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CINTHYA SALAZAR
Assistant Professor
EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION & HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Cinthya Salazar received her Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland in 2020 and joined the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development department at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor during the same year. Dr. Salazar teaches graduate level courses in higher education administration and qualitative research methodologies. She is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), serving as a selected member for the Presidential Commission for Undocumented Immigrants.

Dr. Salazar's research focuses on the mechanisms used by undocumented students to access, persist, and succeed in higher education. Through her scholarship, she seeks to generate localized retention theories and student success models which can potentially reduce minoritized student's college attrition. Dr. Salazar's research and pedagogy are informed by her former experiences as a higher education administrator. She worked as a student affairs professional for over eight years, primarily in student retention and success programs. Dr. Salazar continues to be an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), supporting practitioners committed to creating equitable learning environments for minoritized students. She currently serves as the Region III representative for NASPA's Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community.
Education
Ph.D., Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy, University of Maryland (2020)
M.S., Higher Education Administration, Florida International University (2012)
COURSES TAUGHT
EDAD 669. The College Student
2020C, 2021C
EDAD 689. Immigrant Student Experiences in K-12 & Higher Education
2021B
EHRD 655. Qualitative Research Methods
2021A
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Journal Articles
Park, J. J., Kim, Y. K., Salazar, C., & Eagan, M. K. (2021). Discrimination and student-faculty interaction in STEM: Probing the mechanisms influencing inequality. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 10.1037/dhe0000224
Salazar, C. (2021). “I knew it was gonna be hard, but I always knew I had support from my parents”: The role of family on undocumented students’ college aspirations and persistence. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. 10.1177/ 15210251211018826
Salazar, C. (2021). Participatory action research with & for undocumented college students: Ethical challenges and methodological opportunities. Qualitative Research. 10.1177/ 1468794120985689
Sánchez, B., Salazar, C., & Guerra, J. (2021). “I feel like I have to be the whitest version of myself”: Experiences of early-career Latina higher education administrators. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 10.1037/dhe0000267
Park, J. J., Kim, Y. K., Salazar, C., & Hayes, S. (2020). Student-faculty interaction and discrimination from faculty in STEM: The link to retention. Research in Higher Education, 61(3), 330-356. 10.1007/s11162-019-09564-w
Salazar, C., Park, J. J., & Parikh, R. M. (2020). STEM student-faculty relationships: The influence of race and gender on access to career-related opportunities. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 26(5), 413-446. 10.1615/ JWomenMinorScienEng.2020031959
Conference Presentations
Hall, K. A., Salazar, C., Vigil, D., Santa-Ramirez, S., & Muñoz, S. M. (2020, November). Moving beyond exclusionary policies: Legal violence and its effects on undocumented college students. Panel session at the annual meeting for the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Virtual.
Park, J. J., Salazar, C., Anderson, J. L., Liwanag, A. M., Parikh, R. M., Lue, K. E., & Zheng, J. (2020, April). Looking beyond college: STEM college seniors on their post-graduation plans. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. [Cancelled due to COVID-19]
Salazar, C. (2020, November). Collective resistance in higher education: A participatory action study with & for undocumented college students in Virginia. Dissertation of the year session at the annual meeting for the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Virtual.
Salazar, C., Alderete Puig, P., Morales Rojas, P., & Zuñiga, A. J. (2020, April). Undocumented students in the Commonwealth of Virginia: Counterstories of college of persistence. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. [Cancelled due to COVID-19]
Salazar, C., Liwanag, A. M., Zheng, J., & Park, J. J. (2020, November). Marginality and mattering in STEM: Examining the relationships students form with higher education administrators. Research paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Virtual.
Other Publications and Presentations
Nienhusser, H. K., Reyna Rivarola, A. R., Salazar, C. (2020). Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) response to the Supreme Court of the United States decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and position statement on undocumented college students. Las Vegas, NV: Association for the Study of Higher Education. https://www.ashe.ws/content.asp?contentid=425
Chang, A., Mendes, J., & Salazar, C. (2019). Qualitative methodological considerations for studying undocumented students in the United States. In Noblit, George W. (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods in Education. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/ 9780190264093.013.585
OTHER NOTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award (2020). Association for the Study of Higher Education.