Dorothy Ward, University of Texas, El Paso
Dorothy Ward is the director of the Entering Student Program at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The Entering Student Program oversees University 1301, a 3 semester credit hour core curriculum course for first-year and entering transfer students, learning communities, and a robust peer educator program. Under her direction, the Entering Student Program has received state and national recognitions and awards, including the 2011 Educational Policy Institute Outstanding Retention Program Award.
For her work with undergraduate education, Ward received the 2000 UTEP Outstanding Advocate for Entering Students Award, the 2001 UTEP Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2004 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Ward has served as a consultant for first-year programming at universities in the U.S. and Australia, and has been a keynote speaker at regional conferences addressing first-year programming for student success. She is a co-author of the monograph Organizing for Student Success: The University College Model (2010).
Ward earned a B.A. and M.A. in English/Creative Writing from UTEP, and a Ph.D. in Twentieth Century American and British Literature from the University of North Texas.