President, Valley Advanced Practice Nurse Association (VAPNA)
Dr. Beatriz G. Bautista is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at The University of Texas-Pan American. She is nationally certified as a diabetes educator and in clinical densitometry. Her current research mainly focuses on pediatric obesity.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Isaac Choutapalli is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Choutapalli has worked in a variety of areas in the broad field of fluid mechanics. His current research has made significant contributions in the area of high-thrust aero-propulsion devices.
Program Director, Department of Communication and Science Disorders
Dr. Ruth Crutchfield is currently Program Director and Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Science Disorders at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her research mainly focuses on music therapy with bilingual children. She is currently conducting studies on the effects of the use of therapeutic listening on increasing language skills in Spanish dominant children.
Dr. Hudson DeYoe is Professor and Director of the Center for Subtropical Studies at The University of Texas-Pan American. His current research focuses on how human activities affect the coastal waters of the United States. He is also specialized in aquatic ecology, marine conservation and biology, seagrass-algal communities, and human impacts on water quality.
Chair and Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
President, Association of Latino and Latina Anthropologists
Dr. Miguel Díaz-Barriga is a Professor of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Texas-Pan American. He is specialized in border culture, Chicano studies, and social movements in Latin America. His current research focuses on the construction of the border wall in South Texas.
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Educational Diagnostician Program Coordinator
Dr. Cheryl Fielding is an Associate Professor and the Educational Diagnostician Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her latest research includes her participation with Southwest Research Institute in the creation of an iPhone/iPad application developed to train parents and caregivers of children with challenging behavior called Behavior Breakthroughs.
Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez serves as the Dean in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas-Pan American. His research is primarily centered on manufacturing systems for rapid product design and development in international production. Dr. Gonzalez has obtained $10 million in grant funding to go toward academic activities in the department, particularly to enhance engineering education and helped establish UTPA's Rapid Response Manufacturing Center.
Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
Dr. Kai S. Koong is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods at The University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Koong’s areas of expertise are Electronic Healthcare, Information Quality and Assessment, Information Technology Labor Markets, Information Systems Curriculum Development, and Internet Security. He also acts as Editor-In-Chief of two of the leading journals in the information technology and as a grant reviewer for a number of international and state agencies.
Associate Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering
Dr. Jianzhi (James) Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Texas-Pan American. His current research areas include additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping and 3-d printing, product and business innovation, and optimization of health care systems.
Professor of Marketing and International Business, Department of Marketing
Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Michael S. Minor is a Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Department of Marketing at The University of Texas-Pan American. His current research interests are related to neuroscience applications in marketing, design aesthetics, social networks and the robot-human interface. He is also a co-author of a textbook on consumer behavior and has developed a Certificate in Entertainment Studies at UTPA.
Assistant Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Senior Faculty Research Associate, Center for Survey Research
Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Faculty Research Associate at the Center for Survey Research at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her area of expertise includes public policy analysis, race/ethnicity, and politics and survey research. While much of her research focuses on the differential impact of public policy according to race, gender, and ethnicity, she is specifically interested in the political incorporation and representation of Latinos, immigrants, and women.
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance
Dr. Marie T. Mora is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Finance at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her research area primarily relates to labor economics particularly in Hispanic labor-market outcomes (including self-employment), the economics of the U.S.-Mexico border, and the economics of education.
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
A product of UTPA (B.A. Pan American College '67), Dr. Miguel de los Santos is now the most tenured member of The University of Texas-Pan American faculty in Educational Leadership, having worked in this capacity since 1995. His areas of expertise include public school finance, school facilities planning, and issues in public school superintendency.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Jori Sechrist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Sechrist’s areas of expertise include family studies and aging and the life course. Specifically, her research focuses on the study of relationship quality and exchange of support and caregiving in intergenerational family relationships.
Professor of Anthropology and History, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Director of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program
Dr. Russell K. Skowronek is a Professor of Anthropology and History in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Texas-Pan American where he also serves as the founding Director of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools. His areas of expertise include pirates and piracy in the contemporary world and history; shipwrecks, underwater archaeology, and maritime history; and Spanish colonial borderlands archaeology, ethnohistory, and history, primarily in California, Florida, Texas and the Philippines.
Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Geology
Dr. Steven C. Tidrow currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovative Education within the College of Science and Mathematics at The University of Texas-Pan American. His areas of research interest include RF sensing, microwave material and device characterization, materials for energy storage and energy conversion, and temperature dependent structural phase transitions in materials.
Director, AVID Center Special Research Projects Office
Dr. Karen M. Watt is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and the Director of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center’s Special Research Projects Office housed at The University of Texas-Pan American. Her research includes college readiness, Advancement Via Individual Determination, and minority student achievement.
Beatriz G. Bautista
Isaac M. Choutapalli
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Hudson R. DeYoe
Sociology and Anthropology
Cheryl Wyatt Fielding
Engineering and Computer Science
Miguel Angel Gonzalez
Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
Kai S. Koong
Jianzhi (James) Li
Michael S. Minor
Jessica Lavariega Monforti
Economics and Finance
Marie T. Mora
Miguel Angel de los Santos
Jori Coll Sechrist
Anthropology & History
Russell Kent Skowronek
Physics and Geology
Steven Clay Tidrow
Karen M. Watt
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