Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela Cuellar
Assistant Professor

Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014 as an assistant professor in higher education & leadership. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her research focuses on Latino student access and success in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and the development of emerging HSIs.

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, 2012, PhD, Education (Higher Education and Organizational Change
  • University of San Diego, 2007, MA, Higher Education Leadership
  • Stanford University, 2000, BA, Psychology and Spanish

Professional Appointments

2014 – present: University of California, Davis – School of Education, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Leadership 

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles: 2014 – present
University of California, Los Angeles, Research Associate

Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice: 2011 – 2013
University of Southern California, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI): 2007 – 2011
University of California, Los Angeles, Research Analyst                                

Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI): 2006 – 2007, University of San Diego, Graduate Assistant                                    

K-12 Experience

Upward Bound, San Diego State University Pre-College Institute: 2002 – 2006, Counselor

The Girls’ Middle School: 2000 – 2002, Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Teaching Experience

University of California, Los Angeles

Organizational Analysis of Higher Education
Fundamentals of the U.S. Higher Education System with Dr. Sylvia Hurtado

California State University, San Bernardino                    

Systems of Higher Education
Research Seminar
Quantitative Coach

California State University, Channel Islands                    

First Year Seminar – University Experience

Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

García, G.A., & Cuellar, M. (In press). Exploring curricular and co-curricular effects on civic engagement at emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions.  Teachers College Record.

Cuellar, M., & Johnson-Ahorlu, R.N. (2016).  Examining the complexity of the campus racial climate at a Hispanic Serving community college. Community College Review, 44(2), 135-152.

Cuellar, M. (2014).  The impact of Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), emerging HSIs, and non-HSIs on Latina/o academic self-concept.  The Review of Higher Education, 37(4), 499-530.

Hurtado, S., Alvarez, C.L., Guillermo-Wann, C., Cuellar, M., & Arellano, L. (2012).  A model for diverse learning environments:  The scholarship on creating and assessing conditions for student success. In J. C. Smart, M. B. Paulsen (eds.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 27, 41-122.

Hurtado, S., Cuellar, M., & Guillermo-Wann, C. (2011). Quantitative measures of students’ sense of validation: Advancing the study of diverse learning environments. Enrollment Management Journal, 5 (2), 53-71.

Hurtado, S., Griffin, K.A., Arellano, L., & Cuellar, M. (2008).  Assessing the value of climate assessments:  Progress and future directionsJournal of Diversity in Higher Education, Special Issue, 1(4), 204-221.

Book Chapters, Reports, and Other Publications

Gándara, P., & Cuellar, M. (2016). The baccalureate in the California Community College: Current challenges & future prospects.  Los Angeles, CA: The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles.

Cuellar, M.  (2015). Latina/o student characteristics and outcomes at four-year Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), emerging HSIs, and non-HSIs. In A.M. Núñez, S. Hurtado, & E. Calderón-Galdeano (Eds.), Hispanic-Serving institutions: Advancing research and transformative practice (pp. 101-120). New York, NY: Routledge.

Cuellar, M. (2012).  Hispanic-serving institutions.  In J.A. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of diversity in education.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Ziskin, M., Lucido, J., Zerquera, D., Chung, E., Torres, V., Cuellar, M., & Hossler, D. (2012). Securing the future: Retention models in community college (Study of Community College Structures for Student Success, SCCSSS).  Reston, VA:  The College Board.

Research Conference Presentations

Cuellar, M. (November, 2014).  Exploring the Factors Influencing Latina/o Enrollment at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Emerging HSIs, and Non-HSIs.  Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Washington, DC.

Cuellar, M. (April, 2014).  Better Serving Latina/os by Understanding Student Experiences at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), emerging HSIs and non-HSIs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Cuellar, M., & Johnson-Ahorlu, R.N. (November, 2013).  Exploring Perceptions of the Campus Climate through a Mixed-method Approach.  Paper presented at the Council on Ethnic Participation pre-conference at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.

Cuellar, M.  (April, 2013).  Social Agency among Latina/o College Students at Hispanic-Serving institutions (HSIs), emerging HSIs, and non-HSIs.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Cuellar, M., Chung, E., & Lucido, J.A. (November, 2012).  College Access and Success Assessment:  A Conceptual Framework for Assessing College-Going Culture.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.

Chung, E., & Cuellar, M. (April, 2012).  College-Going Culture and College Access among African American Students.  Pre-Conference session at the College Board’s A Dream Deferred Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Cuellar, M., Arellano, L., & Guillermo-Wann, C.  (March, 2012).  Latina/o College Access, Campus Climate, and Degree Completion: Considering Differences between Ethnic Groups and Multiracial Latina/os.  Concurrent session at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Costa Mesa, CA.

Cuellar, M.  (November, 2011). Community Cultural Wealth in Higher Education:  Latina/os at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and non-HSIs.  Roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Cuellar, M.  (April, 2011). The Validation of Latina/os at an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Yamamura, E., Ozuna, T., Cuellar, M., & Cortez, L. (March, 2011).  Institution Matters: Fostering Latin@ Student Development at HSIs.  Concurrent session at the NASPA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Yamamura, E., Cortez, L., Cuellar, M., & Ozuna, T. (March, 2011).  Increasing Latina/o Students’ Access and Success:  Exploring Hispanic-Serving Institutions.  Concurrent session at the ACPA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kamimura-Jimenez, M., Ortega, N., Cuellar, M., & Valdez, P.  (March, 2011).  Out of Bounds: Defining Shifts in Identity, Expectation, Culture, and Mentorship for Latino Doctoral Students.  Concurrent session at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, San Antonio, TX.

Hurtado, S., Cuellar, M., & Alvarez, C.  (October, 2010).  Campus Climate, Effective Practices, and Student Outcomes in Diverse Learning Environments.  Concurrent session at the American Association of Colleges & Universities’ Conference on Diversity and Learning, Houston, TX.

Kamimura-Jimenez, M., Ortega, N., Cuellar, M., & Valdez, P.  (September, 2010).  Redefining the Journey: Navigating Mentorship, Identity, Expectation and Culture for Doctoral Students in Higher Education.  Concurrent session at the annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, San Diego, CA.

Cuellar, M. (May, 2010).  Latina/o Student Perceptions of the Campus Racial Climate at an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Cuellar, M. (March, 2010).  Organizational Identity and its Relationship to Latina/o Student Experiences at an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution.  Concurrent session at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Costa Mesa, CA.

Barrera, D., Rodriguez, E., Alvarez. C. L., Arellano, L., Cuellar, M., Lorch, T., & McDonough, P. (November, 2009). Access and Success for America’s Emerging Majority: The Individual, Organizational, and Institutional Contexts of Latina/os in Higher Education. Symposia presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver B.C., Canada.

Hurtado, S., Cuellar, M., Alvarez, C., Wann, C.G., & Arellano, L.  (November, 2009).  Diverse Learning Environments:  Creating and Assessing Conditions for Student Success. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Hurtado, S., Arellano, L., Wann, C., Cuellar, M., Alvarez, C., & Colin, L.  (June, 2009).  Student Perceptions and Experiences in the First Year of College.  Paper presented at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum, Atlanta, GA.

Hurtado, S., Cuellar, M., Alvarez, C., & Colin, L.  (May, 2009).  Assessing Diverse Learning Environments: Integrating Assessments of Campus Climate, Practices, and Outcomes.  Concurrent session at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, San Diego, CA.

Cuellar, M.  (April, 2009). Beyond the Baccalaureate: The Impact of College on the
PhD and EdD Degree Aspirations of Latina/o and White Students.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Hurtado, S., Griffin, K.A., Arellano, L., & Cuellar, M.  (October, 2008).  Charting the Future of Diversity Assessments:  Integrating Assessments of Campus Climate, Practices and Outcomes.  Presented at the American Association of Colleges & Universities’ Conference on Diversity and Learning, Long Beach, CA.

Griffin, K.A., Arellano, L., & Cuellar, M.  (June, 2008).  Weaving Diversity into the Fabric of Higher Education: Assessing Campus Climates, Practices and Outcomes. Concurrent session at the American College Personnel Association Assessment Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Hurtado, S., Griffin, K.A., Arellano, L., & Cuellar, M.  (May, 2008).  Assessing the Value of Climate Assessments:  Progress and Future Directions.  Scholarly paper presented at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum, Seattle, WA.                         

Fellowships and Awards

2013

First Place Winner of the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Competition,  American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS)

2012

National Data Institute Fellow, Washington, D.C.,

2010 – 2011

Graduate Research Mentorship Award, University of California, Los Angeles   

Latino Alumni Association Fellowship , University of California, Los Angeles

2007 – 2010

California Strawberry Commission Fellowship                       

2009

Summer Research Mentorship Award, University of California, Los Angeles   

2007 – 2008

Helen Astin Fellowship, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies   

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Stanford Alumni Association    
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