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Chapman University

Chapman University

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Chapman University is located in the heart of Orange County, California, an exciting and ever– evolving hub of technology, business, and the arts. A nationally ranked, mid-sized private institution with two campuses, Chapman’s mission is to provide personalized education of distinction that produces inquiring, ethical, and productive global citizens. The University embraces an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, learning, performance, scholarship, and research in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Chapman first opened its doors on March 4, 1861, in Woodland, CA, as Hesperian College, coordinated to coincide precisely with the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln. The earliest incarnation of Chapman University was open to all people in the belief that every person should have access to an education. In fact, the University’s first class included women and people of different ethnicities and faiths, proving that the University was ahead of its time. Over its history, Chapman moved down to Los Angeles and, later, Orange County, its home today.

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Academics and Financial Model

Chapman University is organized in 11 different schools/colleges, 4 of which have been founded and funded recently, across two campuses (its main campus in Orange, and the Rinker Health Science campus in Irvine):

  • Argyros School of Business and Economics
  • Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies
  • Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
  • Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering
  • College of Performing Arts
  • Schmid College of Science and Technology
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Communication

One of Chapman’s strongest assets, and a reflection of its long-term growth goals, is its healthy financial position resulting from careful planning. The budget is approximately $430M annually, 80 percent of which is driven by tuition. To that end, Chapman’s enrollment has doubled in the past decade, and through prudent financial management, the University has not had to make any layoffs during its implementation of COVID -19 preparedness for the 2020-21 academic year (a cost of approximately $110M). Though the University undertook prudent cost-cutting measures as a result of the crisis, its financial strength has allowed it to deliver its commitment to the well-being of faculty, staff, and students.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Chapman

Chapman University recognizes the immense need at this moment for renewed self-reflection and a recommitment to a course of humility and honesty. Chapman stands committed to owning its past in order to move with integrity and authenticity toward the future. It is the University’s sincere hope to continue to advance its progressive traditions of openness and inclusion as it did when it first opened its doors in 1861.

Continuing the vital conversation about diversity at Chapman University, a working group of faculty and staff collaboratively produced the ‘Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: A Roadmap for Best Practices’ document which builds upon Chapman’s first Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion (2017 – 2022) with attention focused on the national discussion of racism and the specific concerns Chapman students voiced earlier in 2020. One outcome of this roadmap was the creation of the new Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion position, recruited for and hired in 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Chapman University prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of race (including hair texture and protective hair styles) , ethnicity, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, ancestry, national origin, age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender (including sexual harassment, gender identification, gender expression, transgender or LGBTQIA+ status), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partner status), military and veteran status, lawful change of name, Social Security Number or federal employment authorization document, receipt of Medi-Cal coverage, California driver’s license with a “federal limits apply” notation, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.  Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex includes harassment or discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, breastfeeding, and conditions related to breastfeeding.


Chapman is a collegial and civil community, committed to the common good, diversity, inclusiveness, and community engagement. Chapman is also aspirational, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and academic distinction. It is an institution that is propelled forward by strong leadership at the helm and by faculty and staff committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience to students.


Chapman’s Southern California location blends the ease of small-city living with access to cultural experiences, internships, and job prospects in one of the world’s most exciting metropolises. The Orange (City of Orange) and Rinker (City of Irvine) campuses are situated in the heart of Orange County. The City of Orange is a mid-sized community known for its historic architecture, perfect weather, and the Orange Plaza Historic District. The City of Irvine is known for its extraordinary public schools, ethnic diversity and safe community. Irvine and Orange are near the beach and a short Metro-train ride to Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States.

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Jobs at Chapman University

  • Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

  • Orange, CA
  • Position Title:Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and LearningPosition Type:AdministratorJob Number:SA2072122Full or Part Time:Full

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  • Assistant Professor of Law, Tenure Track, August 2023

  • Orange, CA
  • General Information The Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor of Law positio

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  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, NIMH Conte Center, Summer 2022

  • Orange, CA
  • General Information Drs. Laura Glynn and Elysia Davis, at Departments of Psychology in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Chapman U

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