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(October 10, 2016)—Associate Professor Jose Alberto Gómez Isassi is joining the UTSA Center for Civic Engagement for the 2016-17 academic year as visiting scholar. Gómez Isassi has focused his career on improving mobile communications technologies for civic engagement efforts, and transforming customer service relationships between local governments and its constituents.

Gómez Isassi will be supporting the strategic efforts at the Center for Civic Engagement. “I hope to contribute to the goals of the center and participate in the incredible activities they do in San Antonio,” he said.  He has hit the ground running in helping with the selection of the first group of COSA Challenge Grant recipients along with UTSA faculty Jill Hernandez and Kandyce Fernandez.

“We are excited to host Dr. Gómez Isassi and to learn from his expertise.” said Brian Halderman, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “We hope to work together to enhance civic scholarship amongst UTSA faculty.”

Gómez Isassi is the co-founder of Cityflag, a civic tech startup, winner of VL Innovators Award (2015), and 4th Generation Start Up Mexico Award (2015). Since its launch, Cityflag has raised more than $120,000 to build a multiplatform mobile App designed to improve civic participation, and a CRM to make local government more efficient and transparent.

In 2013, Gómez Isassi received a PhD in Communication and Creative Industries from the University of Santiago de Compostela. As a university Associate Professor, he teaches Innovation Technology in Communication, Brand Management, Digital Journalism, Digital Literacy, amongst other related courses. Beyond the classroom, Gómez Isassi participates in the Communication Faculty Board at the master’s program in the University Autonomous of Tamaulipas, the Research Group for Regional Development and Sustainability, and serves as the director of the Communication for Development research area. He also has a Masters in Multimedia Communication from the University of Santiago de Compostela, and Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Texas Pan-American.

“I will work on developing empirical research in the areas such as civic engagement, new media technologies, and grassroots roots organization to try and answer key questions in my work,” said Gómez Isassi. “Can mobile communication technologies improve the numbers and quality of civic engagement in local communities? Can you incorporate these technologies in a grassroots community-organizing program and raise the level of civic participation? These are some of the questions I will be experimenting and testing while at UTSA.”

--Carolina Canizales

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