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Dean, College of Education & Human Development

Position Profile

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean, College of Education and Human Development.

Under the leadership of President Dr. Taylor Eighmy and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy, the campus has developed a bold and ambitious vision for UTSA’s future and its pursuit of excellence as an urban-serving, Hispanic-thriving discovery enterprise ( The University seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader and scholar who will build upon the existing strengths of the faculty and the untapped potential of the college to further advance the University’s progress toward these goals.

College of Education and Human Development

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) is one of the leading providers of educators, clinicians, and practitioners in the San Antonio area and has one of the largest teacher certification programs in Texas. The College also boasts three accredited/verified licensure and certification programs including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, school psychology, and behavior analysis. The College is responsible for innovative research and grants in STEM Education, urban educational outcomes, bi-national and bicultural issues, applied behavior analysis, integrated behavioral healthcare, special education, behavioral analysis, PK-12 school administration, higher education administration, and diversity pipelines. COEHD enrolled nearly 2,400 students in Fall of 2020 in 12 undergraduate, 14 master’s, and 4 doctoral degree programs at both the Main Campus and Downtown Campus.

The College consists of six departments: Bicultural-Bilingual Studies; Counseling; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology; Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching; and Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. It also is the administrative home for the Child Development Center and UTSA’s PK-12 to university pipeline programs, including the nationally recognized Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), TRiO Upward Bound and TRiO Education Talent Search, Dual Credit, and Dual Enrollment. In addition to preparing students for teaching careers and leadership in education and human development organizations and nonprofits, as well as strengthening PK-12 pipelines to college, the college also is committed to serving and meeting the social, emotional mental health, and behavioral needs of the community and respective professions. As such, COEHD houses a number of academic centers engaged in outreach and service and has actively engaged and partnered with the area’s independent school districts, clinics, hospitals, community agencies and nonprofits, foundations and other entities that drive social mobility and equality. For more information about the College, please visit

San Antonio’s Commitment

The City of San Antonio has a long and ongoing commitment to the education and human development of its residents. Starting in the 1980s, the city was one of the first to dedicate local tax dollars to support the postsecondary education of local students. In 2012, San Antonio citizens took a bold step by voting to expand access to high quality pre-kindergarten education. Voters dedicated a portion of their sales tax revenue to the creation of four pre-kindergarten lab schools, a system of professional development for early education instructors, and a grant program to support high quality pre-kindergarten at area school districts and partner organizations. This year city voters renewed this local source of early education dollars and dedicated another portion of it sales tax to workforce development and postsecondary education, including the funding of Alamo Promise, a scholarship program that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for up to three years of community college.

Position Summary

The Dean will serve as the chief academic officer for the College of Education and Human Development with responsibility for expanding on the College’s ambitious and dynamic vision for its role in the preparation of high-quality teachers and related professionals serving as practitioners and leaders throughout education and human development organizations. The College possesses a strong focus on social and emotional learning and intellectual growth with an emphasis on diasporic, decolonial, and intersectional approaches towards race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality studies in education, particularly in leading the growth of the new Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department, deepening its connections to other College departments and academic units across the university, and strengthening PK-12 pipelines to college.

UTSA is on an upward trajectory in pursuit of academic excellence, student success, research growth, creativity and community service and the Dean must serve as a passionate advocate for these ideals—working in collaboration with College stakeholders to create the next platform for growth and vision for the College’s future. In so doing, the Dean will have the unique opportunity to showcase COEHD as a contributor to UTSA’s Westside Community Partnerships Initiative focused on helping to shape educational, social, economic, and cultural programs and services in alignment with the University’s community outreach mission. Other institutional priorities for COEHD include taking on a leadership, partnering role in addressing the urban education needs in San Antonio, particularly for students and families of color; developing an early college high school and expanding other pipeline programs, including the MAS/AAS Teachers’ Academies that support college-going, particularly for this historically underrepresented population; and maintaining national accreditation and 4-Star state quality rating while supporting a Child Centered Business model approach that partners the Child Development Center with COEHD academic programs. In addition, the next Dean must support the preparation of well-trained, licensed professionals that serve families and children throughout San Antonio; collaborate with other UTSA colleges in STEM teacher preparation, experiential learning, and improved instructional pedagogy; and serve as an institutional leader across the University in advancing inclusive excellence and equity advocacy on campus and throughout the community.

In leading the College during this important period of institutional growth and transition, the new Dean will play a critical role in effectively aligning the departments and units that now comprise COEHD, articulating and implementing the next strategic plan, and guiding the College through the process of creating a refined identity, increasing its academic culture of research excellence, and strengthening external partnerships to advance research/scholarship/creative activity and community impact. The Dean will be responsible for the academic, research, creative and outreach leadership of the College, as well as the management of its human and financial resources. The Dean has responsibility for leading the faculty and staff to work cohesively to advance the College as a whole and represents the College on campus and to the outside world, including alumni, donors, and other external stakeholders. The Dean takes the lead in strategic planning and in solidifying and implementing the vision, mission, and goals for the College.

COEHD has the opportunity to be a national exemplar in advancing academic excellence through diversity, inclusion, and equity advocacy by leveraging both its history of impact, as well the work of its faculty and students. The College has a long legacy of distinction and an equally bright future of opportunity ahead. For example, the recent creation of the Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department – bringing together the well-regarded programs in Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies – is innovative in its scholarly approach and also provides a platform to connect cross-cutting college and university strengths in this area to deepen its impact. The school psychology master’s degree program recent institutional and national Excelencia Award recognition further illustrates program caliber. The Dean is expected to embrace and seize these unparalleled opportunities.

The new Dean has a unique opportunity to position the College to lead the charge in addressing the digital divide through interleaving of digital fluency at all levels as UTSA embraces its new designation as an ADOBE® Creative Campus. The Dean must have a deep understanding of the creative community of thinkers that exist within the culture of COEHD departments and how to connect these strengths across disciplines and departments, to other colleges across the university, and beyond the university to our partners.

The Dean is expected to lead the College’s efforts in:

  • Building and promoting the College’s refined identity—strengthening existing relationships and identifying new partnership opportunities afforded by its refined structure;
  • Coalescing a shared identity, cohesion, and collaboration among the varied units that comprise the College;
  • Advancing strategic and academic planning that inspires the College to envision and support a bold strategy for the future;
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse and excellent faculty and staff committed to positively impacting student performance and increasing their sense of belonging;
  • Leading COEHD in exploring new methods to promote student success and distinction that will further elevate the student experience in meaningful ways;
  • Developing new opportunities for student access to research/scholarship/creative activity and partnership with the faculty;
  • Advancing academic excellence through a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly regarding persons of color, in all aspects of college work, including leveraging the new Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department;
  • Strengthening interdisciplinary connections among the units of the College to promote growth in research/scholarship/creative activity and its attendant impact, as well as support unique academic programs;
  • Supporting and growing the University’s research mission, the Dean will advance the faculty’s scholarly activities and external sponsorship growth, and encourage and advocate for interdisciplinary opportunities that increase impact;
  • Encouraging and facilitating greater external support of primary, applied, community-oriented, and inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary research/scholarship/creative activity;
  • Enhancing the quality and reputation of the graduate programs in the College;
  • Enhancing partnerships with school districts, community-focused organizations, and stakeholders both on- and off-campus;
  • Implementing entrepreneurial approaches to the delivery of nationally and regionally recognized services in the form of technical assistance centers and other models that bring local, regional, and national recognition and sustainable support.
  • Building and sustaining interdisciplinary academic connections between COEHD and other colleges within the University, and working with external partners to develop collaborative undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Providing leadership in the area of fundraising and external relations as well as spearheading broader advancement efforts in communications and engagement with external stakeholders;
  • Developing new and enhancing existing relationships between the College and the surrounding San Antonio community, including school districts, magnet/charter schools, hospitals, clinics, and local agencies;
  • Communicating the vision of the College to prospective students, alumni, foundations, industry, and external partners;
  • Participating in campus-wide policy development and decision-making through membership on the University Leadership Council and Academic Council;
  • Persuasively articulating the vision, mission, goals, and programs of the College to the University community, external stakeholders, and the general public;
  • Providing leadership to the faculty in developing, maintaining, and improving high-quality programs of instruction, research, creative activity, outreach, and public service.

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Developing and Enhancing Community Relationships – Serving as a highly-visible and influential leader within the San Antonio community, the next Dean will step into a role that will provide a significant platform for engaging stakeholders in the region, including: PK-12 school administrators, school district officials, clinical and medical officials, community leaders, elected officials, and executives from nonprofit organizations and industry. The Dean must be prepared to serve as an active participant in discussions with these entities in order to identify strategies and opportunities for engagement that bring the College’s strengths to bear in developing programs and offerings that address their needs.
  • Enhancing Interdisciplinary Research and Partnerships – The next Dean will lead an organization that is well-poised to build upon existing strengths and identify new areas for enhancing academic/research partnerships within the University. The Dean will serve as the College’s champion in communicating across academic units and serve as a catalyst for new interdisciplinary research and collaborative opportunities—inspiring open communication and teamwork between faculty, students, staff, and administrators in an effort to raise the College’s profile and impact in the region.
  • Promoting Curricular Innovation – UTSA’s dedicated faculty bring energy, innovation, and positive perspectives to the College and are prepared to leverage their collective intellectual strength for the benefit of San Antonio and the State of Texas. The Dean will serve as a positive, driving force toward this goal and will ensure open avenues of communication between administrators, faculty, and staff in order to capitalize on opportunities for advancement in this area.
  • Advancing Inclusive Excellence – The next Dean will serve as a key leader in supporting and strengthening the College’s efforts toward upholding the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence and working toward addressing issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Dean must be a passionate advocate and strong champion dedicated to fostering a culture where members of the College community, including faculty, staff, students, and community members, are active partners in a collaborative and supportive learning environment.
  • Communication and Transparency – The Dean will be expected to foster a culture that is committed to effectively and proactively communicating with the wide-range of internal and external constituents the College serves. Moreover, the Dean will be in a position to take advantage of the full breadth of disciplines within the College, and the perspectives provided by faculty within these areas, in creating an environment that recognizes and appreciates its unique blend of programs and opportunities for impact. Therefore, the Dean must possess strong listening skills, the ability to engage stakeholders in meaningful discussions, and an openness in providing information about the decision-making process and how decisions will affect College stakeholders as it strives to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals.


UTSA’s next Dean will play an important role in the future growth of COEHD as well as ensuring the College’s support of UTSA’s goal of attaining R1 university status and its dedication to the advancement of knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity, teaching and learning, community engagement, and public service. The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of academic accomplishment and service, superior interpersonal and management skills, and in addition will possess:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the broad conceptualization and interrelation of the disciplines that comprise COEHD and how, when coupled with an equal commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, can positively impact communities;
  • An earned doctorate/terminal degree in a discipline represented in COEHD from an accredited university and administrative and/or leadership experience in a research university;
  • An outstanding record of scholarly achievement and international reputation commensurate with appointment as full professor in one of the departments in the College;
  • Experience as an innovative, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests and scholarly approaches;
  • A record of success and ability in recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty; a history of inspiring faculty to excel in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities and rewarding excellence in these areas;
  • A history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and aggressively addressing issues related to student success;
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing research/scholarship/creative activity, growing its impact and increasing external sponsorship (including foundations and donors), and building creative interdisciplinary teams that advance cutting edge academic innovation;
  • Experience in building multidisciplinary programs and fostering external partnerships to create an outwardly looking educational environment for faculty and students;
  • Enthusiasm for “building”; for developing and advancing a strategic plan to further the College and University’s national competitiveness;
  • Proven people skills and the ability to serve as a highly effective listener and communicator with both academic and non-academic audiences, with bold enthusiasm to address challenges.

Qualities and Characteristics

The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of leadership and academic service; a dynamic vision for the future of the College; and a demonstrated passion for the College and University’s shared mission. In addition, this individual must value collaboration, diversity and inclusion, transparency, and entrepreneurship, and will be a dynamic and energetic leader who embraces the mission of the College and its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research/scholarship/creative activity. The successful candidate will also possess:

  • A demonstrated ability to lead, including management of human and financial resources; the ability to work with faculty to develop a vision and plans for the future in an environment of shared governance; the ability to function well as part of the campus leadership team;
  • The ability to think strategically and bring together diverse groups of interests to coalesce in a unified vision;
  • An enterprising mindset that will capitalize on San Antonio’s unique urban environment that promotes engagement and partnership opportunities with community stakeholders;
  • The ability to communicate effectively to build and enhance relationships with the faculty, staff, community, and various constituent groups;
  • A willingness to actively and enthusiastically partner with an engaged undergraduate and graduate student body;
  • A deep commitment to academic excellence, demonstrated ability for creative leadership and management, and the energy and vigor to translate ideas into action;
  • A commitment to the cultivation of a research culture throughout COEHD;
  • An innovative, transdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial approach to the Dean position in order to serve as a catalyst for new and compelling academic, creative and research initiatives in the College with the potential to expand on existing College strengths;
  • A demonstrated commitment to fostering and sustaining a culturally diverse academic environment; a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, racial/ethnic, gender identity, sexuality, and individual differences;
  • Recognition of the assets that diverse urban populations bring to the table, sensitivity to the educational needs of our students to enable these assets to be nurtured and supported, and sharing of the University’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success;
  • Excitement to serve as an engaging advocate on behalf of COEHD at the local, national, and international level;
  • The ability to further develop financial resources through successful fundraising activities and stimulate productive partnerships with external constituencies in coordination with centers, institutes, and departments;
  • A deep resonance with UTSA’s commitment to excellence and diversity, to the personal and educational enrichment of its faculty, staff and students, and a passion for the College’s role in teacher preparation, ensuring student graduation and post-graduate job success; and
  • Integrity and high ethical standards.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “ UTSA-COEHD” in subject line

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

Search Advisory Committee


David Silva

Dean, College of Sciences


Norma Guerra

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Dean, COEHD

Committee Members

Vangie Aguilera

Associate Professor in Practice, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Emily Bonner

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Assistant Dean for Research 

Lorenzo Brancaleon

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Faculty Senate Representative

Traci Guinn Buckley

Assistant Vice President, Inclusive Excellence

Martha Sidury Christiansen

Associate Professor, Bicultural Bilingual Studies

Erika Cox

Director, Strategic Enrollment Initiatives

Alejandra Elenes

Department Chair & Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Raitza Garcia

Associate Director of Development, College of Education and Human Development

Uchenna Emenaha

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Mark Giles

Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

James Hernandez

Student Government Association Representative

Sylvia  Mansour

Director, Academic Advising
Staff Senate Representative

Leslie Neely

Associate Professor & Director, Educational Psychology

Sharon Nichols

Department Chair & Professor, Educational Psychology

Simone Nikom

Administrative Associate II, COEHD

Krystal Peralez

Executive Director, PREP Initiative

Marcela Ramirez

Executive Director of Digital Learning

Pamela Ray

Director, Child Development Center

Ann Marie Ryan

Department Chair & Professor, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Patricia Sanchez

Department Chair & Professor, Bicultural Bilingual Studies

Vanessa Sansone

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Arturo Schultz

Department Chair & Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Department Chairs Council Affiliate

Heather Trepal

Professor, Counseling

Michael Villarreal

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Director, Urban Education Institute

Victor Villarreal

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

René Zenteno

Professor, Demography

Kate Rogers

COEHD Advisory Committee, Ex-Officio Member


Alberto Pimentel

Managing Partner, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Inc.