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.
Steven Levitt, Professor, Department of Communication, 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 is currently serving as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Dr. Levitt teaches Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Public Relations, and Research Methods.
Dr. Levitt’s current research project is understanding dynamics of international organizational teamwork. “Cultural factors affecting international teamwork dynamics” was published in The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations: Annual Review, Volume 13 (2014), 9-23. The article was the winner of the International Award for Excellence for Volume 13 of the Organization Collection, 2015. All articles submitted for publication in the Organization Collection are entered into consideration for this award – four quarterly journals and the annual. "Cultural dialectics in international teamwork dynamics” was published (2016) in the International Journal of Business Communication.
“Addressing cross-cultural teamwork barriers: Implications for industry practice and higher education curricula,” was presented at the Ninth International Conference on New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education in August 2015, on the Skiathos Island, Greece. The paper was one of only three papers selected from the conference to be published in Industry and Higher Education, October 2016.
Dr. Levitt has presented numerous workshops on conflict resolution and 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.
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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