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Dr. Claudia García-Louis, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS), recently received two faculty fellowships from Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).


“I feel incredibly grateful and excited,” said García-Louis. “Being selected for these two faculty fellowships provides me with a great deal of validation and highlights the importance of my research.” 


Through REP, García-Louis received the Early Career Scholars Fellowship from an international pool of applicants. The fellowship, which is focused on the field of geography, provided her with intensive, one-on-one training on how to navigate the tenure and promotion process. García-Louis was the only higher education scholar selected for this fellowship.


“As a first generation, immigrant, Latina-mamí-scholar, the fellowship reinforced my desire to effect change within my field, and to expand the conversation to fields beyond my discipline. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of my research,” said García-Louis.


In addition, García-Louis also received the Junior Faculty Fellowship from AAHHE for her research and scholarship in the higher education field. Through the fellowship, she will be able to travel and attend the AAHHE National Conference next February, and will receive professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Dr. Victor Villarreal, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the Junior Faculty Fellowship last year.


“I am proud to be representing my department and UTSA,” said García-Louis. “When I go places, I speak about the great scholarship taking place in my department, the incredibly gifted students we have, and the pride I feel working at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which also serves a large first-generation student population.”


García-Louis’ research focuses on the AfroLatinx student experience, as well as race and ethnicity in higher education. Both fellowships, García-Louis said, will give her the opportunity to share her research with scholars from various disciplines across the United States and beyond.


“Dr. García-Louis is pushing the field forward and showcasing the scholarly excellence coming from faculty in ELPS and the college,” said Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr., professor and ELPS department chair. “Her research trajectory will be enhanced by these fellowship opportunities and we are proud that she is representing us at the national level.”


“For me, these fellowships mean that I will get to network and learn from some of the most cited voices in the field,” said García-Louis. “The fellowships provide me with a national and international platform to highlight my research contributions. It also provides an opportunity to highlight the important research being done by junior faculty, and recognizes the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the quality of faculty housed in the college.”


Learn more about Dr. Claudia García-Louis.


Learn more about the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Early Career Scholars Fellowship.


Learn more about the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Junior Faculty Fellowship.






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