Blanca Rincon

Dr. Rincón to Serve in Upcoming Leadership Capacities

Head shot of assistant professor Blanca RinconThis past fall she was named co-principal investigator for a five-year $3.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant dedicated to expanding diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field. Most recently, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Blanca Rincón, has been elected to serve on the directorate for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Professional Preparation (CPP), and as a programming committee member for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division-J.

As a scholar and researcher, Dr. Rincón continuously shows dedication and passion for higher education, and student affairs. She has a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with areas of expertise in underrepresented minority students in STEM, diversity in higher education, and Latinxs in education. She is most looking forward to serving with ACPA’s CPP and AERA’s Division-J because both have been systems of support and encouragement for her as she transitioned into her role as a new faculty member in higher education and student affairs. She is especially excited to continue her work with AERA’s Division-J. She had previously served as a graduate student representative for two years.

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Professional Preparation is a program committed to student affairs professional preparation through a diverse directorate that creates opportunities that embrace critical values of the profession including, development of the whole student, diversity and ethics; and pursues the professional development of faculty in higher education through collaborative efforts for networking, scholarship and service with colleagues. As a member of the CPP directorate, Dr. Rincón will serve a three-year term where she will represent the interests and concerns of faculty and staff involved in the professional preparation of student affairs professionals. Some of the resources provided through CPP’s directorate include: a clearinghouse for syllabi and teaching materials, networking opportunities, faculty grants, and awards.

The American Educational Research Association Division-J, is aimed at encouraging the advancement of research, policy, and practice in various areas of post-secondary education. It is made up of policy makers, faculty, graduate students, and researchers from around the world. Dr. Rincón will be co-chairing the college student access section—one of the largest in Division-J. Part of her responsibilities will include coordinating reviewer panels and helping to shape the Division J program for the AERA Annual Meeting 2018 in New York City. She is extremely thankful for this opportunity, and humbled to be selected to serve in such a capacity with Dr. Ana Martínez Alemán of Lynch School of Education at Boston College, as Vice President.

Through her research, involvement, and clear concern for the field of higher education, Blanca Rincón is making great strides in achieving her goal, and helping others achieve theirs. We look forward to seeing Dr. Rincón take on these new positions within the ACPA and AERA Division-J, and to continue her development as a higher education professional, leader, and advocate for change. With her new responsibilities also comes new learning opportunities, and a chance to enact change at the University and beyond.

$3.5M National Science Foundation Grant to Support Diversity in STEM

Portions of this story first appeared on UConn Today, the University of Connecticut’s news website. Shawn Kornegay contributed to this updated version.  (EDLR’s assistant professor Blanca Rincón will serve as co-princial investigator on a new five-year, $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant.)

Blanca Rincón Receives SFF Award


Congratulations to Blanca Rincón for receiving a Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) Award!  The Office of the Vice President for Research announced Rincón as one of 27 faculty recipients. 

The SFF is designed to assist faculty in the initiation, completion, or advancement of research projects, scholarly activities, creative works, or interdisciplinary initiatives that are critical to advancing the faculty member’s scholarship and/or creative projects.  Among the 27 awardees, a total of $51,626 has been granted in support.

Rincón explains, "The STEM Race Transfer Gap? Examining STEM Transfer Rates for Connecticut Community College (CCC) Students is a pilot project that aims to identify the two-year options for Connecticut students pursuing STEM degrees in Connecticut. More specifically, this project aims to assess whether there are gaps in student persistence to two- and four-year degree completion in STEM for students of color, as well as identify CCCs that successfully graduate and transfer a large number of students of color in STEM fields."

Rincón and her graduate assistant, Marlyn Davila, will be working on the project.