COLART Staff    

Patricia WitherspoonDr. Patricia Witherspoon, Dean
Patricia Witherspoon is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Communication at UTEP. Witherspoon is the author of two books: Within These Walls: A Study of Communication between Presidents and their Senior Staffs and Communicating Leadership: An Organizational Perspective. She is co-author of Time, Change, and the American Newspaper.

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: withersp@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-5666

Dr. Michael ZarateDr. Michael A. Zárate, Associate Dean for Research
Michael Zárate joined UTEP in 1990 and he has been a Professor of Psychology since 2003. Dr. Zárate is a social psychologist. His research encompasses a few distinct domains. His recent research focuses on memory consolidation constructs and how time changes social perceptions. His other research focuses on cultural inertia and how groups interact and generally avoid change. This inertia predicts prejudice towards others. Other research investigates factors that might promote or reduce violence in multiple contexts. He has had National Science Foundation and National Institute of Mental Health funding.

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: mzarate@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-8861

Dr. Maryse JayasuriyaDr. Maryse Jayasuriya, Associate Dean
Maryse Jayasuriya is Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of English. She specializes in South Asian Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature. She is the author of Terror and Reconciliation: Sri Lankan Anglophone Literature, 1983-2009. From 2011 to 2014, she served as Assistant Chair of the Department of English.

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: mjayasuriya@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-7017

Dr. Michael Topp Dr. Michael Topp, Associate Dean
Michael Topp is an Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History. He specializes in racial and ethnic history, working-class history, and the history of social movements in the U.S. He is currently working on a history of mental illness in the U.S.

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: mtopp@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-7053

Chris LoyaChris Loya, College Administrative Officer

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: cloya2@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-8839




Laura BolanosLaura Bolanos, Academic Advisor

Office: Liberal Arts 302
Email: lolvera@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-5666




Estella L. EstradaEstella L. Estrada, Assistant to the Dean

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: eestrada@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-7016




Yvonne C, Director of Student Success

Office: Liberal Arts 339
Email: selopez@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-6495




Cecy DeSantiagoCecy DeSantiago, Coordinator of Student Services

Office: Liberal Arts 335
Email: cdesantaigo1@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-8621




Cristina ChavezCristina Chavez, Multidisciplinary Studies Program Advisor

Office: Liberal Arts 301
Email: bms@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-5151




Becky Duran-LevyBecky Duran-Levy, Multidisciplinary Studies Program Advisor

Office: Liberal Arts 301
Email: bms@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-5151




Julio D. RogersJulio D. Rogers, Multidisciplinary Studies Program Advisor

Office: Liberal Arts 301
Email: bms@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-5151




Norma GarciaNorma Garcia, Administrative Assistant I

Office: Liberal Arts 343
Email: nlgarcia2@utep.com
Phone: (915) 747-7658




Daniel CereceresDaniel Cereceres, Academic Advisor

Office: Liberal Arts 302
Email: dcereceres@utep.edu
Phone: (915) 747-7014