Faculty Grants

The proceeds of charitable events such as the annual Hats and High Tea and Golf Tournament are sponsored by the Community Leaders Association to support the Cal Lutheran's academic progams and its students.

Over the years, the support of the Community Leaders Association has resulted in the donation of nearly $2 million toward enhancements in equipment and technology. In addition to providing funding for the academic departments at Cal Lutheran, the Association also awards faculty grants each year to faculty who are involved with and are committed to the community.

 
 

2018 Faculty Grant Recipients

Gerhard Apfelthaler
Gerhard Apfelthaler, Ph.D.
  • Title: Dean, School of Management
  • Project Description: The funds will be used to continue and expand "Start-Up-Kids" program. With funding by the Community Leaders Association in 2016 and 2017, they were able to start delivering entrepreneurship education programs to a total of approximately 70 children in grades 3, 4 and 5 at Westlake Elementary School in Westlake Village. Read more about the story.
Scott Chiu
Scott Chien-Hsiung Chiu, Ph.D. 
  • Title: Assistant Professor, English and Writing Center Director
  • Project Description: The funds will be used for hosting a public reading event in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Arts and producing promotional materials for the reading event.
Heidi  Coronado
Heidi Coronado, Ph.D.
  • Title:  Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
  • Project Description: The funds will be used to provide an engaging space where cultural awareness, identity exploration, critical pedagogy, and a holistic view of the first generation student experience is explored.  This training will benefit graduate candidates in their fieldwork placements as well as in their future career as counselors. 
Sarah FIschbach
Sarah Fischbach, Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Project Description: The funds will go towards the student-run President’s Council on Honesty and Integrity (PCHI) to provide opportunities for Cal Lutheran to collaborate with local high schools and peer institutions in raising awareness and establishing strong academic integrity standards and practices. The funding will be used to sponsor a conference with a poster session.
Michael  McCambridge
Michael McCambridge, Ed.D.
  • Title: Professor of Education and Director of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
  • Project Description:  The funds will be used for a multidiscipline project involving CLU students from Theatre Arts, Music and Education. Music students will be performing the opera, Theatre Arts students will be providing costuming, set, props, and design support and Education students will be designing and teaching lessons using educational activities to deepen understanding of the Opera experience for students in the tour schools. This project provides experiential learning opportunities for all students in their area of study and increases knowledge and apprecation of K-8 students in the arts.
 Maura Martindale
Maura Martindale, Ed.D.
  • Title: Chair, Department of Learning and Teaching and Associate Professor of Special Education
  • Project Description: The funds will be used to help teacher candidates in the Cal Lutheran Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential Program participate at No Limits for Deaf Children in Oxnard. They interact directly with families from Latino heritage homes, thus increasing their cultural competence. Read more about the story.
Dru  Pagliassotti
Druann Pagliassotti, Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor 
  • Project Description: The funds will be used for hosting a public reading event in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Arts and producing promotional materials for the reading event.
Michael Panesis
Michael S. Panesis, MBA
  • Title: Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Project Description: The funds will be used for two projects. The first is for the Pivot Magazine, created by Cal Lutheran students to promote the study and practice of entrepreneurship on campus and in the community and for the second to establish a Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization chapter at Cal Lutheran.
Edlyn Vallejo Pena
Edlyn Pena, Ph.D.
  • Title: Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
  • Project Description: The funds will be used to support a one-day conference at CLU. The title of the conference is "Spectrum of Oportunity: Autism, Inclusion, and Communication" and will be organized by the Autism and Communication Center. This will be the third time this popular conference has been offered. The conference aims to educate students, professionals, the community and people with autism about communication and education inclusion opportunies.
Vlad Vaiman
Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.
  • Title: Associate Dean, MBA Program Director, Professor
  • Project Description: The funds will be used to continue and expand the "Start-Up-Kids" program. With funding by the Community Leaders Association in 2016, they were able to start delivering  entrepreneurship education  program to a total of approximately 70 children in grades 3, 4 and 5 at Westlake Elementary School in Westlake Village.
Brian J. Collins
Brian Collins, Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Project Description: The funds will be used to help support the second annual SoCal Philosophy Academy  for local high school students. The goal of the academy is to expose students to the study of philosophy, give them additional exposure to CLU, and help them continue to develop the conununication and critical thinking skills necessary for post-secondary education and/or their vocation and career.
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