Staff Directory


Rosemary Papa, EdD

Professor of Comparative & International Education and Leadership

Phone: 949-480-4186

Fax: 949-480-4158


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ed.D. 1983 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Administration, Curriculum & Instruction) The Mentoring Relationship between Major Advisors and Doctoral Degree Advisees
  • M.A. 1977 California State University, Northridge (Educational Psychology) The Effect of Group Counseling on the Self-Concept and Home and School Behavior of Maladjusted Students in the Middle School Grades
  • B.A. 1972 California State University, Los Angeles (History)
  • A.A. 1970 Pasadena City College, Pasadena (Social Sciences)

Positions Held

  • 2017—Present The Comparative and International Professor of Education and Leadership, Soka University of America.
  • 2012--Present Founder, Educational Leaders Without Borders
  • 2007 – 2018 The Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair, Learning Centered Leadership and Professor, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University,  
  • 2000 – 2007 Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, A Division of Academic Affairs, California State University, Sacramento,
  • Director, Education Doctorates includes planning for the first free standing doctorate in education at CSU Sacramento (2005-2006) and the Founding Director, Capitol Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Joint Doctoral Program established in partnership with California State University Sacramento, University of California Davis and Sonoma State University.
  • 1998 - 2000 Regional Vice President, Business Division, and National Teacher Expert, Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. Chair, EdFund Board, Represented the California State University System. Direct nonprofit public benefit corporation that administers the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program delivering 2.4 billion dollars in federal loans to students
  • Vice Chair, California Student Aid Commission, appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the California State Senate, representing CSU.  
  • Chair, Board, Startup of a nonprofit public benefit corporation that provided math and spelling homework assignments to elementary school students via the Internet.
  • 1993 - 1998 Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs (1997-1998), Academic Consultant to the Chancellor (1993-1994), and Executive Director for Inter-Institutional Relations (1993-1997), California State University.
  • 1986 – 1996 Founding Director, California State University, Fresno/University of California Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. Founded the first joint doctorate for CSU Fresno, UCLA, UCSB, and UCD and interdisciplinary (across five colleges at CSU Fresno) inter-campus approval processes, and established student admission and exit procedures and policies and the first multi-campus Intersegmental doctoral program in the state of California. Directed 35 faculty from six public four year institutions involved.
  • 1986 - Present Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies CSU, Sacramento 1997-Present. Department of Educational Research, Administration, and Foundations, California State University, Fresno, California (1986-1997).   
  • 1985 - 1986 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations, University of New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • P-12 Administrative and Teaching Experience
  • 1984 - 1985 Chief Administrator and Principal, Holy Name K-12 School, Omaha, Nebraska. Private school chief administrator, kindergarten through twelfth grades, 350 students, staff of 37 including 25 teachers.
  • 1979 - 1984 Principal, St. Mary's K-8 School, Bellevue, Nebraska.
  • 1975 - 1978 Administrative Faculty Director, Sierra Vista Junior High School, Newhall, California.
  • 1972 - 1978 Teacher, Nativity, El Monte, Hollencrest Junior High and Cortez Elementary School, West Covina, California. Catholic and public school teaching experience. 

Research Interests

  • Educational leaders without borders
  • International and comparative education and leadership
  • Research on women and children

Courses Taught at SUA

  • EDU 511 Ed Research Methods II
  • EDU 505 Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • EDU 502 Ethnography
  • EDU 504 International and Comparative Education
  • EDU 507 Law and Policy 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Recipient of the AERA 2015 Willystine Goodsell Award, Women in Education SIG
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Semi-Finalist, Regents’ Professor, NAU, AZ Board of Regents
  • 2012 Recipient of the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Higher Education Administrator of the Year Award   
  • 2004 Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Education, California State University, Sacramento.
  • Invited Stafford Faculty Fellow, The National Institute on Leadership, Disability, and
  • Students Placed at Risk, University of Vermont
  • 2003 Recipient of the National Council of Professors of Education Administration Living Legend Award.
  • 1994 Women Administrator of the Year, Central Valley Congress, Administrative Women in Education.