Dr. Muñoz is currently Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Senior Vice President for Institutional Diversity Equity, and Community Engagement. As a Vice President and Vice Provost, Dr. Muñoz serves on the President’s Administrative Council, Provost Staff, Dean’s Council, Academic Council, Strategic Planning Council, Strategic Enrollment Planning Council, University Budget Working Group, and is the Chair of the TTUS, Outreach and Engagement System Priority.
A component of Dr. Muñoz’s portfolio as Vice Provost and Vice President, includes the oversight of university wide academic support units including; the Academic Testing Center, University Advising Center, the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Faculty Professional Development Center, and Women’s Studies Program, Military & Veteran Programs, and Support Operations for Academic Retention. As a representative of Texas Tech University, Dr. Muñoz serves on the Association of Public and Land Grant University’s Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, is a member of the Board of Directors, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and has been an appointed member of the Planning Committee for the National Outreach Scholarship Conference.
In Fall 2004, Dr. Juan Sanchez Muñoz was appointed in the College of Education as an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He has further served as Coordinator for the Bilingual Education and Diversity Studies program, past Chair of the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee, and founding member and Director of the College of Education, Center for Research on Leadership and Education. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Dr. Muñoz was a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton (CSUF). In his capacity, he was a course custodian, an advisor to the Master Program in Secondary Education, and Director of Educational Programs for the Grand Central Art Complex CSUF, in Santa Ana, California. Dr. Muñoz has taught courses in classroom management, instructional methods, curriculum development, multicultural education, bilingual education, and critical social theory. His research interests include alternatives education for at-risk students and the learning needs of ethnically and linguistically diverse students in public schools.
Dr. Muñoz earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After returning from military service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the 1990-91 Gulf Crisis, he attended California State University, Los Angeles where he earned an M.A. degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in literature and literary theory. He earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied Curriculum & Instruction in the Division of Urban Schooling. At UCLA he received the Chancellor’s Fair & Open Academic Environment Award and a fellowship from the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty and the Institute of American Cultures. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Muñoz was a secondary teacher, an instructor in the California Community College system, and an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oakes and Whittier Colleges.
His work has appeared in scholarly journals, books, encyclopedias and national conferences. His research has been presented at the annual conferences of the American Educational Research Association and the American Educational Studies Association. He is the author of books chapters, academic articles, and over 30 referred conference presentations. In 2010, Dr. Muñoz was among the contributing editors of the seminal compilation, Handbook of Latinos and Education, Routledge. The Handbook has received the coveted American Association of Educational Studies, prestigious Critic’s Choice Book Award.
While in California, he served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit agencies, was appointed to the Los Angles Workforce Investment Board- Youth Council, served on both Parks & Recreation and Substance Abuse Commissions in San Bernardino County, and was Chair of the 2001 City of Los Angeles Crossroad Symposium for at-risk youth.
In Texas, he is currently on the Board of Directors for Covenant Health System, Advisory Board of American State Bank, Texas Diversity Council, Avalanche-Journal Editorial Board, City of Lubbock Civil Service Commissioner, Director in the Texas Lyceum, and Board member of the South Plains Worksource. He is past president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, past board member and vice president of the South Plains Boy Scout Council, former commissioner of the Lubbock Housing Authority and Texas Youth Commissioner. In 2008, Dr. Muñoz was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Directors for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. His community service has been recognized through numerous certificates of commendation from local, state, and congressional offices.