Our Faculty

Matthew Birnbaum | Florence Guido | Chayla Haynes | Katrina Rodriguez | Gabriel Serna | Tamara Yakaboski

Matthew Birnbaum

Associate Professor

Chair, Department of Leadership, Policy and Development: Higher Education and
P-12 Education

HESAL program Coordinator

Matt Birnbaum

Previous Professional Experience:      

  • Director, Career Center at Colorado College
  • President, Rocky Mountain Association of Colleges and Employers
  • Counselor, Rock Valley College
  • Advisor and Assessment Specialist, Pima Community College

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of Arizona
  • B.A., Colorado College

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Research Interests: Trends in student culture, technology in higher education, higher education law, higher education finance, organizational theory, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

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Florence Guido

Professor

Guido-DiBrito Photo

Previous Professional Experience:

  • Senior Scholar, ACPA Standing Committee for Women
  • Dean of Students, Incarnate Word College
  • Director of Career Planning and Placement, Manchester College
  • Director of Placement, St. Francis College

Other Accolades:

  • Co-author of one of the best selling books in the profession: Student Development in College: Theory, Research and Practice
  • Recently named Co-Editor, Books and Media (BAM) Board, American College Personnel Association
  • Former Editorial Board Member, Journal of College Student Development and NASPA Journal
  • 1st Scholar in Residence, Standing Committee for Women, American College Personnel Association

Education:

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.A., Ball State University
  • B.A., Briarcliff College

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Research Interests: Longitudinal, visual anthropological study of culture, community and leadership at a Northern New Mexico Community College; student development theory; qualitative new paradigm scholarship; critical, cultural photoethnographic research; women and leadership; and ethnic identity.

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Chayla Haynes Davison

Assistant Professor

Previous Professional Experience:

  • Director, Student Affairs and Career Services, Argosy University
  • Director, Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Associate Director, Orientation and Family Programs, George Mason University

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Denver
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Elon University

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Research Interests: Examining the effects of racism on college student persistence among racially minoritized students, the operation fo power and privilege in college teaching, and applications of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to postsecondary educational context.

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Katrina Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Katrina Rodriguez

  • Currently serving as Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • M.Ed., Northern Arizona University
  • B.A., Northern Arizona University

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Research Interests: Education & Latina/o communities, Chicana feminism; women's leadership; leadership in ethnic communities; issues of body image, beauty, and the body politic. Current research project: Transformational Experiences in Leadership and Learning

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Gabriel Serna

Assistant Professor

Gabe Serna

Previous Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment, University of Kentucky
  • Director of Programming for Residence Life, New Mexico State University

Education:

  • Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
  • M.P.P., University of Kentucky
  • B.B.A., New Mexico State University

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Research Interests: Higher education economics and finance, budgeting and planning in higher education, student price responsiveness, college choice, philosophy of social science and economic theory, quantitative methodology and applied econometrics.

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Tamara Yakaboski

Associate Professor

Previous Professional Experience:

  • Director, Park Student Union and Programming, Arizona Student Unions, University of Arizona
  • Board Member (Faculty Liaison), NASPA Technology Knowledge Community and CPAC (College Personnel Association of Colorado) 
  • Board of Trustees Member-at-Large (elected), Association of College Unions International (ACUI)
  • Lead Faculty for Kenyan Higher Education Study Abroad trip
  • Former English as a Second Language instructor, Sogang Language Program, Sogang University in South Korea

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of Arizona
  • B.A., Louisiana Tech University

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Research Interests: Student affairs in the U.S. and internationally; international higher education: students and faculty; women and higher education: students, administrative staff, and faculty; and intersections of race, class, and gender in higher education.

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