Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies (CES) is pleased to announce the appointment of:

Kelly Kennedy

Kelly Kennedy, Associate Dean of Graduate Education

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Michelle Samura, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education

Scot Danforth, Assistant Dean for Research

Scot Danforth, Assistant Dean for Research

Kelly Kennedy
, associate professor, is the program coordinator of the School Psychology program.  She is the editor of the
Trainers’ Forum,
and an Associate Editor of
Contemporary School Psychology
. Her research interests include bridging the research-to-practice gap in school psychology, helping practitioners track the effectiveness of their interventions, and creating safe, supportive, and caring school environments for all students.

Michelle Samura
, assistant professor, is the Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement for the Integrated Educational Studies and Teacher Education Programs and founding Co-Director of the Collaborative Initiative – which aims to reconceptualize purposes of higher education and develop ways to help people rethink where and how “learning” happens. Her research explores the intersection of space, race, and education. She currently is studying the role of space in the development of belonging and community in higher education settings.

Scot Danforth
, professor, is a scholar in the fields of disability studies in education and inclusive education. He is author or editor of over seventy publications, including ten books. His scholarship examines political and ethical issues involving disabled young people and schooling, and his goal is to foster the development of democratic schools and communities that are accepting, supportive, and caring to all persons.

“I’m very pleased these three highly talented individuals have accepted my invitation to serve on the CES administrative team beginning August 1,” said
Margaret Grogan
, dean of the College of Educational Studies. “I feel very fortunate to have such a strong team to work with as we move into the 16/17 Academic Year!”

“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate
Ky Kugler
(Senior Associate Dean), Kimberly White-Smith (Associate Dean), and
Roxanne Miller
(Assistant Dean) on their new opportunities. Thank you all for your many years of service to our students, alumni, and the CES community.”


Ky Kugler, Clinical Education Coordinator and Clinical Professor for the MS in Athletic Training in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Kimberly White-Smith

Kimberly White-Smith, Dean of the LaFetra College of Education at the University of LaVerne (Since July 1, 2016)

Roxanne Miller

Roxanne Miller, Director of the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Chapman University (Since March 2016, Interim Director since 2015)

About the College of Educational Studies

The College of Educational Studies is becoming a nationally recognized institution known for developing professionals who change the world through ethical, rigorous, and reflective scholarship and practice. Through teaching excellence, engaged scholarship, and transformative educational practices, we collaborate with individuals, families, communities, schools, and organizations toward an inclusive, equitable, and just world. The College of Educational Studies offers undergraduate education degrees, teacher credentials, and graduate education degrees including a Ph.D. in Education. For more information, visit
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