Provost's Faculty Fellows
The Provost's Faculty Fellows Program is a 2018-2019 initiative to increase faculty involvement and expertise in key university frameworks while simultaneously providing those selected with positive development, leadership, and networking opportunities. Making use of an asset-based approach, this initiative maximizes local resources and expands the collective impact of the University mission.
2018-2019 Faculty Fellows
Elena Izquierdo, Ph.D.
Dr. Elena Izquierdo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the College of Education. Dr. Izquierdo earned her doctoral degree in applied linguistics and bilingual education from Georgetown University. Her research and professional specializations focus on Dual Language Education, Biliteracy and in supporting districts in providing equitable educational opportunities for their Bilingual/EL communities.
As a Faculty Fellow, Dr. Izquierdo works closely with the Center for Civic Engagement to help provide mentorship and guidance to peer faculty on how to establish and administer
Prior to joining the UTEP faculty, Dr. Izquierdo was the principal of a nationally recognized Two Way Dual Language school in Washington, D.C. where all children, grades Pre-K through 6th, learn in two languages. During her tenure in Washington D.C., she was
Norman Love Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Norman Love is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering. His research focus is in the areas of energy, propulsion
His role as a Faculty Fellow is focused on supporting the University Honors Program. In this role, Dr. Love works to continuously improve student engagement, leadership, professional preparation and enhance UTEP’s reputation as a leader in public higher education.
Dr. Love’s accomplishments include sponsored research funding totaling over $11M, over 70 technical publications, multiple best paper awards, faculty fellowships at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and NASA. He is also co-founder of Star Innovations, a start-up company in El Paso, TX. Dr. Love previously served as the Associate Director of the NASA Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research at UTEP. He implements various aspects of blended learning in his classrooms and has a YouTube channel where he distributes course materials.
Mark Lusk, Ed.D.
Dr. Mark Lusk is a professor at the Department of Social Work at the College of Health Sciences. He earned his doctoral and master’s degree from The University of Kentucky after completing his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University. He is a licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the State of Texas. Dr. Lusk is well known for his research on trauma and resiliency among Latin American refugees, most recently earning him a seat on the International Federation of Social Workers’ Human Rights Commission as the Commissioner for the North American Region.
As a Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement, Dr. Lusk provides insight and guidance to other faculty members on how to administer and integrate community engagement into their own research and curriculum. Working closely with UTEP's Center for Civic Engagement, and as a member of the Provost's Community Engagement Council, Professor Lusk is helping to expand and support the network of community-engaged scholars, establish and launch the Community-Engaged Scholarship Institute, provide capacity-building, mentoring and service-learning opportunities for faculty and community partners.
Professor Lusk brings a vast portfolio of research, service, teaching and administrative experience. Prior to joining the UTEP faculty, he held Fulbright Fellowships and visiting professor appointments at The Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and The Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru. He later served in various roles such as professor, chair
Erika Mein, Ph.D.
Dr. Erika Mein is an Associate Professor of Literacy/Biliteracy Education in the Department of Teacher Education, and she also serves as Co-Chair of the department. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching and research interests include sociocultural approaches to learning and literacy, with an emphasis on second language writing, writing across the disciplines, and teacher professional development.
As a Faculty Fellow, Dr. Mein is focused on faculty engagement in the First 45. In this facilitative role, she works in collaboration with faculty and directors to develop the collective impact, constructive alignment, and continuous improvement of all academic units that provide curriculum and programming to students during their first 45 hours at the University.
Prior to joining the UTEP faculty 2008, Dr. Mein worked in postsecondary and adult education in a variety of roles, including as the Latin American Programs Coordinator for ProLiteracy Worldwide, where she was responsible for capacity building and teacher training with local community-based education organizations across Latin America. At UTEP, Dr. Mein currently serves as Principal Investigator on a 3-year NSF-funded project (2017-2020) examining the transition of Latinx undergraduate engineering students from degree completion into the profession. She also serves as co-Principal Investigator on a 3-year U.S. Department of Education project (2016-2019) aimed at integrating active learning into undergraduate pre-calculus courses. Her research from these and other funded projects has been published in journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Theory into Practice, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.
Bill Robertson, Ph.D.
Dr. William H. Robertson is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department in the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. His academic areas of expertise are in science education, curriculum development
As a Faculty Fellow, Dr. Robertson is focused on eLearning Pedagogy and the Ideal Mix of courses (Face-to-face, hybrid, online) for programs, students and faculty. This includes pedagogical efficacy, asset-optimization for transitional skills development, lifelong learning, curricular flexibility and capacity building across the institution.
Dr. Robertson has served in administrative roles including Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Education, Associate Provost, co-Chair of the Teacher Education Department and Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering
Prior to coming to UTEP, Dr. Robertson was an employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and was a middle school and high school teacher as well. A long-time participant and performer in skateboarding with over 40 years in the sport, Dr. Robertson has developed Dr. Skateboard's Action Science (http://www.drskateboard.com), which addresses physical science concepts for middle school students utilizing skateboarding and bicycle motocross (BMX).