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Anna DiStefano, Ed.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Santa Barbara, CA, US

Anna DiStefano, Ed.D.

Provost Emerita | Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA, UNITED STATES

Social Justice; Women’s Empowerment; Higher Ed. Accreditation



Anna DiStefano, Ed.D. Publication



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Women In Leadership : Motivations, Experiences and Reflections




Anna DiStefano joined the doctoral faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University in 2010. Before that, she served as Provost (Chief Academic Officer) for Fielding from 1996 to 2010. She has been a part of the Fielding community since 1983, serving in several senior executive capacities including Vice President of Academic Planning & Program Development, and Dean of Human and Organization Development (HOD). She is a founding member of the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE).

DiStefano currently is a member of Fielding's Building Inclusion Collaborative and is on the Advisory Council for the Marie Fielder Center.

Industry Expertise (4)


Social Services

Program Development


Areas of Expertise (7)


Gender Empowerment

Qualitative Research

Action Research Methods

Structural Inequality and Diversity

Changing Higher Education

Faculty Governance in Higher Education

Education (3)

Boston University: EdD, Counseling 1977

Boston University: EDM, Counseling 1971

Trinity College: Bachelor's Degree, History 1969

Affiliations (2)

  • American Educational Research Association : Member
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education : Member

Event Appearances (5)

Utilizing Communities of Practice in the Development of Leaders for Change

(June, 2016) Critical Perspectives on Leadership  Portland, OR

Introductory framework

(November, 2010) Letras para volar, an international collaborative program  Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

U.N. empowering women and children globally

(October, 2010) Panel presentation at United Nations Association of Santa Barbara  Santa Barbara, CA

Creating invitation learning environments in a wide variety of diverse contexts

(April, 2010) American Educational Research Association  Denver, CO

Leadership and Change in the global world of the 21st century

(October, 2009) Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia  King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Articles (3)

Supporting Social Justice through the Curriculum: Concepts, Communication, and Community

Sense Publishers

(2016) With Kathy Tiner-Sewell; In EdD Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership. Antonio L. Ellis, Ed. Rotterdam.

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Researching across difference: A reprise

The American Behavioral Scientist

(2002) We would like to conclude this issue with our reflections about several issues that seem intimately associated with efforts to research across difference. Collecting and reviewing these articles have stimulated our discussions about the process of reflexivity, about the ...

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The Recommendations of the National Commission on Excellence in Education: A Case Study of Their Value.

Issues in Education

(1984) Examines the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, assesses the applicability of the commission's findings to one high school, identifies problems in implementing the commission's recommendations in the high school studied, and, on the ...

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