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Erin Doran


Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: 2666d Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 3748
Email: edoran@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Latinx student access and success in community colleges
  • Community college faculty and culturally relevant teaching
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Hispanic-enrolling institutions
  • Developmental education, reading and writing, literacies for academic success

About Me:

I am originally from El Paso, Texas, and came to Ames in 2016 by way of San Antonio, Texas. I completed my Ed.D. at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in Educational Leadership in 2015. My dissertation, entitled “’What’s Expected of Us as We Integrate Reading and Writing?’: Constructing Developmental Education at a Hispanic-Serving Community College” received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges in 2016. As a doctoral student, I participated in the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program (2015) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Emerging Scholars program (2014, 2016). I also received a Graduate Fellowship Award from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE). In 2020, I was named a Faculty Fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

My prior professional experience in higher education includes 8 years in academic affairs as a Student Development Specialist at UTSA. In this role, I supported master’s and doctoral students across education fields. As a student, I also worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, an Orientation Leader, and as the Assistant to the Curator of the UTSA Art Collection. I also taught as an Adjunct Instructor of History at Northeast Lakeview College in Live Oak, Texas, for approximately 5 years, a position that was hugely influential in my decision to focus my scholarship on community colleges and teaching.

My research agenda encompasses three areas:  Latinx community college students, especially those placed in developmental education; the faculty who teach these students; and the Hispanic-Serving and Hispanic-enrolling institutions where these students attend. I utlize a number of qualitative approaches, including case study methodology, interview-based research, document analysis, and historical methods. My work has been published in The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Journal of Latinos and Education, and The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, both in History, from UTSA.

Awards and Honors:

2020          Faculty Fellow, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

2016          Dissertation of the Year Award, Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) 

2016          Emerging Scholar, American Education Research Association (AERA) Division J

2015          Graduate Student Fellow, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

2015          Graduate Fellowship, Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education

2014          Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award, Association for Institutional Research (AIR) with Gloria Crisp and Nicole Alia Salis Reyes

2012          Recipient, Graduate Scholarship, American Association of University Women (AAUW), San Antonio, TX chapter

What I Teach:

I've taught a wide range of classes at Iowa State University at both the master's and doctoral (primarily in the Ed.D. program) levels. Some of my recent courses taught are:

  • RES EV 580: Introduction to Qualitative Research (in-class and online)
  • HG ED 561: College Teaching
  • HG ED 593: Higher Education Workshop (topics may vary)
  • HG ED 573: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Student Affairs (online)
  • EL PS 651X: Foundations of P-20 Schooling

Selected Recent Publications:

Crisp, G., Doran, E.E., Carales, V.D., & Potts, C. (2020). Disrupting the dominant discourse: Exploring the mentoring experiences of Latina/o community college students. The Journal of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 5, 57-78. doi: 10.28945/4510

*Doran. E.E., & Hengesteg, P.H. (2020). Ascending toward new heights: How one program builds navigational capital for Latinx community college students. The Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 32(1), 29-41. Acceptance rate 10%.

Doran, E.E. (2019). “What’s expected of us as we integrate the two disciplines?”: Two-year college faculty engage with basic writing reform. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 47(2), 149-167. Acceptance rate 20%

*Doran, E.E., & Hengesteg, P.S. (2019). Advocating for Mexican American studies in whitestream community colleges: A focus on faculty efforts. The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000157 SJR 1.13, H-index 31

*Rodriguez, S.L., Doran, E.E., Sissel, M., & Estes, R. (2019). Becoming la ingeniera: Examining the engineering identity development of undergraduate Latinas. Journal of Latinos and Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15348431.2019.164269

*Doran, E.E., & Singh, A. (2018). “It’s all about the ganas”: Incorporating a multicultural curriculum in developmental education. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 42(7-8), 476-488. doi: 10.1080/10668926.2018.1429965 SJR 0.42, H-index 24, Acceptance rate 21%

Doran, E.E., & Medina, Ø. (2017). The intentional and the grassroots Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A critical history of two universities. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(3), 29-49. doi: 10.24974/amae.11.3.360 Acceptance rate 19%

Doran, E.E. (2017). An empowerment framework for Latinx students in developmental education. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(2), 133-154. doi: 10.24974/amae.11.2.353 Acceptance rate 19%

Crisp, G., Doran, E.E., & Reyes, N.A. (2017). Predicting graduation rates at 4-year broad access institutions using a Bayesian modeling approach. Research in Higher Education, 59(2), 133-155. doi: 10.1007/s11162-017-9459-x SJR Ranking 1.724, H-index 57, Acceptance rate 10%

*Denotes publication with a current or former Iowa State University student

PDFs of some of my publications are available through the Iowa State University Digital Repository: Click here

Selected Recent Presentations

Doran, E.E., & Friedensen, R.E. (2020, April). When land-grant institutions become Hispanic-serving: A competing logics perspective. Presentation at the Annual Conference for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA. (**This conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

*Doran, E.E., Hengesteg, P.S., & Rodriguez, S.L. (2019, November). What you see is what you get: A critical analysis of engineering identity in departmental magazines. Presentation at the Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Portland, OR.

Doran, E.E. (2019, November). The Ed.D. vs. Ph.D. debate: Reimaging the dichotomy as mutually reinforcing degree options. Presentation at the Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Portland, OR. 

*Rodriguez, S.L., Doran, E.E., & Hengesteg, P.S. (2019, June). Intersections of design thinking and perceptions of success for electrical, computer, and software engineering students. Presentation at the Annual Conference for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Tampa, FL.

Rover, D.,Doran, E.E., & Heitmann, M. (2019, May). Connecting across campus, STEM and educational research partnerships. Presentation at the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) Summit, Tucson, AZ.

*Doran, E.E., & Hengesteg, P.S. (2019, April). Ascending toward new heights: How one program builds navigational capital for Latinx community college students. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, ON.

Doran, E.E., & Carales, V.D. (2019, April). Interest convergence and higher education funding: The South Texas/Border Initiative. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, ON.

Friedensen, R.E., Doran, E.E., & Rodriguez, S.L. (2019, April). “I’m a white guy, so can I say this?”: The inescapability of whiteness in engineering. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, ON.

Doran, E.E. (2019, March). Situating Mexican American Studies programs on community college campuses. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, San Diego, CA.

Doran, E.E. (2019, March). What does culturally relevant pedagogy mean in the community college context? Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, San Diego, CA.

*Denotes presentation with a current or former Iowa State University student

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC)

National Council for Teachers of English: Conference on College Composition and Communication, Two-Year College English Association (CCCC, TYCA)

Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE)