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Dr. Kim Padulo

Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty
Attallah College of Educational Studies; Leadership Program
Office Location: Reeves Hall 234
University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Science
University of San Diego, Doctor of Education


Dr. Kim Padulo serves as program coordinator for the highly regarded Integrated Educational Studies (IES) program and has taught undergraduate courses at Chapman University in Leadership Studies and IES since 2002. She regards teaching as her primary focus and is a student-centered professor, a fact that is reinforced by her annual nominations from students for teaching excellence awards. She holds an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Southern California.  Prior to entering the classroom full time, Dr. Padulo had a 20-year career in college student development, holding diverse positions in residence life, campus activities, Greek life, student organization advising, and the Women’s Resource Center at several public and private universities in Southern California.  During her tenure at the California State University, Long Beach, she created the Swanson Leadership Center.  Dr. Padulo holds certifications as a trainer from the Josephson Institute of Ethics and as Leadership Faculty from the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.  She has been active in her local school district, creating a character education program for Weaver Elementary School and serving as a classroom, mural artist, and booster volunteer.  Kim resides in Los Alamitos with her husband. 

Scholarly Research Interests 

Gender difference in leadership practice
Transformational Leadership and organizational change
College student identity and leadership development
Character education