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About Frankie Santos Laanan

Frankie Santos Laanan

Frankie Santos Laanan joined the faculty at Iowa State University in fall 2003. He is professor of higher education and community college leadership and Associate Director for Administration in the School of Education. He currently serves as program coordinator for the Higher Education Program. In 2003 he was founding co-director of the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP), and in 2005, was founding director of the Office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP). His leadership and administrative experiences include serving as Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education (CESMEE) and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Guam.

From 2002-03 he was senior research scientist and associate director of the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and assistant professor of higher education at the University of North Texas. From 1999-02 he was assistant professor of community college leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1997-99 he was senior research analyst in the Office of Vocational Education and Institutional Research at Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa, California. From 1993-96 he was research associate at the Center for the Study of Community Colleges in Los Angeles. From 1984-86 he served as staff assistant to the late Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo in the Washington Liaison Office, Office of the Governor of Guam in Washington, D.C.

He received his B.A. degree (1993) in political science, M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research focuses on the impact of community colleges on individual and society. Specifically, his research investigates the role of community colleges as educational pathways for women and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines, transfer and articulation policies; career and technical education, and accountability.

He has received and managed a grant portfolio of over $3.5 million, addressing issues such as preparing students and teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, teacher recruitment, career and technical education, and student engagement and success. The recipient of the Mid-Career Achievement in Research (2010) from the College of Human Sciences and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (2000). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book and monograph chapters, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Additionally, he has edited 4 books and monographs and his articles and book/monograph chapters have been published in Research in Higher Education, Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Journal of College Student Retention, Career and Technical Education Research, Educational Gerontology, New Directions for Institutional Research, New Directions for Student Services, and New Directions for Community Colleges. Additionally, he has presented over 130 research presentations and over 25 symposia at international and/or national conferences on various topics related to community colleges.

He is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Educational Research Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Council for the Study of Community Colleges, and Association of Career and Technical Education Research. In addition to his research and policy activities, he has served on national advisory panels including the American Association of Community Colleges and American College Testing “Faces of the Future” project, and ERIC Clearinghouse for Adult, Continuing, and Vocational Education. In 2000 he was invited to The White House to participate in an initiative spearheaded by former President Clinton titled, “The White Strategy on Improving Hispanic Student Achievement." In 2001 he was a member of the Summit on the Status of Pacific Islander and Southeast Asians in Higher Education, which was sponsored by the U.S. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Born and raised on the island of Guam, which is located in Micronesia, he is one of eight children. His mother is native Chamorro and his father is of Filipino descent.

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