Academic Affairs Staff

Meet The Team

Leanna Walker

Leanna Walker

Director of Academic Affairs

Office: SACHS/EAP 4
Phone: (210) 805-5801

Leanna has 25+ years of experience in education, in Canada, the UK, as well as here in Texas. While most of her career was spent working in K-12 education as a teacher, instructional technologist, and school administrator, her most recent position prior to joining SPS was National Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Education Services. Leanna has an Ed.S. in eLearning and Technology Integration in Education, an M.Ed. in Education Administration, and a B.Ed. in Secondary English and French Education. She loves being part of the SPS family and is excited to work with faculty to continue to deliver high quality education to our students.

Director of Academic Affairs:

  • Scheduling: Work collaboratively with the Dean of SPS to provide a quality educational experience for students by recruiting, hiring, training and supporting highly effective part-time faculty.
  • Monitor faculty needs and maintain appropriate staffing levels for all SPS part-time faculty positions across disciplines.
  • Assist the Dean in hiring part-time and full-time faculty.
  • Provide ongoing instructional, administrative, and technical support and training to faculty on teaching strategies and best practices in online learning.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationship with UIW Center for Teaching and Learning and Instructional Technology staff to design and implement a faculty training schedule that is based on identified needs. 
  • Collaborate with the Dean on the scheduling of classes and assign faculty to courses for each term.
  • Collaborate with the Dean on creating an annual course schedule, reviewing the annual schedule each semester, and updating as necessary.
  • Monitor faculty performance through regular review of course audits and course evaluation and alert faculty to areas of needed improvement.
  • Evaluate faculty performance data and provide trend analysis and critical insight to the Dean on areas of needed improvement.
  • Use faculty performance data to identify ongoing faculty development needs to support annual training schedule.
  • Create an annual training calendar for SPS faculty training to include two faculty assemblies per year.  Coordinate SPS faculty assemblies.
  • Collaborate with full-time faculty on program learning goals, curriculum objectives, course staffing needs, and best practices for course delivery.
  • Coordinate and track faculty participation in Confirmation of Attendance process each term. 
  • Assist the Director of Students Services and academic advisors in resolving student concerns by working directly with faculty to address needs.

Jessica Martinez-Palacios

Jessica Martinez-Palacios

Associate Director for Online Teaching and Learning

Office: SACHS/EAP 7
Phone: (210) 832-2146

Jessica Martinez-Palacios has over 20 years’ experience in Adult Education, Online Learning, and Instructional Design. She graduated with her Master's degree in Higher Education Leadership and Administration and in E-Learning Technology and Design from Jones International University. She is skilled in Curriculum Development, Course Design, Quality Matters, Quality Assurance Standards, Accessibility, Adult Learning Theories, Educational Technology Programs and Assessment Standards. She is excited to be part of the School of Professional Studies to support Faculty and Students.

Associate Director for Online Teaching and Learning:

Academic Development:

  • Lead the development, implementation, and assessment of online courses and programs.
  • Develop and implement training programs for faculty in effective online teaching strategies.
  • Ensure that online courses and programs meet quality assurance standards.

Departmental Support:

  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding new tools and technologies to support and enhance the development and delivery of online and hybrid courses.
  • Ensure that faculty and student online support functions are aligned to promote student success.

Professional Development:

  • Develop and lead training programs designed with best practices for online learning.
  • Promote educational technologies that enhance teaching and learning.

Mozelle Breeding

Mozelle Breeding

Curriculum and Content Manager

Office: SACHS/EAP 9
Phone: (210) 832-5491

Mozelle is from Laredo, TX and has over 15 years of experience in education. Mozelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word, as well as a Master of Education. Mozelle is a mother of two who enjoys the beach, outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Curriculum and Content Manager:

  • Review and assess all courses each term
  • Review syllabi and AIE's each term
  • Technical training to faculty regarding developing, delivering and enhancing Canvas courses
  • Upload course content, course copy
  • Assist students with Canvas and books
  • Helps the Director of Academic Affairs with the assessment of courses during the term
  • Assists other SPS (School of Professional Studies) associates with technical and online issues
  • Course Evaluations for student and faculty every term
  • Works with the Registrar's Office every term for the Confirmation of Attendance

Cari Dobledo

Cari Robledo

Academic Affairs Support Specialist

Office: SACHS/EAP 23
Phone: (210) 832-5674

Cari was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a BA in Psychology. Mrs. Robledo has 9 years’ experience working in higher education. She also holds certifications in leadership, which she obtained from South Texas College. Her knowledge is highlighted in assisting the School of Professional Studies - Academic Affairs, with tasks to focus on the success of students and faculty.

Academic Affairs Support Specialist

  • Assist the Director of Academic Affairs with projects related to faculty support, Canvas, Banner, course scheduling and faculty orientations.
  • Maintains booklists and spreadsheets to order books and facilitate eBook processes.
  • Assists students and faculty with books and syllabi information.
  • Manages and prioritizes multiple tasks within scheduled terms.
  • Creates and maintains course schedules in Banner.