Iowa State University
Originally from Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, Dr. Susana Muñoz is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at Colorado State University (CSU). She is also a Faculty Affiliate appointment with the Ethnic Studies Program. Her scholarly interests center on the experiences of underserved populations in higher education. Specifically, she focuses her research on issues of access, identity, and college persistence for undocumented Latina/o students, while employing perspectives such as Latino critical race theory, Chicana feminist epistemology, and college persistence theory to identify and deconstruct issues of power and inequities as experienced by these populations. Her first book “Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists”
(Peter Lang Publishing) highlights the lives of 13 activists who grapple with their legality as a salient identity. She received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Latina/o Knowledge Community through the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators in recognition of her outstanding research and teaching as a faculty member. Dr. Muñoz received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University. Her dissertation study received the Iowa State Research Excellence award. Most recently, she was named a Global Ambassador to the Global Access to Post-Secondary Education (GAPS) organization.
To read more about why Dr. Susana Muñoz chose to become a professor, what resources were available throughout her journey into teaching, and why she loves teaching, please follow the U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by following this link
Nominated by: Jade Silva
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