Faculty Spotlight

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Mailing Address:
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement,
The University of Texas at Dallas,
800 W. Campbell Road, AD26,
Richardson, TX 75080

Physical Location:
Administration Building AD 3.207,
Phone: (972) 883-4566
Fax: (972) 883-4565



Dr. Emily A. Tobey Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity

Arthur L. Gregg, Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Director of the Multicultural Center

Dr. Peter Park, Chair of the Committee for Diversity & Equity

Rosie Peterson, Director of Institutional Diversity Initiatives

Raul Hinojosa Jr., Director of Community Engagement

Lauren DeCillis, Director of the Galerstein Women's Center

I am part of all that I have met.
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

No one can be best at everything
But when all of us combine our talents,
We can be the best at virtually anything.

-- Dan Zadra

There is someone smarter than any of us,
And that is all of us.

-- Michael Nolan

I’m good; you’re good.
Together we’re better.

-- Dick Perl

Nowadays, the common wisdom is to celebrate diversity as long as you don’t point out that people are different.
-- Colin Quinn

You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.
-- Doug Floyd

The word communication comes from the Latin “communico”
meaning, “to come together.”

-- Don Ward

When different talents and ideas rub up against each other, there is friction, yes. But also sparks, fire, light and eventually – brilliance!
-- Nancie O’Neill

Let’s place a high value on unity rather than uniformity.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
-- General George S. Patton

Instead of this absurd division into sexes, they ought to class people as static or dynamic.
-- Evelyn Waugh

Seeking diversity automatically leads us to excellence Just as focusing on excellence inevitably leads us to diversity.
-- William C. Steele

Diversity : The art of thinking independently together.
-- Malcolm Forbes

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
-- Walter Lippman

Diversity is a competitive advantage.
Different people approach similar problems in different ways.

-- Rich McGinn

It is a mistake to surround yourself only with people just like you. Throw off that warm comforter and replace it with a crazy quilt of different and imaginative people. Then watch the ideas erupt!
-- Betty Bender

The most successful companies, communities, and nations will be those that are willing to learn from others. From diversity will come creative fusion. And creative fusion will become a strategic tool in the era of global competition.
-- Sheridan Tatsuno

What Diversity “problem?”
Diversity creates one and only one thing: opportunity
.
-- Tom Peters

The great organizations are those that celebrate differences.
They seek harmony, not uniformity.
They hire talent, not color.
They strive for oneness, not sameness.

-- Gil Atkinson

Ideas bring people together, but ideals hold them together.
-- Bill Meyer

Community is a group of individuals that is greater than the sum of its parts.
-- Mark Sofield

There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves.
-- Lyndon B. Johnson

We are, of course, a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.
-- Jimmy Carter

Accomplishments have no color, no gender.
-- Leontyne Price

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
-- Adlai E. Stevenson

We can make a difference.
We can change the world.
Because we are the difference.
We are the world.

-- Frederico Pena

"Every person is a new door to a different world."
-- from Six Degrees of Separation

The Faculty Spotlight provides an opportunity for appreciation of the diverse faculty of UT Dallas, and promotes awareness of their contributions to their disciplines and to our academic community. These constitute only a sampling of the total faculty but are representative of the women, African American, Native American, Hispanic, Asian and International members of our faculty. You are invited to search the data base or to peruse the list. Links are provided to allow access to useful information and to news stories, as well as video or audio interviews. To learn more about multicultural activities at UT Dallas, visit the UT Dallas Multicultural Center. A complete listing of faculty can be accessed and searched. If you are interested in joining the UT Dallas faculty, visit our Jobs listings.

Faculty Recognition for Contributions to Diversity & Inclusion

UT Dallas, through the Department of Faculty Diversity within the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, annually recognizes faculty members for outstanding contributions to diversity on our campus and in our community. Additionally, we recognize teachers who demonstrate excellence in creating inclusive classrooms. To learn more about the awards and recipients, follow these links.

New Faculty

One of the best barometers of progress in faculty diversity is new faculty hires. For the academic year 2012-2013,U T Dallas hired 30 new full-time faculty. Of these, 8 (27%) are women and include 3 (10%) in STEM fields. Five (almost 16%) are underrepresented minorities, while 3 (10%) are international. Every school within the University increased the diversity of its faculty this year. Within the Faculty Spotlight, new faculty are highlighted in red.

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School of Arts and Humanities

Dr. David Edmunds
Anne and Chester Watson History Professor
School of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Enric Madriguera
Professor and Director of Guitar Studies
School of Arts and Humanities

School of Behavioral and Brain Science

Dr. Kenneth Pugh
Head of Audiology, Callier Center
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dr. Karen Rodrigue
Assistant Professor, Center for Vital Longevity
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dr. Raul Rojas
Assistant Professor, Callier Center
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Dr. Rodney Andrews
Assistant Professor of Economics
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Dr. Daniel Arce
Professor and Program Head of Economics
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Dr. Euel Elliott
Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Dr. Susan McElroy
Associate Professor of Economics and Education Policy
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Dr. Alex R. Piquero
Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Dr. Monica Deza
Assistant Professor of Economics
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Carlos Busso
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Jorge Cobb
Associate Professor, Computer Science
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Manuel Quevedo-Lopez
Associate Professor, Material Science
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Mario Rotea
Professor and Program Head, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Yonas Tadesse
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Naveen Jindal School of Management

Dr. Norris Bruce
Associate Professor of Marketing
Naveen Jindal School of Management
Dr. David Ford Jr.
Professor of Organizational Studies, Strategy, and International Management
Naveen Jindal School of Management
Dr. Orlando Richard
Associate Professor, Organizations, Strategy and International Management
Naveen Jindal School of Management
Dr. Alejandro Zentner
Assistant Professor, Finance and Managerial Economics
Naveen Jindal School of Management
Dr. Elena Katok
Ashbel Smith Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management
Naveen Jindal School of Management

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Juan Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Phillip Kisunzu
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Jason Slinker
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Susan Minkoff
Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Fabiano Rodrigues
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics