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 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 is that his publications are diverse, having published in the fields of educational technology, economics of education, teacher education accountability, higher education sustainability, and family studies.

Teaching Interests

Civic Engagement as Global Citizenship

Research Interests

Competency-Based Education

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Merrill, H. S., Ashford-Hanserd, S. N., Boden, C. J., Cherrstrom, C. A., Eichler, M. A., Gibson, P. A., … Wilson, B. D. (2018). A guide to college success for post-traditional students (2nd ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Merrill, H. S., Boden, C. J., Cherrstrom, C. A., Eichler, M. A., Gibson, P. A., Lopez, O. S., & Wilson, B. D. (2017). A guide to college success for post-traditional students. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Lopez, O. (2016). Veterans in the college classroom: Guidelines for instructional practices. Adult Learning.
  • Lopez, O. S. (2016, October 15). Promoting Excellence in Online Teaching Skills. Promoting Excellence in Online Teaching Skills.
  • Lopez, O. S. (2015). Averting another lost decade: Moving Hispanic families from outlier to mainstream family research. Journal of Family Issues, 27–Jan.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Awarded Favorite Professor from the Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Texas State University. As noted by the graduate inductees to the Chapter, Fall 2017., Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. November 15, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: OLC's Effective Practices Award, Online Learning Consortium. October 1, 2015
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Dean Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly / Creative Activities, Texas State University. January 1, 2013 - December 1, 2013

Selected Grants

  • Sherron, T., Ashford, S. N., Cherrstrom, C. A., Lopez, O. S., Boden, C. J.. Accelerate Texas State 2.0, State, $241685. (Submitted: 2017, Funded: 2017 - 2018). Grant.
  • Lopez, Omar S. Learning Community Grant, Texas State University, $5000. (Funded: September 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019). Grant.
  • Lopez, Omar S (Principal). Reagan High School Caminos Summer Program, Reagan High School, Other, $175735. (Submitted: 2013). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
OWLS REP Grant Representative
August 1, 2018-Present
Chair
OWLS Department New Faculty Search Committee
January 1, 2018-Present
Member
OLC Institute Advisory Council
January 1, 2017-Present
Member
OWLS Department Personnel Committee
September 1, 2016-Present
Member
General Education Council
September 1, 2015-Present