Omar S. López

Assistant Professor
Texas State University

Omar S. López is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) in the College of Applied Arts at Texas State University. OWLS programs prepare nontraditional students for careers through high-quality academic, professional, and technical programs that include credits from prior learning such as work/life experience; credit for non-collegiate instruction; and credit by exam. Omar grew up in south Texas along the border in the Rio Grande Valley, in one of the poorest counties in the U.S. His daily observations of the effects from poverty on children and families left a definitive mark on his career decisions. Omar’s academic training includes the physical sciences, management, and education. This prepared him to work in different sectors as engineer, business consultant, and education policy researcher. While these occupations provided a way to make a living, his south Texas experiences gave him the passion to seek a meaningful life where his work could focus on using transdisciplinary methodologies to solve some of the thorniest problems confronting society’s most vulnerable populations. The result is that his publications are diverse, having published in the fields of educational technology, economics of education, teacher education accountability, higher education sustainability, and family studies. Omar earned his BSA from Trinity University, an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, and an MSBA in strategic planning from the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in strategy and educational policy from the Public School Executive Leadership Program in the College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Round Rock, Texas with his wife, Marta Helena and they have two children, Gabriela and Diego.