Giles T. Brown Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announced the GILES T. BROWN GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL GRANT.  This grant is established in Fall 2015 with funds from the Giles T. Brown Endowment for Graduate Studies to support the travel for CSUF graduate students to participate in conferences to present their research.  The grant money funds travel and conference registration expenses for CSUF graduate students participating in professional conferences and other professional activities (performances, art exhibitions, etc.) wherein the student is presenting his/her research and/or presenting creative or performing activities, up to $500 each application cycle.

Students are not limited to applying to one cycle, and they can submit more than one application per cycle if they would like to attend more than one conference.  California residency is NOT a requirement.  Conferences must be held within the continental U.S.; international travel is not allowed.

The second deadline is Friday, December 9, 2016 by 5pm

For more information or to download the application, visit their website:

CPED June 2015 Conference

Our department, and the CSUF College of Education hosted The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate June Convening at Cal State Fullerton. The event was held from June 8th through June 10th.

Dr. Dawn Person (to the left) with colleagues.

Dr. Dawn Person (to the left) with colleagues.

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Educational Leadership Department Chair, Dr. John Hoffman (to the left) with colleagues

This conference brought together over 175 educational leaders from across the nation to collaborate and engage in discussion about advancing the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.). Topics of discussion including the following: equity and justice in education, and ways for doctoral students to earn their degree in a three year time frame.

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Natalie Sartin ( Ed.D., ’15) presenting her research poster titled “Lifting as we climb: An exploratory study of the critical methods and approaches of the late nineteenth century African American woman activist-educator”

Our students also showcased their work during the conference. Doctoral students and alumni from both the P-12 Leadership and Community College Leadership presented their research.To view official photos of the event, click here. Original Article Source here.

Dr. Dawn Person to support displaced students from Corinthian Colleges

(In photo: Master’s in Higher Education students and Dr. Dawn Person [center])

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education fined Corinthian Colleges $30 million for misrepresentation of job placement claims. Following the fine, the 30 Corinthian College locations (Everest, Heald, and Wyotech campuses) closed without prior notice to its students, and employees. Because of this, thousands of students were displaced and left with financial burden and uncertainty about their educational future.

Dr. Dawn Person, professor of the Educational Leadership department and Director of C-REAL, is working on leading Next Steps EDU. Our department and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) have teamed up with the Under Secretary of Education with the CSU’s, Beyond 12,  (a national nonprofit organization), and various financial aid professional associations to form Next Steps EDU.  Next Steps EDU is a service created for displaced students from the Corinthian Colleges and aims to assist them in developing next steps toward continuing their educational journey.

Currently, Dr. Person along with other educational leaders are working on training volunteer advisers to support students in need of advising. Students who are interested in volunteering are highly encourage to visit Next Steps EDU site here:

Original Source Article here.

Dr. Estela Zarate awarded $135,000 to conduct needs assessment for Migrant Education Program











Educational Leadership Associate Professor Dr. Estela Zarate, along with Dr. Patricia Perez, recently submitted a grant proposal to conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment for the Migrant Education Program coming out of the San Diego County Office of Education.

Just recently, Dr. Zarate was notified that their grant proposal was accepted and they were funded in the amount of $135,000. Congratulations, Dr. Zarate!

Dr. Zarate is an advocate for bilingual education and her research focuses on equitable access to higher education, college persistence among first-generation students, the educational trajectory of Latino students, and the family and social context of Latino students’ educational experiences. Learn more about Dr. Zarate here.

2015 Educational Leadership Commencement Reception

On Saturday, May 16th, 2015, we hosted our annual Educational Leadership Commencement Reception. The reception was meant to bring together all of our Ed Leadership community to celebrate our graduates. It was hosted by Vice President Berenecea Eanes, Division of Student Affairs.


Our graduates included 2015 grads from our following programs: Master’s in Educational Administration, Master’s in Higher Education, and Doctorate of Education.  Our graduates were joined by their faculty, peers, family, and friends. To see official photos from our reception click here.

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2015 All University Commencement Ceremony featuring our grads

On Saturday May 16th, 2015 our Educational Leadership graduates attended the All University Main Commencement Ceremony. This particular ceremony honors and celebrates all CSUF graduates. 10931193_925892910766872_3747927042287416998_o


During this ceremony, our doctoral graduates participated in the hooding ceremony. The hooding ceremony is a special recognition of our doctoral graduates – the doctoral hood is placed over the head of the graduate to represent his or her completion of the doctoral program.

You can relieve this special recognition ceremony from the video below starting at the 1:25:00 mark. For official photos from the CSUF All University Main Commencement Ceremony click here.

Dr. Dawn Person awarded Diversity in Research Award

The Office of Research Development and the Department of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer (RCATT) awarded our faculty member Dr. Dawn Person the Diversity in Research Award. Dr. Person is the first to receive this award. She was recognized at the Faculty Research Recognition Reception on Wednesday, April 15th.

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Dr. Dawn Person receiving her award.

Dr. Person received the award due to her major contributions in research that covers important topics in higher education including the experiences of underrepresented students. She also currently serves as Director for the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL). C-REAL’s mission is to use methods of evaluation and research to promote equity, access, and success for all students. Dr. Person was nominated by Dr. Jones and members of the C-REAL team.

Educational Research Symposium 2015

Our fourth annual educational research symposium titled, “Applying Educational Research to Solve Problems of Practice” was a huge success! Students and alumni from our Education Doctoral program in P-12 and Community College leadership and Master’s in Higher Education program presented their research.


From left to right: Dr. Yvette Moss, Dr. Eugene Fujimoto (Assistant Professor from the Educational Leadership Department), Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, and Dr. Alicia Baillie

This symposium also held a research panel where CSUF doctoral alumni presented their research dissertations. The invited guest panelists included the following: Dr. Yvette Moss (Director of TRIO Programs at Long Beach City College), Dr. Alicia Baillie (Assistant Principal at Casmir Middle School in the Torrance Unified School District), and Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh (President at West LA College).


Student presenters

This event was made possible with the support by the CSUF College of Education and Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership.

*Take a look at photos from our 2015 symposium here.

Dr. Arnold Holland, Class of 2013, Named Interim Associate Dean for the College of the Arts

Dr. Arnold Holland '13 at the 2014 College of Education Research Symposium

Dr. Arnold Holland ’13 at the 2014 College of Education Research Symposium

Dr. Arnold Holland joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1998 after receiving his M.F.A. in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and his B.F.A. in graphic design from Arizona State University. Dr. Holland also received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from CSUF.

His research interests include semiotics, typography, best practices service-learning and theory-to-practice gaps in the visual arts. In his teaching, he is committed to connecting the campus with the surrounding community through partnerships that enhance student learning, address local needs and encourage students to be active citizens. In addition to teaching in the College of the Arts, he is also the Office of Research and Development Faculty Fellow for Scholarly and Creative Activities. Throughout the years, Dr. Holland has served on numerous departmental and University committees including Academic Senate, WASC, NIH BRAD, AEEC, NASAD, Department Personnel Committee, and many University search committees.

He collaboratively works with various departments and colleges on campus including Education, Communications, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, The Center for Internships & Community Engagement (CICE), and The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (CREAL). Dr. Holland has held memberships and leadership positions in professional design organizations such as AIGA, OBD, CMA, and UCDA.

Meet Educator Estela Zarate

Estela Zarate, who joined CSUF this fall as an associate professor of educational leadership, knows firsthand the benefits of equitable access to higher education.

Born in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico, her parents immigrated to Houston when she was a toddler. As a young bilingual student, Zarate credits her teachers and mentors for inspiring and motivating her to pursue her educational goals.

As an undergraduate at Rice University — where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematical economic analysis and policy studies — Zarate was an outreach volunteer. She later became an admissions counselor at Carleton College in Minnesota, where she instituted a National Hispanic Scholar Program and coordinated efforts to recruit Latino students.

These early experiences to help others of color reach their dream of a college education fueled her drive to become an educator, like her mother and five of her father’s siblings in Mexico.

Zarate, who earned her Ph.D. in education from UCLA and is the first in her family to earn a doctorate, focuses her research on understanding the schooling experiences and pathways for Latino immigrant students.

“I ask what conditions in school and community allow students to be successful in school,” said Zarate. “My research has often pointed out the ways that our educational institutions and policies place barriers for immigrant and/or poor students. I credit my own positive experiences in school as a English-language learner with the origins of this interest.”

Before coming to CSUF, Zarate taught at UC Irvine and served as director of educational policy research at USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.

The Los Angeles resident is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. This fall, she is teaching a course on research methods and research seminars for doctoral and master’s candidates.

“In teaching school leaders, I have the potential to influence generations of students. To be able to influence schools and the education of others is an amazing opportunity — a privilege, and a daunting responsibility.”

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