Margaret Moodian Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Margaret Moodian, Ed.D.

Associate Professor





Dr. Margaret Moodian is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Global. In her role, she has developed several courses, and she serves on Program Council and the Alumni Advisory board as a faculty representative. She sits on doctoral dissertation committees and serves as President on the board of Tias Arms, an Orange County, CA–based nonprofit dedicated to assisting children affected by HIV and AIDS in South Africa. She also serves on the board of the Waldorf-inspired Journey School, in Aliso Viejo, CA. University of Massachusetts Global selected Dr. Moodian to speak about a pen pal program she started at their 2021 TEDx conference. Since her TED Talk, the program has expanded thanks to the help of Ambassador Eric Bost. She received a special certificate of congressional recognition for her ability to bring people together for a worthy cause for the program. Pepperdine University selected her as an inaugural 40 Under 40 honoree in 2016. The Chapman University Delta Gammas presented Dr. Moodian with an Outstanding Alumnus award in 2019 and the South Orange County Delta Gammas presented her with a Stellar Award for her community service in 2022. Margaret is a Delta Gamma PRO, which means she speaks to Delta Gammas and other members of the Greek community around the country about topics such as leadership and self-esteem. Margaret earned a doctorate degree in education and master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Chapman University. Her dissertation focuses on the leadership traits of female Fortune 1,000 board members. She lives with her husband, Dr. Michael (Mike) Moodian, son Mikey, and pets in Rancho Mission Viejo, CA.



  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Competency Based Education


Ed.D.  in Organizational Leadership

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Dissertation: “Female Fortune 1000 Board Members: A Phenomenological Study”

M.A. in Psychology

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA


Chapman University, Orange, CA

Scholarly Activities

Conference Presentation, Association of Colleges for Tutoring & Learning Assistance
Conference Presentation, International Conference on Education

Conference Presentation, American Psychological Association Annual Convention

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