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Capt. Augusta "Gussie" D. Roth

Department Head
Associate Professor of the Practice
Department of Maritime Transportation

“It is a blessing for a man to have a hand in determining his own fate.”

- Blackbeard

Get To Know Capt. Augusta "Gussie" D. Roth

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

Career path that would allow me to travel the world and enjoy various cultures.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope they gain an understanding of the maritime culture. Also, appreciate and value the opportunities life may bring.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Learning new things and keeping up with maritime events. It is important to stay involved and volunteer for projects that are important to me.


Ph.D. Business Administration-Leadership, Walden University, Current
M.A. Business Administration, Phoenix University, 2008
B.S. Marine Transportation, Texas A&M University Galveston Campus, 1996

Licenses & Certificates

U.S. Coast Guard Master; Any Gross Tons; Upon Oceans 
STCW 2010-BST & Entry/AB Credentials
Bridge Resource Management
Leadership and Management 
Vessel Security Officer
GMDSS Elements 1 & 7 with FCC licensing
Comprehensive Stability and Ballast Control
Fast Rescue Boat
MSC Approved Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense 
Simulator Instructor Training & Train the Trainer
Confined Space Firefighting Basic and Advanced
First Aid Provider; First Responder & Proficiency for PIC of Medical Care on Board Ship
Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate
American Heart Association First Aid Provider and CPR Instructor
TOAR – Towing Endorsement Qualified

Courses Taught

MART 103: Basic Safety and Lifeboatman Training
MART 115: Seamanship I 
MART 201: Vessel Structure and Ship Knowledge 
MART 204: Terrestrial Navigation
MART 205: Marine Survey
MART 208: Maritime Meteorology
MART 210: Integrated Navigation I: RADAR/ARPA/ECDIS 
MART 321: Navigation on Rules, International and Inland (
MART 410: Integrated Navigation III 
MART 489: Shipboard Leadership

Cruise Coursework

MART 200: Deck Sea Training I – Basic Communications, Navigation and Seamanship 
MART 300: Deck Sea Training II – Intermediate Communications, Navigation and Seamanship
MART 350: Deck Sea Training II – Commercial Internship
MART 400: Deck Sea Training III – Advanced Communications, Navigation and Seamanship 

Professional Appointments
Houston Chapter Secretary, Council of Master Mariners
Campus Liaison, Sea Aggie Former Student Network

Contact Info

Capt. Augusta "Gussie" D. Roth
Department Head
Department of Maritime Transportation
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4471
Fax: +1 (409) 740.4985

Kirkham Hall, Office 106