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William L. Adams is a professor of the History Department. He received a B.A. from Central Oklahoma State University, M.A.’s from both the University of North Dakota and State University of New York and a doctorate from the University of North Dakota.

Robert Angell is an associate professor and chairman of the Government Department. He received a B.A. and M.E.d from Texas State University in San Marcos.

Janna Arney is an associate professor in the Applied Business Technology Department and special assistant to the vice president for Academic Affairs for undergraduate programs. She received a B.B.A. from Ohio University, an M.S. from Marshall University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Jude Benavides is an assistant professor of hydrology and water resources in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Rice University.

Norman “Joe” Binder is a retired professor of government. He received a B.A. from The University of North Dakota and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Arizona.

Thomas A. Britten is an associate professor in the History Department. He has a B.A. in English and history from Texas Tech University, an M.A. in history from Hardin-Simmons University and a Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University.

Art Brownlow is a professor of music in the Fine Arts Department. He received a B.M.E. from Furman University, an M.M. from Northwestern University and a D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Ricardo Camargo is assistant director for Media Services. He received a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.Ed. from UTB/TSC.

Cipriano Cárdenas is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in Hispanic literature from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Roberto Cortina is an assistant professor in the Modern Languages Department. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Mary G. Curtis
is an associate professor in the School Specialties Department. She received a B.S. and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Chip Dameron is a professor of English. He received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin.

William Davis
is a professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department. He received a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.Ed. from Pan American University (now The University of Texas-Pan American) and an Ed.D. from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce).

José Dávila-Montes is an assistant professor of Spanish translation and interpreting and the coordinator of translation programs in the Department of Modern Languages. He holds a Ph.D. in translation and cross-cultural studies and a B.A. and M.A. in translation and interpreting from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. He also holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Eduardo R. del Rio
is an associate professor in the English Department. He received an M.A. in English from The University of Texas-Pan American and a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University.

Lidia Díaz is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department. Bachelor of Science in Education from National University at Cordoba, Argentina. She also received a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Penn.

Diana Dominguez is an assistant professor of English. She received a B.J. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in English from The University of Texas-Pan American and a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. 

Immanuel Edinbarough is a professor of applied technology and engineering. He holds a B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. from Bharathiar University, India, and a B.E. from the Institution of Engineers, India.

Miguel Angel Escotet is the dean of the College of Education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a bachelor's in clinical psychology from Javeriana University in Bogota, Columbia.

David C. Fisher is an assistant professor in the History Department. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, Bloomington, a B.A. in Russian from Tulane University and an M.A. in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Susan Fisher-Hoch is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology at The University of Texas School of Public Health. She received an M.B.B.S. and M.D. from London University, England, a Ph.D. from London University and an M.S. from London School of Hygiene. 

David E. Freeman is a professor of reading/ESL in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He received a B.A. in English literature at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.; an M.A. in secondary education from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.; an M.A. in TESOL from The University of Arizona, Tucson; and a Ph.D. in linguistics from The University of Arizona, Tucson.

Yvonne S. Freeman is a professor of bilingual education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an M.A. in secondary education from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; an M.A. in TESOL from The University of Arizona, Tucson; and a Ph.D. in language, literacy and culture from The University of Arizona, Tucson.

Valerie Gámez is an academic advisor for the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Pan American University at Brownsville (now UTB/TSC) and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTB/TSC.

Raymundo Garza is a web designer in the Office of Online Learning and Instructional Technologies. He is the primary webmaster for "South Texas Research." He holds a B.A.T. in computer information systems from UTB/TSC.

Jaime H. Garcia is an associate professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. He holds a B.A. in liberal studies from San Jose State University in California, an M.Ed. in bilingual special education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. In educational psychology from the University of Georgia.

Peter B. Gawenda is the dean of the College of Applied Technology and General Studies. He received a B.A. in political science from The University of Maryland; an M.S. In international relations from Troy State University; a diploma from the Fuehrungsakademie (Leadership Academy), Hamburg, Germany, and an Ed.D. from the University of Houston.

Carlos G. Gómez is a professor in the Fine Arts Department. He received a B.F.A. from Pan American University (now The University of Texas-Pan American) and an M.F.A. from Washington State University.

Juan Antonio González is an assistant professor in the Modern Languages Department. He received a B.S. and an M.A. from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville).

Yolanda González is a retired senior library assistant at the Arnulfo. L. Oliveira Memorial Library. She specializes in reference, local history and genealogy, and she constructs art and history exhibits.

George K. Green (Jorge Green Huie) is a professor in the Modern Languages Department. He received degrees as diplomate interpreter and diplomate translator from the Munich Interpreter’s Institute, Germany. He received a B.S., an M.A. and a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

John Hawthorne is manager of special collections and university archivist. He received a B.A. in history from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in library science from The University of Texas at Austin.

Farhat Iftekharuddin is a professor in the English Department. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from The University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He also holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

Nazmul Islam is an assistant professor in the Engineering Department. He holds a B.S. from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, an M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Laura Jewett is an assistant professor in the Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Department of the College of Education. She holds a B.A. in English, and M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in curriculum studies from Louisiana State University.

Harriett Denise Joseph is a professor in the History Department. She received a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas).

Milo Kearney is a professor emeritus in the History Department. He received a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from The University of California at Berkeley. 

Andrew D. Keese is web editor in the Office of Web Communications. He holds a B.A in English from St. Mary’s University and will complete his M.A. in English from UTB/TSC in summer 2010.

Tony Knopp is a professor emeritus in the History Department. He received B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from The College of St. Thomas and an M.A. from The University of Minnesota. He also holds a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

Helmut Langerbein is professor and chair in the History Department. He received his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. from California State University, Northridge, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Justin Trevor Lawrence is a reference librarian and faculty liaison for the Fine Arts Department at the Arnulfo L. Oliveira Memorial Library. He received his B.A. from UTB/TSC and an M.S. from the University of North Texas.

Jim Lemons is a retired associate professor in the Health and Human Performance Department. He received a B.A. and an M.Ed. from Midwestern University. Marty Lewis (see Page 45) is a professor in the English and Communication Department. He received a B.A. from St. Edward’s University and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Qinyu Liao is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Education. She received an M.B.A. degree from Emporia State University and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.

Lawrence V. Löf is director of the Rancho Del Cielo Program administrated by UTB/TSC. He is also president of Gorgas Science Foundation. He received an A.A. from Texas Southmost College, a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. from The University of Texas-Pan American.

Javier A. Martinez is an associate professor of English. He has a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. In English from The University of Texas-Pan American and a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University.

Norberto Martinez retired as media productions manager for the Office of News and Information and now works part time for Distance Education. He received an A.A.S. from Texas Southmost College.

Joseph B. McCormick is regional dean and James Steele Professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health. He received a B.S. from Florida Southern College, an M.D. from Duke University and an M.S. in tropical medicine from Harvard University.

Manuel Medrano is a professor in the History Department. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville) and an Ed.D. from the University of Houston.

Sandra Mercuri is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and an equivalent of a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics from Mar del Plata National University in Argentina. She has a master’s degree in bilingual education from Fresno Pacific University and a Ph.D. in language, literacy and culture from University of California, Davis.

Ava S. Miller is an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing Program. She received a B.A. from Oakland University, an M.Ed. from Pan American University (now The University of Texas-Pan American), a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and an Ed.D. from the University of Houston. She also holds a Diploma from Providence Hospital School of Nursing and a Professional Counseling Certificate from the State of Texas.

James Mills is an assistant master technical instructor in the History Department. He earned his B.A. In history and M.A.I.S. in history from UTB/TSC. 

Camilla Montoya is the lead designer in the Office of Creative Services. She has B.A. in visual arts and design from Brigham Young University.

Alan Oak is senior editor in the Office of Creative Services and is the editor of "South Texas Research." He has a B.A. in English from the New York Institute of Technology.

Paulette Tsuyako Parson is a professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department’s Language and Literacy Program. She is also co-director of the Sabal Palms Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. She earned her B.A. in elementary education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington; her M.Ed. as reading specialist from Pan American University (now The University of Texas-Pan American) in Edinburg and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in reading from The University of Texas at Austin.

Gene J. Paull is chair and professor in the Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Department. He received a B.A. in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in archaeology, both from The University of Arizona.

David E. Pearson is a professor of sociology. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and was a Fellow in International Security Studies at The Ohio State University’s Mershon Center.

Betsy Price  is an associate faculty member and director of the Support Office for Part-time Faculty and the Teaching and Learning Center. She holds a B.A. in art education from Wright State University, an M.A. in environmental education, and "all but dissertation" in early childhood, science teacher education from The Ohio State University.

Richard H. Price is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department. He received a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University. He also holds a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology.

Michael Putegnat is the founding director of The Institute for Public Service.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Reynaldo Ramirez Jr. is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in biology from Pan American University (now The University of Texas-Pan American) and a doctorate in education from the University of Houston.

Anne Rentfro is an associate professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. She received a B.S.N. from the University of Rochester in New York and an M.S.N. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Norman L. Richard (deceased) was a retired professor of biological sciences.

Alfred Richardson is a professor emeritus in the Biological Sciences Department. He earned his B.A. in botany, M.A. in plant taxonomy and Ph.D. in plant taxonomy at The University of Texas at Austin.

Susan Ritter is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department. She received a B.S. with emphasis in criminal justice from Texas Woman’s University, an M.A. in criminal justice from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.

Sally Roach is an associate professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program. She received an A.A.S. and B.S.N. from Pan American University (now The University of Texas-Pan American) and an M.S.N. from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Graciela P. Rosenberg is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received a B.A. from Goddard College, an M.A. from Middleburg College and The University of Vermont and an Ed.D. from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville).

Audra Skukauskaite is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her B.A. in English at the Lithuania Christian College in Klaipeda, Lithuania. She holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. in English from Fresno Pacific University.

Angelika Soldan is associate professor in the Government Department. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Martin Luther University at Halle-Wittenberg and from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

James B. Sullivan is a professor in the History Department. He received B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Houston.

John A. Sutterby is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

Judith Walton is a professor emeritus in the Health and Human Performance Department. She received a B.A. from The University of Northern Iowa, an M.A. from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Lucy G. Willis is a professor in the Modern Languages Department. She received a B.A. and an M.A. from Southwest Texas State University and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Wilson is an assistant professor of environmental science in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.S. from Texas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury.

Denise Zamora is a graphic designer in the Office of Creative Services and developed the layout and artwork for "South Texas Research." She has a B.A. in studio art from UTB/TSC.

Antonio Zavaleta is a special assistant to the provost and professor of anthropology. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Paul-Hermann Zieschang is a professor in the Mathematics Department. He holds an M.S. from the Eberhard Karls University at Tuebingen, Germany, a Ph.D., a Habilitation and an Extraordinary Professorship from the Christian Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany.

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