Acting upon Dean Sander’s approval, I am pleased to appoint Dr. Andrea Romero as Fitch Nesbitt Associate Professor, effective this year, for five years. This appointment has been made in recognition of Dr. Romero’s excellent scholarship and teaching, and extensive community outreach based on her work as well as in partnership with the Frances McClelland Institute for its support for Dr. Romero’s research program.
Dr. Romero has established herself as a leader in the field of multi-cultural psychology and family studies, and continues to conduct high quality research on topics that matter to and are derived from the experiences of families in Tucson. For example, her work on the resiliencies of Mexican American adolescents has led to her most recent line of research to integrate these findings into ground-breaking prevention strategies for adolescent health disparities in obesity and substance use. This work is garnering funding for local prevention programs as well as new research on effective prevention and intervention strategies for Mexican American youth. In addition, she is clearly a leader at the University of Arizona, and in the Tucson community, as evidenced by her recent recognition as a recipient of “40 Under 40” award (to be announced) in Tucson.
This recognition is also to acknowledge Mrs. Ruth Nesbitt and her late husband, Tom Nesbitt, for their generous endowment in support of retaining and recruiting excellent faculty members. Fitch Nesbitt endowment earnings have made it possible for us to facilitate Dr. Romero’s transfer to the Norton School from Mexican American Studies for three years until CALS can provide state permanent funding for her .51 FTE line. The Fitch Nesbitt endowment has been established such that one or two named professorships will be made available, on a rotating basis, to recognize, recruit, and/or retain outstanding faculty members. I also want to acknowledge financial contributions that have been made from the Frances McClelland Institute in support of Dr. Romero’s appointment.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Romero for her appointment.
Soyeon Shim, Ph.D.
Professor and Director