Maria Martinez-Cosio, Ph.D.
Council Term: 2018-2021
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Dr. Cosio serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at UT Arlington. A first-generation college graduate whose interests gravitate towards understanding the experience of immigrants in urban environments, particularly those from Latin America, Dr. Cosio is an Urban Sociologist with a Ph.D. from UC San Diego.
Her book, Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Foundations and Community Development, published by Routledge Press and co-authored with a colleague from UC San Diego, presents an overview of innovative approaches, challenges encountered, and positive outcomes of comprehensive community change by highlighting several case studies. Dr. Cosio has taught in Italy under an innovative urban regeneration program offered to Ph.D. students from across the European Union. She is currently engaged in a 3-year research project with Canada’s Mount-Royal University, in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada.
In keeping with her commitment to underserved communities, Dr. Cosio led a team of faculty and staff at UT Arlington that successfully applied for the university’s first Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant, totaling $2.62M which was awarded in October 2015. She was recently awarded the 2017 Ford Company Legendary Woman award.
As an administrator, she is charged with working with junior faculty towards tenure, developing mentoring opportunities and working with the Provost on faculty development leaves and other professional development programs.