Faculty & Research

Our faculty are world-class educators, cutting-edge researchers and dedicated mentors. By fostering innovation and involving students in rich learning opportunities, UTSA faculty build the knowledge and talent of tomorrow.

Faculty Snapshots


Rena Bizios

Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Recognized as a National Academy of Inventors, Medicine, and Engineering fellow for her biomedical research

Meet Rena


Ram Krishnan

Microsoft President's Endowed Associate Professor

Elevating cybersecurity through machine learning and threat intelligence research

Meet Ram


Lilliana Saldaña

Professor & Mexican American Studies Program Coordinator

Creating spaces for students to learn the culture and history of the Mexican American community

Meet Lilliana

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Lloyd Potter

Professor & Director, IDSER and Texas State Demographer

Solving human problems and informing public policy through demographic research

Meet Lloyd

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Nicole Beebe

Chair of Information Systems and Cyber Security

Pursuing answers through digital forensics and computer crime investigation

Meet Nicole

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Hector Aguilar

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Setting the standard for what it means to be an exemplary teacher

Meet Hector

Hiring and Supporting High-Caliber Faculty


We hire promising and accomplished faculty dedicated to student success and research excellence. Our faculty engage in meaningful work, forge new paths and play a key role in the development of our local and national community.


Once faculty join UTSA, they enter an outstanding environment in which to accomplish their professional goals. Faculty pursue opportunities ranging from pedagogical instruction and mentoring to networking and leadership development.

Top Ranked for Research: R1 Carnegie Classification

UTSA is the only institution in San Antonio to be recognized as an R1 research university, a prestigious designation synonymous with research excellence. R1 universities have a greater ability to attract world-class faculty members and the talented undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who want to learn from them. For UTSA, our R1 status reinforces our rapid trajectory as a research university and allows us to continue to serve as a driver of economic opportunity and social mobility for Texas.

See what R1 means for you

FY18 = 60 mil, FY19 = 90 mil, FY20 = 130 mil, FY21 = 140 mil

World-Class Researchers

UTSA’s faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields. Diverse scholars and researchers cultivate a challenging and research-intensive environment for students in the classroom and in laboratories. UTSA has several faculty who are members of the national academies - the highest honor a scholar can achieve in our country.

  • 2 National Academy of Medicine Members
  • 7 National Academy of Inventors Fellows
  • 4 National Academy of Engineering Members

Impactful and Inspiring Research

Research at UTSA has far reaching implications that positively impacts our local, national and global community. Our groundbreaking research spans from the natural sciences to the ever-evolving challenge of cybersecurity. Here are a few of the unique research efforts taking place at UTSA:

These research efforts are some of the many reasons that UTSA faculty are regularly called upon to lend their expertise and insights to newsworthy topics and policymaking.

Explore our Faculty Expert Directory

Where Research Happens

UTSA has made significant investments in new facilities as it continues to build into a research powerhouse. Here are a few that are enabling new discoveries and enhancing student learning:

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