» Chancellor's Office Staff
Jeanne Gunner, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Jeanne Gunner joined the Chapman community in 2003. She works with academic programs and initiatives that cut across the university, including General Education, Freshman Foundations Classes (FFC), Honors Program, Academic Advising, Undergraduate Research, Academic Technology, and the Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University and has been a faculty member at UCLA and Santa Clara University. She is past editor of the NCTE journal College English. Her research focuses on writing and ideology; The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse is a recent example. At Chapman she teaches FFC and writing classes.
Richard Redding, J.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education
Dr. Redding is the Wang-Fradkin Professor of Law and Psychology. Previously, he served as Associate Dean at the School of Law. Prior to joining Chapman in 2008, he had been a professor at Villanova University, Drexel University, and the University of Virginia. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia and law degree from Washington and Lee University. Dr. Redding has published widely in leading scientific and legal journals, has co-authored or co-edited four books, serves on the editorial boards of five peer-reviewed journals, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Bar Foundation. His research focuses on forensic issues in criminal law and juvenile justice, the use of social science research in law and public policy and the ways in which social and political attitudes influence how science is used in policy making, the role of sociopolitical attitudes in diversity and interpersonal and professional functioning, and legal education.
Raymond Sfeir, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration
Dr. Raymond Sfeir holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined the Chapman University faculty in 1985 and is a Professor of Economics and Management Science in the Argyros School of Business and Economics. Dr. Sfeir has published numerous articles on inventory studies, efficiency in education, mutual funds performance, and uncertainty studies. He currently teaches economics, statistics and forecasting courses.
Joseph Slowensky, M.F.A.
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Faculty Affairs
Joe Slowensky joined the Chancellor’s Office in 2009 after serving for seven years as Chair of the Film Division and Graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Slowensky oversees Chapman’s institutional effectiveness efforts through assessment and program review as the university’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO). He also supervises faculty processes for hiring, contracts, tenure and promotion, and annual review. Slowensky is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Writer’s Peer Group, where he’s a voting juror for the annual prime-time Emmy Awards. He has written movies-of-the-week for ABC, the Disney Channel, and CBS. Slowensky received his MFA from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and a BS in Radio-TV-Film Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. As a Professor of Film and Media Arts, Slowensky teaches courses in screenwriting and film production.
Iris Gerbasi, M.A.
Ms. Gerbasi began teaching theatre in Chapman’s Communications Department in 1982. Before joining the Chancellor’s office in 2007 she was Associate Dean of the School of Communication Arts for many years. For 20 years she served as tournament director for the Henry Kemp-Blair Annual Shakespeare Tournament. She was on the producing team for American Celebration from 1984-2005, most recently serving as executive producer. Ms. Gerbasi has a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in media production and a M.A. in English with a concentration in media writing. As Assistant Chancellor she reviews academic appeals, new and revised courses, and changes in the annual catalogs as well as communicates with faculty and staff on a number of academic deadlines.
Marisol Arredondo Samson, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research
Dr. Arredondo Samson came to Chapman from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she served as a research associate in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. She was the principal investigator for that institution's Campus Climate Survey project, was involved in the preparation of their accreditation self-study report, and worked to develop several campus-wide surveys. Before arriving at CSU Pomona, she was at the nationally recognized Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. Dr. Arredondo Samson holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change, a M.A. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in counseling, and a B.A. in Psychology--all from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently works with "Achieving the Dream," a multiyear national initiative to help community college students succeed, and she serves on the Professional Development Services Committee of the Association for Institutional Research.
Eileen Besner, M.S.
Director of Faculty Affairs
Eileen Besner joined Chapman in 2008. As director she supports faculty processes for hiring, tenure and promotion, annual evaluations, and faculty development. She completed her Masters in Human Resource Management at Chapman University and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Eileen works closely with faculty and faculty governance. She also oversees the operation of the Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum which serves as a center for faculty discussion and collegial support.
Roberto Coronel, B.A.
Director of Academic Advising
Roberto began at Chapman in 2010. As Director, Roberto oversees the undergraduate academic advising services provided by the Academic Advising Center. Prior to coming to Chapman, he served as the Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center and Coordinator of Academic Probation and Disqualification Services at CSU Fullerton. Additionally, he served as Assistant Director of the Student Access to Science Center at CSU Long Beach, and as the Associate Director of the Mesa Engineering Program (MEP) and the Mesa Schools Program (MSP) at CSU Fresno.
Ellen Curtis-Pierce, Ph.D.
Director of Extended Education
Dr. Curtis-Pierce joined the Chancellor’s Office in 2002. She has served in a variety of professional roles during her tenure at Chapman University including Assistant Provost for Teacher Education, Associate Chancellor for Teacher Education and Faculty Development and currently as the Director of the Office of Extended Education. Dr. Curtis-Pierce has been in higher education for over 35 years and has held positions as Dean of a College/School of Education for over ten years at three different universities as well as served as the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Professional Accreditation and Faculty Development and Interim Dean of Education at Brandman University in its inception. She was a tenured Full Professor of Special Education at Cal Poly University-Pomona for over 10 years early in her academic career and served with and was a Commissioner on the Committee on Accreditation (COA) for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for many years. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UCLA.
Eileen Jankowski, Ph.D.
Director of Scholarships and Scholars’ Programs
Eileen Jankowski earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She joined the Chancellor’s staff in 2012 as the Director of Fellowships and Scholars’ Programs, helping students apply for prestigious national awards such as the Fulbright, Truman, Marshall, and Goldwater scholarships. While celebrating winning Chapman students, Dr. Jankowski is especially proud of the fact that students benefit greatly whether chosen or not since the enlightenment they gain from the process translates into solid skills they will employ on graduate and job applications in the future. Dr. Jankowski joined Chapman in 1994 as Assistant Professor in the English Department and continues to teach and publish in the area of Medieval literature, particularly the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. She also enjoys teaching British Literature; World Literature; Greek mythology in her Freshman Foundations course; and the multidisciplinary Humanities course, “Cities and Civilization.”
Mary Litch, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Technology and Digital Media
Dr. Litch holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before coming to Chapman in 2008 as founding Director of the Office of Academic Technology and Digital Media, she taught philosophy at UMass-Amherst, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Yale, where she also worked as an instructional technologist and digital media specialist. Her publications include Philosophy through Film, which reflects her interest in the relationship between the humanities and visual media. Dr. Litch’s primary responsibility at Chapman is working with faculty and a range of University offices to develop, support, and enhance the use of technology and digital media for academic purposes, especially in relation to scholarly and pedagogical projects. She will also be teaching occasionally in Chapman’s Philosophy Department.
Yolanda M. Uzzell, M.L.
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration
Laura Baker, B.A.
Financial Operations Manager
Joseph Barrett, M.A.
Dina Bartoloni, M.S.
Cristian Bourgeois, B.A.
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Faculty Affairs, ALO
Rodè Cramer, B.A.
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education
Erika Curiel, B.A.
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor
Kristin Dressner, B.A.
Academic Software Applications Assistant
Christine Dumaual, B.A.
Administrative Assistant for Extended Education
Gabby Garcia, M.Ed.
Laura Gorospe, B.A.
Financial Operations Coordinator
Noriko Gotschall, M.S.
Shehani Gunasena, B.A.
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration
Mary Ellen Hood, M.S.
Program Manager - Extended Education
Heidi Hunerdosse, B.A.
Administrative Assistant, Office of Accreditation and Assessment
Heidi Lasky-Goldman, B.S.
Administrative Event Assistant, Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum
Carlos Lopez, Ph.D.
Institutional Research Senior Analyst
Margaret McDonough Monroe
Administrative Operations Coordinator
Hollis MacArthur, M.Ed.
Grants and Contracts Administrator
Christina Marshall, M.A.
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
Molly Morin, M.Ed.
Robert Pankey, B.A.
Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Irene Quinlan, B.A.
IRB / IACUC Administrator
Jana Remy, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Academic Technology
Justin Ringor, B.A.
Department Assistant, Faculty Affairs
Emmanuel Smith, B.S.
Grants and Contracts Coordinator
Stephanie Takemoto, M.A.E.
Academic Software Applications Analyst
Carole Wayman, M.A.
Testing Administrator, Academic Advising Center