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Hawani Negussie Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Hawani Negussie Ed.D.

Assistant Professor


Early Childhood Education



Hawani Negussie Ed.D.



Dr. Hawani Negussie joins the School of Education as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education located at the Irvine Campus. Prior to joining Brandman, she was an adjunct lecturer at El Camino College and co-instructor at California State University Long Beach. Dr. Negussie continues her scholarship through presentation on topics related to Infant Mental Health, Child Development and Early Childhood Care and Education at both state and national conferences. She has held various leadership positions including Vice Chair for Training and Research Foundation, and as Chair for the Network of Early Childhood Leaders at CSULB. This past year, she was selected to be a reviewer for the Association for Childhood Education International as they set out to launch a new preprimary global assessment guidelines. Dr. Negussie has worked in a variety of roles and settings including typical group care environments, pediatric hospital, non-profit organizations and corporate sponsored programs to name a few. She values these experiences as they have informed her practice and sharpened her understanding of the importance of a holistic approach to children’s education. Her research interests include understanding children’s development from a socio-cultural perspective, quality teacher preparation and using inspiration as a model for leadership in ECE.


  • Early Childhood Education


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”

M.A. in Elementary Education / Early Childhood Education

California State University, Long Beach

B.A. in Child Development

California State University, Northridge
Minor: Psychology

Scholarly Activities

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

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

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

Professional Experiences

Assistant Professor

Brandman University

Courses: Early Childhood Education, Leadership in ECCE


California State University, Long Beach

Course: Leadership and Supervision of ECCE Programs

Adjunct Professor

El Camino College

Course: Child Development

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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