Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and recently served as the Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Arizona State University, “a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed”, and recently qualified as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
His works and collaborations are published in the Journal of Latinos and Education, Harvard Journal of African American Policy, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Equity & Excellence in Education, Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, and the International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education. He has various book chapters, but is proud of his book collaboration published in 2018 with co-editors Melissa A. Martinez and Fernando Valle: Latino Educational Leadership: Serving Latino Communities and Preparing Latinx Leaders Across the P-20 Pipeline. More importantly, Dr. Rodríguez provided an expert report/testimony on equity and achievement in the educational opportunity case Martinez v. New Mexico, conjoined with Yazzie v. NM., which finalized a decision in favor of families and children in 2019, and was also contracted in a school finance case for Bilingual students in Tennessee.
In 2016 Dr. Rodríguez was recognized with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Faculty Honors by the U.S. Dept. of Education and was 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. He served as the Chair of the Charles H. Thompson Lecture-Colloquium Committee in the School of Education while at Howard University, which annually highlights nationally recognized scholars in the education of Black students in coordination with the Journal of Negro Education. As an active member of the American Education Research Association and with the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), he has continuously served with mentoring efforts for graduate students and early career faculty, including as a former Associate Director of Graduate Student Development from 2010-2013 for UCEA. Dr. Rodríguez served a 3-year elected term to the Executive Committee of UCEA in 2019 and served on the Program Review Audit Committee with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), and was appointed in 2021 to the Board of Directors for the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education. Most recently Dr. Rodríguez has been appointed as a Commissioner to the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics/Latinos at the White House.