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Victor Saenz

Victor Saenz, University of Texas at Austin

Victor B. Saenz, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, and he is a Fellow in the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership. He also holds a faculty appointment with the UT Center for Mexican American Studies, and since 2008 he has been a Faculty Fellow with the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Dr. Saenz has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and recently co-authored a book focused on men of color in higher education. He also has two other book projects underway, including one on Latino males in higher education (Stylus Publishing). His current research on this topic examines their experiences at both two-year and four-year institutions as they navigate their college pathways.

Dr. Saenz has received several notable accolades in his academic career. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Magazine as “One of 25 to Watch” diversity leaders in American higher education. In fall 2010, he was recognized as one of seven “ING Professors of Excellence” at the University of Texas. He has been honored for his work by various local and regional organizations including the National Hispanic Institute, Con Mi Madre, Wiley College, Palo Alto College, and the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. His research work on Latino males in higher education continues to gain national attention, including a recent invitation to the White House to speak about his research work on the topic. At the national level, Dr. Saenz is serving a two-year term (2013-2015) as Secretary of Division J within the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and he is an active member of several national associations focused on higher education issues, including ASHE, AIR, AAHHE, and TACHE.

Dr. Saenz received his PhD from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change. He was a Spencer Foundation pre‚Äźdoctoral fellow while at UCLA, where he also completed a Master’s in Education in 2002. He also received a Master’s degree in Public Affairs (1999) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Saenz was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and he is proud graduate of La Joya High School.

 

 

 

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