In 2006, 36% of Texas identified itself as Hispanic, which is more than double the national percentage (source: U.S. Census Bureau). By 2020, the state’s Hispanic population is projected to exceed the population of any other ethnicity. With the state’s culture rooted so deeply to that of it’s neighbors to the South, it is no surprise that some of the world’s finest Hispanic educators call the Lone Star State home.
The men and women on this list vary widely in their individual heritages — some can trace their lineage just across the border in Mexico, while others have ancestors from the deeper South American states — as well as in their respective fields of study. Each is an individual, with a unique set of circumstances that made them such effective educators. However, they are united by two factors: their Hispanic heritage, and their fervent dedication to educating their students.
Dr. Fuentes was chosen as a recipient of the 2012 UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in the tenured faculty category. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from Rice University in 1999.
Dr. Hidrovo has received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. The purpose of the grant is to bolster the careers of young and promising science educators. Dr. Hidrovo earned his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. For more information on Dr. Hidrovo, please check out his faculty bio, research website, and his recent CAREER Award.
Dr. Valadez has recently received a Texas A&M University System Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence. She earned her doctorate from TAMU at College Station, and joined the TAMUCC faculty in 2004.
Dr. Trejos-Castillo has been awarded the Texas Tech President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Some of her research interests include ethnic minorities, immigrant youth, and cross-cultural comparative research.
Professor Pérez was selected to receive the 2012 UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She is a teacher, a published poet, and a creative writing mentor at Texas community centers.
Dr. Nuñez-Mchiri has received the UTEP Teaching Award for 2012. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside in 2006.
Dr. Ochoa recently received the Jack and Dorothy Faye White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. He also received a nomination for the 2012-2013 Piper Professor Award. Dr. Ochoa earned his PhD from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2007.
Dr. de la Teja has been selected as the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies. His work focuses primarily on the history of the state of Texas. He is also a 2012 Regents’ Professor.
Dr. Cárcamo-Huechante, who earned his PhD in Hispanic Studies from Cornell in 2001, has received the 2012 UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Before joining the faculty at UT Austin in 2009, he taught for eight years at Harvard University.
Dr. Marquez has been named a recipient of the Constellation of Stars award, presented by the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She teaches and Chairs the UTSA Department of Sociology.
Professor Blazquez received the Excellence in Graduate Instruction award in 2011 and 2012 from UTEP’s College of Business, an award given by the student body. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Director of Global Enterprise Projects.
Dr. Hernandez has received a UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012. In addition to teaching history, she serves as the Co-Principal Investigator of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) program.
Dr. Gonzalez has been selected as a recipient of the UTEP Teaching Award Winner for 2012. In 1999, he earned his doctorate from the university at which he now teaches.
Dr. Beale-Rosano-Rivaya has received the Texas State University Excellence in Teaching Award. She earned her doctorate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA in 2006.