UTSA Office of ESL Services hires new director Paul Shively

The Office of ESL Services is pleased to welcome Paul Shively as the new director to the program that gives international guests their first look into UTSA, Texas and the United States.

Shively comes to UTSA from the New York Institute of Technology where he was the director of the English Language Institute. Shively redesigned NYIT’s Intensive English Program by creating individualized curriculum for different schools at the university and incorporating instructional technology. By doing this, he established a pathway to academic programs for students.

“I was attracted to UTSA because it’s one of the premier up and coming institutions in the United States, specifically as it progresses to become more world-engaged,” Shively said. “It’s exciting to know that I will be able to contribute to the greater vision of UTSA, which includes the internationalization of the campus under the exceptional leadership of Dr. Zenteno.”

Prior to working at NYIT, Shively was an instructor at City University of New York, the Research Foundation of CUNY and Queens Community House. He has experience in curriculum design, TOEFL preparation and faculty training.

“We are pleased to welcome Paul to the Office of ESL Services,” said René Zenteno, Vice Provost for International Initiatives. “I am confident he will positively contribute to the internationalization goals we have set at UTSA. I look forward to working with him as he creates a robust ESL program at our university.”

With Shively’s arrival, the Office of ESL Services will take on the challenge of recruiting more international groups and students for its customized programs and Intensive English Program.

“There will be changes with the curriculum to create a modernized, competitive, and robust program, but the most daunting will be recruitment at a time when international enrollment has declined,” Shively said.  “I look forward to increasing and diversifying the program through targeted strategies that include working with other IEPs and creating a pathway for students to enroll in academic programs at UTSA.”

Shively also plans to incorporate technology and experiential components to the program.