Jafeth Sanchez, Ph.D.

CBESS Co-Director, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership; Director, Latino Research
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Dr. Jafeth Sanchez is a three-time graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno (Education ’05, Educational Leadership, ’07, Higher Education Administration ’10). She is an associate professor who has dedicated her career to developing high-quality educational leaders across P-20 educational pathways. In January 2022, she also accepted the role of Director of the Latino Research Center under the University's Office of the Provost. Her research agenda encompasses educational leadership practices, organizational change efforts, gender and ethnic equity, and student outcomes related to access, retention, and completion. She has actively managed and attained grant funding as a principal investigator or coinvestigator for approximately $9 million over the last decade.

Dr. Sanchez previously taught mathematics and was awarded Northern Nevada Math Teacher of the Year in 2012 by the Northern Nevada Math Council. She was also a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and served as a mentor for its previous scholars across the country. Her passion for educational improvement and access to higher education are embedded in all aspects of her work in teaching, research, and service.

Select publications

Sanchez, J. E., & Mutiga, A.* (2024). Gleaning into the aspiration-pursuit gap of GEAR UP students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/15210251231226133

Sanchez, J. E. (2023). The condensed STEM survey as a tool for Extension educators. The Journal of Extension, 61(1), Article 13. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.61.01.13

Yoxsimer, A. D.*, & Sanchez, J. E. (2022). Uniforms in three middle schools: Student opinions. Education Leadership Review of Doctoral Research, 10(1), 108-121. https://www.icpel.org/uploads/1/5/6/2/15622000/elrdr_fall_2022_volume_10.pdf

Lash, C. L., & Sanchez, J. E. (2021). Leading for equity with critical consciousness: How school leaders can cultivate awareness, efficacy, and critical action. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 16. https://doi.org/10.1080/00098655.2021.2007833

Oikonomidoy, E., Wiest, L. R., Sanchez, J. E., & DeFlorio, L. (2019). Floating on the fringe: College of education students’ discourse about diversity. The Teacher Educator, 54(4), 377-397. https://doi.org/10.1080/08878730.2019.1581315

Courses (traditional, hybrid, & online)

  • EL 700: Basic Principles of Educational Administration
  • EL 701: Administration of School Staff Personnel
  • EL 703: Administration and Curriculum Improvement
  • EL 715: Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching
  • EL 735: The Law of Public Education
  • EL 746: Data-based Decision-Making
  • EL 747: Research Development & Analysis
  • EDRS 785: Survey Research in Education


  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.Ed., University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Reno