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Tony Serna

Assistant Professor


Phone: 209.946.2086


Ed.D., University of the Pacific Educational Administration, 1990

California State University, Hayward Administrative Services Credential, 1980

M.A., Stanford University Teacher Education, 1978

B.A., California State University, Fresno Social Science & Health Science, 1974

California Standard Teaching Credential, Bilingual Certificate of Competence

Advanced Certificates from Association of California School Administrators/Harvard Principals’ Center Summer Institutes, UCLA

Dr. Serna's philosophy centers on teaching, research and mentorship of aspiring educational leaders. His role as an instructor is to help students understand how key leadership, legal, and human resource concepts can apply to the solution of complex and often ambiguous problems faced by school leaders. As a former school leader, Dr. Serna uses real life stories, scenarios, and problems in his teaching to inform students about this challenging profession. Dr. Serna believes in connecting with aspiring administrators on an individual basis and gives advice and mentorship to students in their fieldwork to help them succeed as educational leaders.


  • High performing schools for minority students
  • Current legal issues impacting schools and administrators
  • Charter schools
  • Team building for creating professional and collaborative work environments
  • Comparative education

  • EDUC 280 School Law & Legal Processes
  • EDUC 286 Administration of Human Resource
  • EDUC 285 Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 363 Personnel Issues in Education
  • EDUC 295C Educational Planning, Delivery & Assessment
  • EDUC 292E Field Experience in Administration and Supervision 
  • The Pacific Alumni Association Faculty Mentor Award, 2015
  • Professor of Education Award by the Association for California School Administrators Region 7, 2008 
  • Outstanding Educator Award by the Tracy Hispanic Business Group, 2007
  • Outstanding Administrator Award by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 7,  2001
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award by the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1990

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