Greater Texas Foundation announced a new class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows (GTF Fellows). Beginning fall 2018, six faculty members from five Texas universities will join the program, which aims to build the research and teaching capacity of tenure-track faculty at Texas colleges working in areas related to student success.    

During the first four years of the program, GTF named four fellows per year, making this year’s class the largest to date. Each GTF Fellow receives up to $30,000 per year for three years to support a research agenda aligned with the foundation’s mission to support postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and completion for Texas students.  

After being nominated through an invitation-only nomination process, the selected fellows were invited to participate in a competitive proposal process in which they were required to demonstrate significant potential in and commitment to a career in research and teaching at the postsecondary level. In addition, applicants were required to identify a mentor to assist them throughout the three-year fellowship. Each of the selected fellows’ institutions committed to a partial match for the program.  Through participation in annual GTF Fellows convenings over the course of the fellowship, fellows will have access to professional development opportunities and guidance related to their intended career trajectory.  

Six individuals were selected for the fifth class of fellows:   

Dr. Angela ChapmanAssistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Dr. Joshua Childs, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hugo Garcia-Gonzales, Assistant Professor, Department of Higher Education, Texas Tech University

Dr. Forrest Lane, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University 

Dr. James Pustejovsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Marialena Rivera, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Improvement, Texas State University

The selection process for the sixth class of fellows will begin in fall 2017. For additional information about the GTF Fellows program and the fellows, visit