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The Best Clinical Psychologists are Right Here The Best Clinical Psychologists are Right Here
Dr. Kristin L. Croyle may hold the job title of assistant dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and perform all the administrative duties it entails, but her true love is teaching all aspects of psychology to her students at The University of Texas-Pan American.
 
The Best Public Administration Educators are Right Here The Best Public Administration Educators are Right Here
If Dr. William Turk has his way, the capstone of his most current career in academia and 40-plus years of work history, will be leaving behind a graduate program recognized for its forward thinking, vibrancy and positive impact its alumni will make in the quality of life in this region.
 
The Best Ethnomusicologists are Right Here The Best Ethnomusicologists are Right Here
Like the area on which she based her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Catherine Ragland finds herself between two worlds of academia.
 
the Best Advanced Practice Nurses are Right Here The Best Advanced Practice Nurses are Right Here
From as young as she can remember, Dr. Janice A. Maville has had a passion for helping others regain their health.
 
the Best Manufacturing Engineers are Right Here The Best Manufacturing Engineers are Right Here
Sputnik I, the first human-made object to orbit the earth in 1957, ignited the “Space Age.” That beach –ball-sized satellite also sparked a young James Ignizio’s dreams of one day helping to land a man on the moon.
 
The Best Social Work Educators Are Right Here: Dr. Héctor L. Díaz The Best Social Work Educators Are Right Here: Dr. Héctor L. Díaz
When some people see poverty around them, they often see people without hope. When Dr. Héctor L. Díaz looks at the same people, he sees tremendous potential.
 
The Best Educational Researchers are Right Here The Best Educational Researchers are Right Here
Dr. Karen Watt is a passionate runner, bicyclist and Ironman Triathlon competitor but the roles she finds most fulfilling are those of educator and researcher – especially when they lead to improved academic success for underrepresented students. . .
 
The Best Labor Economists are Right Here The Best Labor Economists are Right Here
Dr. Marie Mora has shared her research and knowledge on labor market issues, including those unique to the U.S.-Mexico border, with countless numbers of university students.
 
The Best Historical Archaeologists are Here The Best Historical Archaeologists are Here
The Rio Grande Valley is a treasure trove of history … most of it buried in the ground.

Dr. Russell Skowronek, professor of history and anthropology at The University of Texas-Pan American, would like to uncover the significant history of this region while inspiring students with the thrill of discovery and writing their own stories.

 
The Best Communicators are Right Here The Best Communicators are Right Here
Described as a servant-leader by many of her students and colleagues, Dr. Dora E. Saavedra makes helping others her life’s mission. The associate professor of communication at The University of Texas-Pan American has a special knack for encouraging and guiding students and helping individuals communicate effectively.
 
The Best Linguists are Right Here The Best Linguists are Right Here
When you enter the classroom of Dr. Deborah Cole, who is teaching a Language and Culture course, the youthful looking assistant professor is indistinguishable among the circle her students are gathered in like a family around a dinner table to share a meal.
 
The Best Innovators are Right Here The Best Innovators are Right Here
While a student in elementary school, Dr. Robert Freeman would get his homework done early and then help his struggling classmates with their assignments; today he can be found instructing mechanical engineering students at The University of Texas-Pan American using innovative teaching methods to aid in their knowledge retention.
 
The Best Spanish Professors are Right Here The Best Spanish Professors are Right Here
As a Cuban-American born and raised in Miami, Fla., Dr. Stephanie Alvarez knows the importance of having the opportunity to learn about one’s culture and background. That opportunity is what led her to become an assistant professor of Spanish at The University of Texas-Pan American where she encourages students to study their heritage through Spanish and Mexican-American/Latino studies courses.
 
The Best Ad Professors are Right Here The Best Ad Professors are Right Here
Bad knees may have kept Kimberly Selber from excelling in her dream career as a dancer but not from being “on pointe” in excellence as a faculty member at The University of Texas-Pan American helping choreograph her students’ steps to academic and career success.
 
The Best Mechanical Engineers are Right Here The Best Mechanical Engineers are Right Here
Dr. Constantine Tarawneh does not measure his own success by the number of research papers he produces or projects he takes on, but by the success of his students, many who go on to prosperous careers in the field of mechanical engineering.
 
The Best Professors are Right Here The Best Professors are Right Here
Dr. Ala Qubbaj knows student success in college is directly related to the quality of instructors at an institution. That is why he has helped more than 100 new faculty members smoothly transition into the academic community at The University of Texas-Pan American.
 
The Best Philosophers are Right Here The Best Philosophers are Right Here
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that “pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

 Although this observation was made centuries ago, it applies very well today to the career of Dr. Kenneth Buckman, an accomplished educator on the ideas of not only Aristotle but many other noted philosophers over the past 16 years at The University of Texas-Pan American.

 
The Best Rehab Educators are Right Here The Best Rehab Educators are Right Here
Learning to juggle in Dr. Noreen Glover-Graf’s class is essential to understanding how difficult it can be for an individual with a disability to acquire new skills. Graf’s unconventional ways of teaching her rehabilitation counseling classes at The University of Texas-Pan American not only make her students skilled jugglers, but superior rehabilitation counselors.
 
The Best Business Educators are Right Here The Best Business Educators are Right Here
An intellectual curiosity about the world beyond his small town Utah upbringing and a “do it now” attitude of a true entrepreneur put Dr. John Sargent on a strong path to become an inspiring teacher and a top researcher in his field of international business and entrepreneurship at The University of Texas-Pan American.
 
The Best Educators are Right Here The Best Educators are Right Here
With more than 30 years experience as an educator in public schools and higher learning institutions, Dr. John McBride has empowered teachers to engage their students in science education by making learning hands-on and fun. As program director of the master’s in elementary education at The University of Texas-Pan American, McBride instructs local school teachers and administrators about how to teach science more effectively in their classrooms.
 
The Best Political Scientists are Right Here The Best Political Scientists are Right Here
When a reporter from the New York Times or Newsweek wants insight on a politician in Texas or the views of the Mexican-American voter, The University of Texas-Pan American’s own professor of political science, Dr. Jerry Polinard, ranks high on their calling list of experts.
 
The Best Rehab Educators are Right Here The Best Rehab Educators are Right Here
After a college hockey accident left him paralyzed from the chest down 28 years ago, Dr. Irmo Marini said he either had the choice to accept his fate or get back in the game and earn as many degrees as possible. He chose the latter. His decision to "stay in the game” as he puts it led to Marini, professor and Ph.D. coordinator for the Department of Rehabilitation, being honored with the National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award in February.
 
The Best Visual Artists are Right Here The Best Visual Artists are Right Here
Film director and writer Aaron Rose once said “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary,” which rings true for Amarante Lucero, who has made a living of shining just the right light on stage to create the most artistic and moving pieces in performing arts.
 
The Best Economists are Right Here The Best Economists are Right Here
With a strong belief that small businesses are the stimulant for job growth and the U.S. economy, Dr. Alberto Davila, who holds the V.F. and Gertrude M. Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas-Pan American, is working to cultivate entrepreneurs in the Rio Grande Valley.
 
The Best Engineers are Right Here The Best Engineers are Right Here
Dr. Karen Lozano, internationally known for making big contributions in a nano (extremely small way), led a team of researchers at The University of Texas-Pan American in the invention of a machine that will manufacture nanofibers more easily, safely and at a lower cost.
 
The Best Chemists are Right Here The Best Chemists are Right Here
With cancer diagnoses expected to hit 12 million this year and global cancer deaths expected to reach seven million, Dr. Bimal Banik is working to improve cancer research, specifically along the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
The Best Communicators are Right Here The Best Communicators are Right Here
Stephanie K. Shimotsu is well on her way to becoming an accomplished communicator and social science researcher like her faculty mentor at The University of Texas-Pan American – Dr. Timothy Mottet , professor and Henry W. & Margaret Hauser Chair in Communication.