Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez (he, him, his) is a Research and Teaching Associate at Arizona State University (ASU), and 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. Stephen is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA), and a former Section Editor for the Current Issues in Education Journal.
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 will be joining 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
Teaching Assistant/Academic Associate
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – Higher and Postsecondary Education, & Educational Policy Programs
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
Fall 2012 - Co-Instructor – EAD 315: Student Leadership Training – Social Justice and Inclusion College of Education – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Summer 2006 - Servant Leader Instructor Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Philadelphia, PA