Jesse T. Zapata
Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support
Jesse T. Zapata, Ph.D., has been at UTSA since 1976. He has held a number of administrative positions at the university in addition to being a full professor with tenure in the Department of Counseling. In 1994, he was appointed the first Associate Provost and then Vice Provost for the UTSA Downtown Campus. While serving as Vice Provost for the Downtown Campus, he also held the position as the first dean of the College of Public Policy from 2000-2007. In 2014, he assumed responsibility for the Office of Academic and Faculty Support and now serves the university in this capacity full time.
Zapata earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Arizona State University, his master’s degree in counseling from Texas Tech University and his bachelor’s degree in government and history from the University of Texas at Austin. His research has focused primarily on the dynamics within Mexican American families and substance use among Mexican American youth.
The Office of Academic and Faculty Support provides leadership, guidance, and resources to facilitate mindful planning and implementation related to faculty success and administrative processes. These activities are undertaken in ways that connect to and support institutional goals, priorities, and strategic directions of the university.
To provide world-class leadership and guidance to achieve faculty and academic excellence at UTSA.