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Dr. Michelle Samura

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and External Affairs
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: Spatial Design; Community Engagement; Belonging and Connectedness; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Visual Methodology
Office Location: Reeves Hall
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
University of California, San Diego, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Master of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.


Dr. Michelle Samura is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and External Affairs in the Attallah College of Educational Studies. She also is the founding Co-Director of the Collaborate Initiative and principal investigator of the Architecture of Belonging project.

Dr. Samura conducts research, publishes, and speaks on the relationship between space and belonging. She currently is integrating insights from the fields of architecture, design, education, critical geography, and visual sociology to identify key design principles and elements of built environments that promote belonging in educational, workplace, and community settings.

Dr. Samura primarily teaches in Chapman's undergraduate Integrated Educational Studies (IES) program, where she challenges students to think boldly and broadly about what it means to be an "educator" in today's society.

K-12 Teaching Experience

Dr. Samura earned her California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She taught U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, and Economics at Schurr High School in Montebello, California.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications