Gabriel R. Serna has been appointed an assistant professor in the higher education program in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Serna is one of 16 new faculty members this fall at the college. This year’s hires enhance existing program strengths and increase the college’s national profile across the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences.

“Faculty excellence is at the heart of Virginia Tech’s ability to succeed,” Dean Elizabeth Spiller said. "I am very pleased to welcome such a gifted and transformative group of scholars, artists, and teachers to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences."

Serna’s research focuses on the economics and finance of higher education at all levels, including examining policies that increase access and attainment for low-income students. He has contributed to three books and has published articles in the Journal of Higher Education Management, the Journal of Education Finance, The Clearing House, and Planning for Higher Education.

Serna holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington, a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. He will be teaching assessment and evaluation, finance and economics, policy and foundations, and research design.