Dr. Kim Padulo

Dr. Kim Padulo

Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty
Attallah College of Educational Studies; Leadership Program
Office Location: Reeves Hall 234
University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Science
University of San Diego, Doctor of Education


Dr. Kim Padulo has taught for 15 years at Chapman University in the Leadership Studies program, and since 2011, she has also joined the faculty of the Integrated Educational Studies program.  Kim holds an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Southern California.  Prior to entering the classroom full time, Kim had a 20 year career in college student development, holding diverse positions in residence life, campus activities, Greek life, student organization advising, and the Women’s Resource Center at several public and private universities in Southern California.  During her tenure at the California State University, Long Beach, Kim created the Swanson Leadership Center.  Dr. Padulo holds certifications as a trainer from the Josephson Institute of Ethics and as Leadership Faculty from the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.  She has been active in her local school district, creating a character education program for Weaver Elementary School and serving as a classroom, mural artist, and booster volunteer.  Kim resides in Los Alamitos with her son, Francesco, and her husband of 27 years, Larry. 

Scholarly Research Interests 

Gender difference in leadership practice
Transformational Leadership and organizational change
College student identity and leadership development
Character education

Recent Presentations

2012 – “Using the MBTI to Facilitate High School Student Leadership Development” at the Leadership Inspirations summer conference, Orange, CA

2012 – Invited reviewer for Reframing Organizations, by Lee Bolman & Terrence Deal; Jossey-Bass Publishing

2011 – “Advising in the Critical Teachable moments” at the Leadership Inspirations summer conference, Orange, CA

2010 – “Advanced Leadership Facilitation” for the training series of the Excel Peer Leadership Educators, Orange, CA

2008 – “Strategies for enhancing Academic/Co-curricular Partnerships for Leadership Development in Higher Education” at the International Leadership Association Global Conference, Los Angeles, CA

2002 – “Leadership According to Dr. Suess” at the Chapman University Leadership Conference, Orange, CA

2001 – “Finding our Balance:  Work Environment Issues for Women with Children in Student Affairs” at the NASPA Western Regional Conference, Maui, HI

2001 – “Cookin’ Up Some Learning” for the General Education Winter Institute at Long Beach State University, Long Beach, CA