Dawn Person – Professor (Ed.D. Higher and Adult Education, Teacher College; M.Ed Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Slippery Rock University; B.S. Elementary and Special Education, Slippery Rock University)
Background: Dawn Person is a Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at California State University, Fullerton. She serves as Coordinator of the Community College, Higher Education Specialization for the Educational Doctorate. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL), a solution-focused, data-driven research center that serves community partners in Los Angeles and Orange county as well as national and international associates committed to issues of educational leadership and student achievement. Prior to her decade of college teaching, Dawn serves as a counselor, advisor, and administrator in student affairs, coordination programs and services in support of students of color, international students, first-year students, and student athletes. She serves as a consultant to colleges and universities on program evaluation, student retention, organizational change, and multicultural issues. Dr. Person has written numerous articles and book chapters on student retention for African American men, women, and women and student athletes of color. Among her many honors and awards, Dawn received the American College Personnel Association’s Diamond Honoree Award, a lifetime achievement award and the Most Valuable Professor Award. She remains active with the ACPA, NASPA, and other professional associations.
Research Interest: Campus climate and students of color retention rates