I am thrilled to join the Iowa State faculty as an Assistant Professor in August, 2017. I use various qualitative approaches to investigate three strands of research: 1) Latina/o students in higher education, especially those who attend community colleges and are placed into developmental education; 2) the faculty who work with these students, particularly in developmental reading and writing contexts; 3) Hispanic-serving and Hispanic-enrolling institutions. These three strands come together in the experiences of Latina/o community college students in developmental reading and writing, their interactions with faculty and other campus agents, and how theory and practice come together at the classroom and institutional levels to better serve these students. Ultimately, the goal is to further our understanding of how teachers and programs can better tailor their teaching and advising to Latina/o students; the role reading and writing can play in setting up Latina/o students for long-term success at community colleges and 4-year universities; and how institutions can support their students and the faculty who teach them. Methodologically, I use a variety of qualitative methods including critical discourse analysis, case study research, and narrative analysis. As I have a strong background in history through my undergraduate and master’s programs, most of my work also has historical approaches to it as well.
I have published in The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, The Community College Moment, and the Journal of College Literacy and Learning.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership (Higher Education Administration), University of Texas at San Antonio, 2015
M.A., History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008
B.A., History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2006