Return to: The Graduate School

Since the awarding of the first master's degree in History in 1942, the graduate program at UTEP has experienced significant growth. In 1967, a Graduate School was organized, and in 1974, the first doctoral-level degree program, the Doctor of Geological Sciences, was approved by the Coordinating Board of the Texas College and University System, with the first degree awarded in 1979. Today, the Graduate School offers Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Computational Science; Computer Science; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Environmental Science and Engineering; Geological Sciences; History; Interdisciplinary Health Sciences; International Business; Materials Science and Engineering; Psychology; Rhetoric and Composition; Teaching, Learning, and Culture; and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy.  In addition, UTEP offers more than 70 master's degree programs.

The Graduate School is comprised of professors and scholars designated as Members of the Graduate Faculty and of students duly admitted to pursue their studies beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Graduate School faculty and administration award all graduate degrees conferred by the University under authority delegated by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

CHARLES H. AMBLER, Dean of the Graduate School
BA, Middlebury College; MA, Yale University; Ph D, Yale University

BESS SIRMON-TAYLOR, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
BS, Florida State University; MS, Florida State University; MS, Georgia College and State University; Ph D, University of Georgia

The Graduate Council

The Graduate Faculty of The University of Texas at El Paso exercises its legislative functions through a Graduate Assembly. The Graduate Assembly is the final faculty authority for recommending policies concerned with academic standards for admission and retention of students, for furthering the development of the graduate program, and other matters affecting graduate study. The Assembly accomplishes most of its responsibilities through its elected representatives to the Graduate Council. Terms expire on August 31 of the year indicated in parentheses.

CHARLES H. AMBLER

Dean of the Graduate School
Ex Officio

EZRA B. CAPPELL (2016)

Associate Professor of English
College of Liberal Arts Representative

DAVID CARREJO (2016)

Associate Professor of Teacher Education
College of Education Representative

JACK CHESSA (2016)

Chair of the Graduate Council
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

LUIS RENE CONTRERAS-SAPIEN (2015)

Associate Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering
College of Engineering Representative

MARK COX (Voting)

President of the Faculty Senate
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
College of Science

SANDOR DORGO (2016)

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
College of Health Sciences Representative

LESLIE FOGED (2017)

Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science Representative

STEPHEN W. JOHNSON (2015)

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology & Spec Srvcs
College of Education Representative

MARK LUSK (2017)

Professor of Social Work
College of Health Sciences
Member-At-Large

FELICIA S. MANCIU (2015)

Associate Professor of Physics
College of Science Representative

LANI D. MIRANDA (Non-Voting)

Graduate Student Representative
Student Government Association

DIANE B. MONSIVAIS (2017)

Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing Representative

CELIA PECHAK (2017)

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
College of Health Sciences Representative

KARL PUTNAM (2016)

Associate Professor of Accounting
College of Business Administration Representative

CHINTALAPALLE V. RAMANA (2017)

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering Representative

LESLIE ROBBINS (2017)

Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing Representative

JEFFREY SHEPHERD (2015)

Associate Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts Representative

ERIC D. SMITH (2017)

Associate Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering
Member-At-Large

MOURAT A. TCHOSHANOV (2016)

Professor of Teacher Education
Member-At-Large

JOHN WALTON (2016)

Professor of Civil Engineering
Member-At-Large

FEIXUE (FAITH) XIE (2017)

Associate Professor of Finance
College of Business Administration Representative