Juan Sanchez Muñoz, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President & Vice Provost
Dr. Muñoz is the Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity Equity, and Community Engagement and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs. As the Senior Vice President and Vice Provost, Dr. Muñoz serves on the President's Administrative Council, Provost's Staff, Dean's Council, Academic Council, Strategic Planning Council, Strategic Enrollment Planning Council, and is the Chair of the Texas Tech University System's Outreach and Engagement System Priority.
A component of Dr. Muñoz's portfolio as Senior Vice President and Vice Provost includes the oversight of university-wide academic support units, some of which include the Academic Testing Center, University Advising, the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE), the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Women's Studies, Military & Veterans Programs, and Support Operations for Academic Retention (SOAR). As a representative of Texas Tech University, Dr. Muñoz serves on the Association of Public and Land Grant University's (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Board of Directors, and has been an appointed member of the Planning Committee for the National Outreach Scholarship Conference.
Dr. Muñoz also has an appointment in the College of Education as an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He has served as Coordinator for the Bilingual Education and Diversity Studies program, Chair of the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee, and was a founding member and Director of the College of Education, Center for Research on Leadership and Education. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Dr. Muñoz was a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton (CSUF). In this capacity, he was a course custodian, an advisor to the Master's Program in Secondary Education, and Director of Educational Programs for the Grand Central Art Complex CSUF, in Santa Ana, California. Dr. Muñoz has taught courses in classroom management, instructional methods, curriculum development, multi-cultural education, bilingual education, and critical social theory. His research interests include alternative education for at-risk students and the learning needs of ethnically and linguistically diverse students in public schools.
Dr. Muñoz earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After returning from military service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the 1990-91 Gulf Crisis, he attended California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned an M.A. degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in literature and literary theory. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied Curriculum & Instruction in the Division of Urban Schooling. At UCLA, he received the Chancellor's Fair & Open Academic Environment Award and a fellowship from the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty and the Institute of American Cultures. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Muñoz was a secondary school teacher, an instructor in the California Community College system, and an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oakes and Whittier Colleges.
Dr. Muñoz's work has appeared in scholarly journals, books, encyclopedias, and national conferences. His research has been presented at the annual conferences of the American Educational Research Association and the American Educational Studies Association. He is the author of book chapters, academic articles, and over 30 referred conference presentations. In 2010, Dr. Muñoz was among the contributing editors of the seminal compilation, Handbook of Latinos and Education, Routledge. The Handbook has received the coveted American Association of Educational Studies' prestigious Critic's Choice Book Award.
In Texas, Dr. Muñoz is currently on the Board of Directors for Covenant Health System, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, and the South Plains Workforce Development Board. Dr. Muñoz is also a Director in the Texas Lyceum. He is past president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, past board member and vice president of the South Plains Boy Scout Council, former commissioner of the Lubbock Housing Authority and Texas Youth Commissioner, and former board member of the Texas Diversity Council and American State Bank Advisory Board. In 2008, Dr. Muñoz was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Directors for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, where he currently serves as Vice Chairman. His community service has been recognized through numerous certificates of commendation from local, state, and congressional offices.