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About Texas Tech-CR


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Jeffrey Belnap, Ph.D.

Texas Tech-CR Dean

Welcome to Texas Tech-Costa Rica! It's an exciting time to be at Costa Rica's first branch of a U.S.-accredited, research intensive university. This campus stands out for its STEM and business-related degree programs delivered 100% in English; for its research active professors; and for its hands-on learning model. We equip our students with technical knowledge, teambuilding skills, and intellectual agility. These qualities will enable them to become ethical leaders in an increasingly competitive global economy—leaders the world needs.

Robert Paul Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chairperson of Hospitality and Retail Management


Robert Paul Jones, Ph.D., Department Chair in the College of Human Sciences, currently serves as president of the American Collegiate Retail Association. He is also a member of the Higher Education Advisory Board of the Category Management Association, Texas Food and Fuel, and other industry groups. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Jones enjoyed a 25-year career as an executive and consultant in retail and hospitality. His research focuses on brands and branding, their influence on consumer behavior, and the shopper experience. Dr. Jones has helped to establish departmental partnerships with firms such as Walmart, Walgreens, MillerCoors, among others.

Deborah Fowler, Ph.D.

Professor and Program Director, Retail Management


Deborah Fowler, Ph.D., is a professor of Retail Management in the College of Human Sciences. Prior to teaching at Tech, Dr. Fowler taught at East Tennessee State University and the University of South Carolina. She works with industry partners to create experiential learning opportunities for her undergraduate and graduate students. Her passion for teaching has won her numerous teaching awards and she has also published a textbook with Ben Goh, Ed. D., Retail Category Management.

Yong Chen, Ph.D.

Yong Chen, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science


Yong Chen is interim chair of the Department of Computer Science (CS) and a professor of computer science. As interim chair, he oversees faculty members and students in four degree programs and two certificate programs. He joined Texas Tech in 2011 after doing post-doctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Chen's Ph.D. in Computer Science is from Illinois Institute of Technology. He also has an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.E. in Computer Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China.

Bryan A. Norman, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering


With a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Bryan A. Norman came to Texas Tech in 2017 after 22 years on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Norman's research focus is in logistics and supply chain; his current emphasis is in the delivery of healthcare. He has presented more than 100 seminars, invited lectures, and conferences addresses, and has published 60+ scholarly articles and book chapters. His funding sources include the U.S National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Veteran's Administration, the Gates Foundation, and a range of industry partners.

Magda Toda, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Mathematics


Dr. Toda earned two Ph.D.s in 2000, both in mathematics. One was from the University of Kansas, with a concentration in differential geometry and integrable systems, and the other from Politehnica University of Bucarest, where she studied applications of Riemannian geometry to electromagnetic fields. Since 2001, she has been a faculty member in mathematics at Texas Tech University, where she is now a full professor and department chair. In addition to authoring scores of refereed publications and eight textbooks, she has supervised doctoral and master students and given dozens of invited presentations. In recognition of her outstanding performance in the classroom, Dr. Toda has won seven awards, including the prestigious "President's Award for Excellence in Teaching."


Texas Tech-CR Staff


Ellen Rose

Executive Director
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Alejandro Barquero

Operations & Finance Director
Christine Steinvorth

Christine Steinvorth

Student Life Manager
Irene Kopper

Irene Kopper

Commercial & Marketing Director
Adriana Loría

Adriana Loría

Registry & Advising Manager
Jessica Fonseca

Jessica Fonseca

Career Services Manager

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