• Biography 

    Dr. Stephanie Yuma currently serves as the Site Director for the Coastal Bend College – Alice campus. She oversees day-to-day operations and ensures that faculty and staff are adhering to all institutional related policies, processes, and procedures. Her primary function is to serve as a direct line of communication and representation for Coastal Bend College in the Alice community and surrounding areas. In addition, Stephanie collaborates with the various departments from the main campus to make sure those areas are operating effectively and efficiently within the Alice campus.   

    Stephanie has over 10 years of experience in higher education working in the various capacities such as communications specialist, enrollment and retention coordinator, instructor, and program dean for General Education, School of Business, and Research and Graduate Studies. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate level courses in the following subjects: communication, leadership, ethics, and teamwork in business organizations. Additionally, her research has included professional publications and conference presentations which focus on admission requirements, self-efficacy and generational college students, recruitment practices, professional development efforts for ACPs, and instructional communication. 

    Prior to coming aboard at CBC, Dr. Yuma has previous work experience with the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, TAMHSC-Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Hallmark University, and Del Mar College.


    Bachelor of Arts, Communication, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2007 

    Master of Arts, Communication, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2011 

    Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2016

    Professional Publications:  

    Garza, A., Mundy, M.A., Varela, D., Ybarra, A., and Yuma, S. (2016). An analysis of teacher candidate success as measured by admission requirements. Author Note: Authors played equal roles in the research and publication. Research in Higher Education Journal, 31.  

    Yuma, S., Kupczynski, L., Mundy, M. A., and Ruiz, A. Self-efficacy of generational college students in educational doctoral programs in Texas. Journal of Education and Social Policy 3(5). 

    Professional Presentations: 

    Yuma, S., Ybarra, A., & Desiderio, M. (2016). Recruitment for the 21st Century: Making the media your friend and #1 strategy for educational recruitment. Workshop presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. January. 

    Ybarra, A., Yuma, S., & Desiderio, M. (2015). Exploring the effectiveness of professional development for alternative certification program teachers. Workshop presentation at the Southwest Educational Research Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas. February. 

    Ybarra, A., Lopez, S., & Desiderio, M. (2014). Addressing the barriers of first year teachers in alternative certification programs. Poster session presented at the 24th Annual Conference of National Association for Alternative Certification, Orlando, Florida. March. 

    Lopez, S., Ybarra, A., & Desiderio, M. (2014). Meeting your quota: The various faces of recruitment for alternative certification programs. Workshop presentation at the Southwest Educational Research Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. February. 

    Ybarra, A., Lopez, S., & Desiderio, M. (2014). Exploring the Barriers Faced by Traditional and Non-Traditional First-Year Teachers in Alternative Certification Programs. Paper presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. January. 

    Bryand, M.C., Granger, S. L., Lepf, N. J., Meurer, M. L., & Yuma, S. M. (2011). Evaluating our home’s foundation: Pathways to a bright future for Instructional Communication research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Milwaukee, WI. April