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Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Leadership


The Educational Leadership and Administration Program develops scholar-practitioners and prepares credible and relevant leaders in education committed to advancing equity and excellence in educational leadership for P-12 and higher education throughout the Central Valley. 

Our values support leadership in:

  • Academic integrity in designing and supporting instructional programs
  • Collaboration with school districts, colleges, universities, and communities
  • Diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ways of understanding
  • Practice informed by research and research informed by practice
  • Reflection of the lifelong learning processes 


Educational Leadership and Administration faculty prepare candidates to effectively lead in educational organizations in the Central Valley of California and beyond.  Our graduates serve in leadership roles in diverse educational settings such as public and private schools, colleges, universities, and other related educational agencies. We have three graduate programs: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Administration, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. Program graduates are continuously recognized as scholar-practitioners, instructional leaders, and agents of change in P-12 schools and in higher education.

Call for Third-Party Comment

Submission Deadline: March 5, 2022

On April 3-4, California State University, Fresno will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Teams are soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by the university’s initial and advanced programs. All comments must be submitted by March 5, 2022 through the AAQEP website: Submit Comment

Contact Us

Visit Us: Education Building ED 310

Mailing Address: 5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S ED303 Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Nancy Akhavan
Interim Department Chair

Tiffany Jennings
Administrative Analyst Specialist I

Meet Our Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Nancy Akhavan

Nancy Akhavan
Associate Professor
Interim Department Chair
Coordinator, M.A. in Teaching

Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Associate Professor

Dr. Jessica Hannigan

Jessica Hannigan
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration

Dr. Linda Hauser

Linda Hauser
Faculty Early Retirement Program

Dr. Ignacio Hernandez

Ignacio Hernández
Associate Professor
Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Dr. Susana Hernandez

Susana Hernández
Associate Professor

Dr. Christina Luna

Christina Luna
Assistant Professor

Dr. Cecilia Mendoza

Cecilia Mendoza
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jonathan Pryor

Jonathan Pryor
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nichole Walsh

Nichole Walsh
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Moridian Watson
Assistant Professor

Dr. Varaxy Borromeo

Varaxy Yi Borromeo
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership

Part-Time Faculty

Part-Time Faculty List
Name Title Email
Mabel Franks Lecturer