Dr. Daniel J. Almeida is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he teaches Student Development Theory in the Master’s program in Counseling & Guidance in Student Affairs. He received his BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College, MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and PhD in Urban Education Policy – Higher Education concentration at the University of Southern California.
During his professional career Dr. Almeida worked in Student Affairs at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a Coordinator of Student Development, and worked in Career Services at Cal State Long Beach and Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Almeida’s research agenda includes issues relating to first-generation college students, including grit, social capital and financial literacy. He also is interested in using Social Network Analysis to study networks of relationships of faculty, staff, and students on college campuses, and is interested in exploring uses of assessments like the Strengths Finder in Student Affairs.
Dr. Almeida has recently published articles the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Dr. Almeida also has two chapters included in the edited book The Problem of College Readiness and a chapter in the upcoming book titled Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education Organization and Policy Research in the Core Concepts in Higher Education series.