Nydia C. Sanchez

Nydia C. Sanchez
Phone: (619) 260-8839
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 275C

Assistant Professor

  • PhD, University of North Texas, Higher Education
  • MS, University of North Texas, Higher Education
  • BS, Texas A&M University, Economics

Nydia C. Sánchez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education with the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego and a Faculty Affiliate with the Project M.A.L.E.S. Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Sánchez specializes in race, ethnicity, and higher education. Her areas of interest include Latinxs, minority-serving institutions & community colleges, qualitative research methods, and feminist pedagogies. Her applied scholarship focuses on the following interdisciplinary and pedagogical areas: 1) critically examining the structures that shape the educational and career pathways of Latinxs and other marginalized populations and 2) using innovative pedagogies and research methodologies that promote educational equity and success. Her work has been published in Qualitative Inquiry, the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, and the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine
Dr. Sánchez teaches graduate courses in several related areas: race/gender/culture in higher education, college student development theory using critical frameworks, and contemporary issues in students affairs & higher education leadership. She also teaches the year-long higher education professional development seminars for graduate assistants in the University of San Diego Student Affairs / SOLES Collaborative (SASC) Program.
Dr. Sánchez has received various teaching and research accolades in her academic career. In 2020, she was one of three faculty members recognized as Faculty of the Year in the School of Leadership & Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. In 2016, she received the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. She has also been recognized as an AERA Division J Emerging Scholar, an AERA Carlos J. Vallejo Research Fellow, an AAHHE Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Fellow, and an HSF Gates Millennium Scholar.
Prior to coming to the University of San Diego, Dr. Sánchez was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Texas at Austin working in partnership with the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. Throughout her doctoral studies, Dr. Sánchez worked with several nonprofit higher education associations, including the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS). Having spent over a decade in higher education, her professional experience spans a variety of functional areas, including college access programs, parent and family outreach, multicultural affairs, men of color initiatives, community engagement & strategic partnerships, career services, and faculty research & support.
Dr. Sánchez was born and raised in the sister cities of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas. She is the oldest of five children and was the first person in her family to go to college. Her commitment to equity-driven scholarship, teaching, and service stems from her personal experience as a transborder student in K-12 and as a low-income, first-generation college student. Dr. Sánchez earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2017 from the University of North Texas, where she also completed a M.S. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs in 2011. She earned a B.S. in Economics in 2008 from Texas A&M University - College Station.

Areas of Expertise

Higher education, Latina/o/x college students , first-generation college students

Office Hours

Section 01
1/27 - 5/16 W 12:30 pm - 6:30 pmTBD - Zoom Only