Diversity Panelist – Dr. Rosa Cintron


Dr. C.

Associate Professor

UCF College of Education and Human Performance

Rosa Cintrón is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Education and Human Performance, specifically in the Higher Education & Policy Studies Program. Her first career was in the mental health field working as a Bilingual Psychotherapist in Puerto Rico, Connecticut and New York. Her academic career started in the early 1980s in SUNY/College at Old Westbury. Since then she has occupied various positions as staff, administrator and faculty in colleges and universities in the states of New York, Illinois, Oklahoma and Florida. She was the first Hispanic dean at the University of Oklahoma and in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. She is the past chair of the Faculty Fellows for the National Association of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and holds various other leadership positions in professional associations. Her book, College Student Death: Guidance for a caring campus (co-authored with Erin Taylor and Katherine Garlough) has been listed among the most important academic resources dealing with crisis intervention.

She is most proud of having been awarded the following distinctions while at UCF: La Prensa Newspaper, Mujeres Destacadas (Exemplary Women) Award in Education (2016). La Prensa, the oldest Hispanic media in Central Florida honors extraordinary women who are making a difference; Keeper of the Creed Award and Pillar: Scholarship (2014); Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students by the College of Graduate Studies (2012); the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentoring Award by the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program in the State of Florida (2011); Featured Faculty and Keynote speaker, UCF Convocation (2013); COEHP’s Representative on the Commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education Lecture on Education Research.

Her research agenda and expertise are related to (1) Social justice in higher education: Identity, marginality and power; and, (2) Qualitative methodology: Contour(ing) voice, self and persona.

Her philosophy on teaching has been shaped by the tenets proposed by the following scholars: Boyer (Scholarship Reconsidered), Palmer (The courage to teach) and Ender & Associates (Contributing to learning: The role of student affairs). She considers teaching an honor and working at the University a privilege.