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COEHD welcomes two new associate deans

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The UTSA College of Education and Human Development recently welcomed two new associate deans to its leadership team.


Dr. Maricela Oliva, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was recently named associate dean for faculty development. Beginning in January of 2019, Oliva will assist with various college initiatives regarding faculty recruitment, retention, and development.


“I have a very high regard for our faculty and for the outstanding work they are doing on behalf of students, the community, and their disciplines,” said Oliva. “My hope is to use this position to directly and indirectly advocate for faculty members and their needs. Some of this will involve direct faculty development and I anticipate that others could involve attention to related issues, including curricular updates, institutional policy, and engagement with faculty governance bodies or stakeholder groups.” 


Prior to her position as associate dean, Oliva served as the associate vice provost for academic and faculty support, and coordinator for the higher education concentration in both the master’s and doctoral programs. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and joined the college in 2005.


“This role is sure to bring me into closer contact with faculty peers in the various COEHD departments,” said Oliva. “Until now, there has been limited opportunity to engage colleagues who are not in my own department. I look forward to getting to know faculty colleagues better so as to respond to or facilitate responding to needs.”


The college also named Dr. Michael Karcher, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, as the new associate dean for research. As the associate dean, Karcher oversees the college’s research activity, and works with a team of individuals to expand the research and development opportunities in the college. He began his new position on Sept. 17.


“Most immediately we need clarity, consensus, and cooperation around who provides what research administrative support functions, so I have taken that on as my top priority," said Karcher. “Once this has become more clear, I’ll be able to shift to other, more inspiriting roles, which include helping new faculty develop the research tools they need and help build a sense of community support for their research to get them rolling, and then helping all research grant-active, large-project funding-seeking faculty develop their proposals by providing support and resources.”


Karcher has been a member of the college since 2002. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and his Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. 


“I am excited to see the impact that many of our COEHD researchers have on schools and the larger community,” said Karcher. “I am excited to contribute, by serving in this position, to the amazing research being conducted in our college.”






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