College of Liberal and Fine Arts

College Deans

Daniel J. Gelo
Dean, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Stumberg Distinguished University Chair

 

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
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Curriculum

 

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.

 
 
 

Sandra B. Morissette
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Morissette is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology. She received her B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Vermont, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Boston University. As Director of the Trauma Health Research In Veterans’ Experiences (THRIVE) laboratory, her research primarily focuses on military health psychology. Her expertise is in studying trauma, anxiety, and addictive behaviors, with a particular interest in understanding factors that improve functional recovery in post-9/11 veterans. She developed a program of research called Project SERVE (Studies Evaluating Returning Veterans’ Experiences), which is comprised of four longitudinal studies funded by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development, as well as several funded offshoot studies. Collectively, these studies investigate long-term outcomes related to warzone experiences, traumatic stress, and functional recovery in returning veterans. The overarching aim of these studies is provide a scientific platform for developing novel interventions for veterans who are struggling with recovery and reintegration. Dr. Morissette also has a special interest in helping student veterans in higher education capitalize on the GI Bill and reset their missions as productive civilians. She is currently developing a program of research investigating brief treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) delivered on campus within Student Counseling Services. The overarching aim of this research is to bring PTSD services to students where and when they need them. Dr. Morissette’s research has been funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and National Institutes of Health. She has published over 80 peer-review articles, and serves as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. She enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teaching Military Health Psychology and Introduction to Clinical Psychology.

 

Augustine Osman
Associate Dean for Faculty Support

 

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.

 
 

Jason Yaeger
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Jason Yaeger is an anthropological archaeologist who studies Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, particularly the Maya and Inka. He received his A.B. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000.  His research interests include the organization of ancient households and communities, urbanism, landscapes and environments, the relationship between climate change and culture change, material culture and identity, ethnohistory, the politics of archaeological research, and Maya epigraphy and iconography. Much of his research has sought to understand the organization of Classic Maya rural communities and the practices, institutions, and constructs that linked rural householders into extra-community socio-political entities. His current research project focuses on documenting the changing relationships between Xunantunich and the rival center of Buenavista and understanding how competition between these two polities impacted the people who lived in the intervening countryside.

Dr. Yaeger began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 10 years before coming to UTSA as Associate Professor of Anthropology in 2010.  In 2016, he was named UTSA President’s Endowed Professor of Anthropology.  He has served as department chair since 2014.

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