Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
On Feb. 23, 2017, the University of Houston System Board of Regents appointed Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz to the role of UHD President.
Dr. Muñoz arrived at UHD from Texas Tech University (TTU) where he served as the Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity Equity, and Community Engagement and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. At TTU, Muñoz supervised more than 40 units and departments, including the TTU Ethics Center and the Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, and the Office of Academic Engagement. He served on the President's Administrative Council, President's Executive Cabinet, Provost's Staff, Provost Council, Dean's Council, Academic Council, and the TTU Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr. Muñoz was recently inducted into the TTU Teaching Academy and served on the Association of Public and Land Grant University's (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, as both a member of the commission and executive council. Dr. Munoz was a founding member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and currently serves on its Executive Board as Treasurer.
Dr. Muñoz previously had an appointment in TTU's College of Education as a Full Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He has served as Coordinator for the Bilingual Education and Diversity Studies program 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. His research interests examine the education of at-risk students and the learning needs of ethnically and linguistically diverse students.
Dr. Muñoz earned a Bachelor of Arts 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 a Master of Arts degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in literature and literary theory. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied Curriculum & Instruction in the Division of Urban Schooling. 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 scholarship has appeared in academic journals, books, encyclopedias, and at national conferences. He is the author of over 96 book chapters, academic articles, and 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. His recent text, Perspectives in Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies, explores disciplinary responses and emerging academic offerings that foster interdisciplinary learning.
In Texas, Dr. Muñoz is currently on the Board of Directors for the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, the South Plains Workforce Development Board and Boys & Girls Club of America Alumni Board. Dr. Muñoz is also a past Board Member of Covenant Health System and 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 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.