Kiyama Named 2011 American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar

KiyamaJudy Marquez Kiyama, assistant professor in educational leadership, has been selected as a 2011 Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She is one of five new scholars recognized from across the nation who are emerging as contributing scholars in student affairs and higher education.
Emerging Scholars are selected annually by ACPA Senior Scholars and serve a two-year term. As an Emerging Scholar, Kiyama attended a pre-conference institute and she will present her research at the Emerging Scholar Research Symposium held at the Annual Convention.
Kiyama joined the Warner School in 2008 after receiving her doctorate in higher education from the University of Arizona, where she also worked as a student affairs professional in the areas of multicultural affairs, summer transition programs, and student involvement and leadership. Kiyama received her master’s degree, also in higher education, in 2001. In her role as a student affairs professional, Kiyama developed academic success programs for first-generation and ethnic minority college students.
Her teaching and research interests include college access, outreach, and transition with a particular focus on underrepresented students, their families, and communities. In her dissertation, she examined the funds of knowledge, capital, and educational ideologies of Mexican-American families in a university outreach program.
Currently, she is involved in a collaborative research partnership with the Ibero-American Action League that aims to better understand the school experiences of Latina/o students. Specifically, this community-based research project examines the resources that promote and the barriers that prohibit Latina/os from progressing through school. Kiyama oversees the qualitative component of the study and analyzes the implications of students’ experiences on college access and opportunity.
“Judy’s scholarly work is a remarkable example of how scholarship and community engagement can be brought together into an integrated practice concerned with making tangible steps toward a better world,” says Andrew Wall, an assistant professor in educational leadership who nominated Kiyama for this honor. “I believe that her scholarship—whether it be conceptually through her work on funds of knowledge or in her own practice of engaging communities—will be a significant contribution to ACPA and student affairs research and practice.”

Kiyama is the second Warner faculty member to receive the ACPA Emerging Scholar Award. Wall was named an Emerging Scholar in 2008.

The Emerging Scholars Program, implemented in 1999, provides promising new faculty and practitioner scholars with mentoring and support to further develop their research skills and pursue research initiatives congruent with the association’s mission and interests. ACPA is the leading comprehensive student affairs association in higher education that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. ACPA leads the student affairs profession and higher education community in providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning.

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