Dionne Clabaugh

Dionne Clabaugh


Office Location
Pacific Oaks College
55 Eureka Street Pasadena, CA 91103
45 Eureka St
Core Faculty
School of Human Development

Bachelor in Music Therapy, University of the Pacific, 1981
(therapeutic and educational interventions for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities)

Masters in Human Resources and Organization Development, School of Professional Development [now part of the School of Business], University of San Francisco, 1989
(focus on the development of people and systems in education environments)

Doctorate in Learning and Instruction, School of Education, University of San Francisco, 2013
(focus on high-engagement instruction for student success in higher education)

Areas of Interest/Expertise

Curriculum and program development
Autonomy Supportive Teaching strategies for writing improvement and thesis completion
Professional development (workshops and coaching) for higher education leaders
Use of music and art in higher education
Creative classroom structure and facilitation to build high trust and deep learning


Dr. Dionne Clabaugh brings her passion for teaching and life-long learning to PO as Core Faculty in the School of Human Development. She has over 30 years in education at all levels, from preschool through university. Across 15 years in higher education, Dionne's roles include faculty, department chair, program review lead, course revision lead, grant writer, researcher, and faculty development facilitator. Her research agenda is to develop highly engaging and collaborative learning activities for deep learning and transformation. In addition to her faculty role at PO, she is Chair of the Development & Evaluation committee, continues to build the Northern California Adjunct Faculty Mentor Project, and co-developed a series of instructional scaffolds for academic writing and thesis completion. Overall, Dionne cares most about effective relationship-building for integrity, consistency, and fidelity. She has two children in college, plays clarinet in a local wind ensemble, enjoys organic gardening and quilting, and bike rides with her dear husband, Rene.