Dr. Rodriguez-Kiino is an assistant professor of Higher Education Leadership at California Lutheran University, where she teaches and advises doctoral students. Prior to Cal Lutheran she served as the Director of Campus Diversity in the President's Office of Santa Barbara City College, and she continues to consult and lecture on the issues of campus diversity and equity. She is a respected and successful grant writer and evaluator, and has published on topics covering transfer students, women, and students of color in education. She currently serves as a senior researcher for the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges. During the 2014-15 academic year, Dr. Rodriguez-Kiino taught courses on diversity in American higher education as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan. Recently appointed to the United States Fulbright Regional Peer Review Committee for Japan and Korea, Dr. Rodriguez-Kiino will serve as a Regional Reviewer for the next three years.
She holds an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Services and a Ph.D. in Education Policy with an emphasis on International Intercultural Education from the University of Southern California.