Attallah College of Educational Studies

2020 Dean's Report

Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller

Message from the Dean

As the current Interim Dean of Attallah College of Educational Studies and as a faculty member in the college since 2005, it is my distinct pleasure to share our achievements from the last year with you.

Now, as a result of a multi-year effort that culminated in the spring of 2020, Attallah College finds itself in the unique position of being one of only 300 colleges of education in the United States to have achieved national accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition, we received a 10-year renewal of the state-level accreditation for our teacher education programs and pupil personnel credential programs from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) as well as renewal of our international accreditation for our program in school psychology from the International Association of School Psychologists (IASP). These state, national, and international recognitions place Attallah College’s educator and pupil personnel programs among those of the highest caliber. Yet, we look forward not to resting on our laurels but continuing to deliver on the college’s motto of Changing Education and Changing the World through the work of our faculty, students, and alumni.

The recognition of Chapman University as a nationally-ranked institution this past year by US News and World Report, in tandem with Chapman’s designation as a research-intensive R2 institution by the Carnegie Foundation, signal what has been a decade-long focus of the entire university toward national reputation and research excellence. The Attallah College, home of Chapman’s first Ph.D. program, has been a significant contributor to this distinction as well.

Despite our rise in the national landscape and our recognitions, Attallah College’s faculty, staff, and students remain committed to our local community’s needs. Our undergraduate programs have increased their partnerships with our community, our C-TAG (Chapman Transfer Admission Guarantee) pipeline for future teachers with our local community colleges, and our second iteration of the ePrize competition supporting innovation in local schools in the last year – not to mention our nearly 160 fieldwork and practica placements in local K-12 schools – have led us to adopt a new slogan which we believe encompasses both the status and the heart of Attallah College:




Clearly, 2019–2020 was a significant year for our college despite the many difficulties the global pandemic presented. Like all academic units at Chapman, we have pivoted our efforts in teaching, research, and community partnerships to continue our traditions of excellence and delivery of the Chapman Experience to the fullest within these difficult times. We increased student financial aid, created remote tutoring programs for local youth, and embarked on a comprehensive faculty development initiative to deliver high-quality remote instruction to our students. I am proud of these efforts and look forward to better times ahead. No matter what comes, I am confident the Attallah College of Educational Studies will continue to develop and disseminate evidence-based practices that make a real difference for children, schools, and communities.


Roxanne Greitz Miller, Ed.D.
Interim Dean, Attallah College of Educational Studies
Donna Ford Attallah Professor of Teacher Education
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Chapman University

Fall 2019 Data Snapshot

Student Enrollment

Diversity and Program Enrollment

Thompson Policy Institute Highlights


Active Education Webinar Series

The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to virtual learning has compounded an already serious statewide teacher shortage in California. In an effort to support public education and ensure an uninterrupted pipeline of future educators, the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) came together with state and national partners to develop the California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling (CAIS) Active Education Webinars Series for teacher candidates, serving more than 800 participants, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

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Transition CA Resource Webpage

Working in collaboration with state and local partners, TPI has launched the comprehensive Transition CA website. Designed to improve transition outcomes (such as employment and housing) for people with disabilities, Transition CA provides transition resources related to education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills. The new site includes training information, tools, documents, and resource contacts organized by both stakeholder and subject area.

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FAST Model Expansion at CHOC Children’s

TPI has signed a five-year agreement with the Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s to license the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program. The FAST program was designed to assist schools and families of children with disabilities as they navigate the school system, from preschool through college. Often embedded within neurodevelopmental centers, the program helps families, schools, and community service providers collaborate with one another in order to build an effective, high-quality learning plan for school-age children.

  • New Faculty and New Leadership Positions


    Stephany Cuevas, Ed.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Read more about Stephany Cuevas

    Jillian Wood, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Program Coordinator, Integrated Educational Studies

    Read more about Jillian Wood

    Quaylan Allen, Ph.D.

    Director, First-Generation Programs

    Read more about Quaylan Allen
    Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.

    Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.

    Director, Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

    Read more about Meghan Cosier

    Keith Howard, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Academic Affairs

    Read more about Keith Howard

    Michelle Samura, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and External Affairs

    Read more about Michelle Samura

    Attallah College News

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    Attallah College Earns State, National, and International Accreditation

    Attallah College earned full national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for its educator preparation program (EPP), becoming only the second EPP in California to earn CAEP accreditation.

    In addition to CAEP and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) accreditation, Attallah’s School Psychology program is one of only five school psychology programs in the United States and the only in California to be internationally accredited through the International School Psychology Association (ISPA).

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    Chapman and Shanghai Normal University Partnership Expands with Second Cohort

    Following the successful implementation of a three-year pilot program, Chapman University and Shanghai Normal University (SNU, also known as SHNU) have further expanded their partnership.

    Beginning in fall 2020, a second cohort of students from SNU have enrolled in the Attallah College of Educational Studies Ph.D. in Education program.