UHV faculty elects management associate professor president of Faculty Senate
One of the top priorities for UHV Faculty Senate President Ron Salazar during the 2013-14 academic year is greater faculty engagement with students.
Salazar said he's observed the positive outcomes from faculty and student interaction. He said to be truly healthy, university educators need to have a continuous set of conversations with the student body.
"I've seen how some UHV faculty members go out of their way to talk with students outside of the classroom, and it's inspired me to make increased student engagement a priority," Salazar said. "By engaging with students at special events, sports games, the dining hall or the library, it helps drive student retention."
Salazar, an associate professor of management in the UHV School of Business Administration, will serve as Faculty Senate president for the upcoming school year. Salazar is entering his fifth year on the Senate. He was vice president last school year.
The Faculty Senate is an elected body that listens to the collective voice of faculty members and provides a forum for discussion about academic and curricular matters. Senators are elected by faculty from their respective schools, while members of the Executive Committee are elected by the entire UHV faculty.
Salazar's other top priorities as president are greater faculty involvement in shared governance and gaining improved technology for student learning. Shared governance refers to working with the administration in carrying out university objectives. Salazar will serve on the President's Cabinet.
Salazar said UHV can enhance some online classes by including more practical applications and videos. The Faculty Senate will be working with a provost's committee to write grant proposals for new technology, improved software and more staff support for inserting media in class presentations.
Salazar earned a bachelor's and master's degree from what was then Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. In 1990, he obtained a doctorate in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Salazar joined the UHV faculty in 2004 after working as a consultant on strategic management and technology to numerous private and public sector organizations.
The Senate will hold its first meeting of the school year on Sept. 6.