Program Faculty


Dr. Janna Bersi

Dr. Janna Bersi is Professor of Graduate Education in the College of Education, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Dr. Bersi’s professional record encompasses more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in public and private higher education and spans a broad spectrum of responsibilities with a concentration of strengths in financial management, strategic planning, educational effectiveness and accreditation, endowment development, governing board relations, academic affairs, human resources, as well as real estate and risk management. Dr. Bersi is an elected Commissioner of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Chair of its Finance and Operations Committee. She is also a member of the CSUDH Philanthropic Foundation Board of Directors and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) where she served as inaugural Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Dr. Anthony Normore

Dr. Anthony H. Normore is professor of educational leadership, and department chair of Graduate Education at CSU Dominguez Hills. Dr. Normore’s research focuses on urban leadership development in the context of ethics and social justice. He is the author of 20+ books including, Leading against the grain: Lessons from visionaries for creating just and equitable schools (2018, Teachers College Press); The dark side of leadership: Identifying and overcoming unethical practice in organizations (2016, Emerald);  Handbook of research on communication, leadership, and conflict resolution (2016, IGI Global publishers). He has published 150+ book chapters, reviews, and peer-reviewed articles in numerous leadership journals, and 300+ conference presentations. Dr. Normore is the AERA 2013 recipient of the Bridge People Award for Leadership for Social Justice SIG, and 2015 Donald Willower Award of Excellence in Research at Penn State University. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development at the International Academy of Public Safety.

Dr. Michelle Martinez

Dr. Michelle Waiters Martinez currently serves as the director for the McNair Scholars Program at CSU Dominguez Hills where she has been instrumental in supporting undergraduate research and graduate school opportunities for students. She obtained her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University where her dissertation focused on first generation college students’ persistence through doctoral programs. Dr. Martinez has taught research writing and design for the past 9 years at CSUDH and previously taught communication and public speaking courses for Rancho Santiago Community College District. Dr. Martinez has held leadership roles in U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs at various institutions including a community college, public universities and a liberal arts university. She is passionate about empowering students to diversify the field of higher education and providing underrepresented students resources to navigate academia.

Dr. Nedda Black

Ms. Nedda Black, J.D., L.M.S.W. has worked in a variety of capacities within higher education since 2012. She works in private practice as an attorney based in Los Angeles, focusing primarily on higher-education law, civil rights, discrimination, and harassment. Ms. Black has extensive experience providing legal counsel to general counsels of higher-education institutions, including working with institutions to develop more effective risk-management and behavioral-intervention policies. Ms. Black has conducted a broad range of civil rights investigations and mediations for clients throughout the country. She has an expanding mediation practice, that includes family law and workplace conflicts. She has graduate degrees from both New York University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law, has served on the Advisory Board to ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators), and works as a consultant to The NCHERM Group, LLC. Ms. Black is also a graduate of California State University.