Irma Victoria Montelongo received her Ph.D. in Borderlands History from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her fields of study include Gender and Sexuality, Latin American History, U.S. History with a sub-field in Immigration Studies, and Borderlands History with a sub-field in Race and Ethnic Studies. Her research and teaching interests focus on race, class, gender, sexuality, and criminology on the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Montelongo became a fellow at the Center for Collaborative Online International Learning at the State University of New York Global Center.
Q: What are your job responsibilities?
A: I am responsible for teaching three classes this semester. Also, I am the program coordinator of the online classes that UTEP offers, I coordinate professors by signing them which class are they going to be giving online and also help to train faculty. Everything that has to do with online class I am in charge of that.
Q: What are the courses that you teach?
A: I am teaching Chicano Studies, which is Social Issues, La Chicana and deals with Mexican american women and also Colonias in the United States. I teach a lot of different courses and I enjoy to see my students attending to class.
Q: What is your educational training?
A: I have a Bachelors, Masters and a PH.D in History. Also, I have sub fields in Immigration Studies, Race and Ethnicity.
Q: How did you find your current job?
A: I found my current job by applying at the university. Thank God they gave me the opportunity to impart this course. I love to teach and see that my classes are interesting to them and, because El Paso has a lot of history with latinos, I think it is important for students to know about their ancestors and background.
Q: How did you prepare for this career?
A: I came to college late. After high school, I started working and I got into college really late. But when I started to study again I enjoyed so much my bachelors that decided to go for my masters and as well with my PH.D. Once you get started it is like non-stop.
Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: My favorite part are working with my students. I like to hear the good ideas they share to the rest of the class and the way they think about certain issues.
Q: What is the most challenging part of the job?
A: Being able to balance all the responsibilities. We have to teach, write, publish and we have to find out ways we can manage our time. It is sometimes difficult to find the time to be grading essays and exams, preparing for class, etc. Balancing the time to do everything that is required can be difficult.
Q:What do you do for fun when you aren’t working?
A: I am involved in different activities within the community. One of them is the TASK Academy, which is for teenagers that have problems in their homes. We try to help the students, especially since most have problems outside of school.