Learning English at The University of Texas at San Antonio is not simply going to class. It’s an experience.

The welcoming environment at our university is one-of-a-kind. Our campus is located on the north side of San Antonio, a South Texas city that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity.

We think you’ll like it here.

UTSA students are some of the friendliest, brightest and come from more than 90 countries. So, when you make UTSA your home, you won’t just be a student, you will be family.

A Welcome from the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives:

As Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, this is what I want for you:

  • I want you to feel welcome and safe as you make lifelong friends.
  • I want you to learn all you can from our amazing faculty.
  • I want you to be successful in whatever career path you choose.

Our faculty and the English language team are committed to your success and well-being.  From the moment you apply until you graduate, we are here to guide and assist you.  We hope you like what you see here and apply.  We look forward to meeting you!

Lisa J. Montoya, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives
Lisa J. Montoya, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

Dr. Lisa J. Montoya has been at UTSA since 2005, serving in various roles, most recently as Vice Provost for Global Initiatives. Previously, she served as the COB Associate Dean for undergraduate programs, for professional development, and for international initiatives. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, MPA from Arizona State University and BA from the University of Denver.

Location: Main Building, Room 1.209

Email: lisa.montoya@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7370

Blanca Pokorney
Program Manager

Blanca has been at UTSA for nine years, as program coordinator and program manager. She earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies from UTSA. Originally from Mexico, Blanca is fluent in Spanish and English. She’s passionate about helping international students recognize their talent and help them succeed academically.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 3.02.07

Email: blanca.pokorney@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-6136

Minako Shibazaki
Master Instructor

Minako has been an instructor for the Intensive English Program at UTSA for 20 years. She is also a consultant for UTSA’s ESL Services Office and volunteers her time with Japanese and multicultural student organizations. Minako earned her master’s degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at UTSA. Originally from Japan, Minako also lived in Montreal before moving to San Antonio as a teenager.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 2.03.12

Email: minako.shibazaki@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Kamaria Nixon-Jones
ESL Instructor and Curriculum Developer

Kamaria has been with UTSA since 2017, where she’s been an intern, tutor, ESL Specialist and Curriculum Developer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University, a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics from UTSA. Kamaria is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina and is fluent in English and Tagalog.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 2.03.12

Email: kamaria.nixon-jones@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Stephanie Robinson
Administrative Associate I

Stephanie has been at UTSA since 2015, working with staff, faculty and students to ensure a smooth office operation. Originally from Tennessee, Stephanie has called Texas home for 25 years. Her travel abroad gave her the opportunity to learn the importance of experiencing and appreciating other cultures.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 3.02.07

Email: stephanie.robinson@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Diane Palomo
International Student Services Advisor

Diane has worked with international students at UTSA for seven years. She is originally from Texas and enjoys learning about students’ traditions, views and ideas.

Location: Main Building 1.210

Email: diane.palomo@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-6575

Emmanuel Buoye
Student Associate

Emmanuel is originally from Nigeria and speaks English and Yoruba. He is working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering while working part-time at the Office of ESL Services.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 3.02.07

Email: emmanuel.buoye@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

Luz Torres Leon
Student Associate

Luz is originally from Durango, Mexico and speaks English and Spanish. As a part-time Student Associate, she has been studying Environmental Science at UTSA since 2017.

Location: Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room 3.02.07

Email: luz.torresleon@utsa.edu

Phone: 210-458-7677

The University of Texas at San Antonio Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2017 through August 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.