Nelson E. Soto

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Union Institute & University

Nelson Soto serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University. He provides leadership to assure the quality of the university’s academic programs, advancing the university’s mission of engaging, enlightening, and empowering students and continuing development of enrollment. “My vision for Union Institute & University is to have the theme of social responsibility permeate our curriculum and interdisciplinary scholarship, to provide an innovative space for faculty to explore new ideas to enhance curriculum and course offerings that parallel to current technological trends, and to foster an environment for thoughtful educators— individuals who inspire and teach learners to pursue their career aspirations and contribute to our global society.” Nelson came to Union Institute & University from Harrison College, Indianapolis, where he served as associate provost and vice president for curriculum and instruction from 2010 to 2013. Prior to Harrison College, he served as an assistant dean in the graduate office at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 2008 to 2010 and as an instructional development specialist at IUPUI’s Center for Teaching and Learning from 2005 to 2008. Nelson served on the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the School of Education; at Indiana University, College of Arts and Sciences; University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Education; and the University of Cincinnati, University College. He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Indiana University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati. His dissertation research focused on teachers’ perceptions and beliefs of Latino middle school (im)migrants, particularly rural communities that witnessed an increase in Latino/a immigrants.