Academic Success Staff

Matthew Spring, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Success and Seven Arts of Language

Dr. Spring received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas in 2015, at which point he began working as the Director of the Seven Arts of Language Program. He's been a student, mentor, writing tutor, writing instructor, and English Professor at UD since 2009; served as a Peace Corps Volunteer at Xihua University in Sichuan, China; taught ESL and composition courses at the middle school, high school, and college level; and worked as the Residence Director for Upward Bound and the Assistant Director of Tutoring for Puerto Rican Youth Development. 

Joshua Skinner, J.D.

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator

Mr. Skinner received his J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law in 2003 and his B.A. from the University of Dallas in 2000. He has taught law in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business since 2016 and before that practiced law as a trial and appellate attorney for more than a decade at the law firm Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, PC, where he remains Of Counsel. His legal practice has focused on a wide range of issues facing educational institutions and educators, including compliance with state and federal disability laws. He is a regular speaker at continuing legal education events.

Daniel Adams, M.S.Ed.

Academic Success Advisor

Mr. Adams received his M.S.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Baylor University in 2019 and his B.A. in University Scholars (with English & French concentrations) from Baylor University in 2017. At Baylor, Daniel worked as a Program Coordinator for the Fine Arts Living-Learning Center. In June 2019, Daniel joined UD as an academic advisor for international & domestic graduate students in the Gupta College of Business. In December 2019, Daniel transitioned to academic success where he currently coordinates the Tutoring Center, the Proctoring Center, teaches a section of the Study Skills course, and is organizing First-Generation student programming.

 

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News

You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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