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UTEP's Colleges & Schools


The University of Texas at El Paso is made up of six colleges and two schools, each comprises programs and units which carry out curricular, co-curricular, and service-learning community engagement opportunities. Use the tabs to learn more about how to get involved with a college, school, or campus unit.

UNITS & CENTERS

  

College of Business Administration


Mission

The College of Business Administration of The University of Texas at El Paso shares with the University its fundamental mission to provide access to the highest quality education to a diverse student population, commensurate with AACSB International standards for business education. The international and multi-cultural characteristics of our region and the expertise and scholarly inquiry of our faculty create a learning environment for global enterprise that is academically challenging, experiential and professional.

The College is committed to the University’s ideals of excellence by providing exceptional higher education that enables our graduates to make significant contributions to their professions and be competitive in the local and global marketplace. Therefore, the goals of the College are to provide:

  • Broad-based programs that give students the background necessary for entry into, and advancement in, professional and managerial positions: for lifelong learning, for career success and for responsible stewardship of cultural, economic and environmental resources.
  • Intellectual contributions that: extend the boundaries of knowledge; improve the application of existing knowledge to regional, national and international environments; and enhance the transfer of knowledge to students.
  • Service that contributes to the personal and professional betterment of our students, the University, alumni, community, and academia.

Our quality is reflected in the success of our students, alumni, and faculty, and in the enhancement of the personal and professional lives of community residents

Community Engagement Research Centers

Community Engaged Programs

Grants

Community Engagement Members

 

Laura Uribarri

lmuribarri@utep.edu
Business Room 102
(915) 747-5379

 

Michael Garcia

Lecturer

msgarcia4@utep.edu
Administration Room 207 
(915) 747-8631

Engaged Faculty

Fernando Jimenez Arevalo, Ph.D. 
Marketing Service Learning

Fernanda Wagstaff, Ph.D. 
Skov Ethics Competition on Business Ethics

Robin Grambling, MBA 
Marketing Internships, Coops, and Service Learning

Giorgio Gotti, P.h.D. 
Accounting and Information Systems Internships and Coops

Hettie Houghton
Accounting Service Learning

Michael Garcia, MS
Operations Management Service Learning

Tom Fullerton, Ph.D. 
Border Economic Modeling Project, MSE Community Interns

Denisse Olivas,MBA
Rookie Entrepreneurship Program

Bill Conwel, MS 
Corporate/Community Engagement Projects

Laura Treviño, Ph.D.
Community Engaged Robotics Programs

Rigoberto Delgado, Ph.D. 
Community Engaged Research in Healthcare Management

James Upson, Ph.D.
AMPS Program for El Paso Math Teachers

 


 

College of Education


Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare effective teachers, counselors, diagnosticians and school administrators who successfully address the problems of schools and other youth-serving agencies, especially in communities with a significant Hispanic population.

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Community Engagement Programs & Centers

Community Engaged Scholarship

Grants

Community Engagement Members

 

Paul Carrola

pacarrola@utep.edu
Education Building, Room 703 
(915) 747-7496

 

Carleton Brown

Assistant Professor

chbrown@utep.edu
Education Building, Room 702 
(915) 747-8687

Engaged Faculty

Ron Wagler, Ph.D. 
Director of the Living Arthropod & Environmental Educational Laboratory 

Katherine Mortimer, Ph.D. 
Co-Director of the Ethnography of Languages, Literacies, and Learning Lab 

Amy Bach, Ph.D. 
Co-Director of the Ethnography of Languages, Literacies, and Learning Lab 

Daniel Tilman, P.h.D. 
Co Director of the MAKERSPACE laboratory 

Song An, P.h.D. 
Co Director of the MAKERSPACE laboratory 

Alyse Hachey, P.h.D. 
Co Director of the MAKERSPACE laboratory 

Josefina Tinajero, Ph.D. 
Director of the Mother/Daughter program and of the Do the Write Thing Program 

Elsa Villa, Ph.D. 
Director of the CERPS Lab 

David S. Knight, Ph.D. 
Associate Director of the CERPS Lab

 

College of Engineering


Mission

The UTEP College of Engineering will serve the region, the nation, and the world by providing ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE through:

Innovative educational programs that contribute to effective learning for our students, and that prepare graduates to be leaders and innovators in a variety of fields,

Pioneering research programs that foster the creation of knowledge and invention of new technologies,

Implementation and commercialization of knowledge and technologies to solve critical engineering and computing problems, and

Active partnerships and collaborations with educational, government, non-profit, and commercial organizations, maintaining a commitment to diversity.

Vision

The UTEP College of Engineering will CHANGE THE FACE OF ENGINEERING as:

The leading institution in the U.S. for the education of Hispanic engineers, and

A national model for urban institutions in engineering education innovation and in the integration of education, research, and engineering practice and entrepreneurship as a potent economic stimulator for the institution's service region.

Dashboard

 

5

Faculty Engaged

5

Service Courses

74

Students Engaged

525

Service Hours

Community Engagement Programs & Centers

Grants 

Projects

Accentuating Ascarate: Engineering Students Help Improve El Paso County Park

  • Civil engineering students are testing the water in Ascarate Lake as part of a project with the El Paso County Commissioners to improve the lake's water quality.

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Community Engagement Members

 

Gabby Gandara

gabby@utep.edu
Engineering Building, Room E-201P 
(915) 747-6945

 

Eric Smith

Associate Professor

esmith2@utep.edu
Engineering Building, Room A-245
(915) 747-5205

Engaged Faculty

Dr. Ann Gates
Department Chair &
Professor 
 
Dr. Roger Gonzalez
Department Chair &
Professor 
 
Dr. Virgilio Gonzalez
Undergraduate Program Director &
Associate Professor 
 
Dr. Robert Roberts
Undergraduate Program Director &
Associate Professor 
 
Dr. Ivonne Santiago
Department Chair &
Professor 
 
Dr. Rene Contreras
Undergraduate Program Director &
Associate Professor 
 
Dr. Shane Walker
Undergraduate Program Director &
Associate Professor  

Dr. Rafael Gutierrez
Associate Professor of Engineering/Science
Complex
 
Dr. Oscar Adrian Mondragon Campos
Clinical Associate Professor
 
Dr. Eric Smith
Associate Professor 
 
Dr. Heidi Taboada-Jimenez
Associate Professor 

Dr. Jose Espiritu Nolasco
Assistant Professor 
 
Dr. Bill Tseng
Chair & Professor 
 

 

College of Health Science


 Mission 

The UTEP College of Health Sciences provides high-impact, interprofessional, and transformative education, research and community engagement.

Vision

The UTEP College of Health Sciences leads the preparation of health and human service professionals to improve quality of life, and eliminate health disparities in the Paso del Norte region and beyon

Core Values

As a College, we believe in…

  • Transformative Learning, Teaching, and Research
  • Equity, Diversity, and Social Accountability
  • Commitment, Perseverance, and Integrity
  • Civic and Global Engagement
  • Asset-Based Approach and Sustainability

STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2024

The College of Health Sciences is currently seeking feedback about the attached draft Strategic Plan (2019-2024). Based on our stakeholders' review of the content, we are asking the below questions:

  1. What do you see as its strengths? Do you have any recommendations?
  2. How do you see the plan aligning with your work and your role in the community/region? What do you see as the most pressing issues and challenges facing our local communities and our region?
  3. How can you and/or your agency collaborate with the College of Health Sciences to help operationalize the strategic plan?

This strategic plan will be translated into measurable objectives at the program level. Progress will be shared widely and will be publicly accessible.

Dashboard

7

Faculty Engaged

10

Service Courses

167

Students Engaged

41,270

Service Hours

Community Engagement Programs & Centers

 

Community Engagement Members

 

Mark Lusk

gabby@utep.edu
Engineering Building, Room E-201P 
(915) 747-6945

 

Dahalia Castillo

Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

dahlia@utep.edu
Campbell Building, Room 303

Engaged Faculty

Dr. Mark Lusk
Associate Professor of English
Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program
Director, Bilingual Professional Writing Certificate Program
Director, Community Writing Partners
 
Dr. Eva M. Moya
Associate Professor of History
Director, Institute of Oral History
Director, The Borderlands Public History Lab
 
Dr. Yok Fong Paat
Assistant Professor of English
 
Dr. Hyejin Jung
Lecturer of Religious Studies/English
 
Dr. Alma Armendariz
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director of Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Marina Gallardo
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
 
Dr. Kathryn Schmidt
Visiting Professor of Political Science
 
Dr. Candyce Berger
Professor of Communication
Chair, Department of Communication
 
Dr. Silvia Chavez-Baray
Associate Professor of Political Science
 

 

College of Liberal Arts


Mission 

The College of Liberal Arts will support and facilitate community engagement activities, including community-based teaching and engaged scholarship. These help foster mutually beneficial and impactful partnerships between the College and the community. Partnerships involve individual and collaborative scholarly research projects, creative programs and community outreach initiatives that positively contribute to the academic life of the College and enhance the lives of UTEP students, faculty, staff, and the border community.

Dashboard

 

85

Faculty Engaged

122

Service Courses

2,393

Students Engaged

115,634

Service Hours

Community Engagement Programs & Centers

 

Community Engaged Scholarship

Chican@/Latin@ Theatre – Dr. Adriana Dominguez
Financial Advice for Low, Fixed-income Hispanic Seniors Training Program – Dr. Silvia Torezani
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Annual Report – Mr. Clive Cochran
Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands Program – Dr. Amy Reed-Sandoval
 

Community Engagement AWARDS & Recognitions

Recipients

  • 2018 President’s Meritorious Outstanding Team Service Award – Dr. Areli Chacon Silva, Dr. Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri, Cynthia P. Marentes, and Liz Chavez (Wise Latina International)
  • 2017 Golden Impact Community Partner – La Mujer Obrera
  • 2016 Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history - Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva

Opportunities
Department of English - Community Engaged Undergraduate Student Award ($200), Community Engaged Graduate Student Award ($200), and Community Engaged Scholar Award ($200)

Community Engagement Members

 

Isabel Baca

ibaca@utep.edu
Hudspeth Hall 312
(915) 747-6245

 

Cynthia Marentes

Director of Community Engagement

cmarentes@utep.edu
Liberal Arts 336
(915) 747-6790

 

College of Science 


Mission

  • To recruit, inspire, and develop a new generation of scientists and mathematicians, dedicated to the highest principles of Science, and educated in the environmental, health and economic challenges of the border region.
  • To lead by example, promoting effective and self sustaining research programs, encouraging student participation, and providing a national forum for addressing the special problems of our region.
  • To work to educate all university students and the community at large, increasing the level of awareness of scientific issues, and providing a knowledge resource to citizens and government alike.

Vision

The College of Science envisions itself as a dynamic community of science and mathematics faculty and students engaged in innovative research and learning with global impact, recognizing our special role as a leader in this binational community.

Goals

Goal 1 – Learning and Teaching

To continually improve education for undergraduates and graduates in order to continually prepare new generations of scientists, mathematicians, and technologically literate individuals who understand not only basic scientific concepts but also have a working knowledge of the latest scientific discoveries.

Graduates from UTEP’s undergraduate and graduate science programs can be expected to enter all walks of life and be able to use the power of science and its methodologies to solve complex problems in a variety of fields.

Graduates of our undergraduate programs will have a quality undergraduate education, enabling them to be prepared to enter graduate or professional schools and/or pursue entry level positions in a broad variety of fields.

The College has established benchmarks to encourage and measure the recruitment, retention, and graduation of math and science students at all levels.

In undergraduate education, goals are to increase the number of majors each year, improve the success rates in introductory math and science courses in all disciplines, and shorten the mean time to degree from 5.7 to 4.5 years by 2015.

In graduate education, our goals are also to improve the recruitment and graduation of master’s and doctoral students. The College will offer new master’s programs in environmental science (MSES) and science teaching (MAT-Science), as well as new Ph.D.’s in Computational Science and Chemistry. It will develop plans for Ph.D.’s in Ecology, Math and Science Education, and Mathematical Sciences. Increasing the support of teaching assistants and research assistants will facilitate recruitment and retention of graduate students. (Benchmark 2)

Goal 2 – Research

To position the College of Science to lead the University in its quest to become a Carnegie Research Extensive University.

The College will support the University’s research and scholarship through increasing external research funding and improving public visibility of its student and faculty research success.

The College’s ability to obtain external research funding is fundamental to its leadership and educational mission in math, science, and technology. A series of benchmarks have been established to measure improvements in obtaining external funding. These include more faculty engaged in funded research, more grants received, and more dollars awarded over the next five years.

In addition, the College will contribute to a professional scientific research posture by increasing the number of students conducting research, improving the record of faculty publishing in peer reviewed journals, and providing greater support for grants management at the faculty/departmental level.

Goal 3 - Public Service

To enhance service to the community and the university and to support the University in its external partnerships by providing appropriate expertise and leadership in scientific and technological areas.

Enhancing the community’s perception of UTEP as an excellent place to study math and science and to conduct research in these areas will support the College’s research and educational goals as well as the overall mission of the University, and increase the College’s ability to improve the scientific knowledge of the citizenry.

The College will continually strive to increase the visibility of the research produced by the faculty and to translate the scientific achievements of its faculty and students into terms that the general public will understand and appreciate.

Goal 4 – Administration

To support the achievements of students and faculty in scholarship and research by providing and maintaining state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, through efficient administration and staff services at the departmental and college level, through improved grants administration support, and through continuing evaluation of the College’s ability to meet its goals and objectives.

 

Dashboard

*

Faculty Engaged

50

Service Courses

1,696

Students Engaged

150,298

Service Hours

Community Engagement Programs & Centers

 

Community Engaged Scholarship

Chican@/Latin@ Theatre – Dr. Adriana Dominguez
Financial Advice for Low, Fixed-income Hispanic Seniors Training Program – Dr. Silvia Torezani
Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Annual Report – Mr. Clive Cochran
Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands Program – Dr. Amy Reed-Sandoval
 

Community Engagement AWARDS & Recognitions

Recipients

  • 2018 President’s Meritorious Outstanding Team Service Award – Dr. Areli Chacon Silva, Dr. Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri, Cynthia P. Marentes, and Liz Chavez (Wise Latina International)
  • 2017 Golden Impact Community Partner – La Mujer Obrera
  • 2016 Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history - Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva

Opportunities
Department of English - Community Engaged Undergraduate Student Award ($200), Community Engaged Graduate Student Award ($200), and Community Engaged Scholar Award ($200)
 

Grants:

Community Engagement Members

 

Amy Wagler

awagler2@utep.edu
Bell Hall 311
(915) 747-6847

Engaged Faculty

Dr. Deana Pennington
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
 
Dr. Elizabeth Walsh
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
 
Dr. Lin Ma
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
 
Dr. Lixin Jin
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
 
Dr. Aaron Velasco
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

Dr. Vanessa Lougheed 
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
 
Dr. Diane Doser
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
 
Dr. William Hargrove
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
 
Dr. Stanley Mubako
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences  

 

 

 

School of Nursing


Mission 

The ​mission of the University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing is to prepare professional nurses at baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels to meet complex human needs in a competitive global healthcare environment. We seek to inspire evidence-based lifelong learning and utilization of advanced technologies by providing a progressive research environment where students, faculty and researchers investigate and meet global healthcare needs.  We strive to improve healthcare and quality of life in our diverse multicultural underserved local communities by preparing graduates to make significant contributions to nursing, local, national, and global communities.

 

Community Engagement Programs & Centers

Community Engagement Members

 

Melissa Wholeben

mwholeben@utep.edu
School of Nursing Building
(915) 747-7264

 

 

Ronnie Stout

Clinical Assistant Professor

rcsout@utep.edu
School of Nursing Building 100F
(915) 747-8271

Engaged Faculty

Carla Ellis, MSN, RN
Instructor in Clinical Nursing

Dr. Melissa Wholeben, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Shalla Copeland PhDc, MSN,  RN
Clinical Assistant Professor
POC for TNSA

Maria Hinojosa Smith, MSN, RN
Instructor in Clinical Nursing

Dr. Ronnie Stout DNP, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor
POC for Simulation Center

 

 

School of Pharmacy


Mission 

To bridge borders to achieve access and excellence by transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community engagement, research, and leadership for a 21st century demographic.

 

Vision

To be a pioneer in the advancement of pharmacy education through Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL) in our community and beyond.

Goals

  • Pharmacy Education and Lifelong Learning: To develop pharmacists with exceptional and collaborative educational experiences who positively shape their future practice and profession.
  • Patient Care: To promote and provide high quality, patient-centered care.
  • Community Engagement and Responsibility: To act as ambassadors in the community.
  • Research: To establish sustainable research program that includes basic, translational, practice, and educational research.
  • Leadership: To retain, recruit, develop, recognize, and evaluate Students, Preceptors, Faculty, and Staff.

Dashboard

 

 

Service-Learning Course as part of the Required Curriculum: PHAR 6324 Culture, Literacy, and Community Health

Over 800 hours of documented service-learning hours in the first semester (Fall 2017) as a School of Pharmacy

Active Engagement in the Community through Health Fairs and Community Outreach in Co-Curricular Efforts

Community Engaged Scholarship

  • El Paso Immunization Coalition: Margie Padilla, PharmD
  • Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.– Diabetes Education Curriculum: Jacquelyn P. Navarrete, PharmD & Liliana Lunares, PharmD
  • Texas A&M Promotora Education Program: Jeri J. Sias, PharmD

Community Programs & Center

Grants

 

Community Engagement Members

 

Jeri Sias

jjsias@utep.edu
College of Health Science
(915) 747-8599