Dr. Juan R. Guardia
Department: Board of Trustees
Dr. Juan R. Guardia has been in the field of student affairs for over 15 years in various administrative roles. He has worked at a variety of institutions, including Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Florida State University, and George Mason University. Juan has also served as adjunct faculty in the higher education programs at Loyola University Chicago and Florida State University.
Dr. Guardia's dissertation "Nuestra identidad y experiencias (Our identity and experiences): Ethnic identity development of Latino fraternity members at a Hispanic Serving Institution" was published in the Journal of College Student Development (2008) and also as a book chapter in S. R. Harper & F. Harris III (Eds.), College men and masculinities: Theory, research, and implications for practice (2010). Juan’s dissertation received the inaugural Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award presented by the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity and the Fraternity Executives Association (2007). Additional publications include “Student development in tribal colleges and universities” co-authored with Dr. Nancy J. Evans and published in the NASPA Journal (2008); and “Nuestra historia y futuro (Our history and future): Latino/a fraternities and sororities” co-authored with Dr. Susana M. Muñoz in G. S. Parks & C. Torbenson (Eds.), Brothers and sisters: Diversity within college fraternities and sororities (2009). His latest book chapter “Leadership and identity development through a Latino/a fraternity and sorority lens” was published in December 2015 in the new book Latino/a college student leadership: Emerging theory, promising practices. Guardia also served on the 2011-2014 Editorial Board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and is currently an outside reviewer for the Journal of College Student Development.
Since 2002, Juan has also been actively involved in various leadership roles in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). Past ACPA leadership roles include Next Generation Conference Co-Chair; Preconvention Programs Chair; and Latina/o Network Co-Chair. Past NASPA leadership roles include Latino/a Knowledge Community Co-Chair; 2012 Pre-Conference Programs Chair; and 2004 & 2005 Director, NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Summer Leadership Institute. Juan is also past Chair of NALFO and is currently a Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape and a Board of Trustee member for Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Juan has received several honors and awards including ACPA Diamond Honoree, Latina/o Network Dr. John Hernandez Leadership Award; ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional; and Outstanding Contribution to the Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs. Guardia also received the 2013 NASPA National Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award; 2012 NASPA Region III James E. Scott Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award, the 2011 FSU Dr. Melvene Hardee Center & Higher Education Program Supervisor/Mentor Award, the 2008 Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Outstanding Young Professional Award, and 2008 Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alumni of the Year.
Dr. Guardia earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration and a graduate certificate in community college teaching from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in Higher Education and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Florida State University, and an associate in arts degree from Miami-Dade College.