41 new faculty members join TAMIU

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Texas A&M International University will welcome 41 new members to its faculty this fall semester.

dr Stephen M. Duffy, acting provost and vice president for academic affairs at TAMIU, said the new faculty will join the university’s colleges and schools from a variety of universities, and most have the highest degree in their field.

“We have recruited an impressive group of faculty who will join us this fall semester. All are the result of nationwide searches, and we’re excited to give them an opportunity to share their insights and guidance with our students. The majority have the highest degrees in their disciplines and bring additional depth and research expertise to further highlight our students’ learning experience here,” said Duffy.

The new faculty, their respective colleges and schools, and degrees/institutions they earned are as follows:



AR Sanchez, Jr. School of Business

Lukai Yang, assistant professor of finance; Ph.D., University of Alabama.


College of Arts and Sciences

Virginia K. Berndt, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Ph.D., University of Delaware; Billy J. Cryer, English Assistant Professional, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso; Youssef Elmasry, Associate Professor of Engineering, M.Eng., Texas A&M University; Nicole Gillotti, Assistant Professor of Music, DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana; Judy Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Mathematics, MS, Texas A&M International University; Sarah V. Hetrick, Assistant Professor of Music, DMA, The University of Texas at Austin; Pablo D. Morales, Associate Professor of Mathematics, M.Ed., Texas State University; Ruvini U. Pathirana, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Hanan M. Saadi, English Assistant Professional, Ph.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio; Gabriella Sánchez, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Ph.D., Arizona State University; Daniel W. Scott, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, and Varaidzo Zvobgo, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas.

Guest lecturers include Maya Bhatt, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire; Seyed M. Davachi, Lecturer in Chemistry, Ph.D., University of Tehran; Jude Galbraith, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; Omar García, associate professor of psychology, Ph.D., Texas A&M University; Ray Garza, Associate Professor of Psychology, MS, Oklahoma State University; Loren Higbee, English teacher, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; Aaron Modic, Associate Professor of Physics, Ph.D., Auburn University; Stephen McCullough, Associate Professor of History, Ph.D., University of Alabama; Sharity D. Nelson, English teacher, Ph.D., University of Oregon; Danielle Palow, biology teacher, Ph.D., University of Florida; Teresa Scott, English teacher, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; Emily Vanchella, Associate Professor of Music, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, and Charles Whitfield, Associate Professor of Mathematics, MSE, Texas A&M International University.


Pedagogical college

Youmna Diri-Rieder, Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, and Qiana S. O’Leary, Assistant Professor of Educational Programs, Ed.D., Brandman University.

Guest lecturers include Xiaoping Fan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, MA, California State University, Chico; Stephanie Bain, Associate Professor of Education Administration, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Angela Sampson, Associate Professor of School Counseling, MS, The University of Texas at San Antonio.


University of Nursing and Health Sciences

Shuhong Luo, Associate Professor and Professor of Nursing, Ed.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Monika L. Perez, clinical assistant professor, MSN, Jacksonville University; Iris A. Santos, Clinical Assistant Professor, MSN, Texas A&M International University, and Viridiana Vela, Clinical Assistant Professor, MSN, Texas A&M International University.


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Guest lecturers include Rebekah Arenaz-Kirby, MA, Texas A&M International University; Mónica Chavez, MA, Texas A&M International University; Janet Carrillo, MS, Texas A&M International University; Peter Kelley, MA, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Omar S. Ramírez, MA, Texas A&M International University.


Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library

Eva Hernández, Assistant Librarian, MS, University of North Texas.

Registration of TAMIU for Fall 2021 is now underway. For detailed registration information, see go.tamiu.edu/registration21

TAMIU’s plans for Fall 2021 are focused on returning to a full and vibrant campus experience for all students, faculty and staff on the 300-acre campus in northeast Laredo. Classes begin on Monday, August 23, 2021. Late registrations end on Friday, August 27.

For more information, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 956-326-2250, email [email protected], or visit the offices at the University Success Center, Suite 121.

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