Cinthya Salazar

Cinthya Salazar

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cinthya Salazar received her Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland in 2020 and joined the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development department at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor during the same year. Dr. Salazar teaches graduate level courses in higher education administration and qualitative research methodologies. She is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), serving as a selected member for the Presidential Commission for Undocumented and DACAmented Students.

Dr. Salazar’s research focuses on the mechanisms used by undocumented students to access, persist, and succeed in higher education. Through her scholarship, she seeks to generate localized retention theories and student success models which can potentially reduce minoritized students’ college attrition. Dr. Salazar’s research and pedagogy are informed by her former experiences as a higher education administrator. She worked as a student affairs professional for over eight years, primarily in student retention and success programs. Dr. Salazar continues to be an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), supporting practitioners committed to creating equitable learning environments for minoritized students.


  • Undocumented students with and without DACA
  • Minoritized students’ success in higher education
  • College access and retention
  • Participatory action research


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