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Fernandez, Frank

Assistant Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-705C Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4331
Fax: 352-846-2697

Research Biography

Frank Fernandez is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration & Policy and affiliate faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies at University of Florida. He writes about educational equity and policy issues. Fernandez has authored or co-authored articles published, or accepted by, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Higher Education, among others. His research has been funded by groups such as Arnold Ventures, Spencer Foundation, and William T. Grant Foundation.


Ph.D. in Higher Education, 2017
The Pennsylvania State University

M.A. in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, 2011
Stanford University

B.A. in Political Science, 2010
University of San Diego

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Florida, 2021-present

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, The University of Mississippi, 2019-2021

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Houston, 2017-2019

Activities and Honors

Academic Freedom Research Fellowship. Scholars at Risk Network and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2022

Book of the Year Award (Edited Volume Category), American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, 2022

Member-at-Large, Executive Committee of the Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2019-2021

First-Place Winner of the Outstanding Dissertation Competition, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, 2018

Award for Significant Research in International Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on International Higher Education, 2017

Selected Grants

Principal Investigator, Spencer Foundation Small Grant Program ($49,964)

Principal Investigator, Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($298,136)

Principal Investigator, Spencer Foundation Conference Grant Program ($50,000)

Co-Principal Investigator, William T. Grant Foundation ($49,991)

Co-Investigator, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) State Authorization Research Funding Program ($17,500)

Principal Investigator, AccessLex Institute and the Association for Institutional Research Grant Program ($46,722)

Selected Publications


Coulson, H. L., Zou, Y., & Fernandez, F. (2022). Transformational university leadership: A case study for 21st century leaders and aspirational research universities. Emerald Publishing.

Ro, H. K., Fernandez, F., & Ramon, E. (Eds.). (2022). Gender equity in STEM in higher education: International perspectives on policy, institutional culture, and individual choice. Routledge.

Gonzalez, E. M., Fernandez, F., & Wilson, M. (Eds.). (2021). An asset-based approach to advancing Latina students in STEM: Increasing resilience, participation, and success. Routledge.

LaBanc, B. H., Fernandez, F., Hutchens, N., & Melear, K. B. (2020). The contested campus: Aligning professional values, social justice, and free speech. NASPA.

Powell, J. J. W., Baker, D. P., & Fernandez, F. (Eds.). (2017). The century of science: The global triumph of the research university (Vol. 33). Emerald Publishing. (Reprinted in paperback in 2019)

Book Chapters

Fernandez, F., & Powell, J. J.W. (in press). Neo-institutional approaches to understanding how higher education transforms society and the world of work. In J. Cote & S. Pickard (Eds.), Routledge handbook of the sociology of higher education (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Fernandez, F., & Butcher, C. (in press). Persistence, retention, completion, and student success. In G. McClellan & J. Kiyama (Eds.), The handbook of student affairs administration (5th ed.). Jossey-Bass.

Fernandez, F., & Hutchens, N. H. (in press). Regulating research—IRBs, intellectual property, and governmental controls. In P. F. Lake (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of U.S. higher education law. Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

Fernandez, F., Mason, S., Saetermoe, C. L., & Chavira, G. (In Press). Evaluating mentorship programs: Survey items for improving student affairs practice. Journal of College Student Development.

Fernandez, F., Ro, H. K., & Wilson, M. (2022). The color of law school: Examining gender and race intersectionality in law school admissions. American Journal of Education, 128(3).

Fernandez, F. (2021). Turnout for what?: Do colleges prepare informed voters? Educational Researcher, 50(9), 677-678.

Fernandez, F., Coulson, H. L., & Zou, Y. (2021). Leading in the eye of a storm: How one team of administrators exercised disaster resilience. Higher Education, 83(4), 929-944. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00716-5

Hu, X., Fernandez, F., & Gandara, D. (2020). Are donations bigger in Texas?  Analyzing the impact of a policy to match donations to Texas’ emerging research universities. American Educational Research Journal, 58(4), 850-882. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831220968947

Fernandez, F. (2019). What’s money got to do with it? An examination of the relationships between sources of financial support and the post-graduation career plans of Latina and Latino doctoral students in the social sciences. The Review of Higher Education, 43(1), 143-168. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2019.0093

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