CRLE Faculty and Staff
Hugo A. García, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. He obtained his B.A. in international relations from UC-San Diego, M.Ed. in higher education administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in higher education from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests pertain to access and equity in higher education, retention of underrepresented students at two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, international higher education, diversity in higher education, and P-20 education pipeline. Specifically, his work focuses on conducting research on community colleges and their impact on underrepresented students' academic success, student transition to community colleges and four-year institutions, institutional responses to globalization and the internationalization of higher education, and educational outcomes for students of color throughout the educational pipeline.
Jessica J. Gottlieb, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. She obtained her B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California, her M.A. in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University, and her Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research examines the formation, implementation, and impact of educational policies on equity and access in STEM education. Previously, Dr. Gottlieb taught high school mathematics in South Los Angeles.
Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University where his research covers two critical junctures of higher education. First, his work centers on the role and experience college presidents. In this vein he has studied how presidents are selected and their communication strategies during time of crisis. Through this line of work he hopes to assist in the development of future college leaders. Second, analyzes the role of community colleges in enhancing the STEM pipeline. Over the past four years he has assisted in the creation of a unique dataset that tracks over one million community college students through the STEM curriculum and also includes key measures of success. Through this line of work he hopes to answer questions regarding the role of community colleges in the production of STEM professionals and provide insight on how community colleges can better support students in these fields.
Xinyang Li is currently a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology: Research Methods, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics (REMS) program at Texas Tech University. He has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language from Shandong University in China, and Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University, IL. Xinyang is working as a research assistant for Dr. Hugo García at the Center for Research in Leadership and Education (CRLE). His current research interests involve psychometrics, missing data management, self-regulated learning in online setting, and internationalization in higher educational institution.
Andrew S. Herridge, M.Ed., is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education Research at Texas Tech University. He obtained his B.A. in psychology and English from the Florida State University and M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of West Florida. His research interests include access and equity in higher education, LGBTQIA students and resources, institutional leadership and policy, and international higher education. He currently serves as a regional representative for the South-Central Region for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.
Dustin H. Eicke, M.A. is a Research Assistant at Texas Tech University in the College of Education. He obtained his B.A. in pre-law and criminal justice from Lubbock Christian University, and M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Abilene Christian University. He is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Higher Education Research at Texas Tech University. He comes to Texas Tech from the University of the Southwest where he was the Criminal Justice Department Coordinator and Assistant Professor. His research interests include access and equity in higher education, the school to prison pipeline, higher education issues facing underrepresented students, and research methodologies utilized in higher education research.
Nan Wu is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education program at Texas Tech University. She has obtained her B.A. in pedagogy from Shanxi University in China, and M.A. in Educational Theories from Minzu University of China. Nan is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Gottlieb Jessica in the College of Education. Her research interests focus on teacher education, instruction and student learning in mathematics, international comparative education, and equity and access in STEM education.
Yvonne Harwood is a research assistant in the Center.