NMSU names regents professor Associate VP for Research Integrity

Luis A. Vázquez recently was appointed to the position of Associate Vice President for Research Integrity in the Office of the Vice President for Research. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Susan Prosoco

NMSU

The Office of the Vice President for Research at New Mexico State University has named Regents Professor Luis A.Vázquez to the post of Associate Vice President for Research Integrity.

During his 16 years at NMSU, Vázquez has served as associate dean of the Graduate School, chair of the Institutional Review Board, department head of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, and several other administrative appointments.

Vázquez’s responsibilities in his new position will be to oversee the Office of Compliance. He is authorized to implement all necessary actions to ensure achievement of the objectives of an effective compliance program.

“I see this as a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the research community that has such a significant impact on New Mexico State University,” Vázquez said. “I look forward to supporting and collaborating with our faculty and students in meeting their research endeavors.”

The decision to appoint Vázquez came down last month after an announcement to the Board of Regents was made.

“Dr. Vázquez is recognized as a national figure in psychology, a strong advocate for students, a committed educator and trainer in the area of research ethics, with a strong record of successes in working with challenging situations at the local, state and national levels,” said Vice President for Research Vimal Chaitanya. “His accomplishments in working with diversity have been acknowledged and awarded at the university and national levels. He brings great depth and creativity to the development of research integrity for New Mexico State University.”

Vázquez said his greatest interest is the “empowering” focus of research on the ethnically/racially diverse populations in education. He has published in the areas of acculturation and educational development, along with developing multicultural training videos used across the country in counseling and psychology programs.

A graduate of the University of Iowa in 1990, Vázquez earned his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology and served as faculty there as well. He has also been a visiting professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City.

Vázquez has received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for Visionary Leadership in Psychology and was a USDA Faculty Fellow in Washington, D.C.

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