Meet the Team
The Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness (CEEE) in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach is comprised of a talented group of faculty, staff, and graduate students committed to conducting rigorous program evaluations and research activities to find evidence-based best practices that enhance student success, equity, and instutitional effectiveness. The CEEE team possesses a broad array of research, evaluation, and teaching experience, with expertise in quantitative, qualtiative, and mixed methods approaches on a wide range of topics spanning PK-12 and postsecondary education. The CEEE team consists of several groups, including a leadership group overseeing the strategic direction of the center, project directors carrying out evaluation and research activities for center clients, operations staff facilitating administrative functions of the center, and graduate assistants supporting project directors in a living learning laboratory approach.
Don Haviland, Ph.D.
Dr. Don Haviland is the Executive Director of CEEE and Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at CSULB. As Executive Director, Dr. Haviland is responsible for broad oversight and strategic direction of the center, and has more than 20 years of research and evaluation experience in academic and non-profit settings. His research agenda focuses on innovation and change at the organizational level in higher education and he has supervised more than 20 dissertations and theses over the last decade. Dr. Haviland is the Founding Director of CEEE.
Gino Galvez, Ph.D.
Dr. Gino Galvez is the Director of CEEE and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at CSULB. As Director, he provides general oversight and leadership of the center. He is also leading evaluations for the CSU HSI-STEM Systemwide Research Project and the CSULB HSI-STEM Sí Puedo project. Dr. Galvez has over 15 years of experience conducting mixed-methods evaluation research for grant-supported projects and community-based organizations. In addition, Dr. Galvez has played key roles as an investigator or lead program evaluator on several multi-year grant-funded research projects (e.g., NIH, NSF, DoED). These projects have focused on low-income and underrepresented student success, undergraduate research training programs, mentoring, and science identity development. In the Department of Psychology, he teaches courses in Test Construction, Research Methods, Qualitative Methods, Social Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Sharla Berry, Ph.D.
Dr. Sharla Berry is the Associate Director of CEEE and a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership at CSULB. As Associate Director, she provides oversight into the day-to-day management of the center. Dr. Berry is a researcher, evaluator, and practitioner with extensive experience teaching and leading in diverse K-20 environments. She received her doctorate in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Berry was a fellow with the American Evaluation Association, and has experience in collaborative and culturally responsive evaluation. She has worked on evaluation teams with various nonprofits across the state, including the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and the California Association of African American Superintendents and School Administrators (CAAASA). As a faculty member, Dr. Berry teaches courses in research methods, education policy and education leadership. Her research focuses on digital equity and online learning.
Erin Arruda, Ph.D.
Dr. Erin Arruda is a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership at CSULB. In CEEE, Dr. Arruda serves as the Project Director for the CSULB HSI-STEM Sí Puedo project, the CSU HSI-STEM Summative Evaluation Project, and as the quantitative analyst for the CSULB BUILD project. Dr. Arruda teaches graduate-level courses in statistics, program evaluation, and research methods. She earned her Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at UCLA in the Advanced Quantitative Methods program, an interdisciplinary IES program. Dr. Arruda's quantitative research surrounds applications of regulation to Structural Equation Modeling for small samples and/or nonnormal distributions, and her applied research surrounds civic engagement.
John Dulay, M.A.
Mr. John Dulay is project director for the evaluation of the active learning-based educational program (LEAP), a CSULB program to train a new generation of highly skilled Hispanic scientists and engineers. He completed his master’s degree in psychology and program evaluation at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and is working to complete his Ph.D. in psychology from CGU. Over the last 10 years he has worked on evaluation projects for Five Acres Boys and Girls Home, the U.S. Army Research Institute at Fort Leavenworth, the Look for the Good Project nonprofit organization, and the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He has also taught psychology courses as a lecturer in the California Community College and State University system since 2011. His research interests are rooted in positive psychology and focus on organizational behavior and leadership.
May Ling Halim, Ph.D.
Dr. May Ling Halim is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the CSULB Culture and Social Identity Development Laboratory. In CEEE, Dr. Halim serves as the Project Director for the CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap project. Her research specializes in understanding children’s self-concepts with an emphasis on gender and ethnic identity development. Many of her studies sample children from low-income, ethnic minority, and immigrant backgrounds. Further, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Psychological Foundation. She has published 21 journal articles and has also written several handbook chapters.
Jenny Jacobs, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenny Jacobs (she/her) serves as Project Director and qualitative analyst for the CSULB BUILD project. Dr. Jacobs is a Lecturer in the Theatre Department at Chapman University. She has served as lecturer and guest artist in undergraduate and graduate theatre programs across the country, a research assistant and consultant for CSULB faculty and the Office of Faculty Affairs, and her scholarly work about equity and social justice in higher education can be found in Routlege and Stylus publications. Dr. Jacobs earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from CSULB with a dissertation about the value of performing arts in education and is interested in applying cross-disciplinary qualitative methods to make education and art research accessible, useful, and meaningful to the public.
Amy Wax, Ph.D.
Dr. Amy Wax is an Associate Professor in CSULB's Psychology Department. At CEEE, Dr. Wax serves as Project Director for the College of Engineering Faculty Survey Project. Her research focuses on workplace diversity issues; namely, those related to women and LGBTQIA+ individuals. Her work has been published in outlets such as Small Group Research and Journal of Homosexuality.
Gloria Saraye is CEEE's Operations Analyst. She is responsible for the administrative functions of the Center, including developing and overseeing all fiscal functions and advising the leadership team on policy and procedures related to finance, budget, and operations. Gloria received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Golden Gate University. Prior to joining CEEE, she served as Executive Assistant to the ASI Executive Director at CSULB, and before that supported the Career Pathways and Career Technical Education teams at Long Beach City College with grant analysis, operations, and financial management.
Program: M.A. in Psychological Research
Program: M.S. in Public Health
Program: M.S. in Nutritional Science
CEEE is established under guidelines set forth in CSULB Academic Senate Policy 14-04, Policy on Formation and Review of Academic Centers and Institutes. In alignment with this policy, an advisory board is established to provide formal oversight of CEEE. The CEEE Advisory Board meets annually to advise CEEE, the Department of Educational Leadership, and the College of Education, regarding the operations of the center.
Executive Director, Institutional Research and Analytics, CSULB
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSULB
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies, CSULB
Dean, Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement, East Los Angeles College
Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez
Dean, Student Equity, Long Beach City College
EdD Student, CSULB
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success Strategic Initiatives, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, CSULB
Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, CSULB
Farah Naz Khaleghi
Executive Director, Long Beach Community Improvement League
Director of Single Subject Credential Program, CSULB
Associate Vice President of Research & Sponsored Programs, CSULB
Vice President of Student Affairs, CSULB
Dean, College of Health & Human Services, CSULB
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, CSULB
Chair, Department of Advanced Studies in Education & Counseling, CSULB
Interim Dean, College of Education, CSULB
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs, Chancellor's Office
Alberto J. Román
President, East Los Angeles College
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Research and Resources, CSU Office of the Chancellor
Psychology Professor, CSULB
In addition, CEEE leadership, project directors, and operations staff are members on the CEEE Advisory Board.
Updated October 2022