Dr. Heather J. Shipley is the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean and Hispanic Thriving Institution Endowed Chair of the University College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With 15 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Shipley has earned a reputation for advancing undergraduate education, enhancing student experiential learning opportunities, and promoting faculty development. As senior vice provost and dean she oversees University College, Career Engaged Learning, Continuous Improvement and Assessment, Faculty Success, and Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Shipley is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, and she helped coordinate the efforts that earned UTSA the Seal of Excelencia in 2020, certifying the university’s intentionality in serving Latino students and achieving positive student outcomes. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Shipley is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. As a researcher, Dr. Shipley has earned more than $11 million in funding to study interdisciplinary topics such as innovative water treatment processes including the use of novel technologies such as nanotechnology, low impact development and water quality monitoring, physiochemical interactions of contaminants to the built environment and engineering education. She has authored more than 35 refereed journal articles, and has given numerous keynote, invited and scientific presentations nationally and across the globe. She has mentored many undergraduate, master’s, doctoral students, and early career faculty — her past trainees currently hold positions at national institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Baylor University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. Dr. Shipley is the recipient of several prestigious teaching and research awards including the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UTSA’s Faculty Service to Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Award, and is a member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.