The Office of Undergraduate Studies at The University of Texas-Pan American has announced the appointment of Dr. Jonikka Charlton, a faculty member in UTPA's Department of English in the College of Arts and Humanities, as the associate vice provost for Undergraduate Education-Student Success Initiatives.
Charlton, who is an associate professor of rhetoric and composition, will continue her responsibilities as a faculty member while serving in the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Croyle said Charlton has years of valuable experience in developing programs that help students be successful as student scholars, including college readiness, and design and delivery of developmental courses, most recently with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board funded Developmental Education Demonstration Project (DEDP) at UTPA. The DEDP, which was designed to address the dramatic failure rates of developmental classes across the state, paired some of the developmental classes at UTPA with credit bearing classes, like ENG 1301, with positive results. It has become an innovative model for developmental education in Texas.
Croyle said Charlton's attitude toward students consistently communicates a high level of respect for the skills and knowledge they bring into the classroom and their potential to grow and contribute.
"Dr. Charlton never loses sight of the main purpose of the university - to help students mature into independent excited partners in their learning experience. Her teaching, her research, and her approach to our students and faculty consistently has this same message," Croyle said.
Charlton holds a Ph.D. in English from Purdue University, where she served as an instructor of English from 2001-2005. She earned her B.A. in English from East Texas State University and her M.A. in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
She came to UTPA in 2005 and in 2007 was appointed coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program for the Department of English. She also has been assessment coordinator for General Education/Writing at UTPA since 2007. At the state level, Charlton is a member of the College and Career Readiness Initiative ELA Faculty Advisory Council.
Charlton said she was honored and excited to have been selected and felt fortunate to be working with people she admires on ways to support student success.
"I believe strongly in our students' abilities to participate actively in the intellectual work of the University, and I look forward to working with our faculty and students to create and sustain such a community," she said. "I want students to really understand what it means to do meaningful work at the University and beyond and to feel confident in their abilities to ask good questions and seek answers to them. If I can contribute, even in small ways, to that, I will feel like I've done something incredibly important for our students and our larger community."
Charlton's appointment is effective June 1, 2012.
For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (956) 665-7919.