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Montoya Olson

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Director, Center for Instructional Design


University of Texas, El Paso


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Cira M. Montoya Olson is the Associate Director for Academic Technologies (AT). She previously served as Lecturer in the First-Year Composition Program (FYC) within UTEP English Department. Cira specialized in teaching hybrid and fully online composition and workplace writing courses for five years, and also served as an Assessment Training Leader for the FYC Program. She is a proud alumnus of UTEP, with a BA in English ’01 and a MAT in English Education ’11. Her current research focuses on visual and digital literacy, with a special focus on English Language Learners (ELLs). Her academic goals include providing interactive, visually stimulating writing material that challenges both students and faculty. Professionally, she leads all technology-based training initiatives for UTEP faculty at AT, and she is deeply passionate about mentoring and leadership opportunities for students and faculty alike. She currently leads her own mentoring web series, and it can be accessed here: