Message from Dean Mario Torres

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Hello, my name is Dr. Mario Torres and I am honored to be the new Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. 

I am joining COEHD at a time of promise and change, and as a San Antonio native and UTSA alumnus, I look forward to what the future holds for COEHD as an academic community and also giving back to this extraordinary community and university. 

It is an absolute privilege to join this impressive Hispanic Serving Institution at a point when it is without question on a fast track to becoming one of the premier research universities in the country and perhaps the world. 

Over the past year, we witnessed the pivotal role education and mental health wellness played in our communities. That is why we at COEHD remain dedicated to our students, who are our future educators, leaders, and counseling professionals. Reflecting on my experiences as a student at UTSA, it was the encouragement of several faculty that helped instill my passion for education research. To this day, it’s a powerful reminder of the transformative impact educators and educational leaders at all levels have on students. 

In COEHD we focus on both research programs and field-based experiences so that our graduates are job-ready - having gained both knowledge and relevant experience in their chosen careers. Our academic programs, combined with research, have had a profound impact on our community and continue to span borders and broaden our reach as a research university and top provider of school professionals in the region. 

COEHD offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs dedicated to providing a robust education to students. Combined with 3 research centers and 6 departments and 3 strategic educational partners, the college is both a national and international model for academic excellence, research, and community service, offering students the tools and skills to become transformative leaders for the future. Our graduate programs include 4 doctoral degrees, 13 master’s degrees, 9 graduate certificates, 5 graduate professional certifications. Learn more about our graduate studies programs here. 

What’s more, COEHD remains committed to preparing future generations of activist scholars/educators of social change in hopes of dismantling enduring legacies of discrimination and oppression. One example of this commitment was the creation of the Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. Rooted in student, community, and university activism, REGS is committed to working with students, community, staff, and faculty in seeking a more socially just academic community and society as a whole.  

For those seeking undergraduate programs, we offer degrees in infancy and childhood studies, interdisciplinary studies, Mexican American studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Our undergraduate programs also offer minors in African American studiesBicultural Studies, English as a Second Language, and Women's Studies. Learn more about our undergraduate programs here. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our college and the world-class degree options we offer. I look forward to many, many fulfilling years here at UTSA and COEHD as Dean and am elated to be rejoining the Roadrunner family. There is so much promise and potential in what we as a college can achieve. I look forward to realizing our potential as a great public research university while also investing ourselves no less in educating future generations of San Antonians and Texans to come. 

Dr. Mario Torres
Dean, College of Education and Human Development


College of Education and Human Development
Main Building | One UTSA Circle | San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: 210-458-4370 |