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Kathy L. Church, Ed.D. 
Professor of Education
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Phone: (805) 496-8746
E-mail: kathy.church@pepperdine.edu
Location: Westlake Village Graduate Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Literacy
  • Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Professional Development Schools
  • Teacher Education
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Dr. Church received her doctoral degree in school psychology with cognate studies in educational psychology and literacy. Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty, Church was an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University and an associate professor at Anderson University in the Midwest. Since arriving at Pepperdine, Church has received the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, been widely published, and presented at national and international conferences.

Church's work in social cognition and social emotional development of children stems from her post doctoral work and experiences as a consulting psychologist. She has experience as a grant writer and project director, and has supervised student teachers and doctoral students. Church has also worked with professional development schools for over a decade and continues that work at Pepperdine with EARTHS Magnet School. Her teaching experience includes child and adolescent development, learning, educational psychology, research in education, study strategies, capstone seminar, exceptional children, teacher identity and vocation, literacy instruction, assessment, language acquisition, and language arts methods.

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Direct: (310) 568-5773
E-mail: veronica.orozco@pepperdine.edu


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Stella Erbes, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Seaver College

Phone: (310) 506-4271
E-mail: stella.erbes@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
  • Education psychology
  • Technology and learning
  • Student teaching in secondary school
  • No Child Left Behind Act

Stella Erbes regularly presents and writes on topics such as teachers' needs and surviving the teaching profession. She has discussed the issues of teacher retention, recruitment, and training on KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle and served as an expert panelist on the No Child Left Behind Act for Time Warner's Beyond the Beltway. In addition, Erbes has participated in conferences with the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, the California Council on Teacher Education, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Erbes is the recipient of the Seaver College Named Fellowship, the Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Project Grant, and the Dean's Research Grant Award. Erbes received her master's degree in education and her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

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Linda Polin, Ph.D. 
Professor of Education
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Phone: (310) 568-5641
E-mail: linda.polin@pepperdine.edu
Location: West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Distance education
  • Educational software
  • Massively multiplayer online games
  • Online learning communities

Linda G. Polin received her doctorate in educational psychology, specializing in learning and instruction, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the program director of the Ed.D. in Educational Technology program and teaches doctoral courses in learning, technology, and design. Dr. Polin consults with school districts and software developers, and has developed school software packages.

Her current interest focuses on knowledge creation and knowledge sharing in online communities, including Massively Multiplayer Online Games and other informal communities. Dr. Polin's most recent publications include Online Learning Communities: Common Ground and Critical Differences in Designing Technical Support. In Barab, S. A., Kling, R., & Gray, J. (Eds.), 2004; Designing for Virtual Communities in the Service of Learning. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2004; and Learning in Dialogue with a Practicing Community. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 2004. Dr. Polin sits on advisory boards for KLCS (LAUSD PBS station), Cable in the Classroom, and the Women Science Equity Online project at TERC, a leading education research and development organization. Dr. Polin is a member of the American Educational Research Association, serving as the program chair for the Cultural Historical Research Special Interest Group, and the Director of the Center for Learning in Community, at Pepperdine University, a service organization for Ed.D in Educational Technology alumni in northern and southern California schools districts, who through a federal grant receive dissertation research support. Dr. Polin also serves as a member of the Budget and Technology Committee for the School Board for Redondo Beach Unified School District.

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Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
Veronica Orozco
Public Relations Manager
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Direct: (310) 568-5773
E-mail: veronica.orozco@pepperdine.edu

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