Human Geographer Dr. Rebecca Torres Promoted to Associate Professor
Posted: May 5, 2014
Dr. Rebecca Torres has been promoted to the position of Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts in the Department of Geography and the Environment. Dr. Torres is an internationally recognized researcher, author and respected mentor and instructor. She has a Ph.D. in Geography and a M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis, CA. Dr. Torres has published in numerous top ranked peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Annals of Tourism Research, Professional Geographer, Geoforum and Gender, Place and Culture, among others. She also co-edited a book, Tourism and Agriculture: New Geographies of Consumption, Production and Rural Restructuring.
Among her various grants for research and development activities, Dr. Torres was awarded and successfully implemented an NSF Early CAREER grant, “Latino Migration, Rural Transformation and Development.” She is also a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of a University of Texas Harrington Faculty Fellowship.
Dr. Torres has actively promoted diversity in the Geosciences, STEM and higher education, serving as Co-PI in collaboration with UT Jackson School of Geosciences on an NSF grant with the Division of Undergraduate Education Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program, “EVS Scholars: Promoting Excellence and Success in Environmental Science.”. She also served as Co-PI on an NSF Research Experiences in Undergraduate Education (REU) grant on “Immigration, Geography and Race/Ethnicity,” in collaboration with UT Sociology and the Population Research Center (PRC). Dr. Torres was also senior personnel on the Association of American Geographers (AAG) NSF funded projects, “Departments and Underrepresented Students ALIGNED: Addressing Locally-tailored Information Infrastructure & Geosciences Needs for Enhancing Diversity” and “Catalyzing Research on Geographies of Broadening Participation.”