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**POSTPONED** Academy Fellows Speaker Series: Vicki L. Ruiz, Ph.D.

March 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm CDT

| Free


Presented by the Presidential Task Force on Research Excellence

In partnership with the President and Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) has launched a series of lectures by prominent Academy Fellows. The series began in spring 2019 in concert with the celebration of UTSA’s 50th anniversary with the goal of exposing the campus community to the internationally recognized innovations of these scholars while showcasing the talent and expertise of our own faculty, staff and students. Becoming a member of a national or international academy solidifies a faculty member’s scholarly and research accomplishments, celebrating not only the scholar’s accomplishments but also the institution in being recognized as a premier academic and research university.

Speakers represent a variety of disciplines that intersect with research specialties across the UTSA knowledge enterprise.

Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine
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Biography: Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. A first generation college-bound student, she received her PhD in History from Stanford University in 1982. An award-winning scholar and educator, she is the author of Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America and co-author of Created Equal: A History of the United States. She and Virginia Sánchez Korrol co-edited the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, which received a 2007 “Best in Reference” Award from the New York Public Library. Over the course of her career, Ruiz has participated in numerous public history and community engagement programs, including Arizona State’s Hispanic-Mother Daughter Program. From 2007-2012, she served as Dean of the School of Humanities at UC Irvine. In 2012 Professor Ruiz was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Directing twenty-six dissertations, she has mentored four generations of graduate students from UC Davis, Claremont Graduate School, Arizona State, and UC Irvine. The National Women’s History Project named her a 2015 Honoree in recognition of her scholarship. Ruiz has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Association and the OAH Rosenzweig Award for distinguished service. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. On September 10, 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Vicki L. Ruiz the National Humanities Medal.



March 23, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  JPL 4.04.22A – Assembly Room (Side A)

Twenty-One Tips Toward Tenure

In this presentation, Dr. Ruiz will share a few tricks of the trade, including the best advice she has received during her 34 years in the academy. With a dose of humor, she will outline 21 straightforward steps for focusing on scholarship, striving for comfort in the classroom, and participating in campus life. At the same time, junior faculty must set goals, set boundaries, and create a life beyond the university. Remember, if faculty were married to the institution, it would be an abusive relationship. Settling into an academic career is not just about managing your time, but also finding moments of joy in your research, your students, and even your service.

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March 24, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  JPL 4.04.22A – Assembly Room (Side A)

Groundhog Day: A Workshop for Associate Professors

This interactive workshop will focus on the additional responsibilities and expectations that come with tenure at a research university and the ways in which you can manage your life. Becoming a full professor involves more than keeping a schedule and setting goals, but also involves a realistic vision to recognize, avoid, and extricate oneself from career commitments that contribute to feeling “stuck” at associate professor. As a former department chair and dean, Dr. Ruiz will also focus on ways in which institutions can facilitate the path toward full professor with grants, mentorship, and other incentives. Professional fulfillment should be a milestone in the path to full professor rather than a casualty of the process.

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March 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am
March 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm