Dr. Michael A. (Mike) Moodian has served as a faculty member in various capacities for Chapman University since 2007. He teaches in Chapman’s leadership studies program, codirects Wilkinson College’s Orange County Annual Survey, and is an associate professor of social science at Chapman-affiliated Brandman University.
Mike’s first book, Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence, was released by Sage Publications in 2009. This is an edited volume that examines cultural comprehension’s application to organizations and intercultural competence measurement. The Association of American Colleges & Universities cited the book in establishing national learning standards.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mike to the 11-member State of California Commission on Judicial Performance in 2015 and reappointed Mike for a four-year term in 2017. The commission investigates judicial misconduct and incapacity complaints and disciplines state judges. Additionally, Mike is a member and former chair of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board, serves as a UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative Advisory Board member, and is a World Affairs Council of Orange County Executive Board former chair.
Mike has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and commentaries and has been a guest op-ed contributor for newspapers such as the Orange County Register, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Los Angeles Daily News. He has presented his research at various national and international conferences and has served as an expert commentator on several television and radio programs. Based on his interest in local history, he wrote a short book on the ranch history of South Orange County and North San Diego County titled Images of America: Rancho Santa Margarita (Arcadia, 2010). Mike enjoys speaking to local K-12 and community groups on South Orange County’s indigenous American activity, the Portolá Expedition, Mexican governance of the land, and 20th century ranching activity.
Mike earned a doctorate degree in education from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in communications and bachelor’s degree in communications and sociology from California State University, Fullerton. He is a former U.S. military reservist.
Mike’s wife, Dr. Margaret Moodian ’03, is a tutorial faculty member for adult learners and serves on the Tias Arms Board of Directors. They live in Rancho Mission Viejo with their son and two pets: a rescue dog and chinchilla.