Michael Soto, Ph.D.
- Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Student Academic Issues and Retention , Academic Affairs
Michael Soto grew up on the Texas-Mexico border and returned to South Texas after pursuing his studies on the West Coast and then the East Coast. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on twentieth-century American literature and cultural history. His research and the courses that he teaches begin with the premise that a full understanding of our rich and diverse cultures (literary and otherwise) best informs contemporary American studies. He is presently working on a study of the urban/suburban divide in U.S. intellectual and cultural history.
As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Student Academic Issues & Retention, Soto is responsible for enhancing the student academic experience and offering strategies to improve student retention. In this capacity, he develops, manages, and assesses the University’s comprehensive action plan to improve the retention of undergraduate students. He coordinates first-year student academic advising and adviser training; the Reading TUgether common reading program; the work of the Academic Honor Council and the Academic Honor Code; academic programs for New Student Orientation; Honors Awards Convocation, and the work of the major scholarships and fellowships committee. Soto receives student complaints regarding academic issues, including grade appeals and exceptions to academic policy.