Nat Hansuvadha

  • Full Professor: Department of Liberal Studies
  • Full Professor: Department of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
  • Department Chair: Department of Liberal Studies

Dr. Hansuvadha has had over 6 years of classroom experience in special education in which she worked as an Education Specialist serving early childhood and elementary students with mild to moderate  and extensive support needs in Ventura County, California. Before serving as department chair of Liberal Studies, Dr. Hansuvadha was the program coordinator for the Master of Science program in Special Education and Clear Credential programs at CSULB. She is president of the California Association of Professors of Special Education (CAPSE/TED). Dr. Hansuvadha is committed to enhancing the quality of inclusive teacher preparation, in particular, through a disability justice lens, so that all educators and school-related professionals can effectively support diverse learners and their families using affirming and culturally responsive and sustaining practices. Her teaching, service, and research activities align with this vision.


Ph.D. Education, University of Washington, 2006
M.A.Special Education, California State University, Los Angeles, 2000
B.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1997

Education Specialist Teaching Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities

My areas of research include:

  • Culturally responsive collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families of children with special needs

  • Disproportionality in special education, namely over-representation of historically oppressed students

  • Inclusive teacher preparation 

  • Teacher retention and attrition in special education

Rosenquist, W. & Hansuvadha, N. (2022). Building professional capacity among paraprofessionals through onboarding. Journal of Education Human Resources, 40(4), 437-476.

Soodjinda, D., Hansuvadha, N., & Grenot-Scheyer, M. (2021). Culturally Relevant Teacher Education in the United States. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756810-0130.

Pandya, J.Z., Hansuvadha, N., & Pagdilao, K.A.C. (2018). Digital literacies through an intersectional lens: The case of Javier. English Teaching: Critique & Practice, 17(4), pp. 387-399.

Reese, L., Richards-Tutor, C., Hansuvadha, N., Pavri, S., & Xu, S. (2018). Teachers for Inclusive, Diverse Urban Settings. Issues in Teacher Education, 27(1), 17-28.

Zacher Pandya, J., Hansuvadha, N., & Pagdilao, K. (2016). Multi-modal digital composition for children with autism: Lessons on process, product, and assessment. Language Arts, 93(6), 415-429.

Hansuvadha, N. & Slater, C. (2012). Culturally competent school leaders: The individual and the system. Educational Forum, 76(2), 174-189. 

Hansuvadha, H. & Sramek, H. (March, 2011). Teaching collaboration through person-centered  planning. Russian-American Education Forum3(1).

Hansuvadha, N. (March, 2011). “What’s in a name:  Critical episodes of an Asian-American teacher educator.” In Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions for Culturally Competent and Inter-culturally Sensitive Leaders in Education Monograph.

Hansuvadha, N. (June, 2011). The power of one team’s journey towards collaboration: Part II. The Monarch Center: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of

Hansuvadha, N. (February, 2011). The power of one team’s journey towards collaboration: Part I. The Monarch Center: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of

Hansuvadha, N. (2009). Compromise in collaborating with families: Perspectives of beginning special education teachers. Journal of Early Childhood Education, 30, 346-362.

Hansuvadha, N., & Sramek, H. (2008). “Historical Foundations of SpecialEducation in the United States.” (Russian translation.) In With Hope for theFuture and Faith in Success: Special Education in Russia and the USA. Eds. Kitsul, Natalia, Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, Carol Zitzer-Comfort and Nat Hansuvadha. Publishing House of Regional Open Social Institute, Kursk, Russia, 198-209.

Kitsul, N., Tsyrlina-Spady,T.,  Zitzer-Comfort,C., & Hansuvadha, N. (2008). With Hope for the Future and Faith in Success: Special Education in Russia and the USA. (Eds.) Publishing House of Regional Open Social Institute, Kursk, Russia.

Hansuvadha, H. (2023).  Integrating CSRP into Course Syllabi and Course Policies. CSULB Faculty Center. (February 2, 2023; February 25, 2023)

Hansuvadha, H. (2022). Asian Pacific Islander Network Mission, Vision and Initiatives. APIN Association Meeting. CSULB. April 20, 2022. [Invited speaker]

Hayashino, D., Ang, R., Hansuvadha, N., Miram, L., & Kim, B. (2022). AAPI Women and Wellness at the Beach.  CSULB. March 14, 2022.

Hansuvadha, N. & Richards-Tutor, C. (2022). Urban Dual Credential Program and University Partnerships. CAIS Meeting, CCTE SPAN Conference. Sacramento, CA. March 7, 2022. [Invited speakers].

Hansuvadha, N., Toews, S., Stoltz, S., & Kemper, T. (2021). MTSS Teacher Educator Pathway Modules. Orange County Department of Education and CEEDAR. 

Hansuvadha, N. (2021). Enhancing California Teacher Educators with MTSS Professional Development Online Modules. California Council on Teacher Education. San Diego, CA. October 20, 2021.

Hansuvadha, N. (2021). Anti-Asian Hate Resolution. CSULB Academic Senate. Unanimously passed March 25, 2021.

Hansuvadha, N. (2021). Conversation with Provost Jerskey. Invited College of Education panelist. CSULB. April 16, 2021.

Hansuvadha, N. (2021). Confronting Anti-Asian Hate. Invited presenter, ASEC Department Meetings, April 12, 2021.

Hansuvadha, N. & Leonard-Giesen (2020). Inclusive Practices in Higher Education. Invited presenters, CSULB College of Education. February 1, 2020.

Larsen, L., Graf, V., Shneider, N., Hansuvadha, N., & Flores, C. (2019). California Teacher Education Programs Prepare for Inclusive Practices: Opportunities and Challenges. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. New Orleans, LA: November 7, 2019.

Hansuvadha, N. & Hagans, K. (2018). Building Capacity for Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Invited presenters at Research to Practice Exchange. CSULB. May 4, 2018.

Hansuvadha, N. & Garcia, A. (2017). Exit opportunities for students with disabilities. Invited presenters at LAUSD School Psychological Services, Central and East District Team Meeting. July 22, 2016.

Hansuvadha, N. (2017). CEEDAR Project: Promoting Improved Outcomes for All Students. Brandman University, Irvine, CA. December 2017.

Hansuvadha, N. & Pavri, S. (2016). Teacher preparation for inclusive schools: A blended general & special education certification program. Accepted presentation at the California Council on Teacher Education Conference. San Jose, CA. April 2015.

Pavri, S. Richards-Tutor,C. & Hansuvadha, N. (2015). Development of a dual licensure program: Preparing candidates to teach all students in urban settings. Accepted presentation at the Teacher Education Conference. Tempe, AZ. November 2015.

Pavri, S., & Hansuvadha, N.  (2015). What do administrators look for when hiring beginning special education teachers?: Impact of the changing and legal landscape. Accepted presentation at the Teacher Education Conference. Tempe, AZ. November 2015.

Zacher Pandya, J., Hansuvadha, N., & Pagdilao, K. (2015). Digital Video Composition with Children with Special Needs as Redistributive Social Justice: Javier’s Case. American Education Research Association (AERA). Chicago, IL.

Hansuvadha, N., Piker, N., Melton, L., Gradin, S., Codd, G., & Parsons, S. (2014). Early Learning Program Showcase. CSULB, Long Beach. August 22, 2014.

Hansuvadha, N., Piker, N., Melton, L., & Parsons, S. (2014). Preparing educators for transitional kindergarten. CSU Chancellor’s Office, Long Beach. CA. (April 20, 2014).

Hansuvadha, N., & Piker, R. (2014). Infusing Early Learning Foundations in Elementary Teacher Preparation. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education (NAECTE). Washington, D.C. (November 20, 2013).

Hansuvadha, N., & Piker, R. (2013). Early Learning Foundation Urban Teacher Fellowship Project; Preliminary Findings of a Constructivist Teacher Pathway. California Council of Teacher Education. San Diego, CA. (October, 2013).

Hansuvadha, N. (2012). Parent Rights & Participation in Special Education: Why It Matters. California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference. Sacramento, CA. March 7-12, 2012).

CSU Center for Transformational Educator Preparation Programs, Advisory Board Member, October 2021-present.

CEEDAR California State Team Member, Fall 2018-present.

Board of Directors, California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE). Fall 2022-present.

President, California Association of Professors in Special Education (CAPSE/TED). Summer 2022- present.

President, Inclusive Education SIG, California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE). Fall 2022-present.

Advisory Board Member, Long Beach City College Teacher Preparation Advisory Committee, Spring 2023-present.

Advisory Board Member, Faculty Center, CSULB. Fall 2021-present.

Co-Faculty Champion, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), College of Education, CSULB. Fall 2020-present