Dr. Elaine Villanueva Bernal is a lecturer with an M.S. in materials science engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in educational technology and media leadership from California State University Long Beach.
Dr. Bernal earned her doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education at CSULB. Her research interest is in professional development for STEM faculty in higher education and K-12. Before entering higher education, she worked for the Aerospace Industry as a Failure Analyst. Dr. Bernal now teaches general education chemistry for non-science majors, organic chemistry for pre-health professions students, and technical communications for chemistry majors. Last summer, Dr. Bernal collaborated with the CSULB Department of Science Education to facilitate the Science Professional Academy for K-8 teachers in the Norwalk-La Mirada School District, in which she trained elementary school teachers on the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Bernal was recently appointed to be the Internship Program Coordinator for the CSULB College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and currently serves as Faculty Lead for the California State University Office of the Chancellor Campus as a Living Lab project so that her chemistry students can work with CSULB Physical Planning and Facilities Management to test campus water quality.
Dr. Bernal brings a strong history of collaborative working relationships with organizations in CSULB and throughout Long Beach and the Los Angeles area. She has been active in campus leadership as an Academic Senator and as a Member of the CSULB President’s Commission on the Status of Women. She serves as a faculty advisor to Sigma Alpha Lambda, Pilipino American Coalition, and Kappa Psi Epsilon, and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Long Beach.