Dr. Havidán Rodríguez is the President, Ad Interim, of The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). Dr. Rodríguez was named by The University of Texas System to guide the University through its final year before it becomes a part of the newly created The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Prior to his appointment as President, Ad Interim, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UT Pan American. He also is a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Following his year as UTPA’s Interim President, Dr. Rodríguez will become the founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the multi-campus UTRGV.
Before joining UT Pan American in January 2011, Dr. Rodríguez was the Deputy Provost, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs, and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He was also a core faculty member and former director of the Disaster Research Center, the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world.
Dr. Rodríguez, who obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, held a faculty position and several administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) for over a decade, and he served as Director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association (1995-1998). He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan’s Population Fellow’s Program (Summers, 2001-2003), was selected as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Spring, 2002), received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Disaster Medical System Outstanding Achievement Award (2004), and was recognized as one of the Hispanics of the Year in the State of Delaware for which he received the Professional Achievement Award (2007).
Dr. Rodríguez has served on a number of committees for the National Academy of Sciences and on review panels for the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and was the Chair of the Latina/o Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.
He has received funding from NSF, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the UPRM Sea Grant Program, among others, for a number of research projects focusing on the social science aspects of disasters and for projects aimed at providing hands-on research training and mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students. He was also the principal investigator for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Training the Next Generation of Disaster Researchers, funded by NSF. Currently, he serves as the principal investigator for an NSF ADVANCE IT grant aimed at increasing the representation, participation, and leadership of women faculty in STEM fields.
Dr. Rodríguez has led and participated in a number of field research projects, including trips to Honduras, following Hurricane Mitch; India and Sri Lanka, following the Indian Ocean Tsunami; and the U.S. Gulf Coast, following Hurricane Katrina. He also has a significant number of publications in the area of disasters, as well as Latinos/as in the United States. He is the co-editor (with Quarantelli and Dynes) of the Handbook of Disaster Research and the co-editor (with Sáenz and Menjívar) of Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América.