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Dean, Office of Research and Graduate Studies

What drew you to the higher education world?

Attending college was an impactful experience in my life. This led to my desire to work in higher education to support the success of college students. I began in student affairs working with student organizations and leadership development programs. This led to a faculty career researching the effectiveness of programs that support college student transition. It has been an incredible journey, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA?

There are many challenges facing our communities. Research is critically important for understanding these complex problems. It’s a privilege to support faculty members and students as they engage in this important work.

What do you hope students gain from SFA?

An aim of higher education is to help students strengthen their knowledge and skills so that it opens career opportunities and enables them to make a positive difference in their community.  My hope is that students see SFA as a partner not just while they are enrolled in college, but throughout their life journey.

What are you passionate about outside of your role at SFA?

I am passionate about faith and family. I enjoy spending time outdoors and embarking on new adventures. 

Education and Experience

Academic Experience

  • Dean, Office of Research and Graduate Studies (2024–Present)
    Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Associate Dean, College of Education (2022–2023)
    Sam Houston State University
  • Department Chair, Educational Leadership (2019–2022)
    Sam Houston State University
  • Program Coordinator, Higher Education MA (2017–2019)


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Research
    University of North Texas
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
    University of North Texas
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
    Texas A&M University

Awards / Achievements

  • 80 articles, book chapters and scholarly presentations
  • Principal investigator or grant evaluator on $3 million dollars in externally funded projects
  • Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow
  • Sam Houston State University Faculty Administrative Fellow
  • Past-editor, Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Past-president, Southwest Educational Research Association


Marc Guidry, Ph.D.
Associate Provost of Academic Affairs
P.O. Box 6079, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962