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Academic Affairs - Office of the Provost


Provost Salvador Hector Ochoa

On July 2, 2019, Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa became the Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University. Prior to serving as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at SDSU, Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa was professor and dean of the College of Education at The University of New Mexico from 2014 to 2019.  He also served as the Dean of the College of Education at The University of Texas Pan American from 2007 to 2014. 

Dr. Ochoa was an associate professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). At TAMU, he was the program co-coordinator of the Educational Diagnostician Program, and served as the Director of Training of the Doctoral School Psychology Program. 

Provost Ochoa earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1989. His research focuses on bilingual psychoeducational assessment and educational programming issues pertaining to Latinx students. He has had input on these issues at both the state and national levels. Dr. Ochoa has been on several Texas Education Agency’s committees. He also served on a U. S. Department of Education Expert Advisory Panel for the Study of English language learners with special needs.

Over the span of his career, Dr. Ochoa has procured 3.7 million dollars in grants, authored more than 30 publications, and has made more than 60 nationally refereed presentations. Dr. Ochoa’s research has been published in the following journals: Journal of School Psychology, The Journal of Special Education, Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, The Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, Learning Disability Quarterly, Bilingual Research Journal, The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students and Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners.  Moreover, he has published two books. The Gilford Press named his co-authored book, Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide, a best seller.

Dr. Ochoa served as an Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal: Teaching, Learning and Human Development from 2004 to 2006. He has been a member on editorial boards for the following journals: The Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, School Psychology Review and Multiple Voices For Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners. 

Dr. Ochoa has received several professional honors from Texas A&M University. In 1995, the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence selected him as the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award for The College of Education. In 2001, he received the University's Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. Dr. Ochoa was given the Diversity Award for Individual Achievement at TAMU in 2000. In 2013, he received the Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development’s Outstanding Alumni Award. 

Strategic Planning

Salvador Hector Ochoa

Provost and Senior Vice President
(619) 594-6881, [email protected] 

Grace Laurie

Executive Assistant
(619) 594-6882, [email protected]

Susan Shamoon

Front Office Coordinator 
(619) 594-6881, [email protected]