Leaders in Administration

Luis A. Cifuentes

Luis A. Cifuentes, received his masters in Marine Studies in 1982 and a doctorate in Oceanography from the University of Delaware in 1987. He began his tenure at Texas A&M as an assistant professor in 1988, was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and attained the rank of professor in 2000. His current and future research involves tracing microbial processes with isotopic biomarkers and isotopic methods for tracing dissolved organic carbon and the use of scientific data in developing public policy. In 2002 he received a Texas A&M International Travel Grant to develop cooperative education programs with INOCAR in Ecuador. Since 1998 he has been a chemical oceanography representative to the senior advisory council and in 1999 was invited to give a presentation to the National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Rogelio Saenz

Rogelio Saenz is professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He recently completed service as head of his department (1997 – 2005). He received a bachelor’s in Social Work from Pan American University in 1981, and a master’s and doctorate in Sociology from Iowa State University in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports on many topics including the demography of Latinos, immigration, social inequality, and race and ethnicity. He is the author of a census report titled Latinos and the Changing Face of America (2004), published as part of the Russell Sage Foundation/Population Reference Bureau American People Census 2000 Publication Series. Saenz is currently on the editorial boards of Journal of Latino/a-Latin American Studies and Social Science Quarterly, and is an associate editor of Southern Rural Sociology. He has co-edited (with Linda Loboa) a special issue on “Spatial Inequality and Diversity” for Rural Sociology (2002), co-edited (with Cruz Torrés) a special issue on “Latinos in the South” for Southern Rural Sociology (2004), and co-edited (with Edward Murguia) a special issue on “The Latino Experience in the United States” for Sociological Focus (2004). He is a past president of the Southwestern Sociological Association and a past vice president of the Rural Sociological Society. He was the recipient of the American Association of Higher Education Hispanic Caucus Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award in Research and Teaching in Higher Education in 2003 and the American Sociological Association Latino/a Sociology Section’s Distinguished Contributions to Research and Scholarship in 2005.



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