Adam Z. Duran-Leftin

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

Educational Policy Studies

Office: ZEB 320

Phone: 305-348-2511


Adam Z. Duran-Leftin, Ph.D. (he/him/él) is a visiting assistant professor of Higher Education and Graduate Program Director of the online M.S. in Higher Education Administration program. Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, Dr. Duran-Leftin worked for 13 years in a variety of student affairs functional areas as a practitioner (Student Activities/Student Organizations, Leadership Programs, Residence Life, College Union, Fraternity/Sorority Life, Academic Advising, Orientation/Transition Programs, and Commuter/Off-Campus Programs). His research and scholarship interests include amplifying anti-deficit frameworks in student success, free speech on campus, crisis management in higher education, and graduate-level preparation of student affairs practitioners. He is an active member of the following associations: ACPA – College Student Educators International, NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, Association of College Unions International (ACUI), and Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA).

Research Areas

  • Anti-deficit frameworks for student success
  • Free speech on campus
  • Crisis management in higher education
  • Student affairs graduate preparation
  • Organization & leadership in higher education


PhD — Miami University (OH), Student Affairs in Higher Education, 

MA — Northern Kentucky University, Communication

BA — Northern Kentucky University, Communication Studies