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The UTSA College of Education and Human Development recently named five faculty members from across the college to new leadership positions.

Dr. Norma Guerra, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, was named associated dean for undergraduate studies and will oversee the undergraduate student success in the college.

“I am humbled and honored to be named to this position,” said Guerra. “I am excited to be able to bring my experience and gifts to this position.”

Guerra joined the university in 1988 as the director of the Tomas Rivera Center. Most recently, Guerra has served as the director of faculty engagement in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness since 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.

“My responsibility is to serve the college and support the dean in the achievement of the college vision and goals,” Guerra said. “This is an exciting time to be a citizen of the UTSA nation.”

Dr. Vittorio Marone, associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, was named assistant dean for graduate studies and technology. In this role, Marone will work closely with Dr. Juliet Langman, associate dean of graduate studies, to support graduate student services in the COEHD. 

Marone will also be working to integrate the state-required International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards across the college.

“I would like to contribute to the integration of technology starting from faculty and students’ needs, preferences, and experiences. Our college has already taken important steps in this direction, and I would like to strengthen and expand this approach,” said Marone. “My second goal would be to streamline the processes involved in the development and delivery of graduate courses and programs, which is essential to better serve our students in a rapidly-evolving world.”

Marone joined the college in 2013 and most recently served as the coordinator for the Instructional Technology graduate program. He received his doctorate in Education from both the University of Tennessee and the University of Padua in Italy.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with faculty across the college and learn about their research, teaching, and interests,” said Marone. “I also look forward to working with students in order to actively include their voice in the advancement of COEHD and UTSA.”

Joining Guerra and Marone is Dr. Abraham DeLeon, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as the new assistant dean for curriculum and programming. 

“I am thrilled to be part of the new leadership team that Dean DelliCarpini has assembled,” said DeLeon. “I am looking forward to building new relationships with dedicated colleagues across the college and university that are committed to undergraduate student success.”

In this capacity, DeLeon will work with Dr. Belinda Flores, associate dean of professional preparation, assessment, and accreditation, in creating and maintaining effective and exciting programming for the college’s undergraduate students.

“I hope to build an undergraduate student climate that helps facilitate effective and quality teacher education experiences that give our undergraduate students the tools to become advocates for their students,” said DeLeon. “I also hope to build an undergraduate student advisory board that will help facilitate feedback from our undergraduate student populations on ways to improve and sustain the quality the COEHD is known for.”

DeLeon joined the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2009 and currently oversees the Northside ISD Residency Program in the college. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut in 2007.

The college also named Dr. Alberto Cordova, associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition, as the assistant dean for student success. Cordova received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Motor Neuroscience from Texas A&M University and has been a faculty member in the college since 2008.

In this capacity, Cordova will work closely with Dr. Norma Guerra, associate dean for undergraduate studies. His involvement will include oversight of the Academic Coaching Experience (ACE) Mentoring Initiative that was created to provide student mentors from across all undergraduate majors within the college.

In addition, Dr. Paul Schutz, professor in the Department of Education Psychology, was recently named interim chair for the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. In this capacity, Schutz will provide oversight and direction to the department's faculty and staff.

Schutz received his Ph.D. in Learning, Cognition, and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. He began his tenure with UTSA in 2006 and served as the chair of the Department of Educational Psychology from 2009 to 2010. 

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