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Department of Educational Leadership

Department Mission

The Educational Leadership and Administration Program develops scholar-practitioners and prepares credible and relevant leaders in education committed to advancing equity and excellence in educational leadership for P-12 and higher education throughout the Central Valley. 

Our values support leadership in:

  • Academic integrity in designing and supporting instructional programs
  • Collaboration with school districts, colleges, universities, and communities
  • Diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ways of understanding
  • Practice informed by research and research informed by practice
  • Reflection of the lifelong learning processes 

Department Overview

Educational Leadership and Administration faculty prepare candidates to effectively lead in educational organizations in the Central Valley of California and beyond.  Our graduates serve in leadership roles in diverse educational settings such as public and private schools, colleges, universities, and other related educational agencies. We have two graduate programs: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration and the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program. Program graduates are continuously recognized as scholar-practitioners, instructional leaders, and agents of change in P-12 schools and in higher education.

Department Chair and Staff

Susana Hernandez
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Office: Education Building, Rm 310
Phone: 559.278.0427

Tiffany Jennings
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: Education Building, Rm 310
Phone: 559.278.0427

Department Faculty

Akhavan, Nancy: Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Dr. Nancy Akhavan
Office: Education Building, Rm443
Phone: 559.278.0345

Gonzalez, Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Office: Education Building, Rm371
Phone: 559.278.9001

Areas of Expertise:
Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Latina/o Critical Theory (LatCrit) in Education; Visual Ethnography and Qualitative Research Methods; Educational Policy and History; Multicultural and Latino Educational Issues; Academic Socialization of Doctoral Students and Faculty

Hannigan, Jessica

Dr. Jessica Hannigan
Office: Education Building, Rm 363
Phone: 559.278.0456

Hauser, Linda

Linda Hauser
Office: Education Building, Rm 355
Phone: 559.278.0350

Areas of Expertise:
Leadership Systems research; transformational change; performance excellence; school leadership; organization development.

Hernandez, Ignacio:  Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Ignacio Hernandez

Office: Education Building, Rm 397
Phone: 559.278.0166

AA in Liberal Arts from Mount San Antonio College
BS in Mathematics from CSU Long Beach
MS in Counseling-Student Development in Higher Education from CSU Long Beach
PhD in Education from Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise:
Community college and university administration and leadership, student affairs, assessment in higher education, Hispanic-serving institutions

Hernandez, Susana: Department Chair

Susana Hernandez

Office: Education Building, Rm 310
Phone: 559.278.0320

B.A. Political Science - University of California, Irvine
B.A. Sociology - University of California, Irvine
M.S. Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education - California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D. Education, Higher Education Administration - Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise:
Latino educational opportunity
Immigration and education
Hispanic Serving Institutions
Critical policy analysis

Luna, Christina

Christina Luna
Office: Education Building, Rm 459
Phone: 559.278.0362

Mendoza, Cecilia

Dr. Cecilia Mendoza
Office: Education Building, Rm 473
Phone: 559.278.0452

Pryor, Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan Pryor
Office: Education Building, Rm369
Phone: 559.278.0294

Walsh, Nichole

Nichole Walsh
Office: Education Building, Rm 467
Phone: 559.278.0532

Watson, Jennifer : Coordinator, Educational Leadership and Administration Program

Jennifer Watson
Office: Education Building, Rm 461
Phone: 559.278.0354

Liberal Studies-BA
Multiple Subject Credential (Supplemental Add-On:  Social Science & ELA)
Administrative Preliminary/Clear Credential
Masters in Education
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Areas of Expertise:
Novice Teacher Retention
Alternative Discipline Structures in K-12

Yi Borromeo, Varaxy : Coordinator, Higher Education Administration and Leadership Program

Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo
Office: Education Building, Rm365
Phone: 559.278.0309