• Laura Rodríguez Amaya, Ph.D., Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services at the Center for International Engagement.

    Rodríguez is a higher education professional with 20 years of experience in international education. She believes that education bears the responsibility of inspiring and instilling learning curiosity in students. For this to be accomplished, the learning environment must be inclusive, relevant, and safe for all students. Rodríguez is passionate about creating learning opportunities to support student engagement in our interconnected world in meaningful ways. Engaging internationally with students and scholars is something Rodríguez really enjoys. These experiences inform her work, teaching and love for lifelong learning.

    As a higher education professional, Rodríguez's goal is to create innovative initiatives that enhances students’ international engagement and promotes equity in education. The initiatives in international education she has implemented and engaged in include teaching abroad, international research, international student and scholar services, study abroad, cultural exchanges, and international and student success programs among other.

    • Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Texas StateUniversity, 2014 (Dissertation:Disaster Resilience to Food Insecurity Measurement: a Case Studyin Costa Rica)
    • Master of Arts in International Relations, St. Mary ́s University, 2002
    • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, International Studies (Latin America), Texas State University,1997


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Tania Betancourt, Kristina Collins, Orlando Hinojosa, and Carlos Corona. 2018. “Undergraduate Research Experiences-Mentoring, Awareness, and Perceptions: A Case Study at a Hispanic Serving Institution.”International Journal of STEM Education 5(9). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-018-0105-8.


    Martinez Ortiz, Araceli, Laura Rodríguez Amaya, Hiroko Kawaguchi Warshauer, and Sara Garcia Torres. 2018. “They Choose to Attend Academic Summer Camps? A MixedMethods Study Exploring the Impact of a NASA Academic Summer Pre-Engineering Camp on Middle School Students in a Latino Community.”Journal of Pre-CollegeEngineering Education Research8(2): 22-30.https://doi.org/10.7771/2157-9288.1196.


    Boakye, Owusu Ansah and Laura Rodríguez Amaya. 2016. “Influential People inFemale Student Decision to Select Academic Focus: An International ComparativeStudy.”Aeronautical International Conference, Mexico. Conference Proceeding.


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura and Mariela Ramirez. 2016. “Engaging Latino Families inSTEM Education: Improving Parental Awareness and Confidence.” AeronauticalInternational Conference, Mexico. Conference Proceeding.


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Gurguis, Mina and Marquez, Jocabed. 2019. “Redesigning Computer Science: An Early Intervention to Combat Undergraduate Student Misconceptions”. Research Report. Texas State University: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research 1(2). 


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Víctor M. Concepción Santiago, and Samuel García. 2019. “NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative Impact on Educators’ Teaching Practices in Puerto Rico”. Research Report. Texas State University: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research 1(1). 


    Kohler, Susan and Laura Rodríguez Amaya. 2019. Climate change, water resources and renewable energy: Engaging K-16 students on solutions to global challenges. STEM Research White Paper Series, Vol. 3, No.4. Texas State University: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.


    Rodríguez Amaya, Laura, Araceli Martinez Ortiz, and Judy Loredo. 2018. “STEM Curriculum Review Framework.” STEM Research White Paper Series 2(5). Texas StateUniversity: LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, June 2018.