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Dr. Sarah L. Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Higher Education & Learning Technologies

Office Location: Frank Young Education North, #104E

Phone: 903-288-1682

Email: Sarah.Rodriguez@tamuc.edu



Higher Ed

University of Texas, Austin, TX

Charles A. Dana Center, New Mathways Project

Mentorship Program Coach, 2014-2015

  • Supported college implementation of the four principles of the NMP Model: multiple mathematics pathways, acceleration to complete college level math courses quickly, intentional use of strategies
  • Developed skills and designed curriculum and pedagogy based on proven practices
  • Reviewed monthly notes from college teams, providing feedback as needed, conducting conference calls with college administrators, and submitting brief progress reports.
  • Developed a resource network for NMP implementation, including building relationships among colleges statewide as well as sharing data on student success pathways
  • Provide tools to support regular communications among those colleges participating in the mentorship program

University of Texas, Austin, TX

Center for Community College Student Engagement, Consultant & Graduate Research Assistant, 2013-2015

  • Collaborated on the following Center Initiatives: Identifying and Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges, Improving Outcomes for Men of Color in Community Colleges, and Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion
  • Collaborated on writing for second national report on high-impact practices which highlights describes the relationship between students’ participation in particular practices and levels of engagement in college
  • Analyzed and distilled findings for qualitative study on men of color in community colleges, then collaborated with Center team on national report
  • Assisted with planning and preparations for institute associated with Improving Outcomes forMen of Color in Community Colleges, bringing together community colleges to identify institutional factors that inhibit and enhance success for African American and Latino males
  • Created two- and four- year colleges documents to bring together these institutions in their evaluation of institutional environments for Latino transfer pathways and educational opportunities
  • Conducted extensive literature review on Latino student engagement, transfer, and college completion, then developed community college educator’s fact sheet and reference files

University of Texas, Austin, TX

Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), Research Coordinator, 2010-2014

  • Worked closely with the Executive Director, internal and external research partners, and outside organizations to collect and analyze data, create and extend research partnerships, and disseminate relevant research findings regarding policy and practice
  • Assists in resource development work for the Project, developing successful grant proposals; managing and monitoring success; and overseeing development of narrative reports to funders and partners, for approval by the Executive Director
  • Planning and facilitating research efforts and yearly training of Project team, including 20+ staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Managed advertisement and logistics for Annual UT Latino Male Symposium for over 300 attendees from across Texas
  • Prepared and presented highly visible sessions at national, state, and local conferences and sponsored events to promote increased awareness of the Project, initiatives, and uses of research findings
  • Coordinated all national, state, and local conference proposals from the time of submission to the time of presentation delivery.
  • Co-authored numerous manuscripts, book chapters, and other publications centered upon Latino male student success

Columbia University, New York, NY

Teachers College, College Educational Quality (CEQ) Project

Regional Research Team, 2013-2014

  • Observed a variety of classroom settings and content areas to rate educational quality, academic rigor, and learning objectives for large-scale, national initiative aimed at understanding educational quality
  • Participated in inter-rater reliability exercises to ensure in-depth working knowledge of project conceptual framework and maintain research reliability
  • Engaged in debrief discussions with regional team regarding important details of classroom observations and research site logistics

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Public Policy Institute, Graduate Research Assistant, 2011-2015 (Summers)

  • Developed Latino male policy blueprint for academic success in higher education
  • Designed and administered pre-college quantitative and qualitative research studies with students and families involved with the National Hispanic Institute
  • Composed research analysis reports regarding Latino experiences with the pathway to higher education
  • Hosted team trainings on how to utilize data analysis software, write for publication, and create strategic plans

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities & Disability-Careers Office Graduate Assistant, 2008-2010

  • Provided individualized career counseling to university students with disabilities
  • Organized regional student summits bringing together 60+ college students or recent alumni with disabilities and 10 select national and regional employers for a networking and education summit
  • Assisted in coordination of national conferences for corporate, education, & service provider partners, including facilitation of student-employer discussions
  • Prepare and present workshops, and speeches/presentations about initiatives, representing COSD and The University of Tennessee in a high-level

University of Tennessee – System, Knoxville, TN

Vice President-Academic Affairs & Student Success, Intern, 2009-2010

  • Coordinated logistics and content for system-wide learning outcomes meetings
  • Created summaries of National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data for University of Tennessee system chancellors’ program review
  • Benchmarked with other campuses regarding usage and display of NSSE data
  • Analyzed educational trends in order to assist with revisions to university scorecards within the system 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Women’s Leadership Programs, Program Intern, 2009

Trinity Valley Community College, Athens, TX

Academic Education & Institutional Planning, Assessment Intern, 2006-2009

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