The College of Professional Studies is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emiliano C. Ayala as Associate Dean effective July 16, 2012. Dr. Ayala is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education at Sonoma State University. In addition, he serves as Principal Investigator and Project Director for EnACT~PTD, a U.S. Department of Education funded initiative focusing on effective pedagogical practices in higher education. He earned his Ph.D. in Education at San Diego State University/Claremont Graduate University and his M.S. in Counseling at San Diego State University. His research and grant activities focus on supporting students and families with disabilities with areas of emphasis examining cultural diversity, early childhood special education, and Universal Design for Learning.
The College is thankful to Dr. Chris Hopper, Associate Dean for the College, for many years of excellence and leadership. Dr. Hopper will return to faculty as Professor and continue as the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration.