Rebecca M. Bustamante

Rebecca M. Bustamante, Ph.D. is an Associate Dean in the College of Education.  Prior to coming to CSULB, Dr. Bustamante was an Associate Dean of Research, Inclusion, and Graduate Programs in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University in Texas where she also served as a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, doctoral program coordinator, and co-director of the Texas Academic Leadership Academy (TALA) for emerging academic leaders in higher education representing universities across the state.  Dr. Bustamante has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of Education and has worked in various roles including:  K-12 teaching (TESOL and bilingual multiple subjects-Spanish) and school leadership, higher education administration, and international education in a variety of settings throughout the United States and Latin America.  With numerous publications in peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Bustamante's research interests focus on organizational culture and strategic planning for diversity, equity, and inclusive practices in educational environments; culturally responsive leadership development; faculty development, and systemic approaches to supporting the access and success of traditionally marginalized/minoritized groups in postsecondary education.  Dr. Bustamante has developed curriculum and taught courses utilizing different modalities (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid/blended, online, executive models) at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels and has mentored many doctoral students to successful completion of their dissertations.  Dr. Bustamante is active in several professional organizations and enjoys scholarly collaboration, curriculum development, and designing professional development opportunities.