Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, PhD is Dean of the Burnett Honors College and professor of public administration. Dr. Piñeres received her PhD in economics from Duke University, MA from the University of Chicago, and BA from Texas A&M University. She joined UCF in May of 2018 following her role as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Previously, she served as Dean of Undergraduate Education and professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a founding member of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She is active nationally with honors education and recently co-founded the Council of Higher Education which serves honors colleges and programs at APLU institutions.