RICHARDSON, Texas (Nov. 15, 2005) — Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero, director of the highly regarded Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been given the additional duties of directing the university’s Office of International Education.
Hernandez will be charged with, among other things, initiating, developing and managing exchange agreements with foreign universities; coordinating credit transfers, financial arrangements and academic planning for students and faculty planning to study abroad; and educating participants about safety awareness and international travel protocol.
“I am excited and honored to take on the additional responsibility of supervising and expanding the services provided by UTD’s Office of International Education,” Hernandez said. “We serve a vital function to the university — preparing, protecting and looking out for new opportunities abroad for our students and faculty. The office, in my opinion, is key to helping the university establish and grow its presence in the international community.”
Hernandez will continue as director of the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies. Under his leadership, that center has increased the academic relationship between UTD and Mexico, using an interdisciplinary approach focused on international education, research and public service programs.
Hernandez holds a B.A. in international studies from the National University of Mexico, an M.A. in political science from Southern Oregon University and an M.S. in applied economics and a Ph.D. in political economy from UTD.
A member or advisor on numerous committees dealing with foreign relations and education, including the North Texas Committee on Immigrants and Higher Education, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and the Mexican Association for International Education, Hernandez teaches courses about U.S.–Mexico affairs, the Mexican political system and Mexican economics at UTD. He has published in specialized journals and newspapers and participated in news and documentary television and radio programs in Mexico and the United States.
Prior to joining UTD in 2001, Hernandez worked as researcher at four organizations, including the Latin American Institute of Economics, Social and Communication Studies (ILEESCO), the Permanent Conference of Public Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPAL), the Inter-American Conference on Control of Drug Abuse (CICAD) at the Organization of American States, and the Secretariat of the NAFTA Labor Commission.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.