Iowa State University Alumni Association

Juan R. Guardia 2015

PhD Education ’06
Miami, Fla.

After 14 years as a student affairs professional, Juan Guardia has become one of the most significant young Latino leaders in higher education today. Since earning his Ph.D. from Iowa State in 2006 and receiving the inaugural Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for his dissertation on the ethnic identity development of Latino fraternity members, he has held faculty and leadership positions at Northeastern Illinois University, Loyola University, and Florida State University.

Guardia served as chair of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations from 2011-2013. He has previously served in a variety of leadership positions for the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA): co-chair of the Latino Knowledge Community, chair of the National Preconference Program Committee, journal board member of the Journal of College Student Affairs Research and Practice, director of the NASPA Undergraduate Summer Leadership Institute, and a member of the HSI Advising Council. He has also served in chief volunteer roles for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA): special events co-chair for the national convention, member of the NASPA/ACPA Task Force on the Future of Student Affairs, member of the Latino/a Network, and co-chair for the Next Generation Conference.

Guardia was the 2013 recipient of the NASPA National Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award and the 2008 recipient of the ISU College of Human Sciences Outstanding Young Professional Award. He is a member of the College of Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

He is an ISU Alumni Association annual member.

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