Experts Available to Discuss Coronavirus
The following scholars at Chapman University are available to offer expert commentary on a variety of topics related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects.
Pharmacy & Medicine
JEFF GOAD, professor of pharmacy, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Expertise: Travel Medicine; Vaccines or Immunizations; Public Health; Epidemiology
KARL HESS, associate professor of pharmacy, Director of Community Pharmacy Practice Innovations
Expertise: Community Pharmacy Practice; Travel Medicine; Vaccines; Self-Care Therapeutics
JERIKA LAM, associate professor of pharmacy practice
Expertise: As the only infectious diseases pharmacist on the Patient Safety Movement Foundation COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Lam provides updates about drug treatments and management strategies against COVID-19.
SEAN NORDT, Gavin Herbert Endowed Professor of Pharmacy, Chief Medical Officer, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Expertise: Emergency Medicine; Acute Respiratory Disease Diagnosis
STEPHANIE SALDIVAR, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, and MICHAEL BURNEY, associate professor and chair of physician assistant studies
Expertise: Both are working on the frontlines in the caring for COVID-19 patients
HESHAM EL-ASKARY, professor of computational and data science
Expertise: Modeling the reduction of emissions due to quarantine strategies.
SHENYUE JIA, postdoctoral researcher
Expertise: Researching how Facebook data can help measure social distancing
HELEN NORRIS, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Expertise: Transitioning a university to remote teaching/working
ALEXANDER BAY, associate professor of history
Expertise: Historian of Health Medicine
JASON DOUGLAS, assistant professor of health sciences
Expertise: Messaging of public health issues using health indicators; how unequal access to health promoting resources could contribute to increased disease prevalence in disadvantaged communities
ASHLEY KRANJAC, assistant professor of sociology
Expertise: Health disparities; health behaviors; social determinants of health; population health; neighborhood effects. Dr. Kranjac can speak to the meaning and experience of health as shaped by cultural and social systems.
Psychology & Mental Health
MICHAEL HASS, professor of school psychology
Expertise: Mental health; resilience; crisis and trauma; mindfulness. He can speak to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting school-based mental health as well as crisis and trauma in school-age youth.
AMY JANE GRIFFITHS, NCSP, Licensed Psychologist PSY 2453, assistant professor of clinical counseling, coordinator of school counseling and licensed professional clinical counselor programs
Expertise: Autism and employment; STEM education for youth with disabilities; future of education. Dr. Griffiths can speak to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting and will continue to impact the future of education.
KELLY KENNEDY, associate professor and director of school counseling and school psychology programs
Expertise: School-based mental health; school-based counseling; LGBTQ youth. She can speak to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting school-based mental health and delivery of school-based mental health services.
JAY KUMAR, instructor of contemplative studies, Director of Contemplative Practice and Wellbeing
Expertise: Staying positive during the spread of coronavirus; science and spirituality of happiness
Law, Political Science & Economics
JOHN EASTMAN, Henry Salvatori professor of law and community service and director of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
Expertise: Legal/Constitutional Law; Freedom of Religion. As the frequency increases for the “stay in place” orders, constitutional concerns will begin to arise and Dr. Eastman can speak on COVID-19’s implications for government power and its limits.
KYNDRA ROTUNDA, professor and executive director of Military and Veterans Law
Expertise: Legal issues related to military service and activations, particularly during wars or national emergencies
STEVEN GJERSTAD, Presidential Fellow in the Economic Science Institute, and ANDREA MOLLE, assistant professor of political science
Expertise: Gjerstad and Molle have published a note that considers whether age is an independent factor that contributes to COVID-19 mortalities, or whether co-morbidity factors such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension are the major contributors to mortality. Dr. Molle is also working with a team of Italian computational social scientists to address social factors that affect the spread of COVID-19.
ANURADHA PRAKASH, professor and director of food science
Expertise: food processing and preservation; product development
Culture & Humanities
IAN BARNARD, professor of English, Director of LGBTQ Studies Program
Expertise: Comparisons and Differences on Coronavirus to the AIDS Crisis; How the spread of diseases motivate rhetoric that threaten human rights
BETTINA GILOIS, assistant professor of film and media arts
Expertise: An award winning screenwriter and author who has been writing in Hollywood for over twenty years, she can speak on COVID-19’s impact on the film industry.
RACHEL GOLDBERG, assistant professor of film and media arts
Expertise: Her pilot production was shut down due to COVID-19, and she can speak on her experience and COVID-19’s impact on the film industry.
CLAUDINE JAENICHEN, associate professor of art
Expertise: Effectiveness of information and visual communication distributed to the public on COVID-19
LINDSAY SHEN, Director of Art Collections
Expertise: Museum Management; Coronavirus’ Impact on Museums; Future of Museums; Museums’ Move to Online Engagement
PETER SIMI, associate professor of sociology
Expertise: Hate crimes and hate incidents related to COVID-19; online activity among white supremacists and their use of different social media platforms
K-12 Education and Higher Education
QUAYLAN ALLEN, associate professor of integrated educational studies and Director of First-Generation Programs
Expertise: Equity/inequity in K-12 learning; first-generation students in higher education; educational policy. Dr. Allen can speak to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting equity in access to K-12 education and higher ed, particularly for first-generation students.
MICHELLE HALL, Attallah College Director of Program Assessment and Improvement
Expertise: Educational policy and politics; school-community relationships. She can speak to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting teacher credentialing programs in California and the state teacher shortage.
KEITH HOWARD, associate professor of teacher education
Expertise: K-12 computer science; career and technical education. He can speak to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting equity in access to STEM education.
Online Learning Resources
Staff from Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) and Academic Affairs are supporting the transition to online instruction for all graduate and undergraduate classes. Go to the IS&T Student Resources page for information on Canvas, Blackboard and additional software downloads that might be necessary to complete coursework online.
Students will be hearing directly from the instructor for each of their classes, providing direction on how to complete coursework. While specialized classes that require face-to-face meetings will need a creative approach to be modified, instructors are working hard to provide an experience that will live up to the rigor we pride ourselves on at Chapman.
Campus operations and services will continue operating as usual; employees will remain on campus.
Free Internet Service Offers
Comcast Internet Essentials – “Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).” Source: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Charter Spectrum Broadband – “Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.” Source: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
Commencement, Events & Group Gatherings
Athletic events and campus events with attendance of 10 or more are canceled; however, we suggest additional discretion when events are likely to be attended by high-risk populations.
Commencement is a monumental event that represents the culmination of significant academic achievement for Chapman students. Given its significance, the decision to postpone the ceremony is being weighed very carefully. Over the next several weeks, we will monitor the evolving situation with Coronavirus, speak to members of our community and determine the best approach.
Currently we are committed to holding Commencement as scheduled in May, but are also planning for the high likelihood that an alternate date will be necessary. Our goal is to communicate to you our decision by the beginning of April so that our students and families can plan accordingly.
Should students move home right away?
Students who have the ability to return home are recommended to do so.
Should students bring everything home in case they can’t come back before the end of semester?
At this point, we are planning for remote learning to be in place for the remainder of the semester. Due to the prolonged time period we are planning for, students can remove all personal belongings and move home, if that is preferred. However, students will be able to return to campus at any time to collect belongings. There is currently no ban on being on campus, but the ability to stay on campus may change suddenly based on direction from health agencies.
Will students be refunded for campus housing and dining costs during the time they are expected to be away from campus?
If students pack up their room and check out, they will be refunded prorated room and board charges. If students leave their belongings and plan to return, they will be refunded prorated board charges but not room.
Can students stay in their on-campus housing?
Students who have the ability to return home are recommended to do so. Regardless of your location, students will participate in remote instruction. Campus services and operations will remain functioning.
Dorm Room Movers
Our official storage partners, Dorm Room Movers, is here to help you with your move-out during the recent changes in the academic schedule. Dorm Room Movers has added FREE pickup dates (Sat 3/14, Sun 3/15, and Mon 3/16) for anyone who needs to store immediately. We are working on additional pickup dates as needed. Storage pricing is per box or non-boxed item per semester.
- Pick-up and delivery by professional movers
- $100 coverage per box or unboxed item
- Climate-protected storage and 24/7 security
- BBB A+ accredited
Who can help international students and students traveling abroad with visa advice and information for returning home?
If you can return home, the International Students Services team will work with you on visa and other immigration issues.
- For international students studying in the U.S., please contact Junko Takada at 714-744-2110.
- For students studying abroad who may return to the U.S., please contact the International Students Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call International Student Services at 714-997-6830
Online Courses and Academic Support
How should students access their online courses?
Faculty members will begin communicating to students directly based on individual course alterations and plans for how coursework will be completed. Students should not attend class beginning March 12, and wait for instructions from their faculty.
If the situation changes and we ask students to return to campus before the end of the semester, we will accommodate students unable to return and allow for classes to be completed remotely. While we will encourage students to return if able, it will not be mandatory.
How will students complete courses that have a lab or other in-person requirement?
Specialized courses that require in-person meetings are being evaluated and further information will be shared as decisions are made. Students who participate in events as a part of coursework must work closely with faculty/GTAs to understand the impact. Faculty/GTAs have been given the flexibility to manage this action in a way that is optimal for their class. Short-term cancellations will be permitted for courses not readily able to alter course delivery, not to extend past March 30, 2020.
Are University-employed students supposed to maintain their on-campus jobs?
No, students should not report to on-campus employment. The University is managing the best approach to pay the students for their employment while they are expected to be away from campus.
Are the Leatherby Libraries open?
Yes. Campus operations are still open, including the Library. While we encourage all students to leave campus and return home, we understand this is not possible for everyone.
Will students get a refund on tuition?
While the delivery of coursework is changing, Chapman will be holding classes for the remainder of the semester therefore tuition reimbursement will not be provided
Student Support Services
The University has many services available to students, faculty and staff during this time. Please reach out for counseling or special accommodations as needed.
Case Manager (Community Referrals, Food Insecurity, Housing Insecurity)
- email@example.com (Lisette Martinez)
Fish Interfaith Center (Grief, Spirituality, Mindfulness)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Gail Stearns, Rev. Nancy Brink, Rev. Cisa Payuyo, Shaykh Jibreel Speight, Rabbi Corie Yutkin)
PEER Health and Education (Sexual Assault, AOD)
- email@example.com (Dani Smith)
Wellness Promotion (Sleep Hygiene, Roommate Issues, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Stress Management, Engagement (homesick))
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sam Martinez)
Residence Life (Housing Accommodations, Roommate Issues)
- email@example.com (Dave Sundby)
Tutoring, Learning and Testing (Academic Mentor, Tutoring, Writing Center)
- Tutor@chapman.edu (Diane Eisenberg)
Disability Services (Accommodations, Assessments)
- DS@chapman.edu (Jason McAlexander, Shirley Kim)
Dean of Students (Title 9, No Contact Contracts, Late Withdrawal, Academic Departments)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Deann Gaffney, Aruni Wijewardene)
Dept of Student Engagement (Student Clubs, Cultural Identity Education, Cultural Groups, Physical Fitness)
Student Health Services (Physicals, Medical Assessment)
- Walk-in (714-997-6851)
Public Safety (Assault, Safety Issues, Protection Training)
- Walk-in (714-997-6763)
Stay Up to Date With Chapman Communications
This is a challenging situation for the entire Chapman community and will cause many questions and difficulties. We are asking our campus to approach this with patience and flexibility so we can successfully move forward with the semester while reducing the health risks we are seeing around the world.