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Michael Moodian

Attallah College of Educational Studies


Dr. Michael A. (Mike) Moodian has served as a faculty member in various capacities at Chapman University since 2007. He codirects Wilkinson College’s Orange County Annual Survey and teaches for the Leadership Studies minor and Integrated Educational Studies major programs.

Sage Publications released Mike’s first book, Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence, 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. Mike’s commission colleagues voted him vice chair in 2020. The commission investigates judicial misconduct and incapacity complaints and disciplines state judges. Additionally, Mike serves as a UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative Advisory Board member, is the former chair of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board, and is a former chair of the World Affairs Council of Orange County Executive Board.

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, Voice of OC, and Los Angeles Daily News. He has presented his research at 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 young son and pets. In his free time, Mike enjoys being a taekwondo dad, coaching youth sports, and serving as a San Juan Capistrano Little League board member and division commissioner.