Faculty & Staff

Rene Dahl, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Phone: (415) 405-3564
Email: rdahl@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Sociology of Education; Stanford University
M.A. Administration and Policy Analysis; Stanford University
M.A. Sociology; Stanford University
M.S. Recreation; San Jose State University
B.S. Recreation Administration; San Jose State University

Teaching interests:

Research methods; Youth Development; Program Planning and Evaluation; Human Resource Management

Research interests:

Youth development; diversity and management practices; evaluation of programs for children and youth; after school programs for children and youth; organizational structures of programs for children and youth

Service Interests:

Serves on state-wide Steering Committee for Baccalaureate Education in Early Care and Education (BPECE); state-wide Faculty Steering Committee for Competencies Integration Project for Early Care and Education; and Planning Committee for Higher Education Colloquium.
Served on the Board of Directors for the Community Network of Youth Development (President for 4 years); the Advisory Board for the Community Schools Development project with Cabrillo Unified School District in Half Moon Bay; and  Board of Directors of the California School Age Consortium

Soyeon Park, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3975
Email: park@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Child Development; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.A. Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
B.S. Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Teaching interests:

Children and Families; Research Methods; Cognitive Development; Infant and Toddler Development; Child Development; Early Childhood Teacher Education; Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

Research interests:

Cultural influences on parenting and young children's social/cognitive development; Early childhood teacher education; Qualitative methodologies

Service Interests:

Served on the Early Childhood Working Group of the Governor’s Kids Cabinet, State of New Hampshire
Served on the Pre-service Teacher Council at University of New Hampshire
Member of the SFSU Children’s Campus Planning Committee

Alison E. Baroody, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-0931
Email: abaroody@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

IES Post-doctoral fellowship University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Ph.D. Developmental Studies; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.S. Developmental Studies; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Teaching interests:

Early Childhood Education; Research Methods; Human Development; Child Development; Interest, Engagement, and Motivation in Learning

Research interests:

Children’s school achievement with a focus on interest and engagement in academic activities (especially literacy and mathematics); Multi-method measurement approaches of assessing interest and engagement; Early childhood and elementary school educational interventions

Service Interests:

Kristen M. Pozzoboni, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3705

Email: kpozzo@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Educational Psychology; University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. Law and Society; State University of New York at Binghamton (Concentration: Women’s Studies)

Teaching Interests:

Learning and Cognition; Youth Development, Out-of-School Time Program Planning and Evaluation; Community-based and participatory research methods

Research Interests:

Learning and development in out-of school time; Youth engagement in community settings; Youth voice; Organizational systems and practices; and Community-Based Participatory Research

Service Interests:

Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of Out of School Time for K-12 Youth

Elaine Schilling, MPA

Phone: (925) 899-4136
Email: elaine@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

M.P.A. Notre Dame de Namur University (focus on Public Administration & Policy)

Teaching interests:

Organizational development, competencies and culture; leadership, mentoring; professional development; facilitation and communication

Service Interests:

International Adoption
Parent educator programs
School volunteer programs

Nadine Agosta, Ed.D.
Lecturer and Internship Coordinator

Phone: (415) 385-5985
Email: nagosta@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

University of San Francisco, Organization & Leadership in Education, Ed.D.
Mills College, Oakland, Early Childhood Education, MA
University of San Francisco, Organizational Behavior, BS

Teaching interests:

Child development; Early childhood education; Infant/toddler development; Action research; Family Support

Service Interests:

Board member of Marin County School District Organization, Cambodia Academy of Mongkol Borei. 

Member of Cambridge Who's Who, NAEYC, CAEYC, Phi Delta Kappa, Junior League of San Francisco,

and Docent for Belvedere-Tiburon Historical Society.

Research interests:

Implications of the internal revolution of the 1970s in Cambodia and children’s right to an education

Linda M. Platas, Ph.D.


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Email: lplatas@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Education – Cognitive Development; University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Education – Cognitive Development; University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Child and Adolescent Development – Research and Public Policy; San Francisco State University

Teaching interests:

Child Development; Cognitive Development; Research Methods; Early Childhood Teacher Education; US and International Early Education Policy

Research interests:

Early education in developing countries; Teacher education and professional development in language, literacy and early mathematics; International early childhood education; Effects of language and culture on assessment outcomes in developing countries; Measurement development

Service Interests:

Serves as a Member of the Technical Advisory Group on Early Childhood Measurement, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, Brookings Center for Universal   Education

Serves on the Technical Advisory Committee Member of the Meeting on Population Level Assessment of Early Child Development, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Serves as a Member of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee, San Mateo County College District

Served as a Standards Working Group Member of the Learning Metrics Task Force, Brookings Center for Universal Education and UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Served as a Member of the TK California Expert Planning and Advisory Committee, Early Edge/ Preschool California

Served as a Member of the Academic Review Committee, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley


Academic Support Coordinator

Phone: (415) 405-3911