Welcome to my page! I am currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Higher Education at Iowa State University. My research centers around three strands: Latina/o/x students in community colleges, especially those who need developmental education; college faculty, teaching, and professional development; and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. I teach graduate courses in qualitative research methods, equity and diversity issues in higher education, and the history of higher education in the United States.
I am a proud Tejana who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and obtained all of my degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). I received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from UTSA in 2015. My dissertation received the 2016 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC).
In another life, I was a student of history (M.A., 2008; B.A., 2006) and worked in various positions at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As an undergraduate, I was an Orientation Leader and a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for the Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success.
My work has been published in various venues including The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and Teaching English In the Two-Year College.