Dr. Gelo joined the UTSA faculty in 1988. He was previously the chair of the Department of Anthropology and interim director of the Division of Behavioral and Cultural Sciences. A cultural anthropologist who specializes in the symbolic study of American Indian expressive culture, Dr. Gelo holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He has an active field research program in Texas and Oklahoma and has produced numerous publications and films on such topics as the Comanche Indian language, Tigua Indian ritual and cultural identity, and Southern Plains Indian music. He is author of an entry on Native North Americans in the Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology and of Indians of the Great Plains (Pearson). Dr. Gelo is a recipient of the President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Activity and the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award.
Steve Levitt, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Curriculum, received his B.A. from Montana State University, his M.A. from West Virginia, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He taught in the Telecommunications Department at the University of Kentucky before coming to UTSA in the fall of 1991 to create a new degree program in Communication. He served as head of the program from 1997 – 2001 at which time Communication became a stand-alone department. He then served as Chair until Aug. 2010. He currently teaches Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Public Relations, and Research Methods. He has presented numerous workshops on gender communication, and is certified in conflict resolution and mediation. Dr. Levitt served as a trainer and University Liaison for the award winning UTSA Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution Program. Dr. Levitt is also very active in many other areas of University service, and was honored with the 2000 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for University Service.
Dr. Levitt has presented many conference papers and published numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Levitt’s current research project “Cultural factors affecting international teamwork dynamics” was presented at the 13th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Vancouver, B.C., June 14, 2013 and is under review at Organizational Cultures: An International Journal.
His most recent publications are Kanso, A., Levitt, S., & Nelson, R. (2009) book chapter in Handbook of Crisis Communication: “Public relations and reputation management in a crisis situation: how Denny’s restaurants reinvigorated the firm’s corporate identity”; Nelson, R. A., Kanso, A. M., & Levitt, S. R. (2007). “Integrating public service and marketing differentiation: an analysis of the American Express Corporation’s "Charge Against Hunger" promotion program.” Service Business, 1(4), 275-293; and Johnston-Polacek, G. N. L., Rojas, V., Levitt, S., & Mika, V. (2006). Media and sex: Perspectives from Hispanic teens. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 1(4), 51-69. In September 2001, he won the best paper award for "Improving the Critical Communication and Decision-Making Interface Between Managers and Engineers" at the 2nd International Conference, New Horizons in Industry and Education, Milos Island, Greece. This paper was published in the October 2002 issue of Industry and Education.
Raquel R. Marquez is a Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching expertise centers on issues of race relations, immigration, border and Latino Studies. Her research has addressed Latina issues related to labor, the border and immigration, and community change in San Antonio.
In 2008, her co-edited book Transformations of La Familia on the US-Mexico Border (with Harriett Romo) was published by Notre Dame Press. She currently is the post-production stage of a film project, a feature length documentary on the United Farm Workers of Texas. She is also part of a research team examining social, political and cultural issues related to UTSA and UT Austin students being impacted by the lack of Dream Act legislation. Along with Dr. Rhonda Gonzales, she is studying the impact of women’s leadership development on the UTSA campus, and they will be presenting a paper "Between Women: Reflecting on Mentor/Mentee Initiatives and Outcomes at UT San Antonio” at the 2012 Mentoring Conference.
Dr. Marquez was a member of the 2009-2010 Provost Leadership Development Program. In Spring 2011, she participated in the Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Dr. Marquez served as department chair for the department of Sociology, a position she held for 8 years.
Dr. Osman is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for COLFA, and Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from West Virginia University (WVU), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from WVU (WV). Dr. Osman's general research focuses on the development and validation of assessment instruments for several psychological disorders such as depression, pain, and eating disorders. He has developed and validated responses on instruments such as the Pain Distress Inventory, the Reasons for Living Inventory for Adolescents, and the Body Influence Assessment Inventory. Dr. Osman has authored (and co-authored with students) more than 52 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He recently co-authored a book entitled, Adolescent suicide: An integrated approach to the assessment of risk and protective factors. He is Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment, and Consulting Editor of several journals including the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, and the European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Dr. Osman has served as external reviewer and consultant on grants such as mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and biostatistical research. In addition, he is a recipient of several teaching awards. He has extensive clinical consultation skills and has served as consultant to several mental health agencies.
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