Meet the QLP Team

Dr. Raj Boppana, Project Director of QLP

As project director of the QLP, Dr. Boppana oversees the program operations and team while organizing the facilitation of program training, redesign, and resources.

In addition to his QLP duties, Dr. Boppana is also the interim department chair for the Department of Computer Science at UTSA. Dr. Boppana has a Ph.D. in computer engineering from The University of Southern California, a Masters of Technology in computer technology from The Indian Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Technology in Electronics and Telecommunications from Mysore University. He has taught courses in several computer science including parallel computing, computer architecture, computer networks, and performance evaluation at The University of Texas at San Antonio from 1991-present. Dr. Boppana published over 75 peer-reviewed articles in journal and conference proceedings in the areas of parallel computer architectures, mobile networks performance and security. Dr. Boppana is a senior member of IEEE.


Kim Massaro, QLP Coordinator  

Ms. Massaro has developed workshops on course redesign so that all core curriculum courses can integrate quantitative reasoning in their fields.

In addition to her QLP duties, Ms. Massaro also teaches management science and statistics at UTSA. Ms. Massaro has an M.S. in statistics from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.S. in mathematics with emphasis in mathematical finance and insurance from the University of Missouri: Columbia. She has taught courses in Basic Statistics, Probability and Statistics for Biosciences and Business Statistics with Computer Applications at UTSA since 2009. Honored for her teaching, Ms. Massaro won the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Core Curriculum Teaching (Non-tenure Track) in 2012. This award recognizes distinguished performance in teaching core curriculum courses.


Dr. Gail Pizzola, QLP Implementation/Training Committee

Dr. Pizzola oversees the course redesign workshops for core curriculum course enhancement.

In addition to her QLP duties, Dr. Pizzola is also the department chair for the Writing Program and teaches writing composition courses at UTSA. Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Pizzola earned her B.A. in English from Fitchburg State College, her M.A. in English from Clark University, and her Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Linguistics, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She teaches Theory and Practice of Composition, Advanced Composition, Freshman Composition, and Graduate Writing Workshops at The University of Texas at San Antonio.


Dr. Mary Dixson, QLP Implementation/Training Committee

Dr. Dixson works with the faculty in course redesign for curriculum enhancement and assists faculty with services offered by the Teaching and Learning Center including but not limited to finding data resources, assignment consultations, and online learning.

In addition to her QLP duties, Dr. Dixson is also the Assistant Dean of Libraries and oversees the Faculty Center operations at UTSA. Dr. Dixson earned her B.A. in Speech Communication and Philosophy from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, her M.A. in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from Texas A&M, College Station, and her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as Assistant Dean for Faculty Services at University of Texas at San Antonio, providing leadership, vision and strategic direction for the development of services designed to integrate information literacy and critical thinking concepts throughout the curriculum and, more broadly, to enhance teaching and learning at UTSA.


Kimberly Ward, QLP Coordinator and PR

Ms. Ward currently assists in the facilitation and collection of quantitative literacy data from current course work. She manages all programmatic marketing and public relations, including but not limited to: communication, training, events, and office management.

Ms. Ward has an M.B.A in International Business from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.A. in International Relations from The University of Texas at Austin. She has assisted faculty in Q-courses as a teaching assistant at UTSA in 2011-12 before joining the QLP team. Ms. Ward won The Free Trade Alliance Future Global Leaders International Business Plan Competition in 2012.


Ermine Orta, QLP Coordinator/Workshop Instructor

Mrs. Orta has developed workshops on course redesign so that all core curriculum courses can integrate quantitative reasoning in their fields. Currently, she instructs the quantitative literacy workshop for transfer and graduating students.

Mrs. Orta has a Masters degree in statistics and a B.S. in mathematics with a concentration in statistics from The University of Texas at San Antonio. An award winning instructor, she received the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System in 2011 and the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2010.