutions,” shared Hugo Giambini, who is joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “It is an ideal environment to teach the next generation of scientist how to combine engineering knowledge to solve clinical problems and diseases affecting the population.”
“I want to be part of the drive for teaching excellence at UTSA while being able to fulfil a research agenda that will keep the humanities vibrant and vital,” said Kerry Sinanan, who is joining the Department of English. “I see UTSA as a place where research and teaching can also have a public role at a time when the engagement of universities with a wider sphere is needed.”
This year's new faculty members come from institutions such as Arizona State University, Florida State University, Harvard University, Penn State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Calgary, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, Victoria University of Wellington, and Virginia Tech.
Eleven of this year’s new faculty were hired in the fields of analytics and data sciences. Through cluster hiring initiatives, UTSA has hired 22 exceptional faculty over the past two years to help advance UTSA’s areas of research excellence in brain health, cybersecurity, and analytics and data science.
In addition, this year’s cohort includes two new department chairs: Tracy Cowden in Music; and Nathan Richardson in Modern Languages and Literatures.
UTSA has roughly 1,350 faculty members. The university is ranked among the nation’s top five young universities, according to Times Higher Education.
Learn more about UTSA's new faculty.
Emerging artists work in the full range of traditional methods and materials as well as in interdisciplinary and new media. Themes range from social and cultural critique to investigations that are challenging and exquisite explorations in creative form and image.UTSA Art Gallery, Arts Building, Main Campus
Juan Vallejo’s art conveys his experience as a childhood migrant worker. Opening reception: Thurs, Dec. 5, 6–9 p.m. Free and open to the public.UTSA Terminal 136, Blue Star Arts Complex, 136 Blue St., San Antonio
Portions of Cook Road will be closed for construction related to the new Student Success Center project and Americans with Disabilities Act sidewalk upgrades.Cook Road, Main Campus
Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true experience, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. UTSA partners with The Public Theater for this event. Contact the theater at (210) 458-3288 for scheduling requests.Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus
Forty-six modular units will be delivered to Main Campus as part of the new Student Success Center project. The units will enter campus at Brennan Avenue and will travel to their final destination, south of the North Paseo Building and Graduate School and Research Building via Tobin Avenue, Bauerle Road and Devine Avenue.Brennan Avenue, Tobin Avenue, Bauerle Road, Devine Avenue, Main Campus
Enjoy two classic holiday performances. Children’s Ballet of San Antonio will present two of The Nutcracker. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will perform a traditional Pastorela play, a morality tale about shepherds going to Bethlehem and the snares the devil uses to dissuade them. Performances are included with regular ITC admission.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio
Celebrating graduating students from the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Guest speaker: Susan Pape '86, chairman of the San Antonio Express-News.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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