Isela Ocegueda

Assistant Dean, Graduate School
The University of Texas at El Paso

Isela Ocegueda serves as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. Her primary responsibility is to develop and manage the various professional development programs and resources to enhance the academic and professional skills of its graduates. Previously, Ocegueda served as Program Director of the PUENTES Program, an innovative graduate-level academic support, mentoring, and professional development model for doctoral students at UTEP that assisted underrepresented students. Ocegueda also teaches in the English department at UTEP. An El Paso native, Ocegueda earned her BA in English from Princeton University. As a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow, she then attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she earned a master of education, specializing in Language and Literacy. In 2010, Ocegueda received her PhD in Literature, specializing in Latin American and Latino Studies, from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She currently serves on the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board as well as the Public Arts Committee and is a member of the Latin American Studies Association.