Research Excellence & Doctoral Education Recovery Tactical Team

Current StatusOperationalized


The UTSA Research Excellence & Doctoral Education Recovery tactical team is focused on re-starting in-person research and lab activities while supporting the health and wellness of the Roadrunner research community. The team is following directives from federal, state, and local oversight authorities to safeguard public health while phasing in on-campus research activities to advance research excellence and graduate education.

Research Recovery Plan

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Bernard Arulanandam, Co-chair 
Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE)

Ambika Mathur, Co-chair 
Dean of the Graduate School & Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

David Akopian 
Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering

Daniel Arriaga 
Program Manager, REDKE 
Representing Staff Senate

Hamid Beladi 
Endowed Chair in Business and Executive Director of the Pre-Ph.D. Program, College of Business

Margo DelliCarpini 
Dean of the College of Education and Human Development & Vice Provost for Strategic Educational Partnerships

Jurgen Engelberth 
Associate Professor of Biology, College of Sciences

Cory Garcia
Business Continuity & Emergency Management Coordinator

Alexis Godet 
Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, College of Sciences

Paul Goodman 
Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities, VPBA 

M. Neal Guentzel 
Professor of Biology, College of Sciences

Amanda Haley 
Senior Director of Lab Safety & Compliance, REDKE

Mary Hernandez 
Associate Vice President for Business Affairs Administration and Operations

Ruben Lopez 
Assistant Director, Small Business Development Center

Jose Lopez-Ribot 
Associate Dean of Research, College of Sciences

Lisa Montoya
Vice Provost of International Initiatives

Anna Penna 
Graduate Research Assistant, Anthropology

Desiree Porter 
Director, Core Facilities, REDKE

Lorenzo Sanchez 
Director of Risk & Emergency Management, VPBA

Johnelle Sparks 
Professor & Department Chair, Demography, College of Health, Community & Policy

Mickey Stevenson 
Associate Vice President, Research Integrity, REDKE

Jeremy R. Sullivan 
Professor of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development

Erica Sosa
Associate Dean for Research, College of Education and Human Development

Jason Yaeger 
Endowed Professor and Chair, Anthropology, College of Liberal & Fine Arts

Strategic Plan Midpoint Update (Fall 2022)

UTSA’S Tactical Team for Research Excellence and Graduate Education, co-chaired by Bernard Arulanandam (former) Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise, and Ambika Mathur, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, completed its report to provide advice and recommendations regarding continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic for doctoral students, certain master’s students and researchers.

This Initiative Supports Strategic Destinations