The Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy (DFAEDA) was formed as a result of a $3 million gift from Donna Ford Attallah, a 1961 Chapman Alumna, who taught for 40 years as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Cypress school system in Orange County. The DFAEDA will focus on developing future K-12 teachers with a special emphasis on civic engagement activities that will both serve our surrounding community and prepare our pre-service teachers to engage in their respective communities as they enter the teaching profession.
»The Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy
- DFAEDA Leadership
- DFAEDA Board
Dr. Kimberly White-Smith - Associate Dean of Educator Development
Dr. Michelle Samura - Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement
Dr. Keith Howard - Director of Graduate Programs in Teaching
Dr. Roxanne Greitz Miller – Assistant Dean of UG & Dual Degree Programs in Education and Donna Ford Attallah Professor in Teacher Education
The DFAEDA Board has set forth a vision of “Changing the world by improving education through meaningful and reciprocal engagement among communities, schools and higher education.”
Dr. Anaida Colon-Muniz
Anaida Colón-Muñiz earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum Development from the Bilingual Education Professions Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During her tenure at Chapman University she has served in various roles for the College of Educational Studies, including coordinator of the Multiple Subject and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs and most recently as director of Community Education for Libreria Martinez de Chapman University, a bookstore, gallery and community cultural and education center in downtown Santa Ana. She teaches graduate level courses in critical bilingual and multicultural education, second language development methods and culture, curriculum and politics in education for the doctoral program. Her broad research interests include bilingual multicultural education and teacher education, the maintenance of heritage languages, identity and culture, and English language development. She also focuses her work on language policy in education, and specifically the education, language and culture of Puerto Rico and Latinos in the US. In addition, she actively pursues issues of civil rights in education. Dr. Colón-Muñiz is a former public school administrator and elementary bilingual education teacher.
Dr. Margie Sauceda Curwen
Margie Curwen earned her Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Learning from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, language arts, children’s literature, and teaching methods. Research interests include qualitative approaches into the sociocultural resources accessed when individuals engage in reading and writing practices, out-of-school literacy contexts, and the teachers’ role in instruction. Her research is focused on the differential academic achievement for students from diverse backgrounds, particularly multi-generational Latinos. In 2012, Dr. Curwen was honored with Chapman’s Valerie Scudder Award for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research. She is a former classroom teacher and reading specialist for elementary grades.
Dr. Michelle A. Samura
Michelle Samura earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She primarily teaches in the Integrated Educational Studies (IES) Program and advises students in the community emphasis. Prior to joining Chapman, Dr. Samura served as the Academic Coordinator for the University of California Center for New Racial Studies and a Lecturer in UCSB’s Department of Asian American Studies. She also is a former public high school teacher and taught U.S. government, economics, and history in East Los Angeles.
- Research & Projects
- Hassinger Endowed Chair+
- The Collaborate Initiative+
- Faculty Editorships+
- Attallah Academy+
- El Sol Academy+
- Paulo Freire Democratic Project+
- Center for Research on Ability and Disability
- The Center for Autism
- Thompson Policy Institute+