Author, Chicano Movement Notable Dr. Jose Angel Gutiérrez to Teach Fall Class at A&M-Kingsville on Public Leadership
KINGSVILLE - August 01, 2007
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Dr. Jose Angel Gutiérrez, author, educator and trailblazer in the Chicano Movement, will teach a class in the fall 2007 semester at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
A prominent figure in the Chicano Movement born in the mid 1960s, Gutiérrez was lead organizer, founder and co-founder of several organizations, including the Mexican American Youth Organization, the Mexican American Unity Council, La Raza Unida Party and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, to name a few.
The class he will teach at A&M-Kingsville, Gutiérrez’s alma mater, is “Special Topics – Public Leadership: Paths to Power.” It reflects years of research done by Gutiérrez on a subject he said political science has not focused enough on.
“The study of leadership has been done, traditionally, in military science and business and ignored by the discipline of political science,” he said.
The class will explore the concepts of leadership through lectures, literature, films and visual pieces. Points discussed in the class will be explored in greater detail in a book Gutiérrez is currently writing.
More information on the class is available at 361-593-3490, 361-593-3506 or 361-593-3507.
He will be teaching the class on an adjunct basis. Currently, Gutiérrez is a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington.
He has received numerous honors for his life’s work. Among them are being named one of the “100 Outstanding Latino Texans of the 20th Century” by Latino Monthly; being named a “Distinguished Texas Hispanic” by Texas Hispanic Magazine; receiving the Chicano Hero Award from the National Council of La Raza; and earning the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.
Some of his leadership research is evident in the book he co-authored previously, Chicanas in Charge: Texas Women in the Electoral Arena. Other books from Gutiérrez include the tongue-in-cheek titled A Chicano Manual on How to Handle Gringos, and the co-authored works The Making of a Civil Rights Leader; We Won’t Back Down: Severita Lara’s Rise from Student Leader to Mayor; and Texas Politics: Individuals Making a Difference, which is currently being used by the A&M-Kingsville political science department.
Gutiérrez also has a long history of holding public office. Some examples include serving as an elected trustee and president of the Crystal City Independent School District, a two-term county judge for Zavala County, and holding the positions of Ethics Commission member and administrative law judge for the City of Dallas.
He holds a B.A. from Texas A&M-Kingsville, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Houston Bates College of Law.
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