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San Diego State University

SDSU College of Education

Dean Y. Barry ChungDean's Statement

A native of Hong Kong, Y. Barry Chung received his A.M. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.A. in educational psychology and counseling from the National Taiwan Normal University.  Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Education at SDSU in 2018, he was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington.  He also served as Department Chair at Northeastern University, and Professor and Program Director at Georgia State University.

Dr. Chung’s research interests include career development, multicultural counseling, and sexual orientation and gender diversity issues.  He has presented and published widely on these topics.  He was appointed to 10 journal editorial boards internationally, and was Executive Editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Book Series.  Dr. Chung was President of the National Career Development Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, and Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs.  He has also served on APA’s Board of Educational Affairs, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Membership Board, and Finance Committee.  Currently he is an elected member on the APA Council of Representatives.  Dr. Chung is a Fellow of APA (Divisions 17, 44, 45, and 52), Asian American Psychological Association, and National Career Development Association.

Dr. Y. Barry Chung

Dean, College of Education




The College of Education produces effective professionals, new knowledge through research and inquiry, and partnerships with the field of practice that make a difference in the lives of the people served.


The College of Education prepares effective professionals for a variety of societal service delivery and leadership roles across a range of settings including schools, post secondary institutions, social service agencies, and vocational rehabilitation organizations. The College contributes to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through professional inquiry and scholarship. The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice.

This vision and mission rest upon eight central tenets we believe are essential to the College of Education’s relevance in the 21st century:

Access to a Quality Education

A belief that access to a quality public education for all individuals is an essential and necessary condition of a democratic society and is critical in promoting social and economic justice for individuals, families, communities, and our nation;

Uniqueness of Individuals

A fundamental respect for the uniqueness of all individuals and confidence in their ability to learn and grow, whether they are the professionals we prepare or the clients they serve;

Excellence in Teaching

A belief in the central role that excellence in teaching plays in the mission of the college—an excellence reflected in the quality of our graduates that is measured against the highest professional standards;


A belief that diversity—including its multicultural and multilingual character—provides a rich venue for scholarship and reflective practice from which findings of state and national, if not international importance can be developed;


The belief that thoughtful scholarship is an efficient method for identifying effective practice which can be implemented to improve the quality of life in our community;


The belief in the capacity of technology as a tool to improve the quality of the learning environments we provide as well as increasing the universal access our students have to it;

Strategic Partnerships

A belief that the field of practice can be improved through the development and application of knowledge and use of strategic partnerships to facilitate positive change;

Community of Learners

The belief that the College is a community of learners encompassing not only the students we serve and their clients but also our faculty, staff, and administrators.

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