Dr. Luis Ponjuan received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from University of Michigan in 2005. He joined the Educational Administration and Human Resources Development Department as an Associate Professor in 2012. He is the Research Director of the IDEAL (Investing in Diversity, Equity, Access, and Learning) research project. He teaches undergraduate courses in Human Resources Development and graduate courses in Higher Education. He has also graduated 12 doctoral students and over 50 masters students. His social justice research agenda focuses on Latino male students, Faculty members of color, and STEM learning outcomes. He has received over 1.6 million in external and internal research funding from the TG Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. He has met President Obama and Vice President Biden and spoken at the White House for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence. He serves on the editorial board for the ASHE Higher Education Report Series. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles, an edited book, and national policy briefs. He has received the 2016 CEHD Climate award, 2014 CEHD Outstanding New Faculty Award, the 2014 CEHD Aggies Commit to Transforming Lives Administrative Fellowship, and the 2010 SAGE Publications most downloaded journal article award.
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*
1. Ponjuan, L., (2016). Collaborative Consciousness: Improving Latino Male Student Research, Policy, and Practice. Saenz, V, Ponjuan, L., & Figueroa, J. (Eds). Latino Males in Higher Education. Stylus Publishing.
2. Saenz, V.B., Ponjuan, L., Figueroa, J. L. (2016). Current Trends and Future outlooks on the pervasive gender gap in Educational attainment for Latino males. Latino Males in Higher Education. Stylus Publishing
3. Ponjuan, L., (2016). Latino males in American high schools: An examination of the 2012 High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS: 2012). Saenz, V, Ponjuan, L., & Figueroa, J. (Eds). Latino Males in Higher Education. Stylus Publishing
4. Saenz, V. B., Ponjuan, L., Segovia, J. and Del Real Viramontes, J. (2015), Developing a Latino Mentoring Program: Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success). New Directions for Higher Education, 2015: 751385. doi: 10.1002/he.20144
5. Ponjuan, L., Palomin, L., & Calise, A. (2015). Latino Male Ethnic Subgroups: Patterns in College Enrollment and Degree Completion. New Directions for Higher Education, 2015(172), 59-69.
6. Ponjuan, L., Saenz, V. (2015). Mexican American Males19 Pathways to Higher Education: Awareness to Achievement. Zambrana, R.E., Hurtado, S. (Eds). The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans from K-12 to College and Beyond. University of Texas Press
7. Ponjuan, L. (2013). Awareness into Action: Helping Latino students succeed in Texas Higher Education. The Journal for the Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators.
8. Clark, M., Ponjuan, L., Orrock, J., Wilson, T., & Flores, G. (2013). Supports and Barriers for Latino Males’ Educational Pursuits: Perceptions of Counselors and Administrators. Journal of Counseling and Development. 91(4) 458-466
9. Saenz, V. B., Ponjuan, L. (2012). Latino Males: Improving College Access and Degree Completion: A New National Imperative. AAHHE, Educational Testing Services, and University of Texas-San Antonio
* Publication was joint-authored with students
College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)
REU SITE: Astronomical Research and Instrumentation at Texas A&M. (Co-I)
2016/09/01 - 2019/08/31
Total Funding: 41,048.
Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. (PI)
University of Texas at Austin-Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (Private)
2016/09/01 - 2017/08/31
Total Funding: 13,630.
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Creating Institutional Capacity Building Tools and Activities. (PI)
Greater Texas Foundation (Private)
2016/09/01 - 2019/08/31
Total Funding: 492,215.
College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Former)
Texas A&M Astronomy NSF-REU Program Assessment. (PI)
TAMU Honors and Undergraduate Research Office (State)
2014/05/01 - 2016/08/31
Total Funding: 13,000.
Texas Higher Education Consortium for Male Student Success. (PI)
University of Texas at Austin - Greater Texas Foundation (Private)
2013/06/01 - 2016/08/31
Total Funding: 243,983.
Editorial Board Member (2013 - 2014). Journal of Student Financial Aid