TAMIU ARC Leadership team

TAMIU ARC Project Director


Dr. Jennifer Coronado

Dean of the Graduate School


TAMIU ARC Co-Project Director

 K Tobin

Dr. Kenneth Tobin

Professor of Geology


TAMIU ARC Senior Personnel


Dr. David Allen

Associate Vice President For Institutional Assessment


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.

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.


Dr. Allen received his PhD in Education in 2011 from Texas State University-San Marcos. He spent over 12 years in the assessment industry and was an assistant professor of assessment at Murray State University before joining the TAMIU in 2016. His main role in the TAMIU ARC is to oversee institutional research focusing on graduate student retention and graduation.



TAMIU ARC Program Manager


Cindy Villarreal

Program Manager

TAMIU ARC External Evaluator


Dr. Nandita chaudhuri

Research Scientist,Texas A&M University

TAMIU ARC Senior Faculty


M Bennett

Dr. Marvin Bennett

Associate Professor of Geology

TAMIU ARC Writing Consultant


mr. Franco Zamora

Writing Consultant 


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.
Dr. Nandita Chaudhuri has over twenty-two years of experience in researching, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating multi-site public program interventions, 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. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of Qualitative Evaluations Topical Interest Group (TIG) at the American Evaluation Association and leads several program evaluation projects.

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 and professional development activities. 

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 Graduate Supplemental Instructors


Mr. Richard Esqueda

Graduate Supplemental Instructor of Sociology


Ms. Brenda Guerrero

Graduate Supplemental Instructor of Psychology






Dr. Michael Kidd

Associate Professor, Biology and Chair of TAMIU Department of Biology and Chemistry

Dr. Claudia San Miguel

Dean of TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. John Kilburn

Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Projects at TAMIU 

Mr. Rogelio Trevino

Director of Texas Workforce Development

Graduate Student Representative

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