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Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Graduate Faculty Group

DPEL Interim Director

Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman
Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman
Interim Director, DPEL
Phone 661.654.3140
E-mail msuleiman@csub.edu

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Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman is a professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1993.  He previously taught at the Maricopa Community College District, AZ; Arizona State University, Tempe; and Fort Hays State University, KS. He joined CSUB in 1999 and has created/taught a variety of credential and graduate courses in the areas of multiculturalism, equity and social justice, global education, reading/literacy, action research, instructional leadership, second language acquisition among others.   During his tenure at CSUB, Dr. Suleiman has served as Director of the Multiple Subject Credential Program and as Chair of the Teacher Education Department.  He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar (2009/2010) at the Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, Bahrain as well as (2016/2017) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher  Training, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.

 

Dr. Suleiman is one of the original planning committee members for the CSUF-CSUB joint doctoral program.  In addition to being among the very first core members, he is the first CSUB faculty to  chair dissertation committees as well as serve on many others; since the inception of the program, he has chaired more than seven dissertations focusing on various topics such the impact of school discipline policies on African American male students’ achievement gap, critical pedagogy approach to examine the impact of poverty on teacher grading decisions, gender equity in STEM related sciences, educational entrepreneurship, self-efficacy and social capital of Latinos in career academies,…among others.

 

He continues his involvement in the program with the commitment to enhance an actionable doctoral culture by promoting social justice leadership to transform schools in the service area and beyond.


Core Faculty

Dr. Chandra Commuri
Dr. Chandra Commuri
Professor
Phone 661.654.6140
E-mail ccommuri@csub.edu

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Dr. Chandra Commuri is a professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration. He is also currently the Faculty Director of the Teaching & Learning Center at CSUB. He teaches courses in public policy, nonprofit management, and qualitative research methods. His research interests include studying how narratives shape policy outcomes. and understanding the identity work carried out by public employees in high-stress situations. Dr. Commuri is on the governing boards at the Kern Community Foundation and the Kern Network for Children. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.


Dr. Alemseghed Kebede
Dr. Alemseghed Kebede
Professor
Phone 661.654.2306
E-mail akebede@csub.edu

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Dr. Alem Kebede, currently Professor of Sociology/Social Theory, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (MS: Sociology; MA: Philosophy; PhD: Sociology).  Prior to joining CSUB, he had a visiting assistant professor position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Alem Kebede's research areas include sociology of education, social theory, social movements, and cross-cultural encounters.  His articles have appeared in Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Spectrum, Sociological Focus and Research in Social Movements, Teaching Sociology and Journal of Developing Societies.  While at CSUB, Alem Kebede has taught Introduction to Sociology, Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology, Social Stratification, Social Change, Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Classical Sociological Theory, Contemporary Sociological Theory, The African Experience in the United States, Advanced Sociological Theory, Sociology of Power, Civil Rights Movement, Political Sociology, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods, and Advanced Social Psychology.  His important services to the University include: Global/Diaspora Studies Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, Graduate Coordinator and AKD advisor for Sociology Majors.  During his spare time, Alem Kebede loves to train for marathons.  He has run thirteen marathons, including the Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City Marathons. 

Dr. Stacy Schmidt
Dr. Stacy Schmidt
Associate Professor
Phone 661.952.5084
E-mail sschmidt3@csub.edu

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Dr. Stacy M. P. Schmidt is in her nineteenth year of teaching in the Teacher Credentialing programs at California State University Bakersfield.  She has served in a variety of leadership roles including Interim Chair of the Teacher Education Department and is currently the Director of Teacher Credentialing at the CSUB AV Campus. Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include education policy, co-teaching, and differentiated instruction to provide quality instruction for all students.   


Dr. Randolph Schultz
Dr. Randolph Schultz
Dean, Antelope Valley
Phone 661.952.5015
E-mail rschultz@csub.edu

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Dr. Randy Schultz is the retired Dean of CSUB Antelope Valley. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Dallas, his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at CSU Bakersfield and his Doctorate at the University of the Pacific. During his career, he has been an elementary school teacher, a vice principal, a principal, and a county office level administrator. He has worked for CSUB, primarily the Antelope Valley campus, since 2006. First as a faculty member in Teacher Education and then as a grant administrator.  He became the full time Dean at CSUB Antelope Valley in March of 2017. Dr. Schultz’s primary research is in the area of Educational Technology. Specifically, how current technologies are adopted by those reluctant to use technology and how new technologies can support constructivist learning in the classroom. In addition, he studies the moral and social implications of technology and their effect on public school policy. His current interest is in transfer students, their road to a four-year University, and their journey to successful graduation.

Dr. John Stark
Dr. John Stark
Interim Dean, BPA
Phone 661.654.3140
E-mail jstark@csub.edu

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Dr. John B. Stark is Interim Dean for the School of Business and Public Administration, and taught management and organizational studies during his 20+ years of service at California State University, Bakersfield.  He has served in various campus leadership positions, including Chair of the Academic Senate and several Senate Committees, Department Chair of Management & Marketing, Associate Dean of the School of Business & Public Administration, and Interim Dean for the School.  He has now returned to the faculty and is also serving as the Director of the CSUB Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Dr. Stark returned to academia after sixteen years of practical experience in small and medium-sized organizations, in both the private and public sectors.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri at Columbia, his primary areas of instruction have been organizational behavior, small business management, and managerial skills, teaching in the undergraduate, masters, and EdD programs.  His research is in the development of trust, conflict resolution, and pedagogy. Dr. Stark is also a consultant for area organizations in strategic planning and the development of managerial skills.


Dr. Brian Street
Dr. Brian Street
Assistant Professor
Phone 661.654.2551
E-mail bstreet1@csub.edu
Website https://sites.google.com/view/drstreetgaitlab/

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Dr. Brian D. Street is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of the Orthopaedic Neuromuscular Laboratory; where he directs the Biomechanics and Neuroscience teaching and research programs. The main objective of the lab is to investigate musculoskeletal, psychomotor and neural factors that influence gait pattern, postural control, balance recovery responses and falls as we age, particularly when suffering from lower-limb osteoarthritis or recovering from joint replacement and after lower-limb amputation. Dr. Street is also a core faculty member in the Doctoral program in Educational Leadership where he provides scholarship and pedagogy expertise in research methods and quantitative statistical analysis. Dr. Street’s research interests in education are with improving graduation rates, and the impact of financial aid and higher education student loan policies, particularly among underrepresented student populations.

Dr. Michael  Szolowicz
Dr. Michael Szolowicz
Assistant Professor
Phone 661.654.2663
E-mail mszolowicz@csub.edu

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Dr. Michael Szolowicz brings hard-earned perspective gained from 23 years of service as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher in comprehensive public high schools.  Dr. Szolowicz's tenure as a practitioner encompassed diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities and has coincided with the national educational reform efforts of standardization and testing as seen in No Child Left Behind and the Common Core.  Dr. Szolowicz's scholarly interests stem from these experiences and explore the intersections of educational reform, politics, leadership, philosophy, and curriculum. Dr. Szolowicz's research includes examination of a local effort to overturn a Common math curriculum and an exploration of efforts to legalize opting out of state mandated testing.  Dr. Szolowicz is an Affiliate Faculty for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and pushes learners to interact with and observe people and systems, deeply analyze these experiences, and use the insight gained to design improvements for our overall quality of life.

Dr. Jianjun Wang
Dr. Jianjun Wang
Professor
Phone 661.654.3048
E-mail jwang@csub.edu
Website http://www.csub.edu/~jwang

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Dr. Jianjun Wang's participation in DPEL started in early 2008 when he represented CSUB and completed the signature pedagogy assignment for the first CSU systemwide Ed.D. convention at the Carnegie Foundation.  During the phase of the joint doctoral program with CSU Fresno, Dr. Wang served as a member of the Research Committee at Fresno and advised dissertations that bridged both quantitative and qualitative domains.  Dr. Wang represented both programs of Fresno and CSUB in an hour-long presentation at the 2015 Carnegie Project for Education Doctorate (CPED) convening. 

During his tenure at CSUB since 1993, Dr. Wang has been maintaining an inquiry agenda across the domains of fundamental research, applied research, and action research.  The products are illustrated by over 70 publications in scholarly journals, such as Educational Researcher, American Statistician, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, School Science and Mathematics, The MathScience Connector, Phi Delta Kappan, Science Education, Educational Psychology, Journal of Social Service Research, Mathematics Education Research Journal, Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Educational Research, Evaluation and Program Planning, Research  in the Schools, and Teacher Education & Practice (to name a few).  Using an axiom of “showing me, not telling me”, current and/or prospective students are urged to read Dr. Wang's past work (see a more complete list at http://www.csub.edu/~jwang) and discuss what he can do to support their progress toward program completion. 

Besides the direct assistance in guiding doctoral research, Dr. Wang offers technical support through statistical lab consulting to facilitate dissertation development supervised by other colleagues.  In DPEL, we work as a professional team to strengthen doctoral research culture at CSUB!


Dr. R. Aaron Wisman
Dr. R. Aaron Wisman
Assistant Professor
Phone 661.654.6111
E-mail rwisman@csub.edu

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Dr. Aaron Wisman received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in 2017. Dr. Wisman currently serves as an assistant professor in the Educational Administration (Master of Arts) program and as Core Faculty for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to this experience, Dr. Wisman served schools and school districts identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) as an Education Recovery Specialist (i.e., consultant) with the Kentucky Department of Education. In addition, Dr. Wisman has also served as a high school biology teacher and department chair in public and private school contexts. 

Dr. Wisman’s research interests include school diversity and academic achievement of marginalized students, diversity and equity policy, state-level education reform, leadership in high-minority/high-poverty contexts, and school turnaround. He has published several peer-reviewed empirical articles in academic journals such as Education and Urban Society, Educational Policy, The Journal of Negro Education, among others.


Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Brittney Beck
Assistant Professor
Phone 661.654.3140
E-mail bbeck4@csub.edu

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Dr. Brittney Beck is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield. Her body of work resides at the intersection of democratic education, teacher and student activism, C-STEAM education, and university-school-community partnerships. At these intersections, she explores how school systems can best engage the material and ideological realities of the community to inform and reform curricula, pedagogy, and school climate initiatives in ways that engage teachers and students as active citizens. Dr. Beck also serves as the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Citizen Scientist Project, which is designed to build the capacity of teachers and students to apply their budding competencies in C-STEAM disciplines to identify and address issues of community concern in collaboration with scientists and community agencies.  In doing so, she hopes to democratize science by including more diverse voices in question posing, data collection, data analysis, and data-informed advocacy. She has published her work in the American Educational Research Journal, Perspectives on Urban Education, and the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, as well as more public-facing articles with Teaching Tolerance. 

Dr. Emmanuel Mourtzanos
Dean of Instruction, Bakersfield College
Phone 661.395.4406
E-mail emmanuel.mourtzanos@bakersfieldcollege.edu

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Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Mourtzanos serves as the Dean of Instruction at Bakersfield College, overseeing various academic programs and services. Dr. Mourtzanos has served in numerous administrative roles in higher education over the past 24 years, such as: Dean of Students (California State University Bakersfield); Associate Dean of Student Services (Letourneau University); Director of Education (University of Washington School of Medicine); and Assistant Director of Residence Life (Seattle Pacific University). Dr. Mourtzanos has been actively involved as an adjunct faculty member at various institutions throughout his career, including as an Affiliate Faculty for CSUB’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership since 2015. Dr. Mourtzanos earned his Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Seattle Pacific University (2005), M.A. in Student Development from Providence College & Seminary (1996), and B.R.E. in Christian Education from Tyndale University College (1993).

Dr. Adam Sawyer
Assistant Professor
Phone 661.654.3232
E-mail asawyer2@csub.edu

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Dr. Adam Sawyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education where he also directs the CSUB Liberal Studies and Bilingual Authorization Programs. His research explores the nexus of migration and education with a focus on Latinx children, youth, and families. He is also a specialist in the design and study of bilingual education programs and models for place-based and culturally sustaining curricula and pedagogies for historically minoritized populations, especially in rural California. His recent work has been published by Journal of Latinos and Education, International Migration Review, and Teacher Education Quarterly, and he is co-editor of the 2013 Teachers College Press Volume Regarding Educación: Mexican American Schooling, Immigration, and Binational Solutions. Previous to his academic career, Dr. Sawyer served as a Spanish bilingual elementary school teacher in California and as an academic consultant to the Mexican National Ministry of Education. He holds an Ed.M and Ed.D from Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Dr. Jinping Sun
Professor
Phone 661.654.6217
E-mail jsun2@csub.edu

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Dr. Jinping Sun is a professor of Public Policy & Administration at California State University, Bakersfield.  She has taught courses in public finance and budgeting, research methods, public policy, internships, and culminating activities.  Her research interests focus on public budgeting and finance, and she has published books and peer-reviewed journal articles in government budget forecasting, public pensions, and public budgeting.