Dr. Carlos Ayala has been named interim Dean of the School of Education at Sonoma State University, effective August 1, 2010. He assumes this position as Dr. Mary Gendernalik-Cooper becomes the inaugural dean of the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Ayala has been with Sonoma State University since 2002. He is associate professor of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education as well as Director of Assessment and Accreditation, overseeing preparations for the School of Education's accreditation in 2012. Additionally he is the Director of the Science Mathematics Teacher Recruitment Initiative with a goal of doubling the number of credentials in mathematics and science. As part of this initiative, he brought in large grants including one from the National Science Foundation for almost a million dollars.
Three of the most prominent topics areas on which Ayala's work focuses are preparing a more diverse group of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) teachers; effectively and accurately assessing student learning; and employing assessment data in the continuous improvement of academic programs. "Coupled with the high regard educators throughout our community have for Dr. Ayala, he is distinctly suited to lead the School of Education," said SSU President Ruben Arminana.
Ayala earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University; his M.A. in Educational Leadership and California Administrative Services Credential at San Diego State University; his Multiple Subject Bilingual Teaching Credential and Single Subject Bilingual Teaching Credential--Physical Science & Chemistry--at the University of California, Santa Cruz.