Maria Ignacia   Diaz

Associate Professor  

Office: EHABE 2.222
Phone: (956) 665-5289
Email: maria.i.diaz@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mary Diaz

I was born in Falfurrias Texas, first of my 3rd generation in Texas to go to college. I come from a generation of land owners and ranchers. I have only one brother, but plenty of cousins. I love people and animals as well as caring for the underserved. I became interested in nursing in high school and my favorite cousin told me Texas Woman's University was the best University known for their nursing curriculum as # 1 in Texas. My mother inspired me to go to College although she did not necessarily want to be a nurse. After graduation I started teaching in a Junior college associate program. The director inspired me to continue my nursing education program. Since I was working in the psychiatric field at the time, I continued my education in that specialty. I am married, with one husband and three children, one of my children is adopted and I must say, the smartest of the three. I have three dogs and three cats, it seems that my whole life runs in nomination of three's. Thank God, only one husband.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Primary Health care
    • Mental Health & Addiction
    • Student Success NCLEX-RN Passage
  • Education

    • BS, Nursing, Texas Woman's University.
    • EdD, Higher Education (Nursing Education), Nova Southeastern University, 1993
    • MS, Nursing,, Texas Woman's University, 1977




Selected Publications


  • Maria Diaz. "An Innovative Academic Retention Model for Hispanic Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Multifaceted Collaborative approach for the South Texas Region," Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Proceedings of the 8th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention, no. 8 October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2012: 102-104.

  • Maria Diaz. "The Utilization of Nursing and Scholastic Aptitude Examination to Predict Sucess of Hispanic Nursing Students in the First Academic Nursing Course in a BSN Program.," New York: Springer Publishing Company 10, no. 2 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2012): 84-92.

  • Maria Diaz. "The Intersection of Caring and Quality," 32nd International Association for Human Caring, .

  • Maria Diaz. Does Identification of scholastic aptitude and nursing aptitude serve as an early predictor of success in the nursing curriculum. Austin, TX: Texas Higher Education Cordinating Board, : 1-6.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Shawn Saladin. Leading Through a Collaborative Interprofessional Primary Care Clinic: An Innovative Model for Improving Health Care Services for Rural, Medically-Underserved Population, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), $1,490,000.00 (July 8, 2015 - August 31, 2020)

  • Maria Diaz. Nurse Education, Practice and Retention, HRSA, $1,500,000.00 (July 30, 2018)

  • Maria Diaz. Nurse Education, Practice and Retention, HRSA, $57,000.00 (June 20, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

  • Eloise Tamez. , Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, $142,367.00 (June 2015)

  • Maria Diaz. An Academic Retention Model for Baccalaureate Nursing Students-A Multifaceted Collaborative Approach for the South Texas Region, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, $487,844.00 (September 1, 2010 - August 30, 2013)



Selected Presentations


  • Maria Diaz. "International Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education & Practice to improve Population Health," PI OMICRON SCHOLARSHIP DAY, Sigma Theta Tau International, UTRGV (November 2016)

  • Maria Diaz. "The Use of IPC Practices to Enhance the Experience of Health Care affecting RGV patients/Clients and their families," PI OMICRON SCHOLARSHIP DAY, Sigma Theta Tau International, UTRGV (November 2016)

  • Maria Diaz. "On Scholarship and Leadership," Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Induction Ceremony, Pi Omicron, UTRGV (January 2016)

  • Maria Diaz. "On Scholarship and Leadership," Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Induction Ceremony, Pi Omicron, UTRGV (January 2016)

  • Betty John and Maria Ignacia Diaz. " "Utilization of Hearing Voices- Simulation to Bridge Theory to Practice with Undergraduate Nursing Students,"," 37th Annual conference of Texas Society of Allied Health Professions, Texas Society of Allied Health Professions, Houston (September 2014)

  • Maria Diaz. "Description of Services provided at COHSHS," COHSHS, UTPA, UTPA CESS Building (September 2013)

  • Maria Diaz. "Predictors of Success for Minority Nursing Students," National Nursing Education Symposium, ATI Nursing Eduction, LV Nevada (April 2013)

  • Maria Diaz. "Does identification of scholastic aptitude and nursing aptitude serve as an early predictor of success in the nursing curriculum," (December 2010)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Maria Diaz. "HRSA Grant," (2016)

Previous Courses