Felisha Herrera

Assistant Professor
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Credentials: 
PhD, Higher Education & Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Higher Education & Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Educational Leadership, University of New Mexico
BA, English/Educational Linguistics, University of New Mexico
AAS, Business, University of New Mexico, Taos
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Biography

Felisha Herrera is an assistant professor in the Community College Leadership Program, Adult Education & Higher Education Leadership at Oregon State University. Herrera earned her Ph.D. in Education (with an emphasis in Higher Education & Organizational Change) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her dissertation titled Community College Pathways: A Multilevel Examination of Institutional Roles in Student Outcomes” utilized advanced quantitative methods to identify effective institutional efforts that promote student persistence and attainment. While at UCLA, she served as a research analyst for the Higher Education Research Institute, as a co-investigator with a large NIH/NSF funded research study examining the barriers to and facilitators of underrepresented racial minority students’ pathways toward research careers in STEM fields. Herrera’s scholarship is enhanced by her vast research experience and is informed by her educational trajectory and eight years of professional experience in student affairs and administration within the two- and four-year sectors of higher education, and as a collegiate part-time faculty member.
To inform organizational and system-wide change, her research employs a critical examination of institutional structures, processes, and policies with a specific emphasis on promoting postsecondary outcomes for underrepresented racial minority students.  She has developed this research agenda through several strands of scholarship including a focus on the two-year colleges; student mobility; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  Recently, her research interests have merged to explore the policy implications and role of community colleges the STEM pipeline. She is published in top tier, peer-reviewed, educational journals, such as the American Educational Research Journal and Review of Higher Education andhas given over 40 conference presentations nationally.
Courses Taught:
    •  AHE 599 Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research II
    •  AHE 612 Research Perspectives in Education
    •  AHE 614 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Education
    •  AHE 640 Community College Administration

Selected Publications:
Herrera, F.A., Garibay, J. C., Garcia, G. A., & Johnston, M. P. (2013).  Documenting Attitudes toward Undocumented Immigrant Access to Public Education: A Multilevel Analysis. The Review of Higher Education 36(4), 513-550.
Eagan, M. K., Hurtado, S., Chang, M. J., Garcia, G. A., Herrera, F. A., & Garibay, J. C. (2013). Making a Difference in Science Education: The Impact of Undergraduate Research Programs. American Educational Research Journal. doi: 10.3102/0002831213482038  
Chávez, A. F., Ke, F., & Herrera, F. A. (2012). Clan, Sage, and Sky: Indigenous, Hispano, and Mestizo Narratives of Learning in New Mexico Context. American Educational Research Journal. 49(4), 775-806. doi: 10.3102/0002831212441498   
Garcia, G. A., Johnston, M. P., Garibay, J. C. Herrera, F. A., & Giraldo, L. G. (2011). When Parties Become Racialized: Deconstructing Racially Themed Parties. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 48(1), 1–17.
Chávez, A.F.; Ke, F. & Herrera, F.A. (2010). Experiences of Online Learners across Culture and Age. In R. Herrera’s, Innovations and Issues in International Higher Education, University of Guadalajara Press, Mexico.

Selected Presentations:
Herrera, F.A. (2013, April). Charting Community College Pathways in System-wide Efforts to Promote College Persistence & Attainment in STEM National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Herrera, F.A. (2012, November). Analyzing Community College Populations through the Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) and the Postsecondary Education Transcript Studies (PETS).  Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Herrera, F. A. & Ayon, C. (2012, April). The Role of Community Colleges in STEM Pathways. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver B.C.
Herrera, F. A., Hurtado, S., Garcia, G. A., & Gasiewski, J. (2012, April). A Model for Redefining STEM Identity For Talented STEM Graduate Students. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver B.C.
Eagan, M.K., Hurtado, S., Garibay, J., & Herrera, F. A. (2012, April). Accentuating Advantage: Developing Science Identity during College. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver B.C.
Herrera, F.A. & Reyes McGovern, E. (2012, April). Demystifying Myths: The Cultural Wealth of Latina Single Motherscholars. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver B.C.
Herrera, F.A. (2011, November). Institutional Contexts among Two-year Colleges: A Multilevel Examination of the Community College Pathway. Association for the Study of Higher Education.  Charlotte, NC.
Herrera, F.A., Hurtado, S., & Chang, M. (2011, November). Maintaining Career Aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among College Students. Association for the Study of Higher Education.  Charlotte, NC.
Herrera, F.A., Garibay, J. C., Garcia, G. A., & Johnston, M. P. (2011, November). Documenting Attitudes Toward the Undocumented: A Multi-level Analysis of Student Views on Denying Undocumented Immigrants Access to Public Education. Association for the Study of Higher Education.  Charlotte, NC.
Herrera, F.A., Richardson, F. M. & Garibay, J. (2011, June). The Role of Policy in Constructing Values of Inclusion: A Critical Analysis of Hate/Bias Motivated Incident Reporting Procedures. National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education.  San Francisco, CA.
Tran, M.C., Herrera, F.A., & Garibay, J. (2011, June). When Science Lacks Diversity and Social Relevance, Can Students be Objective Scientists and Still be Themselves? National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education.  San Francisco, CA.
Eagan, M.K., Herrera, F.A. Hurtado, S., & Garibay, J.  (2011, June).  Faculty Support Networks: Promoting Meaningful Interactions in STEM. Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum. Toronto, Ontario.
Gasiewski, J., Herrera, F.A., & Mosqueda, C. (2011, June).  The Pathway to Loneliness: When Institutional Support Really Matters for STEM Graduate Students. Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum. Toronto, Ontario.
Herrera, F.A. (2011, April). The Influence of Institutional Characteristics on the Community College Pathway: Examining the Two- year Institutional Context.  Council for the Study of Community Colleges Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Herrera, F.A. & Hurtado, S. (2011, April). Maintaining Initial Interests: Developing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Aspirations Among Underrepresented Racial Minority Students. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Eagan, M.K., Herrera, F.A. & Hurtado, S. (2011, April). Crashing the Gate: Identifying Alternative Measures of Student Learning in Introductory Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Courses. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Tran, M.C., Herrera, F.A., & Gasiewski, J. (2011, April). STEM Graduate Students’ Multiple Identities: How Can I Be Me and Be a Scientist? National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference. Orlando, FL.
Hurtado, S., Tran, M.C., Herrera, F.A., & Gasiewski, J. (2010, November). Exploring the Intersectionality of Science and Racial Identity through Graduate Student Experiences. Association for the Study of Higher Education.  Indianapolis, IA.
Herrera, F.A., Gasiewski, J., Tran, M.C., Hurtado, S., & Jacquez, R. (2010, October). Success Stories: How Social Identities Affect Students’ Educational Trajectories in STEM. American Association for Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting.  Houston, TX.
Eagan, M.K., Hurtado, S., & Herrera, F.A. (2010, October). Crashing the Gate: Improving Student Learning in Introductory STEM Courses. American Association for Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting.  Houston, TX.
Eagan, M.K., Garcia, G.A., Herrera, F.A., Garibay, J., Hurtado, S., & Chang, M.J. (2010, June). Making a Difference in Science Education for Underrepresented Students: The Impact of Undergraduate Research Programs. Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum. Chicago, IL.
Gasiewski, J., Tran, M.C., Herrera, F.A., Garcia, G.A., Newman, C.B. (2010, June).  Barricades, Bridges, and Programmatic Adaptation: A Multi-campus Case Study of STEM Undergraduate Research Programs. Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum. Chicago, IL.
Herrera, F.A., Chávez, A.F., & Ke, F. (2010, April). Web-Based Graduate Education: An Examination of Approaches, Pedagogy, and Student Experiences. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
Chávez, A.F., Ke, F., & Herrera, F.A. (2010, April). Cultural Constructs in Web Based Teaching and Learning. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
Chávez, A.F., Ke, F., & Herrera, F.A. (2009, November). Deconstructing Culture in Web Based Courses.  Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference, Vancouver B.C.
Chávez, A.F. Ke, F. & Herrera, F.A. (2009, April). Web-Based Teaching & Learning Across Age & Culture.  American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
Herrera, F.A. (2008, October).  Learning to Listen: Self-Reflection in Intercultural Communication. Diversity Leadership Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
De Leon, J., Herrera, F.A., & Richardson, F.M. (2009, February).  Addressing Acts of Hate on Campus.  New Mexico Higher Education Assessment & Retention Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Chávez, A.F. & Herrera, F.A.  (2008, December). Teaching and Retaining High Risk Students in College Classrooms. New Mexico Higher Education Assessment & Retention Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

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