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College of Education Dean Search

Update: We are pleased to announce that four candidates have been selected as finalists for the position of Dean.

Dr. Belinda Bustos Flores, Professor, Department of Bilingual and Bicultural Studies and Associate Dean of Professional Preparation, Assessment, and Accreditation. College of Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio. Campus Visit: February 7-9.

Dr. Christian Jan Faltis, Professor and Chair. Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, The Ohio State University. Campus Visit: February 18-20.

Dr. James (Jim) Scheurich, Professor, Urban Education Studies. College of Education, Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). Campus Visit: February 20-22.

For more information regarding their credentials and their campus visits, click here.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Carol Parker has initiated a search for the next dean of the College of Education.

Charles Ambler, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of History, will chair the search committee, which also includes faculty members from a number of departments in the College, and student, staff and alumni representatives.

"UTEP and its College of Education offer a wonderful opportunity for prospective candidates who are strongly committed to preparing educators, counselors, administrators, researchers and leaders who will address the needs of local, regional, national and transnational communities, and have the strategic vision we need to excel in research, teaching and service," Provost Parker said. "As a Hispanic-Serving Institution within the Borderlands Region with a national reputation for fostering student success and social mobility, and given UTEP’s position as an emerging research university within the University of Texas System, we expect to receive applications from many highly-qualified leaders. We anticipate that the search committee will recommend a short list of impressive candidates for on-campus interviews in early Spring Semester 2018."

The University seeks a proven leader to act as a dynamic advocate for education across the University and a vibrant binational, bilingual interconnected community of more than two million people. The Dean will work with students, faculty, university leaders, and regional stakeholders to implement an ambitious vision for the College rooted in UTEP’s Access and Excellence mission and a deep commitment to social equity and opportunity. A recent Brookings Institution study has ranked UTEP first among public research universities in the promotion of social mobility among graduates. Click above for the full position description and further information.

Search Committee

Charles Ambler, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School and Professor, Department of History

Beverley Argus-Calvo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services

Brad Cartwright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of History
Paul Covey
Principal, Valle Verde Early College High School
Sarah Escandon
Active Learning Leader, Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy
Jose Espinoza, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Socorro Independent School District
Roger Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Engineering Education and Leadership
Jerusha Hunt
Teacher, Wiggs Middle School, El Paso
Elena Izquierdo, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Erika Mein, Ph.D.
Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Nora Paugh
Graduate Student, College of Education
Rodolfo Rincones, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations
Ivette Savina
Assistant Vice President for Outreach and Student Access, UTEP
Steve Smith
Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education, El Paso Community College
Renee Trejo
Undergraduate Student, College of Education
Angelica Urbina
Teacher, Burgess High School, El Paso
Ron Wagler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, STEM Education, Department of Teacher Education



To apply, applicants must submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a list of five professional references. No references will be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

COE Nomination Form

Application queries should be sent to:
Dr. Charles Ambler
Search Committee Chair

To apply, please visit:

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 27th, 2017, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Update: Preliminary review of applications has begun but new applications, nominations and expressions of interest are still very welcome.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation information, applicants may contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at