Education — Curriculum and Instruction (323) 343-4350

Paula Arvedson

Assistant Professor of Education; B.A., M.A., Cal State L.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-5657


Dr. Arvedson has published articles in major journals on the development of mathematical thinking in early childhood, the use of technology to engage students in constructive learning, infusing global perspectives in all teaching/learning, and teaching urban learners. She is currently the coordinator of the annual international Satellites & Education Conference at CSULA. Her expertise includes early childhood cognitive development and developmental psychology, knowledge/skills/dispositions for teaching social studies, teaching global perspectives, and science and math education.

Ann Barbour

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Contact: (323) 343-4372


Dr. Barbour’s areas of interest and research are appropriate educational practices in early childhood settings, the role of play in learning, school-family partnerships, and the effects of playground design on children’s play behaviors and social competence. She has worked extensively with individual teachers and local schools to implement home-literacy backpack programs. She is KCET-TV’s content advisor for the Peabody and Emmy award-winning programs, “A Place of Our Own” and “Los Ninos en Su Casa.” These nationally broadcast daily television series and websites are devoted to helping parents and caregivers support the development and learning of young children.

Anna E. Chee

Associate Professor of Education, Ph.D., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4368


Dr. Chee’s primary research interest includes the second language acquisition process and literacy development of immigrant students and adults. She was awarded a Title VII Fellowship of the Bilingual Education Fellowship Program by the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs (OBEMLA) at USC for her doctoral study in the Language, Literacy, and Learning Program in 1993. She was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Team, who investigated the trajectories and contexts of immigrant children’s lives in two diverse, urban communities in California, Oakland and Los Angeles, from 1996 to 1999. Dr. Chee has written articles on raising children, transnational childhoods, family migration, identity politics, and experiences of immigrants and English learners.

Fluent in: Korean.

John Eichinger

Professor of Education; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

Contact: (323) 343-4368


Dr. Eichinger’s focus is on science education, especially classroom applications and implications.

Ambika Gopalakrishnan

Assistant Professor of Education; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Contact: (323) 343-6267


Dr. Gopal specializes in educational drama, narrative practices (such as storytelling and film) children’s literature and culturally relevant practices. Dr. Gopal has published in international educational drama journals such as Drama Matters and Research in Drama

, and has presented at international conferences in India,

the United Kingdom and the United States.

Fluent in: Hindi, Tamil.

Frances Kuwahara-Chinn

Professor of Education; B.A., M.A., Cal State L.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

Contact: (323) 343-4375


Dr. Kuwahara-Chinn’s area of interest is in improving mathematics instruction at all levels of education. She teaches the math methodology course for prospective elementary teachers and math courses in the “Elementary Education Master’s Program: Emphasis in Mathematics Education.” She has been involved with the Precollegiate Academic Program that provides tutors to selected middle and high schools in the L.A. Unified School District and also served as the coordinator of the mathematics component of the Summer Bridge Program that prepares incoming first-time freshmen for successful completion of their mathematics requirements. Most recently she has developed and conducted workshops for the Gear-Up program, whose mission is to have all graduating high school students prepared for collegiate level mathematics courses.

Rebecca Joseph

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-5458


Dr. Joseph is an expert on secondary teaching with focus on professional development in active engaging, literacy across the curriculum, and writing effective college admissions essays.

Robert E. Land

Associate Professor of Education; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Contact: (323) 343-4443


Dr. Land is an expert on writing and reading assessment.

Leah M. Melber

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Ph.D., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4475


Dr. Melber specializes in science education, particularly at the pre-K and elementary levels, with expertise in the area of science learning in nontraditional and informal environments such as museums, zoos and parks. She is interested in how these venues can promote overall science literacy within the community and within the urban areas. Her presentations and publications focus on parental involvement to support science learning and the development of inquiry-based science experiences for children (including students with disabilities, culturally and linguistically diverse students, and students at the early childhood level). She received a 2001 Informal Science Educator Award from the California Science Teachers Association.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Ramakrishnan Menon

Professor of Education; Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Contact: (323) 343-6143


Dr. Menon has been involved in the mathematics education of preservice and inservice teachers in various countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States for over 25 years. His areas of interest are mathematics, math teacher education, language, classroom-based research, and number sense. He is currently involved in professional development courses for middle school math teachers, as well as for tutors helping high school students in math.

Fluent in: Malay.

Margaret Moustafa

Professor of Education; Ph.D., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4369


Dr. Moustafa’s areas of expertise are reading and writing instruction for antive and non-native speakers of English. Her specialty within this area is beginning reading instruction. Dr. Moustafa is an internationally recognized expert on how children learn—and are best taught—phonics. Her publications include Beyond Traditional Phonics: Research discoveries and reading instruction, Whole-to-Parts Phonics Instruction: Building on what children know to help them know more, and Exceeding the Standards: A strategic approach for linking state standards and best practices in reading and writing instruction.

John Shindler

Assistant Professor of Education; Ph.D., Washington State University

Contact: (323) 343-5824


Dr. Shindler is an expert on cognitive/learning style, classroom

, performance assessment, and teacher-led change and

school-wide restructuring. He has published several publications

and conducted various conference presentations in these areas

Judith Washburn

Professor of Education; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Contact: (323) 343-4303


Dr. Washburn is an expert in children’s literature, reading methodology,

and children development. She co-authored, with Dr. Wanna Zinsmaster, The Advocate: Extending the Literature Experience Through Storytelling. She advocates adults’ early communication and active playtime participation with children, and is the author of various articles, including “Characteristics of Avid Readers in the Middle Grades.”

Gay Quai-Ming Yuen

Professor of Education; Ph.D., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4363


Dr. Yuen is an expert in bilingual education, second language development, and minority education. She directs the Pacific Rim Institute of the Charter College of Education, which promotes and supports programs that encourage Asian and Asian American educational research. She frequently consults with educational agencies in Asia, working in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and the Pacific Islands, as an expert on minority education, multicultural education and teacher education. She was appointed to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council of Education Advisors to help lower dropout rates and truancy, and to make schools safer in the Los Angeles Unified School District.