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Dr. Cawthon

Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon

Interim Dean

(817) 272-6282

Elisabeth A. Cawthon has been a faculty member in the Department of History at UTA since 1988. Her research has focused on English legal and constitutional history, comparative legal history, and medico-legal history. Recent projects include studies of legal and political policy related to alternative medical practitioners, especially physician assistants, in recent U.S. and world history. She is the immediate past Chair of the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association.

Her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in legal history are from the University of Virginia, and her B.A. was earned at Louisiana Tech University. She was a visiting assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire and Brown University.

She has directed 41 M.A. theses and doctoral dissertations, served on 113 graduate and undergraduate committees, and taught an array of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Through a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation she began a service learning outreach by UTA students on behalf of the clients of legal aid clinics in North Texas. She has received teaching, service, and advising awards at the college, university, and system levels. Within the college she has led committees on teaching, research, and curriculum matters, and has been engaged in development efforts on behalf of departments and the college. She is a frequent media commentator on forensic medicine and British and U.S. legal and constitutional history.

Dr. Cawthon has been the Associate Chair of the History Department and Founding and Interim Director of the Pre-Law Center, and an undergraduate advisor for the Department of History as well as the university Honors program. She has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within the College of Liberal Arts at UTA, as well as Acting Dean of the College.

Dr. Bolsterli

Dr. Eric Bolsterli

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

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Dr. Bolsterli joined the History department as an adjunct in 1994, and became the History advisor in 1998, before moving to the Dean's Office in 2005. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1982 with a double major in History and Anthropology.

After a short stint outside academia he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, finishing in 1998. His focus was on Modern U.S. diplomatic History, but he has since branched out to include Economic History as well. He has had a strong interest in student success, both in the classroom and in the University environment, evidenced by the Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award, the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.

Dr. Riding-in

Dr. Les Riding-in

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

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Dr. Les Riding-In was appointed Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Studies on August 1, 2012. He has been a member of the UT-Arlington community since 2005, holding professional academic advising and recruitment positions with the college of Business and, most recently, the Honors College. Dr. Riding-In began his higher education career in Residential Life as a Center Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma.

He presently serves as the primary advisor for the Native American Student Association (NASA), which sponsors DFW’s 3rd largest powwow. In 2012, NASA was honored to win the Outstanding Contribution to the Greater Community Award. Additionally, Dr. Riding-In is the chair for the Native American and Tribal Colleges Interest Group for the National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA. He also serves on the executive board for the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program. Dr. Riding-In is a member of the Pawnee and Osage tribe and a native Oklahoman.

Dr. Su

Dr. Chunke Su

Special Assistant to the Dean

Dr. Su serves as Special Assistant to the Dean. Since January 2015, CoLA faculty have embarked upon ambitious projects that pair them with investigators from other disciplines as part of a new Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative. The projects will make research globally available for scholars to analyze and extract information for their own investigations. Dr. Su will play an important role as liaison between the Digital Arts & Humanities Research Principal Investigators and the Dean’s Office through ongoing communications.

Dr. Su’s research examines human cognitive and social processes at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Specifically, his research to date has focused on applying social network analysis to studying how organizational team members with distributed expertise recognize each other’s knowledge, as well as how they seek, share, and utilize information in work-related knowledge domains. Further, he is interested in examining how technologies such as digital knowledge management tools could influence organizational team members’ expertise recognition and knowledge transfer processes.

He is currently the sole PI of a research grant funded by U.S. Army Research Office (W911NF-15-1-0258, $360,000, July 2015 -June 2018). This project focuses on studying knowledge hoarding in organizational work teams from a social network perspective.


Ms. Nation

Laura Nation

Assistant to the Dean

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Laura is a UTA graduate with degrees in Communication and Electrical Engineering. After a successful career at TU Electric she began working at UTA, first in the Electrical Engineering Department for one year and then in the Office of Special Events for almost six years. Laura recently transferred to the Dean’s Office as Assistant to the Dean. She is responsible for overseeing the budget for the College of Liberal Arts.

Outside her duties at UTA, Laura sings with the renowned Oratorio Chorus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Other spare time activities include playing the flute and spending time with her husband and their Norwich Terrier, Gus.

Ms. Graves

Cindy Wilder Graves

Executive Assistant to the Dean

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Cindy is a native Texan and proud of it. She has literally grown up on this campus. Her mother came to work here when Cindy was only three years old. Cindy worked for the Dean of the Graduate School from 1980-1985, then took a leave in order to spend time with her two children. In June, 1990 she came to work for the Dean of Liberal Arts office, working three years for the Associate Deans, 12 years as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean and the last few years as the Executive Assistant to the Dean.

Cindy keeps the Dean's schedule and handles all of her correspondence. She keeps up with all matters dealing with faculty, from their offer letters when they are hired, through their career to tenure and promotion, and on to retirement. She handles various reports, supports all committees at the College level, works closely with Development, oversees the annual elections, coordinates the graduation ceremonies for the College, and takes care of day-to-day tasks as office manager. She loves her job and plans on retiring from UTA. She is married to a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, who also works at UTA, and has two wonderful children - a grown son who is married and who has made Cindy the proud Grandma of the most beautiful little girl, and a grown daughter who is married to a young man in the Coast Guard . She is very involved in the music program at Lamar Baptist Church. Her hobbies are singing, reading, and spoiling her family, as well as their Chihuahua and Pomeranian.

Ms. Duran

Aleta Duran

Administrative Assistant I

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Aleta and her family moved to Arlington in the spring of 1988 from East Texas. She has two children who are currently attending college. She joined the Dean’s Office team in April 2007, leaving a position as Court Administrator for a local municipality where she served for many years.

Her primary responsibilities include ongoing communication with departmental advisors and various other staff, processing student petitions, scheduling classrooms, maintaining student and college records/reports assisting with college mailings and various other duties as support staff for the Assistant Dean.

She enjoys people and thrives on a varied and busy environment which makes her a perfect fit in this office. She keeps herself busy outside of work by being involved in the local Boys Scouts and facilitating for the young adults at her church.


Ami Keller

Administrative Assistant I

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Ami Keller graduated with honors with bachelor degrees in History and International Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University. She received her Master's Degree in Public History from UTA. Besides Public History, her areas of interest are Diplomatic History, English History and Irish History. In addition to her scholarly interests, she enjoys photography, volunteering, playing with her dogs and spending time with family and friends. She joined the Dean’s Office staff in August 2012, after working in the UTA History Department for three years.


Janet Hazelmyer

Senior Office Assistant

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Janet Hart joined the College of Liberal Arts in March 2015. She worked previously for a DFW-area church for 14 years as well as at Electronic Data Systems (now known as Hewlett Packard). Janet’s hobbies include reading, music, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to see her son who attends Stephen F. Austin State University where he marches in the band.


Angelica Esparza

Student Assistant - Administrative

Angie enroled with UTA in fall of 2014. She joined the Dean's Office in March 2016. She is currently majoring in Biology. Angie is aspiring to become a rehabilitator for endangered species. She hopes to specialize in elephants. This passion for four-legged creatures was developed at a young age after adopting her first cat. It was then that she became a cat enthusiast. Outside of work and school she enjoys volunteering at the Arlington Animal Shelter photography, hiking, spoiling her cat, and getting lost.



Jacob Singletary

Director of Development

Jacob and his wife, Shanna, have 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl). He enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, particularly doing activities that center around bodies of water. Jacob is an avid sports fan; and while he enjoys all sports, he is most fond of hockey, basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. Jacob and his family regularly volunteer to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the March of Dimes, MDA, the American Heart Association, and the Heart of Texas Autism Network. Jacob relishes discussions of history, politics, and physics. As a former foster child who aged out of the system, Jacob has a deep personal interest in issues surrounding at risk youth and foster children.