TAMIU ARC Leadership team

TAMIU ARC Project Director

 Dr. Jennifer Coronado

Dr. Jennifer Coronado

Dean of the Graduate School


Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Coronado was a faculty member and administrator in the College of Education for nineteen years. She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from Capella University with extensive experience in curriculum development, revision, and implementation with experience in evaluation and program accreditation. Dr. Coronado serves as Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee and provides research guidance to faculty and students. She is also the Chair of the University Graduate Council.

TAMIU ARC Co-Project Director

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Dr. Kenneth Tobin

Professor of Geology


Dr. Tobin received his PhD in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1994. After completing a Post-Doctoral Research Assistantship at Princeton University, he joined TAMIU in 2001. Dr. Tobin has been instrumental in securing over $6.4 million dollars from numerous agencies including: NSF, NASA, NOAA, FEMA, State of Texas, and the US Departments of Education and Defense. In addition, Dr. Tobin is well regarded by the TAMIU community having served two successful terms as Faculty Senate President. 



TAMIU ARC Program Manager


Cindy Villarreal

Program Manager


Ms. Cindy Villarreal began her career in Program and Project Management at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 at the McCombs School of Business, Executive Education. Since then, her experience in project management has expanded to the Laredo area, taking her from the Non-profit sector as an Education/Volunteer Manager with Habitat for Humanity (Laredo-Webb County) to Higher Education as the Operations Manager for TAMIU's Office of Continuing Education. She joins the ARC team to achieve and promote academic success for TAMIU Graduate Students.

TAMIU ARC Writing Consultant


mr. Franco Zamora

Writing Consultant


Mr. Franco Zamora received his Master in Arts in 2019 from Texas A&M International University. His undergraduate alma mater is Central Washington University, where he earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Creative and Professional Writing in 2015. Franco previous served as an Adjunct of English at TAMIU, as well as Writing Tutor Mentor and Instructor’s Assistant at Central Washington University’s Writing Center.

TAMIU ARC Data Scientist


R. Torres Saenz

Mr. Roberto Torres-Saenz

Data Scientist


Mr. Roberto Torres is working on his Master's of Science degree in Mathematics (Applied Statistics track) at Texas A&M International University where he previously received a BS in Systems Engineering. Prior to joining the TAMIU ARC team he worked as a NASA funded Graduate Research Assistant where his efforts were instrumental in validating the Soil MERGE product. He joins the ARC team to analyze Graduate student success at Texas A&M International University. 

TAMIU ARC External Evaluator


Dr. Nandita chaudhuri

Research Scientist,Texas A&M University


Dr. Nandita Chaudhuri has over twenty-two years of experience in researching, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating multi-site public program interventions; currently leading several project, especially in the area of public health, higher education and criminal justice. She has extensive experience with highly complex program evaluation design development and implementation. Her program evaluation work primarily involves mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative approaches within the contours of quasi-experimental designs that help develop the necessary evidence base in a social scientific manner.

TAMIU ARC Senior Faculty


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Dr. Marvin Bennett

Associate Professor of Geology


Dr. Marvin Bennett received his PhD in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1994. He joined TAMIU in 2002 where he has taught paleontology, geology and earth science. Dr. Bennett has many years of experience mentoring Hispanic students. He will work in collaboration with the Project Directors to assist with TAMIU ARC mentorship, professional development activities, and assistance to the team to ensure virtual material is available to graduate students and faculty.



Dr. John Kilburn

Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Projects at TAMIU 

Dr. Sean Maddan

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair

Dr. Alfredo Ramirez Jr.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Arthur Soto-Vasquez

Assistant Professor of Communications

Ms. Rachel Simon

Graduate Student Representative

Mr. Rogelio Trevino

Director of Texas Workforce Development

TAMIU Killam Library

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