About Us

Meet the staff of the CSU’s systemwide Department of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs.

Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D.Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4747
E-mail: mgrenot-scheyer@calstate.edu

Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. She is responsible for leading, coordinating and expediting systemwide efforts to recruit and prepare teachers, counselors and school leaders. Prior to this appointment, she served as Dean of the College of Education at CSU Long Beach. Dr. Grenot-Scheyer serves on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the WestEd Board of Directors, and recently served two terms as a board member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. She is a proud graduate of Cal State LA. In recognition of her career accomplishments, in 2008 she was selected the Distinguished Alumnus, CSULA Charter College of Education.​​


Joan Bissell Ed.D.Joan Bissell, E​d.D.
Director, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4716
Fax: 562-951-4982
E-mail: jbissell@calstate.edu

Dr. Joan Bissell is Director of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. She works with campuses involved in the CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative and assists in other areas, such as the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Prior to her role at the Chancellor's Office, Dr. Bissell was Dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. Her expertise includes STEM teacher preparation; initiating, scaling and sustaining program reforms; and land program evaluation. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015, and in 2016 was named California’s Outstanding K-12 STEM Education Leader.​


Dr. Fred UyFred Uy, Ed.D.
Director, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Co-Director, Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning
Phone: 562-951-4713
Fax: 562-951-4152
E-mail: fuy@calstate.edu

Dr. Fred Uy serves both as a Director in the Department of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs and Co-Director for the Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning. Before joining the Office of the Chancellor, Dr. Uy was a Professor of Mathematics Education at Cal State LA and a K-12 mathematics teacher. In this position, he will be responsible in overseeing and increasing the capacity of the department to provide leadership and support to the educator preparation programs on campuses across the CSU. He has contributed to CSU initiatives in secondary school teacher mathematics preparation as a trainer for the EAP in Mathematics and as a leader in the CSU M-TEP. Dr. Uy also has served as a mathematics consultant for school districts and publishers and has conducted numerous professional development trainings in topics like mathematics pedagogy, teaching mathematics to ELs, assessments, Linked Learning, arts integration, and bilingual education.


Cindy RodelaCindy Rodela
Program Analyst, CalStateTEACH
Phone: 562-951-4118
E-mail: crodela@calstate.edu

Cindy Rodela is system-wide program analyst for CalStateTEACH. Cindy assists in the development of the CalstateTEACH program and providing support to the Systemwide Director and the staff at the regional centers.


Gregory RuizGreg Ruiz
Administrative Support Coordinator, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs
Phone: 562-951-4794
E-mail: gruiz@calstate.edu

Gregory Ruiz is the Administrative Support Coordinator of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. He provides support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor in a range of projects pertaining to educator preparation and development.


Nancy Brynelson, Ph.D. Nancy Brynelson
Co-director, Center for the Advancement of Reading
Phone: 916-278-4581
Fax: 916-278-5014
E-mail: nbrynelson@calstate.edu

Nancy Brynelson is co-director of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading. Before arriving at the CSU, she served as a bilingual teacher, elementary school principal, school district administrator, and language arts consultant for the California Department of Education. Currently, she oversees the CSU's Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum and several related federal grants. She also co-wrote the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve. A 2010 inductee into the California Reading Association (CRA) Reading Hall of Fame, she is also the recipient of the CRA 2014 Marcus Foster Memorial Award and the California Association of Teachers of English 2017 Award of Merit.


Hallie Yopp Slowik, Ph.D.Hallie Yopp Slowik, Ph.D.
Co-director, Center for the Advancement of Reading
CSU Fullerton
EC 324, P.O. Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868
Phone: 714-278-3900
Fax: 714-278-5133
E-mail: hyopp@fullerton.edu

Dr. Hallie Yopp Slowik, professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at CSU Fullerton, co-directs the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading. Her areas of expertise are early literacy, academic language, and comprehension of narrative and informational text. Hallie taught elementary school for years, primarily in bilingual settings. She was named CSUF Outstanding Professor of the Year and received a Wang Family Excellence Award. Dr. Yopp Slowik is an inductee into the California Reading Association Hall of Fame. She is a lead author of the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.


Ernest Black, Ph.D.
Systemwide Director, CalStateTEACH
Phone: 562-951-4703
Fax: 562-951-4152
E-mail: eblack@calstate.edu

Dr. Ernest Black is the Statewide Director of the CalStateTEACH Program. Dr. Black has an outstanding teacher preparation background, having received his Master’s Degree in Education from National University and his Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis in Urban Education from the University of Southern California. Prior to his appointment as Systemwide Director, Dr. Black served as the Regional Director for the Southern Region of CalStateTEACH for the past six years. There, he provided leadership to the full range of online teacher preparation programs that CalStateTEACH has to offer. He has played a key role in liaising between CalStateTEACH and CSU Los Angeles & CSU Fullerton. He has worked with the Colleges of Education at both sites and developed partnership opportunities with them in the areas of PK-12 reforms, alternative certification pathways, induction programs, professional development, technology, and recruitment strategies.


Zulmara Cline, Ph.D.Zulmara Cline, Ph.D.
Statewide CAPP Director
Phone: 562-951-4780
E-mail: zcline@calstate.edu

Dr. Zulmara Cline is the Statewide Director of the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP). CAPP is an intersegmental program working with the three segments of higher education and the K-12 system. Under Dr. Cline’s leadership, CAPP has launched two grants: the CAPP Demonstration Project, which helps schools build post-secondary partnerships, and College Going Culture Grant, which helps schools develop a college-going culture. CAPP is also responsible for the Math Diagnostic Testing Project, an intersegmental collaborative effort that has been developing diagnostic tests for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Cline was a professor at CSU San Marcos.


Paul TussPaul Tu​ss, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Teacher Quality
Phone: 916-278-4582
Fax: 916-278-3883
E-mail: ptuss@calstate.edu

Dr. Paul Tuss is director of the CSU Center for Teacher Quality. The center develops and manages EdQ DataView, a data warehouse and dashboard reporting system designed to support a culture of data sharing and continuous improvement for CSU educator preparation. Dr. Tuss also coordinates the center’s statewide surveys of first-year CSU teaching graduates and their employment supervisors. He has held positions with the Sacramento County Office of Education, San Juan Unified School District, Westat, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a past president of the California Educational Research Association and an alumnus of the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research.




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