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Monaliza Chian

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Interest

My research background and interests are grounded in an Interactional Ethnographic approach to the study of how, in and through, interactions in situated contexts, participants (e.g. instructors, students, and facilitators) individually and collectively develop oral, written, and visual texts as they negotiate what counts as disciplinary knowledge. My research interests also include the ways in which technology supports and/or constrains innovative opportunities for learning in inquiry-based programs. A particular research interest of mine is to examine how local theories, cultural practices, and processes as well as situated meanings are interactionally accomplished through the daily discursive and social interactions among participants. Given my experience in an overtime ethnographic research project, I have also become interested in exploring the reflexive processes necessary to construct local data sets for analysis  from the archived records that address unanticipated questions arising within an ongoing ethnographic project. This part of my research seeks to understand how researcher(s)' construct a logic-in-use guiding the construction of an archive as well as  the analyses and interpretations of archived written and video records of life in particular learning spaces or programs. 

Professional Experience


Post Doctoral Fellow

The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Education
  • Conduct research studies to explore how and and in what ways student transform from undergraduate healthcare student to emerging professionals 
  • Present research studies to local and international audiences
  • Teach an Interactional Ethnography course to graduate students

Research Coordinator for Inter-segmental Grant--University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) -California State University, East Bay (CSUEB)

University of California, Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
  • Served as Lead Ethnographer of  a team of Graduate Student Researchers to conduct an ethnographic research study of the Long Term and Futures Thinking Project (LTFT) Initiative with California State University of East Bay. 
     2003 2010

    Adjunct Faculty

    Azusa Pacific University                                                                          School of Education, Department of Advanced Studies 
    • Courses taught in the Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Contexts Program in Advanced Studies, Education Department in a face-to-face and hybrid instructional settings
      • Research for Educators (EDUC 589A & 589B)
      • Assessment and Evaluation (EDUC 508)
      • Instructional Principles and Practices  (EDUC 554)
      • Special Topics in Education (EDUC 509)
    • Advised and mentored graduate students in the Advance Studies department  
     2015 2018

    Special Projects/English Learner Support Teacher

    Hueneme Elementary School District

    District-wide Support

    • Managed and updated databases on all district English Learner (EL) students
    • Accessed reports from district and state databases related to EL students for data analyses and program planning
    • Coordinated, generated, monitored, and presented  local and state EL data to multiple stakeholders
    • Interfaced with district data personnel on maintaining accurate data and programs for English Learners
    • Assisted in Federal Program Monitoring
    • Assisted district administrators in the planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the ELD program districtwide
    • Updated the District English Learner Development (ELD) Program Plan
    • Coordinated State and Local Language Proficiency Assessment at the District Level including organizing materials and training examiners
    • Coordinated EL Instructional Assistant training
    • Trained and mentored newly hired English Learner Support Teachers 

    School-Based Administration Support

    • Assisted school site administrators in the development and implementation  English Language Development (ELD) program for the school based on the California English Language Development Standards
    • Collaborated with administrators and staff to facilitate and/or support  professional development related to the teaching and learning of EL students
    • Assisted with data analysis, forming ELD groupings, providing research-based instructional practices
    • Assisted site administration with parent involvement and community outreach 

    Teacher Support

    • Coached teachers to design and teach interdisciplinary lessons  by modeling and co-teaching. 
    • Guided teachers how to analyze students data in order to monitor progress and (re)construct lessons and modify instructions 

    Student Support

    • Provided English Language Development (ELD) instructions to  targeted EL students
    • Mentored EL students to advance to English fluency and maintain academic achievement

    School-Community Relationship

    • Monitored  EL students' English proficiency levels and communicate with the students, teachers, families, and administrators the progress of all EL students in ELD proficiency levels and ways to achieving reclassification status
    • Partnered with parents and families to develop strategies and action plans to implement at home to support EL students to advance their English proficiency
    • Conducted informational meetings to communities and for families in order  to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge regarding the EL program options, reclassification process and other EL related issues districtwide 
     2016 2017

    Interim Assistant Principal: Green Junior High School

    Hueneme Elementary School District
    • Managed, supervised, and supported faculty and staff
    • Managed  students academic performance and student affairs
    • Coordinated the administration of school-wide, district-wide and state mandated assessments in accordance to federal, state, and local education laws and regulations
    • Regulated student clubs (i.e. Associated Student Body (ASB), California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF), Renaissance Award Committee, etc..)
    • Coordinated the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program
    • Managed the school site's English Language Development (ELD) Program
    • Communicated to families, stakeholders,  and communities regarding school business and student affairs
    1998 2014

    General Education Teacher

    Hueneme Elementary School District
    • Taught diverse and multicultural students in multiple classroom configurations
      • Sixth Grade Teacher in Gifted And Talented Education (GATE), Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID), English Learner (EL), and English Only  (EO)Students  classroom settings
      • Fifth Grade and Second Grade  Teacher in heterogeneous group (GATE, EO, EL students
    • Served in school site leadership team, department chair, and several school committees
    • Participated in piloting and evaluating new curriculum and technology in the classroom
    • Designed and wrote English Language Arts district-wide curriculum for 6th Grade 
    • Trained and mentored newly hired teachers and supervised student teachers from local universities, doing student teaching in the classroom

    Education Qualification


    Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Teaching and Learning with Specialization in Qualitative and Interpretive Research

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Dissertation Title:  A Reflexive Approach in Coming to Know: Uncovering the Logic-of-Inquiry in Ethnographic Research

    Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Learning

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Thesis:  "What Counts as Mathematics?" A Curriculum Analysis of the Common Core Standards in Mathematics from K-8th Grade

    Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Contexts

    Azusa Pacific University

    Thesis: "Dialoging Through Student-to-Student Journals": Developing Writing Practices

    Multiple Subject Credential

    California State University, Northridge 

    Emphasis: Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD)

    Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Studies

    California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Minor: Spanish


    Articles and Encyclopedia Entries

             Green, J., Chian, M. & Stewart, E., (in press). Courtney Borden Cazden, Game Changer.  Edited by Paul  A.                                  Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Melissa A. Hardy and Malcolm Williams.  The Sage Encyclopedia of   Research  Methods.

    Green, J. & Chian, M. (2018) "Triangulation". The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.In  B. Frey (Ed). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publishing.

    Green, J.; Chian, M.; Stewart, E; Couch, S. (2018) What is an ethnographic archive and archive of? A telling case of challenges in exploring developing interdisciplinary programs in higher education. Special Journal Issue: ACTA Paedagogica Vilnensia.(38) 2017. Vilniaus Universiteto Edukologijos Katedra (Department of Educology) Vilnius University. Vilnius, Lithuania.

    Green, J.; Joo, J.; Dai, Y.; Hirsch, T.; Chian, M.; David B.P. (2016).  Challenges in understanding different epistemologies for studying learning: A telling case of constructing a new research agenda. International Journal of Education Research. Volume 84, pp 119-126.


    Green, J.;  Chian, M.; Stewart, E.;  Stewart, A.; Yun, D. (2015) Final Research/Evaluation Report: Pilot Instructional Project of The Long-Term and Futures Project at California State University, East Bay (2012-2014).

    Green, J.;  Chian, M.; Stewart, E.;  Stewart, A.; Yun, D. (2015)  Executive Summary: Final Research/Evaluation Report: Pilot Instructional Project of The Long-Term and Futures Project at California State University, East Bay (2012-2014).



           Chian M.M. Tracing the development of an integrated curriculum design in higher education:a reflexive  analysis of a         research study, Time, Temporality & Slowness: Future Directions for Design Research Workshop. Design and                         Diversity:Designing Interactive System 2018. (Jun 2018) ,

           Chian, M. & Brooks, L. A Single Case Study: Making the Invisible Visible in Designing, Developing, and Implementing           Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Higher Education. Poster Presentation: Conference on  Academic Research in                         Education (CARE) Las Vegas, NV (February 2018)

           Chian, M.; Stewart, A. & Stewart, E. Single Case Study of Interview-Conversations: Analyzing  Archived Records to                 Gain an Emic Perspective. Poster Presentation: Ethnographic & Qualitative  Research Conference (EQRC) Las Vegas,           NV. (February 2018)


    Chian, M. & Couch, S. Designing and Researching Innovative Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Undergraduate Education Initiative: Embedded and External Ethnographers’ Reflexive Approach. Structured Poster Session: American Education Research Association, San Antonio,  TX (April 2017)

    Chian, M. Making Visible the Challenges of Researching an Ongoing Project: Seeking Insider’s Perspective. Pre-Conference Workshop:Exploring an Ethnographic Perspective as a Logic-of-Inquiry. National Council of Teacher of  English Assembly for Research 2017:Midwinter Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (February 2017)


    Chian, M. "What Counts as Mastery of an Integrated Curriculum in Higher Education: Contrastive Analysis of Students' Differential Performance."  Language and Social Processes Mentoring Workshop and Roundtable Conversation: Creating Dialogue Across "Generations" of Scholars. American Education Research Assembly, Washington, D.C.  (April 2016)

    Chian, M.; Stewart, E; Stewart, A.; Green. J.  "Conducting Interview-Conversations with Computer Mediated Communication in Virtual Space: Gaining Emic Perspectives. Round table Session entitled: VISUALizing Qualitative Methods. American Education Research Association. Washington, D.C. (April, 2016).

    Arya, D.; Balos, N.,  Chian, M. Green, J.  "The Transdisciplinary Nature of Educational Ethnography". Alternative Session-National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research  2016: Midwinter Conference. Eastern Michigan  University, Ypsilanti, MI. (February, 2016)


    Green, J. & Chian, M.  An Interactional Ethnographic Perspective: Making Visible the Developing Process of Design, Instruction, and Student Learning. Presentation: Teaching for Long Term and Futures Thinking (LTFT): LTFT in Education and Context Conference. San Francisco, California. ( (July, 2015)

    Chian. M.  What Counts as Mastery: Contrastive Analysis of Students' Differential Performance in an Emerging Area of Study in Higher Education. Working Discussion Session: 10th Annual Discourse Analysis in Educational Research Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. (May, 2015).

    Chian, M. with Hellman, F.; Brooks, L.; Couch, S.; Yeager, B, & Saveri, A.  Challenges in Seeking the Emic Perspective: Processes and Principles of Designing for the Unknown in Higher Education.  Structured Poster Session: American Education Research Association. Chicago. Illinois. (April 2015).

    Green, J. with Chian, M. ; Yun D.; Joo, J.; Stewart, E.  What is Happening Here? Ethnographic Eyes on Analyzing Video. Interactive Sessions with Undergraduate Scholars: American Education Research Association,  Chicago. Illinois. (April, 2015).


    Chian, M.  Math in Practice: Developing Disciplinary Literacies by Talking  and Thinking  Like Mathematicians in a 5th Grade Bilingual Classroom. Working Discussion Group: 9th Annual Discourse Analysis in Education Research Conference, Ohio State University. (May 2014).

    Awards and Nominations

        Philip and Helen Green Research Fellowship

        Nominated for National Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award in United States

    Professional Membership

    American Education Research Assembly (AERA)

    Oceania Ethnography and Education Network (OEEN)

    Professional Service

    Reviewer Activity

         Chapter Reviewer for Interactional Research into Problem-Based Learning. Purdue University Press (2018) 

         Reviewer for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Paper Submission (2018)

         Reviewer for American Education Research Association, Division D, Paper Submission (2018)

         Manuscript Reviewer for Special Journal Issue: Rethinking Ethnography. ACTA Paedagogica Vilnensia. Volume 38,               2017. Vilniaus universiteto Edukologijos katedra  Vilnius,  Lithuania (2017)

         Reviewer for American Education Research Association, Division G, Paper Submissions (2014

         Reviewer for  National Council Teacher of English Assembly for Research, Paper Submissions (2015)

    Leadership Positions

         National Council Teacher of English Assembly for Research,  Historian (2015-2016)

         Graduate Student Liaison for American Educational Research Association, Division G (Social Context)  (2014-2016)

         Fellow of  the Center for Education Research on Literacy and Language and Inquiry in Networking   Communities               (2012-2015)

         President of Futures Teachers of America-California State University, Dominguez Hills Chapter (1996-1997)

    Professional Service: K-12

    Statewide Services

    Member of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)  Writing Range Finder

    Committee for California Department of Education in Sacramento (February 2017)

    Countywide Services

    Member of the  English Learner Leadership Network (2015-2018)

    Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Support Provider (2003-2005)

    District-wide Services

    Member of Common Core State Standards Writing Team for 6th Grade- ELA (2012-2015)

    Curriculum Adoption Committee (1999-2000; 2008-2010)

    School-Site Services

    California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Coordinator (2015-2018)

    Language Assessment Team (LAT) Chairperson (2015-2018)

    Mentor Teacher (1999-2018)

    Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator (2016)

    Department Chairperson (2002-2004)

    Supervising Teacher for University Student Teachers (2003-2005)

    School Leadership Team Member (2001-2004)

    Community Service

    Community Church of Hong Kong Women Ministry Committee Member (2018-Present) 

    Committee Member of Fundraising Event of Clean Organization (2016)

    Community Based English Tutoring Parents and Adults -Teacher (2005-2006)

    Hueneme Elementary School District Annual Memorial Golf Tournament Coordinator (2000-2016)

    Calvary Ventura Children's Sunday School Supervisor and Teacher (2006-2018)

    Language Proficiency

    English-Fluent Proficiency

    Tagalog-Fluent Proficiency

    Spanish-Intermediate Proficiency

    Ilocano-Native Language