University Readies Collaborative Ph.D. Program in English
Texas A&M International University launched a fourth collaborative
Ph.D. with Texas A&M University as lead partner in ceremonies Friday,
April 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center foyer.
The Ph.D. will be in English and is being coordinated by the TAMU department
of English and the TAMIU department of language and literature.
Joining University representatives was Robert Gates, president of Texas
Dr. Ray Keck, University president, said the latest offering is another
example of the power of partnership throughout the A&M System.
"In today's higher education, the importance of partnership efforts
cannot be stressed enough. Each of our previous collaborative degrees
stems directly from a partnered effort with another A&M System campus.
We all benefit from sharing resources and capabilities to further the
educational opportunities for our students," Dr. Keck said.
He noted the opportunity to increase access to doctoral studies in English
for South Texas residents is especially important.
"This access will provide the potential development of a regional
corps of future Ph.D. holders who can lead future South Texas higher education
faculties, conduct relevant research or explore a myriad of career opportunities,"
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Nasser Momayezi, said
TAMIU faculty members have worked diligently with counterparts at TAMU
to develop the program.
"We salute our faculty's efforts, lead by Dr. Kati Pletsch de Garcia,
in developing this program and the tremendous energy and enthusiasm that
have accompanied its development in College Station. Just as our previous
collaborative Ph.D. offering in Hispanic Studies, this degree will enjoy
considerable interest from our students and students throughout South
Texas," Dr. Momayezi observed.
Just last week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved
the University's first stand-alone Ph.D. in International Business Administration.
Other collaborative Ph.D. programs offered in conjunction with A&M
System campuses include Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership
and Hispanic Studies.
For additional information on the collaborative Ph.D. in English, please
contact Dr. Kati Pletsch de Garcia, chair, department of language and
literature, at 326.2614, visit offices in Killam Library 428 or email
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