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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Orlando J. Pérez, UNT Dallas

Orlando J. Pérez, Ph.D., UNT Dallas

Dean Pérez joined the UNT Dallas faculty in July 2019, overseeing the largest school on the southern Dallas campus with 1,800 students. He received his Ph.D. and master's in political science at the University of Pittsburgh and writes on civil-military relations, public opinion, democracy and Latin America. For anyone who keeps up with any of these topics, Dr. Pérez's Twitter account (@Perez1oj) is a must-follow. To take his mind off such heavy issues, Dr. Pérez enjoys, whether on TV or the big screen, adventures to the final frontier and good vs. evil in a galaxy far, far away. And when he just wants a laugh, he turns to Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose living their best lives in his hometown back on Earth. Read on and get to know the Dean.

 

Q&A

What is your favorite aspect about your job?
As Dean, I get to promote and work with a fantastic group of faculty and staff dedicated to helping our students succeed.

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
I have heard from several UNT-Dallas faculty that they wish our campus had full and seamless access to all of the databases available at the UNT-Denton libraries. While our library director, Ms. Brenda Robertson, does a wonderful job boosting the resources at the Dallas campus, we cannot match the breadth and depth of the Denton libraries. Our students and faculty would benefit enormously from such access.

What is your proudest work moment?
Commencement!

What is your proudest non-work moment?
The birth of my two children!

What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
I have binge-watched all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation (not in one sitting, of course!)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Movie?: 
Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. This is still the best of the 9 Star Wars movies, by far! (and I love Ewoks!)
TV Show?: The Golden Girls. Its incredibly funny and I grew up in Miami.
Charitable cause?: Amnesty International. They are the leading international organization promoting human rights and democracy around the world. https://www.amnesty.org/en/donate/.