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Crystal E. Garcia

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Higher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017
M.S., Higher Education Administration, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2012
B. S., Speech Communications, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2008

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Dr. Crystal E. Garcia’s research critically examines the mechanisms by which racially minoritized college students experience campus environments, specifically focusing on campus climates and the role of student affairs in student experiences. Dr. Garcia is a 2021-2023 ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designee and was awarded the 2020 NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community Outstanding Faculty Award, the 2018 AERA Hispanic Research Issues SIG Dissertation of the Year Award, and the 2018 ACPA Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award. Her work has been published in journals including The Journal of College Student Development, The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Dr. Garcia is the co-chair of the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation’s Mentor-Protégé Program, a member of the ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation Directorate, and a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the College Student Affairs Journal. Her current research projects include a critical analysis of anti-racist practice in sorority and fraternity life, an examination of the experiences of Queer People of Color in culturally-based fraternities and sororities, and an exploration of ways student affairs professionals articulate and enact commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 Prior to her role at Nebraska, Dr. Garcia served as an Assistant Professor of Administration of Higher Education at Auburn University. She also previously worked in several capacities within student affairs and taught high school speech and debate. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies specializing in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Originally from Texas, she also obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce.



Areas of Expertise

  • Minoritized college students
  • Critical and post-structural frameworks
  • Social justice and equity in higher education
  • Campus environments
  • Student affairs
  • Sorority and fraternity life
  • College Students in America
  • Higher Education in America

Dr. Garcia's current research projects include a critical content analysis of how culturally-based fraternities and sororities are represented on institutional FSL websites, an examination of the experiences of Queer People of Color in culturally-based fraternities and sororities, and an exploration of ways student affairs professionals articulate and enact commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2021-2023, ACPA Emerging Scholar- Designee 2020, NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community Outstanding Faculty Award2019, Auburn University Multicultural Greek Council Faculty Advisor of the Year2019-2020, NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy Region III Representative2018, Dissertation of the Year Award, AERA Hispanic Research Issues SIG2018, Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award, ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation2016, Hutchinson Fellowship, UNL Department of Educational Administration2015, ASHE Graduate Student Travel Scholarship2015, Dr. Joe V Aguilar Fellowship, UNL Department of Educational Administration
Experience
2020-Present, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2017 – 2020, Assistant Professor, Administration of Higher Education, Auburn University2014 – May 2017, Research Assistant, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2014, Graduate Assistant, Office of New Student Enrollment, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2013, Coordinator of Student Activities, Rayburn Student Center, Texas A&M University-Commerce2012-2013, Graduate Assistant of Student Activities, Rayburn Student Center, Texas A&M University-Commerce2008-2012, Teacher, Caddo Mills High School
Memberships
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher EducationAmerican Educational Research Association (AERA)ACPA: College Student Educators International