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Glenn Martinez
Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Glenn Martínez joined the faculty of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio on July 1, 2021. Dr. Martínez is professor of Spanish, Bicultural/Bilingual Studies, and Public Health and Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. He received a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MPH in Border Health from the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Dr. Martínez is a socio- and applied linguist who studies Spanish in the United States, Spanish as a heritage language, and Spanish in health care. His research and program building activities have been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the US Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute totaling over $7 million. He has published his research findings in top journals such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Hispania, Spanish in Context, Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Academic Medicine, Journal of Nursing Education and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. He is author of Mexican Americans and Language: Del dicho al hecho (2006, University of Arizona Press) and Spanish in Health Care: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy in Latino Health (2020, Routledge). He is co-author of Recovering the US Hispanic Linguistic Heritage (2008, Arte Público Press) and Tension and Contention in Language Education for Latinx in the United States (2020, Routledge).         

Seok Kang 
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Seok Kang is a professor in digital communication with an emphasis on mobile media effects, digital journalism, social media effects and digital media production. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, his M.A. from Illinois State University, an M.A. from Sogang University, Seoul Korea, and his B.A. from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul Korea.

Dr. Kang's teaching and research areas focus on new communication technologies, mobile communication, m-marketing, social media, communication research methods, theory, and digital message design. He has received several university teaching awards from UTSA for his commitment to teaching development. He was voted as 'Professor of the Semester' for teaching excellence in the fall of 2007 by Phi Mu Fraternity Honor Society at UTSA. He received a teaching award in 2010 by the UTSA Provost office. He was selected as the Star Platinum Award winner for teaching excellence in 2013 by the Department of Communication. He is also a certified web development teacher for website creation, CSS, HTML, content management system, audio, and video production.

Dr. Kang has published 42 refereed journal articles and 16 books and book chapters. He published six single-authored books: Disruptive Digital Innovation: The Fourth Wave of Communication Media in August 2018, Digital Message Design: The Path to Multimedia Production in March, 2013, Handbook of Digital Media Production in July, 2009, Motivational Use of Web News in April, 2010, and Communication and Capital in August, 2016, Digital Media Analytics, 2017, and Disruptive Digital Innovation (forthcoming). His articles have appeared in Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, The Asian Journal of Communication, The International Journal of Mobile Communications, Disability & Society, Newspaper Research Journal, International Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, CyberPsychology and Behavior, Public Relations Review, Health Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, International Journal of Instructional Media, The Community Mental Health Journal, and among others. He has presented 70 refereed papers at national and international conferences since 1997. He received ten faculty awards and more than 12 second/third place paper awards at conferences.

Seok Kang is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Communication Association (ICA), and Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

He serves on the editorial board of the refereed national journal, Mass Communication and Society, a publication of LEA, Inc. He is a journal manuscript reviewer for Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Research, and Health Communication. He has been working as a conference paper reviewer for the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and Broadcast Education Association (BEA). He has served as a panel participant and conference division chair for ICA, AEJMC, and BEA.


Nathan Richardson

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Nathan Richardson studies the literature and culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world, with a particular interest in story-telling in the 20th and 21st centuries. Dr. Richardson received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kansas in 1999, and his MA and BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University. He has authored two books on the representation and interpretation of space and place in Spanish society as narrated in novels and film from the Franco years to the present, one with a focus on immigration and a second centered on attempts to imagine and live alternative geographies. Dr. Richardson’s most recent work includes publications and a book project examining trends in twenty-first century fiction from across the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to his work as Associate Dean, Dr. Richardson serves as chair of the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Prior to coming to UTSA, he taught for 19 years at Bowling Green State University where he served eight years as chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies and taught both Spanish and International Studies. He has lived multiple years in both Argentina and Spain and lists as his most recent “favorite” accomplishment a month spent walking the historic Camino de Santiago. When not reading or answering emails he can be found running trails throughout San Antonio.

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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