Attallah College of Educational Studies

2021 Dean's Report

Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller

Message from the Dean

The 2020–2021 academic year called upon Attallah College faculty members, students, and staff to continually adapt and respond to the changing needs of our university and local communities. With K-12 schools and community agencies predominately engaging in remote teaching and services delivery during fall 2020, and our university primarily remote for the entire academic year, our faculty and students demonstrated their resiliency and unwavering commitment to meeting our stakeholders needs, no matter the situation.

Our reading, math, and writing tutoring programs for elementary and early adolescents all transitioned to virtual modalities last year, bringing much needed support to local children and families throughout the academic year. When K-12 school and community site staff members returned to their work sites, our teacher education, school counseling, and school psychology students joined these practitioners in person to address learning loss, readjustment to school, and the needs of families deeply affected by the prior year’s economic and emotional impacts. Our PhD students modified their research projects to focus on virtual data collection, and our undergraduates focused their philanthropic grant-making efforts on community organizations that support anti-racist educational practices and uplift Black communities.

While the 2020–2021 academic year is behind us, let’s not forget that 140,000 children in the United States lost a primary or secondary caregiver to COVID-19, with a disproportionate impact on our communities of color. The long-term effects of the pandemic, and our collective losses, will continue to impact children and families for years to come. The future will require highly skilled practitioners ready to attend to children and adults’ social-emotional needs as well as their academics, with a growth mindset that focuses additionally on equity and inclusion for all whom we serve.

However, with these demands comes the opportunity for lasting and systemic change. A “traditional” educational model, where all instruction occurs within the walls of a classroom and in a place called “school,” is unlikely to return. More than 70% of college-age students report they will be looking for online opportunities in their future university coursework. With the current nationwide staffing shortage in K-12 schools, our nationally accredited teacher education, school counselor, and school psychology programs are poised to fill these essential roles. Additionally, the successful grant and research activities of Attallah College’s graduate students, faculty members, and Thompson Policy Institute will further amplify our future collective impact on education on a scale greater than ever before.

Overall, the current and future alumni from our undergraduate through doctoral programs, along with our faculty and staff, look forward to contributing widely in this new normal to the fulfillment of the Attallah College motto: “Changing Education. Changing the World.” I look forward to what this future brings for us all.


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 2020 Data Snapshot

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Degree Programs


Full-Time Faculty


PhD Student to Faculty Ratio

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81 District & Charter School Partnerships

81 partnerships agreements with schools, districts, and community sites

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98 Percent Graduate Financial Aid

98% of new graduate students received financial assistance

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63 Paid Graduate Assistantships

Paid teaching and graduate research assistantships

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25 Named Scholarships & Endowments

Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduates and graduates

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156 School Site Fieldwork Placements

156 graduate-level fieldwork placements for student teaching, counseling, and school psychology

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100 Percent Praxis Pass Rate

100% Praxis pass rate for Counseling and School Psychology students

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Student Enrollment

Diversity and Program Enrollment


Attallah College News

Cathery Yeh

Cathery Yeh Awarded NSF Grant for Anti-Bias Mathematics Education


Cathery Yeh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in Chapman University’s Attallah College of Education Studies, and her colleagues have been awarded a more than $2.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for the project “Developing and Researching K-12 Teacher Leaders Enacting Anti-bias Mathematics Education (DREAM).” Chapman will receive more than $650,000 of the grant funding. The goal of the DREAM project is to develop and study a community-centered, job-embedded professional development model that helps to preemptively reduce bias among classroom teachers.

Chapman students standing in front of Chapman's Memorial Hall

First C-TAG for Future Educators Cohort Joins IES Program

The first cohort of C-TAG for Future Educators students joined Chapman’s Integrated Educational Studies (IES) bachelor’s degree program. Developed within the Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, the Completion of the C-TAG, or Chapman Transfer Admission Guarantee, pathway offers aspiring elementary and special education teachers transferring from local community college guaranteed admission into Chapman. To celebrate the launch of the C-TAG partnerships, Chapman University offered full tuition scholarships for students entering as part of the inaugural C-TAG cohort in Fall 2021.

ePrize project team of 5 teachers in a middle school classroom

ePrize Initiative Promotes Public School Parent Engagement and Student Achievement

Leadership teams from Chapman’s first ePrize (Education Prize) project on parent engagement in K-12 public schools shared lessons learned from their three-year collaboration during a virtual panel discussion. One unexpected outcome was the partner schools and districts felt they were better prepared to face the challenges for the shift to distance learning due to the global pandemic.

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Summer Teacher Research Experience Program

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Attallah College gave two Orange County high school science teachers the opportunity to participate in Chapman’s Summer Teacher Research Experience Program, which combined immersive fieldwork and active lab training. In addition to traveling to the Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine to help teach a two-week fieldwork and scientific methods course for high school students, the two OC teachers also spent eight weeks working in Chapman’s Comparative Biomaterials Lab.

Shanghai Normal University (SNU) PhD in Education Partnership

The first cohort of Chapman University doctoral students from Shanghai Normal University (SNU) successfully earned their Ph.D. in Education in just three years, despite the unforeseen challenges of restricted international travel and a global pandemic.

New Faculty and Leadership Positions

Randee Kirkemo

Randee Kirkemo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, School Counseling

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Kris De Pedro

Kris De Pedro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator, Leadership Studies

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Charlotte Achieng-Evensen

Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Ph.D.

CalEPIC Senior Transformation Specialist

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Thompson Policy Institute Highlights

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TPI Awarded $3.5 Million to Establish CalEPIC

Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) has been awarded a new $3.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With the new funding, TPI will operate the California Educator Preparation Innovation Collaborative (CalEPIC), one of only two such educator preparation transformation centers in California. CalEPIC’s mission is to develop a strong and diverse educator workforce by supporting pre-service teachers and educator preparation programs (EPPs).

tpi transition

Thompson Autism Center Adds Transition Planning to FAST Services

CHOC’s Thompson Autism Center has added Transition Planning to its suite of Families, Agencies, and Schools Together (FAST) services. Originally developed in 2012 by faculty within the Attallah College and TPI, the FAST program was designed to assist schools and families of children with disabilities as they navigate the school system, from preschool through college. The FAST@CHOC model being implemented at the Thompson Autism Center is focused on person-driven planning, which seeks to help people with disabilities plan for their future.

Choc's Children

TPI Awarded $784,000 Grant to Support Advancement of Inclusive Schooling

TPI received a new three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for $784,000. Funding for the Strategic Practices for the Advancement of Inclusive Schooling (SPAIS) grant will support educator preparation programs (EPPs), public charters, and public school districts to improve outcomes for historically marginalized students. TPI will serve as the lead agency to provide EPPs, public, and public-charter K-12 educators and administrators with professional development, in-person and virtual collaboration convenings, and technical coaching on research-based educational practices.

Community Engagement

Chapman student tutoring a boy in math

Community Math Learning Program

Attallah College’s new Community Math Learning Program gives Chapman students opportunities to practice research-based math instructional routines while providing free mathematics support and enrichment for students in the community.

Community Math

Transition CA Resource Site

To support successful transition to employment, independent living and quality life for individuals with disabilities, Transition CA offers transition and employment related information and resources to individuals with disabilities, families, educators, and business partners.

Transition CA
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Mental Wellth Toolkits

To promote mental wellness and share mental health resources, Attallah College faculty and students developed the Mental Wellth Project. The project offers Mental Health in Schools Toolkits and online resources for educators, parents, and school-age kids.

Mental Wellth