Texas State alumnus honored for dissertation by AAHHE

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 8, 2011

Texas State University-San Marcos alumnus Edris J. Montalvo, Jr., has been named one of four Hispanic scholars were honored for their research on diversity and multicultural issues during the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) annual conference in San Antonio on March 5.

The awards are provided by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and recognize dissertations chosen from more than 50 entries nationwide.

Montalvo, an assistant professor of geography at Cameron University, Lawton, Okla., was awarded second place for his dissertation, "The Recruitment and Retention of Hispanic and African-American Undergraduate Students in Public Universities in the U.S., 2000–2006." His research focuses on underrepresentation of Hispanic and African-American undergraduate students in public universities. His other research interests include geography education, ethnic geography and ethnic migration. He earned his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas State.

Rocio Magaña, Rutgers University, received the first place award and Alisia Cabán, University of Oregon, and Sophia Jordán Wallace, University of Kentucky, tied for third.

"Our ability to showcase the academic talent of Latino doctoral students through this competition is not only inspiring--this award is a career springboard not only for the first-place winner but all award winners," said AAHHE President Loui Olivas. "AAHHE is proud to partner with ETS in support of this competition."

In addition to the awards, the three finalists also will receive:

  • a monetary award — $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place
  • an AAHHE/ETS plaque
  • support to attend the 2011 AAHHE Conference to present their dissertations in an individual concurrent session
  • the opportunity to submit an article based on the dissertation to the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

In addition, ETS will invite the first-place winner to publish an abstract of the winning dissertation in ETS Policy Notes and to showcase the research at an ETS-hosted seminar in Princeton, New Jersey.

For further information on AAHHE and the annual dissertation competition, visit www.aahhe.org or contact Tom Ewing at (609) 683-2083.