Faculty and Staff Directory » Rosemary Perez

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Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: 2623 Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 4447
Email: rjperez@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Student development theory (e.g., self-authorship, intercultural maturity)
  • Professional socialization of graduate students
  • Social justice training and education
  • Organizational learning and development

Dr. Perez is a higher education scholar who leverages the strengths of student development and organizational theories to explore individual and organizational learning and development in collegiate contexts. She primarily uses qualitative methods to explore: 1) how people cultivate their voices as they make meaning of their experiences; 2) the nature of intercultural learning and development; and 3) the professional learning and development of graduate students and new practitioners. Across her program of research, Dr. Perez’s work explores the tensions between structure and agency, and how power, privilege, and oppression affect individuals and groups within higher education. Her teaching, research, and praxis reflect her commitment to empowering individuals and communities as we work towards creating a more equitable and just society.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Michigan
  • M.Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs, The University of Vermont
  • B.S., Biological Sciences with an additional major in Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University 

Current Research Projects

Courses Taught

  • HG ED 551X: Organization and Administration in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • HG ED 573: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Student Affairs
  • HG ED 576: College Student Development Theory I
  • HG ED 578: Students in American Higher Education
  • HG ED 598: Capstone Seminar
  • HG ED 664: College Organization and Management
  • HG ED 666: Academic Issues and Cultures
  • HG ED 676: College Student Development Theory II

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2019 Early Achievement in Teaching Award | College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University
  • 2017 - 2019 Emering Scholar | College Student Educators International (ACPA)
  • 2016 Faculty/Staff Change Agent Award | Multicultural Student Affairs, Iowa State University
  • 2015 Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award | Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan 
  • 2014 - 2016 Emerging Scholar In-Residence | Coalition for Women’s Identities, College Student Educators International (ACPA)