About the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education

Louie Rodríguez

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Louie F. Rodríguez is Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Riverside. Rodríguez is a longtime professor in UCR’s Graduate School of Education and served as the school’s interim dean from 2019 to 2022. He earned his doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005.     

Rodríguez is an Inland Empire native who earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino, and then his master’s and doctorate degrees in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. As interim dean at the School of Education, he oversaw a $26 million budget, oversaw enrollment growth, and hired 30% of the school’s faculty. He joined UCR in 2017 and, as associate dean, helped launch a new undergraduate education major for the School of Education. He is the author of four books.   

Prior to UCR, he was an associate professor in Educational Leadership and Technology and Co-Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and was also on the faculty at Florida International University in Miami for three years. 

In 2015 he was named Outstanding Latino Faculty by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and an “Emerging Leader” designation in 2014 by Phi Delta Kappa International in Washington, DC.  In 2013 Dr. Rodriguez was named Outstanding Professor of the Year for Research in the College of Education at CSU, San Bernardino.  In 2012 he was selected as a Fellow for the Executive Leadership Academy at UC Berkeley and also as a Kika De La Garza Education Fellow with the United States Department of Agriculture.  In 2011 he received a Person of Distinction award by San Bernardino Valley College and was a Faculty Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.  In 2010, he was the recipient of the 30 Under 35 Award for Latinas/os and Native Americans for his service to the community by California State Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter and received special recognition from Assembly Member Manuel Perez for this service to the 62nd assembly district in California.  He is the past Co-Chair of the Faculty Fellows Program for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). He is a frequently invited speaker to address student engagement and educational equity issues for schools, districts, and communities.