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Sandra Richards Mayo, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education
Program Director, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Phone: (626) 387-5817
Fax: (626) 815-5336
Sandra Richards Mayo, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of education. Her areas of research and teaching emphasis include issues of diversity in teaching and learning; community engagement and collaborative models for school improvement; and the study of educational inequity, both historically and presently. Prior to coming to APU in Fall 2010, she served as Assistant Director for the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College, where she also taught applied research methods. Her positions before this included working as a classroom instructor and college student advisor. Dr. Richards Mayo also served as a senior research associate for the Institute at Indian Hill, an educational agency committed to integrating research and evaluation to serve the continuous improvement of K-12 schools throughout the Los Angeles area.


  • Ph.D. – Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A. – Higher and Postsecondary Education (major in Student Personnel Administration), Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B. A. – English Literature and Sociology, Rutgers College, Rutgers University


School of Education

  • Educational Leadership
  • Teacher Education

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 507 – Family, Community, and School Connections
  • EDUC 573 – Philosophy/Ethics and History of Education
  • EDUC 589A – Research for Educators: Beginning Process
  • EDUC 589B – Research for Educators: Finish Reporting