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Rosemary Perez

Associate Professor, Marsal Family School of Education


Room 2108 E
610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Perez is an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education in the Marsal Family School of Education. Her scholarship focuses on undergraduate and graduate student learning, development, and success with the aim of creating more equitable and humanizing campus environments. Dr. Perez’s scholarship has three interrelated lines of inquiry and explores: (a) how people make meaning of collegiate experiences; (b) diverse learning environments and intercultural development; and (c) the professional socialization of graduate students and new practitioners. Across her program of research, she explores the tensions between structure and agency, how power, privilege, and oppression affect individuals and groups within higher education, and how we might work towards transforming education to be more equitable and inclusive.

Dr. Perez’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and ACPA-College Student Educators International (ACPA). Her scholarship often involves research-practice partnerships and longitudinal qualitative methods. Dr. Perez’s work has been published in venues such as Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education.

Previously, Dr. Perez was an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University and a student affairs educator at the University of San Francisco and American University. Her teaching, research, and praxis reflect her experiences as a practitioner and her commitment to social justice and inclusion. Her contributions to higher education and student affairs were recognized with a 2017 ACPA-College Student Educators Emerging Scholars Award and 2020 Diamond Honoree Award. Dr. Perez has also been recognized for her contributions to her campus communities and received the 2016 Iowa State University Multicultural Student Affairs Faculty/Staff Change Agent Award, 2019 Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Early Achievement in Teaching Award, and 2022 University of Michigan School of Education Faculty Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity (dije) Award.


Number Course Name Location Days
EDUC 662
Learning and Development in Higher Education

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Examines patterns of intellectual, social and emotional development and change among older adolescents and adults; reviews and research on learning and development among college and university students.

Selected Publications

"Exploring complexities in college student development: Critical lessons from researching students’ journeys."

King, P. M., Barber, J. P., & Perez, R. J. (2024). Routledge.

Culver, K. C., Perez, R. J., Kitchen, J. A., & Cole, D. G. (2024). Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 17(2), 200–214.

Perez, R. J., Kim, A., Williams, A. N., Gamez, R., Haley, J. D., & Feliciano, C. T. (2023). The Journal of Higher Education. Advanced online publication.

Schulz, J., & Perez, R. J. (2023). Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 60(2), 137-149.

Perez, R. J., Motshubi, R., & Rodriguez, S. (2022). The Review of Higher Education, 46(1), 33-66. 

Perez, R. J. (2021). Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 58(3), 322-334. 

Kitchen, J. A., Perez, R. J., Hallett, R., Kezar, A., & Reason, R. (2021). Journal of College Student Development, 62(6), 627-642. 

Perez, R. J., Robbins, C. K., Harris, L. W., & Montgomery, C. (2020). Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 13(2), 133-145. 

Perez, R. J. (2019). Journal of College Student Development, 60(1), 70-84.