Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, University of Southern California

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Stephen  Halfaker

Stephen Halfaker, EdD -- Associate Dean

College of Education


“My role is helping students find and develop their potential, and, along the way, celebrate the accomplishments!"

Hailing from a family of educators, Dr. Stephen Halfaker is an Associate Dean in the College of Education at Ashford University. Before joining Ashford, he held a wide range of K-12 teaching and curriculum development positions, held two superintendent positions, and sat on several charter school and educational nonprofit boards. After 32 years, during which time he received several honors, he left K-12 to teach in higher education. “I was attracted to Ashford because it is the most cutting-edge online college, and I believe that online education is the future of learning.” Dr. Halfaker’s believes that every student has something they can contribute. “My role is helping students find and develop their potential, and, along the way, celebrate the accomplishments!” He advises students to not overthink things when approaching assignments. “Just dive in. Brainstorm ideas as fast as possible, and then get something down so that it has legs and is in progress.” Dr. Halfaker received his EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, an MA from California State University, San Diego, and a BS from California State University, Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo. He has two grown children and two young granddaughters. A one-time table tennis champ, he now enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, mountain biking, tennis, and golf.


Drs. Andrew Shean, Stephen Halfaker, and Gina Warren, College of Education presented "Transforming Education: 21st Century Education - Has anything really changed?" on January 14 for No Excuses University.