Attallah College of Educational Studies is proud to expand our faculty in multiple disciplines.
With the beginning of our 2023-24 academic year, we are thrilled to introduce a group of accomplished scholars and passionate educators joining our faculty in new or revised roles. Each brings a variety of experiences and perspectives, ready to contribute to our collective goal of creating a meaningful impact through education.
Join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest faculty members.
Dr. Jeanne Anne Carriere, who has served as a part-time lecturer in our School Psychology and School Counseling programs while the Director of FAST (Families and Schools Together) at UCI for many years, has joined us as Instructional Assistant Professor of School Psychology. In this new role, Dr. Carriere will take on significant aspects of fieldwork supervision for our School Psychology candidates, in addition to teaching courses in the School Psychology program.
Dr. Jared Izumi has joined us as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of School Psychology, coming to us from his previous faculty appointment at the University of Iowa. We are happy to have Dr. Izumi ‘return home to Chapman,’ as he graduated from Attallah College’s MA/Ed.S. program in School Psychology before he obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. Dr. Izumi was also the 2022 Attallah College Distinguished Alumnus Award winner, and we are incredibly excited to have him with us now as a faculty member. We look forward to future developments of his research interests in school mental health, screening for social-emotional and behavioral health risk, and social-emotional learning.
Dr. Priscilla Liu has joined us for the 2023-24 academic year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, emphasizing Qualitative Methodology. Dr. Liu is an educational anthropologist and comes to us from UCLA where she previously worked and completed her dissertation. Dr. Liu is teaching qualitative methods for the Ph.D. in Education program, as well as select undergraduate courses.
Dr. Zack Maupin this year has assumed a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of School Psychology. Dr. Maupin’s new faculty position will include furthering his research interests, which include school attendance, transition services, and evidence-based assessment.
Dr. Colette O’Bannion, who has previously served as a part-time lecturer in the Integrated Educational Studies and Teacher Education programs, joined our undergraduate program for the 2023-24 academic year in a limited-term role as Instructional Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. O’Bannion has over 20 years of elementary teaching and K-12 administrative experience in California schools.
Dr. Greg Warren, who served previously in a limited-term position, has now moved into a continuing faculty line as Instructional Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies. Dr. Warren looks forward to continuing to teach and mentor our undergraduate leadership minor and master’s degree students.
Dr. Tara Widner has joined us as an Instructional Associate Professor and the Director of Leadership Studies (master’s and undergraduate leadership minor programs). Dr. Widner previously served as the Interim Director of Leadership Programs at Iowa State University and the Director of their Global Leadership Study Abroad Program. In prior faculty roles, Dr. Widner was the Assistant Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Iowa, Chair of the Leadership Education MIG in the International Leadership Association (ILA), and a lecturer in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Dr. Widner graduated from Oklahoma State University with an M.S. in Higher Education Leadership and obtained her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.