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CSUSB Professor Selected As Faculty Fellow With AAHHE

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Louie F. Rodriguez, assistant professor at Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Education, was selected as a faculty fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education for 2011.

Rodriguez, who teaches in CSUSB’s department of educational leadership and curriculum, was one of seven faculty fellows selected this year to participate in the annual AAHHE conference on March 3-5 in San Antonio.

Faculty fellows are selected by AAHHE based on criteria that includes being a tenuretrack professor, demonstrated ability to contribute to a defined area of scholarship and one who contributes to the enhancement of Latinos in higher education.

At the three-day AAHHE conference, faculty fellows have an opportunity to mentor graduate student fellows and be mentored by experts in their field, further their research and publication development and provide advocacy for Latinos in higher education. Rodriguez also was an AAHHE Graduate Student Fellow in 2004.

Rodriguez focuses his research on issues of equity and access, specifically on the dropout crisis facing the Latino community. At CSUSB, he is the principal investigator of the project, Participatory Research Advocating for Excellence in Schools.

He recently published the article, “What Schools Can do About the Dropout Crisis,” in Leadership (2010), a practitioner- based magazine that reaches educators throughout California. In addition, Rodriguez’ paper, “Everybody Grieves, but Still Nobody Sees: Toward a Praxis of Recognition for Latina/o Students in U.S. Schools,” has recently been accepted for publication in Teachers College Record, a top-tiered academic journal in the field of education.

A product of the Inland Empire’s higher education system, Rodriguez attended San Bernardino Valley College and is an alumnus of CSUSB, where he was a McNair Scholar and majored in psychology. The McNair Scholars program provides opportunities to historically underrepresented students to prepare them for graduate school and other advanced degrees.

He earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Prior to Cal State San Bernardino, Rodriguez taught at Florida International University, Miami. His research work there was published in several journals, including The Journal of Urban Education (2010), New Directions for Youth Development (2009), The New Education (2008) and soon to be published in Teacher Education Quarterly.

In 2010, Rodriguez was recognized by California State Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter with the “30 Under 30” Award for Latinos and Native Americans for service to the community.

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