Faculty Profile for Dr. Omar S Lopez

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Dr. Omar S Lopez
Associate Professor — Org, Wkforce, & Ldrshp Studies
PED 101
phone: (512) 245-2115

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. López grew up in south Texas along the border in the Rio Grande Valley, in one of the poorest counties in the U.S. His daily observations of the effects from poverty on children and families left a definitive mark on his career decisions. Dr. López’ academic training includes the physical sciences, management, and education. This prepared him to work in different sectors as an engineer, business consultant, and education policy researcher. While these occupations provided a way to make a living, his south Texas experiences gave him the passion to seek a meaningful life where his work could focus on using transdisciplinary methodologies to solve some of the thorniest problems confronting society's most vulnerable populations. The result are his diverse publications, having published in the fields of educational technology, economics of education, teacher education accountability, higher education sustainability, and family studies.

Teaching Interests

Purposeful Life Planning

Research Interests

STEM Labor Economics
STEM Education
Competency-Based Education
Data Envelopment Analysis

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Cherrstrom, C. A., Lopez, O. S., & Ashford-Hanserd, S. N. (2021). STEM knowledge in non-STEM occupations: Implications for community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2020.1868359
  • Lopez, O. S. (2020). Yet Another Pathway to College Completion: CLEP Exams. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
  • Lopez, O. S. (2022). Finding Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) for STEM education best practices: When a picture is worth a thousand words. Journal of Latinos and Education.
  • Lopez, O. S. (n.d.). In Search of CREE in the What Works Clearinghouse Standards and Procedures. In Culturally Relevant and Equitable Evaluation.
  • Lopez, O. S. (2020). In the interest of the public good: Texas pre-kindergarten compulsory law. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 21(4), 356–360.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Fulbright Specialist, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), U.S. Department of State. March 1, 2016 - December 31, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. August 31, 2020 - August 31, 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award Honor, Texas State University. August 31, 2020 - August 31, 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Texas State University. August 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Dean Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence, Texas State University. August 31, 2013 - August 31, 2014

Selected Grants

  • Daspit, Joshua J. (Principal), Wan, Min (Co-Principal), Anderson, Sidney Thomas (Co-Principal), Konopaske, Arthur R (Co-Principal), Lopez, Omar S (Co-Principal). Understanding and addressing the lagging growth of Hispanic-owned businesses, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $406682. (Submitted: February 23, 2022, Funded: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2025). Grant.
  • Sherron, T., Ashford, S. N., Cherrstrom, C. A., Lopez, O. S., Boden, C. J.. College credit for heroes (CCH) Phase VI, Texas Workforce Commission, State, $241630. (Submitted: 2017, Funded: 2017 - 2020). Grant.
  • Sherron, T., Ashford, S. N., Cherrstrom, C. A., Lopez, O. S., Boden, C. J.. College credit for heroes (CCH) Phase VI, Texas Workforce Commission, State, $241630. (Submitted: 2017, Funded: 2017 - 2020). Grant.
  • Lopez, Omar S (Principal), Ashford-Hanserd, Shetay Nicole (Co-Principal), Boden, Carrie J (Co-Principal), Cherrstrom, Catherine Ann (Co-Principal), Singh, Shailendra Mohan (Co-Principal), Xie, Lei (Co-Principal), Sherron, Todd (Co-Principal), Gottschall, Portia Manhan (Co-Principal). Workforce College Completion Collaborative (WorkforceC3), EDA American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge, Federal, $1892062. (Submitted: February 15, 2022, Funded: September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2025). Grant.
  • Lopez, Omar S (Principal). Designing a Workplace CBE Model for the OWLS Department, Greater Texas Foundation CBE Collaboratory Design Program, State, $40000. (Funded: August 2021 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
Chair, Department Personnel Committee
2020-Present
Board Member
Austin Community College Regional Advisory Council—North (RAC)
May 1, 2019-Present
Member
OWLS: Member, Faculty Senate Liaison
August 31, 2018-Present
Member
OWLS Department Personnel Committee
September 1, 2016-Present
Member
General Education Council
September 1, 2015-Present