Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres is Professor of Economics and Political Economy in the School of Economics, Political, and Policy Sciences (EPPS), at The University of Texas at Dallas. In 2010, she accepted an appointment as the Dean of Undergraduate Education at UT Dallas and holds Mary McDermott Cook Distinguished Chair for Undergraduate Education and Research. In 2010 she received the prestigious UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award which is awarded to less than 1% of all tenure system faculty in the UT System. In 2011-12 she participated in the American Council of Education Fellows program where she was hosted by President John Hitt and Provost Tony Waldrop at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Since joining UT Dallas in 1996, Piñeres has served as associate dean for undergraduate education in EPPS, as head of the public policy and political economy department in EPPS and directed the Office of Enrollment Services from 2006 to 2008 while serving as associate provost. In 2010 she also served as Interim Dean of Libraries. She has led numerous university wide initiatives such as the Comet Connection (the only state-wide transfer articulation program between a 4-year university and all community college districts in the state), the redesign of the first year experience, strategic planning for undergraduate education, expansion of student success programs and undergraduate research, among others. Her research focuses on economic development and political stability in developing countries and employs a sub-national level of analysis. She is the author of Guns, Drugs & Development in Colombia with Kevin M. Curtin and Jennifer Holmes. She also is the author or co-author of numerous articles on such topics as development economics, international economics and Latin America. Her current book project is "Beyond state capacity to services and inclusion: Library parks in marginalized urban areas in Colombia."
She is on the board of the North Texas Chapter of the Fulbright Association and is a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. Piñeres is currently President of Midwest Association of Latin American Studies. She also remains actively engaged in The Atlantic Council, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Latin American Studies Association. Piñeres received her PhD in economics from Duke University in 1992 and joined UT Dallas in 1996, moving from a faculty position at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
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