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Texas State's Rivera named 2017 Greater Texas Foundation Fellow

Marialena Rivera
Marialena Rivera

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
September 13, 2017

Marialena Rivera, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Improvement at Texas State University, has been named a Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) Faculty Fellow.

Rivera is one of six fellows named for 2017. The GTF Fellows program aims to build the research and teaching capacity of tenure-track faculty at Texas colleges working in areas related to student success.

During the first four years of the program, GTF named four fellows per year, making this year’s class the largest to date. Each GTF Fellow receives up to $30,000 per year for three years to support a research agenda aligned with the foundation’s mission to support postsecondary preparation, access, persistence and completion for Texas students.

After being nominated through an invitation-only nomination process, the selected fellows were invited to participate in a competitive proposal process in which they were required to demonstrate significant potential in and commitment to a career in research and teaching at the postsecondary level. In addition, applicants were required to identify a mentor to assist them throughout the three-year fellowship. Through participation in annual GTF Fellows events over the course of the fellowship, fellows will have access to professional development opportunities and guidance related to their intended career trajectory.

For additional information about the GTF Fellows program and the fellows, visit

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,849 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 180,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.