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CONTACT US

Campus Address:
Mike Loya Academic Services Bldg. Room 223
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Phone: (915) 747-5491
Email: gradschool@utep.edu
Fax: (915) 747-5788

Mailing Address:
UTEP Graduate School
500 W University Drive
MLASB 223
El Paso TX 79968

Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Charles Ambler

Charles Ambler, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
cambler@utep.edu
(915) 747-5491
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Leadership Team

Dr. Bess Sirmon-Taylor

Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of
the Graduate School

sirmontaylor@utep.edu
(915) 747-5491
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Isela Ocegueda

Isela Ocegueda, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
iocegueda2@utep.edu
(915) 747-5237
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Fabian Villanueva

Fabian Villanueva, MBA, CCM
Director of Administration
fvillanueva2@utep.edu
(915) 747-8989
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Olympia Caudillo

Olympia Caudillo, M.Ed.
Director of Enrollment
ocaudillo2@utep.edu
(915) 747-7902
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Enrollment and Graduation Services

  • Advises faculty, staff and students on university-established graduate
    policies and procedures.
  • Provides information and support to prospective students regarding admission
    to graduate programs.
  • Assists with graduate application, admission, enrollment, and the graduation process.
  • Manages the processing of all graduate applications and review of program requirements
    to verify admissions eligibility.
  • Facilitates the program admission decision process by preparing files for review.
  • Facilitates processes that mark graduate students' progress toward degree.
  • Assists students with thesis and dissertation formatting for uniformity, consistency and adherence to university guidelines and coordinates release of the ETD for public access.
  • Serves as liaison for departments and graduate programs by offering information
    and resources.
Olympia Caudillo

Olympia Caudillo, M.Ed.
Director of Enrollment
ocaudillo2@utep.edu
(915) 747-7902
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Isabel Contreras

Isabel Contreras
Assistant Director of Enrollment
micontreras2@utep.edu
(915) 747-7335
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David Vizcaino

David Vizcaino
Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment
dvizcaino@utep.edu
(915) 747-7859
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Sally Vasko

Sally Vasko
Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment
sbvasko@utep.edu
(915) 747-8884
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David Vizcaino

Richard Bartlett
Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment
rsbartlett@utep.edu
(915) 747-7899
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Gabriela Muñoz

Gabriela Muñoz
Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment
gmunoz9@utep.edu
(915) 747-8409
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Olga Rodriguez

Olga Rodriguez
Admissions Assistant/
ESE Coordinator

olgajr@utep.edu
(915) 747-7897
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Professional Development and Student Support

  • Organizes and facilitates graduate student professional development workshops
    and events, including Dissertation Studios and the Graduate Student Research Expo
  • Manages graduate student travel grant applications and awards
  • Manages and directs Fulbright program for UTEP
  • Offers student support such as academic and professional skills advising and
    professional document review
  • Develops initiatives to recognize and advance excellence in graduate-level mentoring
Isela Ocegueda

Isela Ocegueda, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
iocegueda2@utep.edu
(915) 747-5237
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J. Aaron Waggoner

J. Aaron Waggoner
Assistant Director, Professional Development and Student Support
jawaggoner@utep.edu
(915) 747-5777
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Somya Joshi

Katie Aguirre
Graduate Assistant
Ph.D. Student
Psychology

Joel Quintana

Joel Quintana
Graduate Assistant
Ph.D. Student
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Recruitment, Outreach, and Communication

  • Develops strategies to increase number students who pursue graduate education
  • Collaborates with on- and off-campus stakeholders with outreach and recruitment initiatives
  • Develops external agreements that enhance graduate education experience
  • Coordinates grant and fellowship funding \ to support graduate education
  • Facilitates new graduate and international student orientations
  • Develops branding and communication styles
  • Develops and maintains webpages
Dr. Bess Sirmon-Taylor

Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of
the Graduate School

sirmontaylor@utep.edu
(915) 747-5491
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Blanca Carrasco

Blanca Carrasco
Assistant Director for Outreach and Recruitment
bcarrasco@utep.edu
(915) 747-6892
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Administrative and Support Services

  • Manages the administration of budget and inventory controls to meet fiscal policy compliance
  • Prepares all the department's financial and graduate student statistical reports
  • Monitors the coordination of project specifications, requirements for contracts and proposals, and associated documents
  • Reviews cost factors and estimates used in planning, organizing, and scheduling work, preparing bids, selecting vendors or subcontractors, and determining cost effectiveness
  • Manages the department's overall administrative activities
  • Assists with the management of the National Science Foundation Fellows Grant and Incentive Fellowship Program
  • Coordinates Graduate Council logistics
  • Supervises and supports student employees
  • Fields incoming phone, email and walk-in inquiries and provides excellent customer service to all patrons
Fabian Villanueva

Fabian Villanueva, MBA, CCM
Director of Administration
fvillanueva2@utep.edu
(915) 747-8989
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Isabel Contreras

Isabel Contreras
Assistant Director of Enrollment
micontreras2@utep.edu
(915) 747-7335
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Brianda Gonzalez

Brianda Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant
bcgonzalez@utep.edu
(915) 747-8625
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Olga Rodriguez

Olga Rodriguez
Admissions Assistant/
ESE Coordinator

olgajr@utep.edu
(915) 747-7897
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Dilata Ranadive

Dilata Ranadive
Graduate Assistant
Ph.D. Student -
General Psychology

Manuel Saucedo

Manuel Saucedo
Undergraduate Assistant
Electrical Engineering

Abraham Pardo

Abraham Pardo
Undergraduate Assistant
Biological Sciences