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TAMIU Welcomes 27 New Faculty Members This Fall Posted: 8/28/19

TAMIU Welcomes 27 New Faculty Members This Fall


Dr. Thomas Mitchell
Dr. Thomas Mitchell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs  

Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Fall semester began Tuesday, welcoming thousands of students and 27 new faculty members who will help deliver the University’s mission in classrooms. 

TAMIU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Tom Mitchell said the new faculty are joining the University’s five Colleges and Schools from a variety of universities and most hold the highest degree in their field.

“We have an impressive group of new faculty who join us this semester.  They are the result of nationwide searches and we’re eager to provide them with an opportunity to share their insight and guidance for our students. Over 98% hold the highest terminal degree in their discipline, bringing additional depth and research expertise that further distinguishes our students’ learning experience here,” Dr. Mitchell said.

The new faculty, their respective Colleges and Schools and degrees/institutions earned from, are as follows:

College of Arts and Sciences– Heather Alaniz, assistant professional of Criminal Justice, Ph.D., Texas Southern University; Kaitlyn M. Culliton, visiting assistant professor of English, Ph.D., Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Jared R. Dmello, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Abigail Meert, assistant professor of History, Ph.D., Emory University;  Pamela J. Neumann, assistant professor of Sociology, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin and Nathaniel R. Racine, visiting assistant professor of English, Ph.D., Temple University. 

Also, Khaled A. Enab, assistant professor of Petroleum Engineering, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; Martie J. Geiger-Ho, visiting assistant professor of Arts, Ph.D., Texas Tech University; Carolyn M. Hutchinson, visiting assistant professor of Chemistry, Ph.D., Iowa State University; Adam S. Kozaczka, visiting assistant professor of English, Ph.D., Syracuse University; Sean Madden, associate professor and chair of Social Sciences, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Omaha; Timothy A. Rubel, assistant professor of Dance, MFA, University of California, Riverside; Sarita Sitaula, visiting assistant of Chemistry, Ph.D., Portland State University; Mihindra Dunuwille Taylor, visiting instructor of Chemistry, Ph.D. and Alexander H. Updegrove, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University.

College of Education– Heriberto Godina, assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana; Josiah Johnson, assistant professor of Kinesiology, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio; Cody J. Perry, assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., University of Wyoming; Seth A. Sampson, assistant professor of Counseling Education, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio; Filiz Edizer Shine, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., The Ohio State University and Ajay Singh, assistant professor of Special Education, Ph.D., University of Oregon. 

College of Nursing and Health Sciences –Ofelia O. Escamilla-Pena, clinical assistant professor, MSN, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Miguel A. Saucedo, assistant professor of Nursing, DNP, University of Texas-San Antonio. 

University College –Karla Linero Reyes, instructor, M.S., Texas A&M International University.

A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business –Shu-Hsiu Cen, visiting professor of Finance, Ph.D.,

University of Houston; Seyedmasood Dastan, visiting assistant professional of Economics, Ph.D., Georgia State University and Yan Zhao, assistant professor of Accounting, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, NY. 

Late registration at TAMIU continues through Monday, September 2.

For additional information about registration for the Fall at TAMIU, contact the Office of the Registrar at 956.326.2250, visit offices in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center or visit

TAMIU is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its 25th anniversary at its north Laredo campus throughout 2019-2020.  A dedicated website shares the University’s transformation from a hybrid upper-level university to a full doctoral degree-granting University. It includes a calendar of Anniversary events and more at

For more on the University’s story, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

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