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Allison Wilson Leggett Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Dr. Allison Wilson Leggett, EdD serves Union Institute & University as Masters Chair, Masters of Arts in Education; Program Chair, Early Childhood Studies; Program Chair Secondary Education; Program Chair Elementary Education; Program Chair Exceptional Child. The new MA in Education program features the Online Teaching and Learning discipline which serves to meet the needs of K-12 teachers and higher education faculty seeking to master digital skills in the remote teaching environment. Dr. Leggett joined Union first as an affiliated faculty, which lead to her position as the first Lead Faculty for the Children and Adolescent Development (CHAD) program at the Los Angeles Center. Further, Dr. Leggett was a recipient of the first Faculty Distance Teaching and Learning (FTD&L) Digital Learning grant for her innovative redesign of CHAD curriculum with digital literacy. As a Certified Advanced Online professor, early on in her tenure, Dr. Leggett participated in the Program Development, including Undergraduate Faculty Training for National Assessment, BS-CHAD Assessment of Outcomes and UIU’s 5-year Program Review committee. In addition to her duties as Masters Chair and Program Chair, Dr. Leggett serves as a Co-Chair of Criteria 3 for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 4 Year Review, serves as a member of the new Doctor of Education (EdD) program, University Curriculum Committee (UCC), Faculty Distance Teaching and Learning Committee (FTD&L), while continuing to advise new students and teach. Dr. Leggett is actively involved in the AASA School Superintendents Association where her expertise serves to guide district leaders towards social justice and equity through organizational support. Further, she is a member of PEACH (Partnerships for Education, Articulation, and Coordination through Higher Education), a collaborative group of educators whose mission is to strengthen and support academic professional development pathways and related educational programs for the early childhood (EC) workforce throughout California in order to support children’s learning, growth, and family engagement.

Prior to her tenure at UIU, Dr. Leggett taught at many local institutes and served in an administrative role as Special Assistant to the President for WASC at the University of Riverside. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Leggett was a secondary math/science teacher and entered administration to serve school districts as an Assistant Principal, Director of Instruction, and District Literacy Expert, where she secured a $250,000 block grant for distribution to local district schools. She worked collaboratively with English/Language Arts teachers, Coaches and Central ELA instructional support staff to foster a school culture that was conducive to both student and adult learning. Inspired to improve accountability in education, Dr. Leggett worked for the Educational Testing Service and served as a consultant for the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. At the state Department of Education, she served as a consultant for Teacher Preparation programs (Performance Assessment for California Teachers and California Teacher Performance Assessment) and as a Teacher Performance Assessor in Subject-specific pedagogy, Assessing Learning, Designing Instruction and Culminating Teaching Experience.

Dr. Leggett holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, a Master of Science in Administration, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Technology and Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Living in Southern California, she loves camping and traveling with my family and have a particular love and interest in Space exploration and travel.