Sarah L. Rodriguez, Ph.D. is soon to be an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech (Fall 2022). In her research practice, she concentrates on identifying and asking urgent questions about systemic inequities such as racism, sexism, and classism that marginalized communities continue to face as they transition to and through higher education. Dr. Rodriguez has established a national reputation as a talented grant-maker, research team leader, and collaborator, taking an explicitly research to practice approach to her work.
She has collaborated on several large-scale interdisciplinary projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Kapor Center, and the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. She previously worked with the projects Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion and Improving Outcomes for Men of Color in Community Colleges, both national initiatives at the Center for Community College Student Engagement focused on strengthening college engagement and completion. She also served as a New Mathways Project Mentorship Program Coach for the Charles A. Dana Center supporting multiple mathematics pathways, acceleration to complete college level math courses quickly, and intentional use of strategies.
In recent years, she was selected as an Early Career Awardee and Faculty Fellow with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and a NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader. She also received the Barbara Townsend Early Career Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) and gave the distinguished ASHE-CAHEP Barbara Townsend Lecture.
She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a master’s degree with a focus in College Student Personnel from The University of Tennessee. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Texas A&M University-Commerce and was a transfer student from Trinity Valley Community College.