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Courses of Instruction
Fall 2013: Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (EDA 381P)
Fall 2013: Pro-Seminar, Comprehensive Exploration of P-16 (EDA 388S)
Spring 2014: Survey Research Methods in Postsecondary Education (EDA 383)

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Educational Administration
1912 Speedway D5400
Austin, TX 78712-1604
UT Mail Code: D5400

Full Vita
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Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, and he is a Fellow in the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership (2013-14). He also holds a faculty appointment with the UT Center for Mexican American Studies, and since 2008 he has been a Faculty Fellow with the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Dr. Sáenz has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and also has three book projects underway, including one on Latino males in higher education (Stylus Publishing). His current research on this topic examines their experiences at both two-year and four-year institutions as they navigate their college pathways.

In fall 2010 Dr. Saenz began an award-winning initiative called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a research and mentoring effort based within DDCE at the University of Texas at Austin. Project MALES has received state and national acclaim due to its innovative intergenerational approach to mentoring young Latino males. In June 2013 the project launched a new statewide initiative called the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, Funded by two new grant awards from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) and TG, this new collaborative focuses on improving Hispanic and African American male student success across the state of Texas. The Consortium seeks to align and coordinate existing programs and services that target underrepresented male students across the education continuum, and it further seeks to stimulate new male-focused initiatives within Texas colleges and universities. The Consortium members will include two-year and four-year institutions across the state as well as a few public school districts.

Dr. Saenz has received several notable accolades in his academic career. In 2009 he was named by Diverse Magazine as “One of 25 to Watch” diversity leaders in American higher education. In fall 2010, he was recognized as one of seven “ING Professors of Excellence” among over two thousand faculty members at the University of Texas. Over the years, he has been quoted and cited in numerous news stories, policy reports, and scholarly publications, and his research work on Latino males in higher education continues to gain national attention. He is a member of two distinguished editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals in his field, and he is an active member of several national associations focused on higher education issues, including ASHE, AERA, AIR, AAHHE, and TACHE. He has spoken about his research and programmatic work on Capitol Hill and at conferences across the country, and he continues to work closely with the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the College Board’s Policy and Advocacy Center on their campaigns to raise awareness about the crisis facing young men of color in Education.

Dr. Saenz has extensive service responsibilities at the local and national level. Within his department, he is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Program in Higher Education Leadership, and he was recenlty elected as chair of the EDA graduate studies committee. At the university level, Dr. Saenz is the chair of the Committee on Financial Aid for Students, which reports to the UT Faculty Council. At the national level, Dr. Saenz is serving an elected two-year appointment (2013-2015) as Secretary of Division J within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Dr. Saenz received his PhD from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change with a focus on access, equity, and diversity issues in post-secondary education. Dr. Saenz was a Spencer Foundation pre‚Äźdoctoral fellow while at UCLA, where he also completed a Master’s in Education in 2002. He also received a Master’s degree in Public Affairs (1999) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Saenz was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and he is proud graduate of La Joya High School.


Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles (2005)

M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles (2002)

M.PAff., LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin (1999)

B.A., Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin (1996)

Representative Publications

Saenz, V.B., Bukoski, B., Lu, C., & Rodriguez, S. (Forthcoming). Latino males in Texas community colleges: A phenomenological study of masculinity constructs and their effect on college experiences. Journal of African American Males in Education (fall 2013).

Reddick, R.J. & Saenz, V.B. (2012). Coming home: Hermanos académicos reflect on paths and present realities as professors at their alma maters. Harvard Educational Review, 82, 3, 353-380.

Saenz, V.B., Hatch, D., Bukoski, B., Kim, S., Lee, K., & Valdez, P. (2011). Community college student engagement patterns: A typology revealed through exploratory cluster analysis. Forthcoming in the Community College Review, 39, 3: 235 – 267.

Saenz, V.B. & Wasielewski, M. (2011). Natural advantages? Texas higher education funding and financial aid. Enrollment Management Journal (Spring 2011): 120-131.

Saenz, V.B. (2010). Breaking the segregation cycle: Examining students’ pre-college racial environments and college diversity experiences. Review of Higher Education, 34, 1:1-37.

Saenz, V.B., Ngai, H.N. & Hurtado, S. (2007). Factors influencing positive interactions across race for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and White college students. Research in Higher Education, 48, 1, 1-38.

Recent Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, National Hispanic Institute (2013)
  • Corazon Award, Con Mi Madre, UT-Austin (2013)
  • I.N.G. Professor of Excellence, UT-Austin Graduate School (Fall 2010)
  • "Top 25 to Watch" Diverse Leaders in Higher Education, Diverse Magazine (May 2009)
  • Faculty Fellow, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (March 2009)
  • Spencer Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (UCLA, 2001-2004)

Current Research Projects and Grants

Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color; funded by the Greater Texas Foundation & TG; 2013-2016

Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success); 2010-ongoing

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) research study focused on Latinos at Community Colleges; 2011-2012

ENCORE College Readiness research project, Rio Grande Valley (partners: Gates Foundation, Texas Valley Communities Foundation); 2008-2010

Latina/o College Access in the South Texas Border Region (sponsor: UT Center for Collaborative Educational Research and Policy); 2007-2008

Research Interests and Expertise

Higher education policy issues; Educational benefits of racial/ethnic diversity; Desegregation issues; Access, transition, and retention issues for underrepresented college students, especially Latino males in higher education; Policy impacts of affirmative action and remedial education policies; Assessment issues in higher education (learning outcomes)

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (2012- current)
  • Editorial Board Member, College Student Affairs Journal (2010-current)
  • Secretary, Division J, American Educational Research Association (2013-2015)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)