Photo of some of the winners for the University Excellence Awards for 2023


APRIL 26, 2023 — UTSA proudly announced this year’s University Excellence Awards winners during a live event on Tuesday attended by nominees and their peers.

This annual program celebrates the achievements of Roadrunner faculty and staff, ranging from exceptional teaching and innovative research to exemplary team spirit and impactful advocacy.

This year’s winners were selected from a large group of outstanding individual and team nominees, all of whom are advancing the university and making UTSA a great place to learn, work and grow.

The ceremony featured remarks and award presentations by UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar and representatives from Staff and Faculty Senate.

The COEHD 2023 winners are:

University Service Award

  • Felicia Castro-Villarreal (College of Education and Human Development) – Tenured/Tenure Track category

Community Engagement Award

  • Claudia Treviño Garcia (College of Education and Human Development) – Fixed-Term Track category


Research Achievement Award

  • Olesya Kisselev (College of Education and Human Development) – Tenure Track category


Performance, Creative, Production Award

  • Marco Cervantes (College of Education and Human Development)



UTSA 1882 Dual Language Community Lab Schools Partnership Team: Juanita Santos; Sarah De La Garza; Tiffany Farias-Sokoloski; Michael Vriesenga; Youmna Dbouk; Claudia Garcia; Lucinda “Nicki” Sohn; Lorena Claeys; Kimberly Perez; Belinda Bustos Flores



Rising Star Award

  • Don Carrington (College of Education and Human Development)

To view full list of winners read on UTSA Today.