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Cristobal Rodriguez

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Associate Dean, Inclusion and Community Engagement & Associate Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811

Cristóbal Rodríguez is the Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy studies. His research, teaching and service advocates for equity and access across the P-20 pipeline for dual language learners, Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, families and children. 

In 2016 Dr. Rodríguez was recognized with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Faculty Honors and was most recently honored as the 2019 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow with the Intercultural Development Research Association to collaborate on school finance, equity, and college readiness for Black and Latina/o/x students. Dr. Rodríguez is always happy to serve, as he serves and leads on multiple national education committees, boards and organizations in advocating for educational equity for all students. Prior to his newly appointed role, Dr. Rodríguez spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University, a Hispanic Serving Institution and his undergraduate and master’s degree alma mater; with an additional 7 blessed years thereafter at Howard University in Washington, DC, a top Historically Black College/University, as an Associate Professor and as the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Education.

Dr. Rodríguez was elected to a three-year term to the Executive Committee of UCEA in 2019 and serves on the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) Program Review Audit Committee with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) as part of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education.


PhD. Educational Policy & Planning, University of Texas at Austin

M.A. Curriculum & Instruction, New Mexico State University

B.A. Foreign Languages, New Mexico State University

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
EDA 505American Education System
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 702Transdisciplinary Seminar II