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About Academic Affairs @ UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a thriving community of learners and scholars, with an ambitious vision to meet the challenges of the 21st century and make an even greater impact by serving the needs of our city and state, aligning our programs intentionally with our industry and community partners, and contributing to the economic and social prosperity of our students and families.

Academic Affairs lies at the heart of these efforts. Working through faculty and university leadership, Academic Affairs guides our university toward achieving this exciting vision for UTSA — one that creates bold futures for our Roadrunners every day — by advancing a high-quality experience for all UTSA students, both in and out of the classroom.

Our top priority is advancing the success of our students, first through enabling affordable access for all with the determination to pursue their dreams, and then by actively supporting their academic path to timely graduation. UTSA’s Advantage is our intentional focus on what comes after college by bringing a focus on career into the university experience beginning day one. Through our Classroom to Career Initiative, UTSA graduates are career ready and well prepared for their bold future, whether it’s landing that critical first job in a rewarding career, pursuing further study in graduate school, or strengthening our community through public service.

To promote an outstanding experience and successful outcomes for our students, Academic Affairs focuses on supporting faculty to achieve at the top of their fields. UTSA faculty are at the forefront of knowledge generation, with innovative discoveries and commercial applications that define us as a leading urban discovery enterprise and proud member of the Alliance of Hispanic Research Universities. Our faculty are developing new cybersecurity technologies that protect our privacy and benefit San Antonio’s industry, and they are improving educational practice that strengthen our schools. Others are composing new works of music that add to our rich culture, and still others are discovering new therapeutics to fight infectious diseases that pose great risk to our health and wellbeing. In this exciting environment of discovery, innovation and impact, our students are learning this new knowledge directly from our accomplished faculty today — where for others it appears in tomorrow’s textbooks.

UTSA is a proud member university of the University of Texas system, known world-wide for its quality and impact. As a Top 25 Rising Young University (Nature Index, 2019) and recipient of the Seal of Excelencia (Excelencia in Education, 2020), UTSA is on the move. I encourage you to get to know us by learning more about outstanding academic programs, our world-class faculty, and our trailblazing students.


Heather Shipley, Ph.D.
Peter T. Flawn Chair
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs