Dr. Gloria Contreras
Dr. Gloria Contreras, Professor Emeritus, was recruited to the
University of North Texas in 1987 for her strong background in
multicultural and social studies education. In 1989 she was appointed
the first Director of the Office of Minority Affairs (now the Office of
Multicultural Affairs) by President Alfred F. Hurley where she was
charged with creating and implementing a 5-year plan for the
recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students and faculty.
As a result of her successful initiatives, over 20 student organizations
are actively operating across campus today.
Dr. Contreras’ defining passion has been teaching Social Studies through
a multicultural and global perspective. Her major contributions to her
field include her work co-authoring the leading K-6 social studies
textbook series (published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill) and serving as
Executive Editor of The Social Science, a nationally peer-reviewed
journal aimed at educators at all levels.
In 1990, as Professor of Secondary Education and director of Minority
Affairs, Dr. Contreras was awarded the International Education Committee
Distinguished Service Citation at the University’s Honors Day
In 2002 she was honored as a Latina Living Legend by the Hispanic 50, an
organization that serves as a catalyst for increased participation of
Hispanic women in employment, procurement, and social issues.