»Hassinger Endowed Chair of Culture, Community and Collaboration

Dr. Suzanne Soohoo, Hassinger Endowed ChairThe Hassinger Endowed Chair was established in 1996 to reward distinguished professors who advance and foster education through teaching and administration, at any level. The chair honors the life work Paulo Friere bustof Paula Hassinger, who had a distinguished career as an educator, ranging from Chapman University to American elementary schools in Japan and South America. The chair further pays tribute to her husband, Jack, also a career educator and administrator who supported numerous teaching efforts in China.

Current Hassinger chair
As a practitioner and follower of Paulo Freire, Dr. Suzanne SooHoo brings clear democratic and critical synthesis to ethical and democratic practices into both formal and informal educational environments. Dr. SooHoo’s association with Paulo Freire is particularly meaningful in her role as Hassinger Chair since Paula Hassinger was herself an advocate of Freire’s, and contributed to Chapman University’s recognition of Freire by donating a bronze bust of Freire to the campus.

Community and Collaboration

Community and Collaboration »

The Hassinger Chair brings projects to the attention of the College of Educational Studies community that have the potential to address educational problems within local and/or international contexts such as equity, achievement of minoritized groups.
Culture of Scholarship

Culture of Scholarship »

The Hassinger Chair identifies and makes available resources to support scholarship and creative activity which includes writing coaches, publishing workshops, conference presentations, introduction of our scholars at national professional organizations, and accessing the expertise of our distinguished faculty associates.