Hawani Negussie Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Hawani Negussie Ed.D.

Chair and Assistant Professor

PRIMARY SPECIALTY

Early Childhood Education

CAMPUS

Irvine

Hawani Negussie Ed.D.

Biography

 

Dr. Hawani Negussie is the Chair and Assistant Professor of UMass Global Early Childhood Education program in Irvine, Ca. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education for over twenty years holding various positions in the birth-21 (PK-16) educational settings. Her practice is informed by her wide range of experiences, education, and training with leading institutions such as UCLA Early Intervention Program, UCLA Children’s Hospital, Early Childhood Foundation at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and California State University Long Beach-Department of the College of Education.

Dr. Negussie offers expertise within Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Special Education, Infant Mental Health, Indigenous Education Systems, International Research, Program Development and Administration. She has demonstrated knowledge in transformational leadership, statewide program/project oversight, organizational management, teacher training, assessment/outcome including ECE curriculum and instructional design.  She has provided strategic and operational leadership in the implementation of effective early learning program standards at the state and international levels. Her extensive work with children and families from various backgrounds and settings, especially those coming from underserved communities continues to influence her outlook on how to address the compounding challenges children and families face due to inequitable opportunities. 

Her research interest includes examination of indigenous knowledge in early learning environments, implications of aid imposed global education policies, and using culture as a central strategy in pre-primary education. Her research has been published with international journals focused on leadership and policy.


Specialty

  • Early Childhood Education

Education

2014
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

California State University, Long Beach

Dissertation:“Integration of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Practices in Early Childhood Care and Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. An Exploratory Case Study”

2006
M.A. in Elementary Education / Early Childhood Education

California State University, Long Beach

1999
B.A. in Child Development

California State University, Northridge
Minor: Psychology


Scholarly Activities

2017
Negussie, H., Slater, C. (under review)

Challenges to integrating indigenous knowledge and cultural practices in early childhood and education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Educational Forum

2015
Culture and Early Education

American Educational Research Association (AERA) 

Chicago, IL

Indigenous Curriculum Development in Early Education Programs

California State University, Long Beach, Educational Leadership Symposium

2016
Board Member, Head Start Training and Research Foundation (TRF)
2015
Chair: Educational Leadership Network for Early Childhood Leaders (NECL)

Professional Experiences

2017
Assistant Professor

University of Massachusetts Global

Courses: Early Childhood Education, Leadership in ECCE

2016
Co-Instructor

California State University, Long Beach

Course: Leadership and Supervision of ECCE Programs

2016
Adjunct Professor

El Camino College

Course: Child Development

2006-2016
Program Director

Mattel Child Development Center

Evaluated classroom curriculum, developed action plans with classroom teaching teams and monitored progress toward goals for the leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored childcare, backup care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions. Engaged teachers in a critical, self-reflective process during staff meetings and annual evaluations.

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