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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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Katie Aguirre

Katie Aguirre
Graduate Assistant
Ph.D. Student
Psychology

Joel Quintana

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

Nathalie Gonzalez

Nathalie Gonzalez
Graduate Assistant
Graduate Student
Psychology

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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Manuel Saucedo

Manuel Saucedo
Undergraduate Assistant
Electrical Engineering

Abraham Pardo

Abraham Pardo
Undergraduate Assistant
Biological Sciences