2022-2023 New Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Profiles
We are delighted to welcome each of our new tenured and tenure-track faculty members to the UTEP community. Many of our new colleagues have moved to El Paso from places across the globe—from California to Connecticut and Israel—while some have already been here at UTEP and are settling into new roles. We are grateful for their presence and look forward to the many contributions they will make as teachers, scholars, and leaders on campus and in the community. Welcome to UTEP!
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Psychology and Special Services
Dr. Han joins UTEP from The University of Iowa (UI). As a counselor and educator, she believes that it is critical for the counseling profession to assist counselors-in-training to develop Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies. Her research interests include feminist approaches to counseling education, trauma-informed counseling and supervision, and researcher identity and research mentoring for women of color. Dr. Han earned a doctoral degree in education with a specialization in counselor education and supervision from the UI, two master’s degrees in education from UI and Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea, and a bachelor’s in English language education from SNU. In South Korea, Dr. Han was trained by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (ROK) to provide counseling for survivors of gender-based violence and to teach suicide prevention to K-12 students. At the University of Iowa, she continued advocating for women by working with the Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM) and the Council for the Status of Women. Dr. Han was selected as an emerging leader and participated in leadership training to connect with other leaders from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Korean Counseling Association. Dr. Han was awarded the NCACES Research Award in 2020, the 2021 ACES Research Grant Award, and the Dean’s Achievement Award from the UI College of Education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and watching movies.
Daniel B. Heiman
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Dr. Heiman joins UTEP from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a focus on critical ethnographic research that examines critical consciousness, activism, and acompañamiento in dual language bilingual education (DLBE) and bilingual teacher preparation contexts. He earned a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on bilingual and bicultural education from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in education from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to joining UTEP, Dr. Heiman was a 4th grade bilingual teacher in El Paso, TX from 2000-2005, a professor at the University of Veracruz, Mexico from 2006-2010, and an assistant professor of bilingual education and faculty affiliate in Latin@ and Mexican American Studies at UNT from 2018-2022. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and is part of the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) in the American Anthropological Association. In 2018, Dr. Heiman's dissertation "Two-way immersion, gentrification, and critical pedagogy: Teaching against the neoliberal logic" tied for first place for Outstanding Dissertation in the Bilingual Education SIG from the American Education Research Association (AERA). He was a CAE Concha Delgado Gaitán Fellow in 2020, and his 2021 article in Anthropology & Education, “’So is gentrification good or bad?’: One teacher’s implementation of the fourth goal in her TWBE classroom”, was one of the most downloaded articles in its first 12 months of publication. During his free time, he enjoys biking and being outdoors with his familia. Dr. Heiman is excited to be coming back to El Paso after 17 years.
Executive Director, Diana Natalicio Institute for Hispanic Student Success;
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations
Dr. Núñez joins UTEP from Ohio State University, where she served as professor in the Department of Educational Studies Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her research employs sociological approaches to explore how multiple social identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, class, linguistic) shape educational opportunities in diverse social contexts, including college outreach programs, different higher education institutional types, and various policy environments. Dr. Núñez is the inaugural Executive Director of the Diana Natalicio Institute for Hispanic Student Success and Distinguished Centennial Professor in Educational Leadership and Foundations at The University of Texas at El Paso. She has collaborated on several NSF grants with budgets totaling over $10 million, including with the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), to build inclusive environments in geoscience and computer science disciplines. Her work employs sociological approaches to explore how multiple social identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, class, linguistic) shape educational opportunities. She has published several studies on the higher education experiences and trajectories of Latinx, first-generation, English Learner, working, and migrant students. Her book Latinos in higher education and Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Creating conditions for success has provided a framework for serving Latinx students in higher education. In addition, she co-edited Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice, an International Latino Book Award winner and the first book to focus on HSIs as organizations. She also has served as a National Academy of Sciences Committee member to co-author and disseminate a report about how Minority-Serving Institutions contribute to the science workforce. In 2021, she was identified in the Stanford Elsevier Scholar Index as being among the top 2% of scientists in the world. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) also recognized her as a 2022 AERA Fellow, an honor give to top scholars in educational research with sustained exceptional research contributions. Dr. Núñez earned a doctoral and master's degree in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles; a master's in administration, policy analysis, and evaluation from Stanford University; and a bachelor's (magna cum laude) in social studies from Harvard University.