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Stephen Santa-Ramirez

Research Division 1 Tempe
SUM/WTR AP Research
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5411

While at Arizona State University (ASU), Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez (he, him, his) was a Research and Teaching Associate and is a spring 2020 graduate of the Educational Policy and Evaluation Ph.D. program. While pursuing his doctorate, Stephen simultaneously obtained a graduate certificate in Socio-Economic Justice within the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Stephen's vast experiences in higher education and student affairs include work in Multicultural Affairs, Residential Life and Housing Services, and Migrant Student Services.

Stephen has taught undergraduate courses at different institutions on leadership and social justice issues, in addition to graduate-level courses in ASU's Higher and Postsecondary Education program. Stephen's personal and professional experiences in higher education and identity as a scholar-practitioner-activist have played formative roles in the development of his research agenda, which centers the lives and knowledge of historically marginalized and economically neglected students. By employing critical and asset-based frameworks, his scholarship investigates campus racial climate, first-generation students' sense of belonging, and the various ways race, ethnicity, and im/migration inform Latinx students’ educational experiences. 

In 2019, Stephen received the Legacy of Leadership honor from West Chester University of PA, was selected as a Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and New York University's Faculty First-Look, and in 2018 he received the ACPA - College Student Educators International Latinx Network Community Advancement & Service Award. 

In fall 2020, Stephen joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Higher Education.


Ph.D., Educational Policy and Evaluation (Specialization in Higher Education), Arizona State University, 2020

Graduate Certificate, Socio-Economic Justice, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, 2019

M.A., Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University, 2013

B.A., Communication Studies, West Chester University, 2009

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
COE 501Intro to Research/Eval in Educ

Teaching Assistant/Academic Associate 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – Higher and Postsecondary Education, & Educational Policy Programs                            

  • Co-instructor and provided(s) instructional support, facilitates course discussions and grading responsibilities for three-credit masters and doctoral-level courses in hybrid, online, and face-to-face formats.

Spring 2020 - HED 689: Leadership in Higher Education (Online) 

Fall 2019 - COE 501: Intro to Research and Evaluation in Education (Online)                                                                        

Spring 2019 - HED 649: Law & Policy in Higher Education                                                                               

Fall 2018 - HED 620: Diversity in Higher Education                                                                                      

Summer 2018 - HED 598: Race and Racism in Higher Education (Hybrid)                                                                               

Fall 14’/15’ & Spring 16’  - Instructor MAVS 1000: First-Year Experience                                                                    The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX                                                                                                          

  • Full responsibility for curriculum and administering three Pass/Fail undergraduate freshman courses; rooted in student leadership theory, student development, campus resources, and transitional issues
  • Oversaw an undergraduate Peer Instructor each semester in the development and execution of each class session

Fall 2012 - Co-Instructor EAD 315: Student Leadership Training – Social Justice and Inclusion                              College of Education – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI                                                                                

  • Full responsibility for developing a curriculum and administering a 3-credit undergraduate leadership class; rooted in student leadership theory, development, and social justice
  • Instructed a course on student leadership roles, skills, and techniques consisted of the principles and demands of a democratic, multicultural society; incorporated service learning

Summer 2006 - Servant Leader Instructor                                                                                                                      Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Philadelphia, PA

  • Instructed a summer literacy and math-based program for students in grades K-8
  • Provided an opportunity to engage youth in a culturally responsive way; incorporated service learning