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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




University Level 

  • Women’s and Gender Studies Student Scholarship Committee, 2019
  • ISUnidad Mentoring Initiative for Latinx Students, 2018-2019
  • Latinx Student Success University-level Committee, 2016-2019
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Scholarship Committee, 2018-2019
  • Multicultural Student Scholarship Review, Crazy Horse Scholarship, 2017-2019
  • Womyn of Color Network, Faculty Member Event Volunteer, 2016-2019
  • Panelist, Black Graduate Student Association–Latin@ Graduate Student Association Faculty and Staff Meet and Greet, 2015

College Level

  • Committee Member, College of Human Sciences Academic Standards Committee, 2018-2019

Departmental Level

  • RESEV Qualitative Sequence Task Force, 2017-2018
  • Long Range Planning Committee, School of Education, 2016-2019
  • Graduate Scholarships Committee, School of Education, 2016-2019
  • Social Justice Collective, School of Education, Member, 2015-2019

                   o Hilton Endowed Chair Series Planning Sub-committee

                   o Colloquia Series Sub-committee

  • Iowa Latina/o Education Initiative Annual Conference, Planning Team, 2015-2018


  • Advisory Board Member, AGEP EAGER: Leveraging Equity Innovations, National Science Foundation, 2019-Present
  • Advisory Board Member, AGEP Engineering Alliance, Award #1821008, National Science Foundation, 2018-Present
  • Editorial Board Membership
    • Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2018-Present
    • Community College Review, 2018-Present
    • Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 2016-Present
  • Scholar Mentor, Catch the Next/Puente, 2016-Present
  • SEDL Texas Hispanic STEM Alliance, Planning Committee, 2014-2017
  • National Science Foundation, Panel Reviewer, 2017
  • Research Affiliations:
    • BRAID initiative (Building, Recruiting, and Inclusion for Diversity), Research Collaborator, University of California – Los Angeles, 2017-Present
    • Project MALES, Faculty Affiliate, University of Texas at Austin, 2015-Present
    • Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), Faculty Affiliate, San Diego State University, 2015-Present
    • Women & Gender Studies, Iowa State University, 2018-2019
  • Journal Reviewer:
    • Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 2019-Present
    • Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 2016-Present o Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 2015-Present
    • Journal of Engineering Education, 2015- Present 
    • AERA Open, 2015-Present
    • Journal of Latinos and Education, 2013-Present
    • Journal of African American Males in Education, 2014-2015
  • Membership in the following professional associations:
    • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2010-Present
      • Conference Evaluation Committee Team, Member, 2019-Present
      • Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs, Secretary, 2018-Present
      • Council on Ethnic Participation Mentor, 2017-Present
      • Annual Conference Discussant, 2017
      • Dissertation of the Year Committee, 2016-Present
      • Program Reviewer, 2011-Present
      • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
        • Co-chair Latino Knowledge Community (LKC) Research and Scholarship Committee, 2016-2018
        • Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), 2013-Present
          • Program Reviewer, 2015-Present
          • American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2012-Present
            • Program Reviewer, 2012-Present
            • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), 2010-2019
  • American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International (ACPA), 2008-2013
  • Program Reviewer, 2009-2013
  • Executive Directorate, Committee for Multicultural Affairs, 2008-2009


  • Volunteer, Al Éxito – Latina/o/x Youth Iowa State University Visit Day, 2019
  • Curriculum Volunteer, Iowa State Lazos Latino Men’s Group, 2018-2019
  • Member & Volunteer, Iowa State Colegas – Latina/o/Hispanic Faculty & Staff, 2015-2019
  • Regional Advisor & Mentor, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, 2008-Present
  • Facilitator, IINSPIRE Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Conference, 2016
  • Al Exito, Volunteer for Meet the Leaders Night, 2016
  • Board of Directors, YWCA Greater Austin, 2015
  • Graduate Mentor, Project MALES, University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2015
  • Panel Moderator, UT Male Student Leadership Summit, Exploring STEM Pathways, 2014
  • Intellectual Entrepreneurship Mentor, Latino Higher Education Research Project, UT Austin, 2012-2013
  • Con Mi MADRE Senior Advisor for College Readiness, 2012-2013
  • DREAM Act Deferred Action Application Assistant – University Leadership Initiative, 2012
  • Fellowship Reviewer, Livingston Graduate Student Awards Committee, University of Texas, 2012
  • Workshop Facilitator, Summer Enrichment Academy, San Antonio, TX, 2011-2013
  • Hispanic Mentor & High School Group Facilitator, Hispanic Female Summit, Lone Star College System, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, YWCA Real Talk 2010 Student of Color Teen Summit, YWCA – Knoxville, 2010
  • Participant Reviewer, LeaderShape Institute – UT Knoxville Representatives, 2010


Title: Las Mujeres in the STEM Pipeline: How Latina College Students who Persist in STEM Majors Develop and Sustain their STEM Identities. This study examines how undergraduate Latina students make meaning of and develop their STEM identities and how other identities such as race, ethnicity, and gender may influence that development. The study utilized qualitative, phenomenological methods to gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences of sixteen Latina college students. Successfully defended April 2015. Dissertation Chair: Victor Saenz (University of Texas at Austin).

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