Ellen Baker Derwin, Ph.D

Ellen Baker Derwin, Ph.D

Associate Dean and Associate Professor


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Ellen Derwin

Dr. Ellen Baker Derwin is the associate dean for Curriculum and Assurance of Learning in the School of Arts and Sciences and assistant professor of communications for the online campus.  She also served as faculty instructional designer for the School of Arts and Sciences and was responsible for overseeing the  development and continuous improvement of close to 200 online and blended courses.  Dr. Derwin has taught and developed courses in psychology, communications, student success/study skills.  She began her career in the Chapman University System as the Director of K-12 professional development for Chapman University College.

After serving in non-profit organization leadership positions, Dr. Derwin began her career in higher education at DeVry University where she served as the national director of outreach services and business and educational partnerships as well as in the areas of admissions and student services. She  became involved in online education as the first director of marketing for CalStateTEACH at the California State University Chancellor’s office. Through her work in the publishing industry and as an independent consultant, Dr. Derwin mentored administrators and faculty to implement best practices for teaching and assessment in all modalities.  She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (with a media emphasis) from Fielding Graduate University, and she focused her dissertation on critical thinking in online learning.  Dr. Derwin also holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Fielding Graduate University, a Master’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University.