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UTSA Ph.D. Program in English honored as Example of Excelencia AwardFinalist

October, 2012

Doctoral program recognized for Hispanic student success at graduate level

(San Antonio) ­For the second consecutive year, the UTSA doctoral program in
English was recognized as an Example of Excelencia Award Finalist in the
graduate school category at a ceremony held recently at the Capitol Building
in Washington, D.C.

Excelencia in Education is one of America's top programs in increasing
degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor's and graduate
degree levels. The organization aims to accelerate higher education success
for Latino students by providing data-driven analysis of the educational
status of Latino students and by promoting education policies and
institutional practices that support their academic achievement.

UTSA's program was nominated by Jeanne Reesman, UTSA graduate adviser of
record and Norma Cantu, UTSA professor emeritus.

³Our program deserves recognition for its focus on promoting and achieving
the dramatic success of Latino and Latina students at the graduate level in
the field of literary and cultural studies,² said Reesman. ³While the
doctoral program is only 12 years old, it has demonstrated a record of
achievement in graduating Latino and Latina students.

Since its establishment in 2000, the doctoral program in English has awarded
20 degrees, and 12 recipients or 60 percent, were  Latina or Latino
students. Of the current doctoral degree candidates, 46 percent are Latina
or Latino students and 52 percent of the students enrolled in the doctoral
program are Latina or Latino students.

With an emphasis on cross-cultural studies, Latina and Latino Studies, and
Rhetoric and Composition, the UTSA doctoral degree in English addresses the
need for more doctoral degrees in English with emphasis in Latino and Latino
Studies and Rhetoric and Composition to enter academia and train future
leaders and professionals.

Twenty faculty members teach in the program and have received numerous
accolades including 12 Fulbright Lectureships and grants from the National
Education Association, National Endowment for the Humanities and the
National Science Foundation. Additionally, faculty members have garnered
fellowships with the Huntington Library, California Historical
Society, Newberry Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science and aCatedra Laboris at the Universidad de Monterrey.

Faculty honors include the National Association of Chicana and Chicano
Studies Scholar of the Year in 2008, International Latino Book Prize for
Poetry Translation in 2008, Nora Balakian Citation for Excellence in
Reviewing in 2007 and the Modern Language Association Prize for
Distinguished Bibliography in 2003.

Doctoral students in the program have received five Ford Foundation
Fellowships, Presidential Dissertation Fellowships, Smithsonian Graduate
Fellowships, UTSA Graduate School H.E.B. Fellowships and Louise and Michael
Beldon Doctoral Scholarships.

To learn more about the program, visit

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of nine academic universities
and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural
institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access
to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of
Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering,
Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate
School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource
center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn
more at


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