Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang is a once undocumented Guatemalan immigrant turned hyperdocumented professor and academic administrator. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and The University of Texas at Austin, she earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a programmatic focus on Cultural Studies in Education.
Prior to her administrative role, she served as an associate professor of Higher Education at Loyola University and spent twenty-five years in diverse leadership and faculty roles that span the Pre-K-20 spectrum as well as public, private, and non-profit sectors, including stints at San Francisco Unified School District as a high school teacher, The College Board, The University of California at Berkeley, The University of Texas at Austin, Beloit College, The University of Wyoming, and Loyola University.
Dra.’s research centers on the intersection of education, identity and agency within traditionally marginalized communities. She focuses on four research areas: (1) Latinx educational experiences with a focus on those that are undocumented, (2) Multiracially-identified students’ educational experiences, (3) how educators (K-20) of all backgrounds can effectively reflect upon their pedagogical practices to serve students of marginalized backgrounds, and (4) the experiences of Faculty Women of Color in the Academy. She has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and chapters as well as two academic books. She is also the founder of Academic Life Simplified where she has served academics at every stage of their careers since 2010.
Her experience as a dissertation adviser, a tenured professor and scholar, and a faculty development expert are central to our compassionate and mindful approach to supporting our clients. Most importantly, she knows firsthand what it's like to be a first-generation doctoral student, a female faculty of color, and a mom. Her writing hero? James Baldwin ...
"You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone. That is the goal."
"Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance."
"Every form of writing is difficult, no one is easier than another. They all kick your ass. None of it comes easy."