William Robertson, Ph.D., has been named the interim dean of the College of Education at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Robertson is a professor and co-chair in the Department of Teacher Education.
President Diana Natalicio, who in 2016 awarded the President’s Meritorious Service Award to Robertson for his community engaged scholarship, said, “I look forward to working with Dr. Robertson to build upon UTEP’s longstanding commitment to the educational needs of our community at all levels. His experienced leadership will ensure an unbroken trajectory for the faculty, staff and students of the college during this time of transition.”
Robertson received his Ph.D. in Multicultural Teacher and Childhood Education from the University of New Mexico and joined the UTEP faculty in 2004. A former associate dean and associate provost, Robertson has made scholarly contributions in the areas of science education, curriculum development, and technology integration in primary and secondary schools. He uses problem-based learning and action science to develop lessons for children in science, technology and math.
His work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Boeing Corp.
“Dr. Robertson’s record of community engagement and innovative teacher preparation is directly aligned with the values of UTEP and the College of Education,” said Howard Daudistel, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His academic expertise and administrative experience will serve the college well as it focuses on the needs of the schools and students of the region.”
Robertson will assume the role of interim dean on July 1, upon the departure of Dean Cyndi Giorgis. Giorgis has served UTEP for the past three years as dean of the College of Education and will be taking the position of Director of the Division of Teacher Preparation at Arizona State University.