HR Spotlights


November 15, 2021
As an assistant clinical professor at New College, Zain Ali is new to academia, but that's all the "new" that applies. He brings three decades worth of cross-industry experience by serving over 70 clients in more than 10 countries as a consultant...
November 18, 2021
We're happy to present our first couples Spotlight, and it features a power duo from UNT's Department of Biomedical Engineering. The husband and wife team of Amir Jafari and Neda Habibi joined UNT just a few months ago. This pair has been inseparable...
December 06, 2021
Linda McKeiver is like a bubbling fountain of optimism and motivation (just ask her team), which makes her a great fit at the New College at our upstart campus in Frisco. Her role as Program Associate Director encompasses many human resources functions...
December 14, 2021
If you don't know Michael P. Maslanka but feel like you've seen his name before, and maybe a lot, it's because few law professors in North Texas are more sought out by journalists to interpret and analyze law, in particular employment and employment...
January 06, 2022
Kathryn joined the HSC's academic communications team just over two years ago, and she recently transitioned to a new role directing communications for the School of Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
January 13, 2022
Anyone who has met Sony Simon through the New Supervisor Orientation Program or Foundational Leadership Program, or during volunteer outing knows she's the real deal. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Sony is the epitome of a team player who cares deeply...
January 20, 2022
Over his nine years on the southern Dallas campus, Aaron served as a program coordinator, interim assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, director of Holistic Enrollment, faculty athletic representative and Faculty Senate President...
January 27, 2022
Somewhere there's a tongue twister about Ashley Penny in the payroll office, but it's certainly easy to say that she keeps everyone's favorite department running as smooth as a crisp new dollar bill.
February 03, 2022
Dr. Wu will take on any Texas fisherman, even reeling in the big fish like Blue Marlin. She'll masterfully play a serenade on her accordion; and speaking of music, she blasts this feel-good rock classic when a grant is funded, and this one if one's...
February 10, 2022
Charles Ashford came to UNT World almost five years ago from Texas Tech via London, England. He's built the Mean Green sports nutrition program from scratch, fueling UNT's student-athletes for optimal performance. And just look at the recent success...
February 17, 2022
A proud wife and mother, Sylvia's retired from the Dallas Police Department as a civilian and worked in several departments at DFW Airport. During the pandemic, she took up gardening with mixed results (tomatoes, good; bugs, bad). For us, the big...
February 24, 2022
Holding three degrees from UNT, Asher bleeds Mean Green and got her first taste of HR as an undergrad student assistant. She went on to serve in roles in HR and the provost's office before joining UNT System in 2011. When she's not busy making our...
March 03, 2022
Natasha Oakes, an accomplished leader in collegiate athletics, joined UNT World in 2017. She oversees NCAA, Conference USA and institutional compliance for all 16 Mean Green athletics teams, and also serves as the Senior Woman Administrator, the...
March 10, 2022
Bharath Prabhakaran is definitely human, even if it seems like he's a supercomputer. The latter would suggest he lacks emotion and anyone who knows Bharath knows he's one of the kindest souls on the planet. Without getting too technical, Bharath...
March 23, 2022
Alicia Spencer has served a vital role in the UNT System's Office of General Counsel for more than five years. Her entry into the legal profession came as a kid and involved the following set of circumstances: tagging along with her dad, the opening...
March 29, 2022
Lisa Hobson is a longtime educator from a lineage of educators. She joined UNT Dallas in August 2019 as professor and interim dean of the School of Education. Her work strengthening K-12 and higher education partnerships led to her current role,...
April 07, 2022
Aryele Maye is a newcomer to the UNT System, having joined the UNT Dallas College of Law last January. Like so many faculty and staff at UNT Dallas, both the main campus in southern Dallas and the law school in downtown Dallas, so much of the lure...
April 21, 2022
Mark Albert, Ph.D. arrived at UNT three years ago and gave up tenure at Loyola University Chicago to start his Biomedical AI Lab right here. His lab focuses on machine learning for wearable devices to provide clinically useful measures of mobility,...
May 05, 2022
Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Pamela Padilla, UNT for HR Highlights, May 5, 2022. Anyone working at UNT for any period of time knows Pamela Padilla, Ph.D., and her research that helped the university reach Tier One status. In January, this professor...
May 19, 2022
John W. Richmond performs a vital role as Professor and Dean of the UNT College of Music and is currently in his 6th academic year. During his time here, he has facilitated the overall quality, development, and led the College in its strategic planning,...
June 02, 2022
Dr. Verbeck is an awesome (according to RateMyProfessors.com) 16-year UNT Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, with a research emphasis on the use and development of new mass spectrometers and analytical...
June 16, 2022
In the Fall of 2006, Dr. Gloria Streit Olness started at the University of North Texas, as a tenure-track faculty member. Rehabilitation for communication disorders is a specialty. Dr. Olness and her team of researchers have started a group known...
June 30, 2022
Dr. Jianye Ge is a researcher in Computational Biology and Forensic Genomics and an Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics at the UNT Health Science Center, School of Biomedical Sciences for almost 8-years. Dr. Ge started his...
July 14, 2022
Dr. Shikhar Acharya has just completed his first year at UNT Dallas School of Business. Dr. Acharya is the kind of educator who inspires his students. As a researcher, he has been involved with numerous articles, papers, and citations. He is also...
July 28, 2022
Dr. Daniella L. Smith, is a full professor in the Information Science Department, a Hazel Harvey Peace Endowed Professor in Children's Library Services, and the Information Science Ph.D. program director. She has been a faculty member since 2010....
August 11, 2022
Dr. Newly Paul is an assistant professor at the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism. She teaches various writing classes on news reporting editing and research issues related to media coverage of race, gender, and political reporting. Learn more about...
August 25, 2022
Meet Dr. Mara Joseli Queiroz Vaughn. She immigrated to the United States from Brazil 30 years ago. Since 2013 she has created programs at UNT Dallas that provide students valuable hands-on experience that teach citizenship, civics and languages....
September 22, 2022
Dr. Suchismita Acharya has been with HSC since 2016 in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and North Texas Eye Research Institute campus in Fort Worth. She advises Ph.D. students and teaches and conducts antibiotic resistance drug discovery...
October 11, 2022
In 2020, UNT Dallas brought in Dr. Sabrina Hodge as the supervisor of the new Trailblazer Elite program. She is also the Program Manager for the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program. Learn more about Dr. Sabrina Hodge as she applies her passion,...
November 17, 2022
Nakia Douglas has devoted his career to mentoring and shaping our young future leaders in his hometown of Dallas. At UNT Dallas since 2017, Nakia designs and implements nontraditional educational experiences for first-generation and historically...
December 08, 2022
HR Spotlight: Meet Dr. Priya Bui. She's the first female chair of HSC's Pediatrics and Women’s Health. Learn more about Dr. Priya Bui as she applies her knowledge, passion, and dedication within her role as doctor, teacher, and leader.