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Meet the Faculty

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Stella Erbes

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 310
Phone: (310) 506-4271
Fax: (310) 506-7307
E-mail: stella.erbes@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, 2002
  • M.A., Education, University of California Santa Barbara, 1999
  • M.A., Spanish, University of California Santa Barbara, 1995
  • B.A., Spanish, Pepperdine University, 1991, Cum Laude


  • Educational Psychology
  • Instructional Design
  • First Year Seminar - Discovering the Secret to Inspirational Teaching
  • Advanced Teaching Methods
  • Clinical Experience 3
  • Educational Technology Workshop

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • 2017: Google Certified Educator Level I
  • 2014: Recipient of Faculty Innovation in Technology and Learning Grant
  • Summer 2008, Finalist for the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University.
  • 2005-2006: Seaver College Named Fellowship
  • 2004: Recognized Mentor for Seaver College Honor Wall for Fulbright Scholar, Ashley Foster
  • Member, American Educational Research Association
  • Member, Computer Using Educators
  • Member, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society

Academic Interests:

  • Educational Technology
  • Undergraduate Research

Selected Works:

  • Books:
    Erbes, S. (2017). Life lessons 101: Navigating the unwritten course of college. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

    Erbes, S.(2007). What teachers should know but textbooks don't show. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Journal Articles:
    Erbes, S., Lesky, S., & Myers, J. (2016). Teachers exploring mobile device integration: A case study of secondary teachers' responses to iPads in the classroom. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 15, 503-516.

    Carr, K., Davis, S., Erbes, S., Fulmer, C., Kats, L., & Teetzel, M. (2013, Summer). Developing first year students as scholars. CUR Quarterly, 33(4), 8-15.

    Erbes, S. & Klingel. A. (2012, July-Sept.). What can a student teacher learn from undergraduate research? Kappa Delta Pi Record Journal, 100-104.

    Erbes, S, Folkerts, M., Gergis, C., Pederson, S., & Stivers. H. (2009). Understanding how cognitive psychology can inform and improve Spanish vocabulary acquisition in high school classrooms. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 37(2), 120-132.

    Erbes, S. (2008). Interdisciplinary efforts used to assess research experiences for undergraduates. Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 29(2), 34-42.


  • April 2018. "Transforming Teaching Educational Psychology Using Technological Tools." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.
  • 2017, June. "How We Remember and How We Forget: The Neuroscience of Memory and Some Applications." Paper presented at the Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • 2016, May. "From Traditional to Technological: Transforming an Instructional Design Course Using Sakai." Paper presented at the annual Sakai/Apereo Conference, New York, NY.
  • June 2015. "Setting the Stage." Summer Faculty Professional Development Series. Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • July 2014. "Paving the Path to Professional Development: Showcase Portfolios for Teacher Education." Paper presented at the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Conference. Boston, MA.
  • October 2013. "Awakening the 21st Century Educator to 21st Century Tools." Fall Computer Using Educators (CUE) Conference. Napa Valley, CA.
  • June 2013. Sakai/Apereo Conference, San Diego, CA. Pre-conference workshop- "Teaching with Sakai from the Ground Up." Co-presented with Alan Regan, Landon Phillips, and Varun Khanna.
  • June 2012: "An Introduction to Sakai for New Faculty", session presented at the annual Sakai Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • April 2012: Keynote Speaker, Loqui Event: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA (http://youtu.be/euuuuns9QwI)
  • March 2011: "Greatest Hits CUE 2006-2010 & Imagining the Future", session presented at the Computer Using Educators (CUE) Conference in Palm Springs, CA
  • November 2010. "Wonders of the Web: Web Resources for Secondary Math Teachers." Association of Christian Schools International, Anaheim, CA.
  • Fall 2009: "The Scholarship of Teaching", session presented at the annual Teaching Professor Conference, Boston, MA