Cecilia Maldonado is a Resident Scholar with the Faculty Excellence Initiative for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Cecilia's expertise in workforce development spans 17 years. Cecilia has served as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and President of the Faculty Senate at UNLV. These experiences provide a unique administrative lens to the Faculty Excellence Initiative.
Cecilia Maldonado, a native of Ohio, earned B.A.s in Industrial Management and Elementary Education, an M.S. in Technical Education from The University of Akron, and Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University. Maldonado has held an academic appointment at UNLV for 17 years, most recently serving in an administrative capacity in the Office of Faculty Affairs for over 3 years.
Maldonado has been an active member of the UNLV community having served on numerous committees with various functions at the department, college, and university levels. She has extensive experience working with the administration in a shared governance capacity as the elected Chair of the Faculty Senate (2010-2011) during the economic downturn and one of the most challenging times at UNLV. She served the faculty (2009-2012) as an active member of the executive committee, all while holding the position of the program and graduate coordinator for the Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Organizational Leadership.
Maldonado is generally drawn to work geared at improving the organizational culture and climate of the campus and the work life of faculty. As Provost Fellow, she had oversight for the induction of faculty including developing and coordinating new faculty orientation, onboarding and faculty mentoring. As Assistant and Associate Vice Provost, she continued serving the faculty in these capacities as well as establishing writing groups and supporting faculty writing by bringing in nationally recognized experts to conduct writing seminars. Additionally, she had oversight and assisted with faculty processes, allowing her to apply the knowledge of shared governance, and unit, school, and university policies that govern academic and administrative processes at UNLV. Currently, Maldonado is transitioning out of administration and returning to faculty and is working with a team of women faculty on a National Science Foundation grant aimed at supporting improved organizational culture for women in STEM fields.
She is also passionate about her work with students. During the economic downturn, she volunteered to serve on the Consortium for Faculty Professional Opportunities, a committee focused on the professional development of faculty after the elimination of the teaching and learning center. As a member of this committee, she advocated for graduate students by encouraging the development of seminars to improve graduate student teaching skills. Having this expertise, she developed and delivered workshops and for-credit seminars for graduate students for several years. She currently works very closely mentoring her doctoral students as dissertation committee chair. She is most proud of the fact that since 2008, she has successfully graduated 13 doctoral students and 5 master students writing theses.
Maldonado has one daughter, who is a UNLV graduate and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.