University Announces Founding Dean of College of Graduate Studies

Published: May 07, 2013

University Announces Founding Dean of College of Graduate Studies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has announced the appointment of Dr. JoAnn Canales as the founding Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.  The new college will lead expansion efforts in graduate programming and ensure the highest standards of quality in graduate programs.

“The university’s growth in graduate enrollment and doctoral programs accelerated the need for a dean, dedicated to graduate studies, who can build the systems to support the success of our students and recruit additional graduate students,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The naming of Dr. Canales as our founding dean is another sign of the university’s evolution in serving the needs of the community.”  

Canales will coordinate Graduate Council activities and facilitate the development of policies for graduate education. She will also work to create and maintain partnerships with the community.

“After a national search, we are pleased that Dr. Canales has accepted this challenge,” said Dr. Chris Markwood, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “Her experience and enthusiasm will serve us well as we expand our graduate focus and programs.”

Canales earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin, her master's degree from Laredo State University (now Texas A&M International University) and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. Her areas of expertise include English-language proficiency assessment, teacher preparation, and issues of access and success in higher education. She has 25 years of teaching experience, of which 20 years have been at three public institutions of higher education in Texas and Colorado.   Canales received the 2005-2006 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Excellence in Teaching Award.

“It is a distinct honor to be named founding dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,” said Canales.  “During my 15 years at A&M-Corpus Christi, I have had the privilege of working with wonderful colleagues and look forward to collaborating with them to grow the number of scholars committed to the public good and ably prepare them for the 21st century.”

Canales has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies since its formation on April 2, 2012. The appointment will become final upon approval by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.