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Charter College of Education

Philip Chinn
Professor Emeritus

Office: KH C1033
Phone: 323-343-4418
FAX: 323-343-5605


Professor Chinn has been at California State University, Los Angeles since 1988. He retired in 2000 and teaches in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) on a part-time basis. His primary area of interest is in multicultural education and in the education of culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional children. Prior to teaching at Cal State, Los Angeles, Professor Chinn taught special education students in Kentucky, Texas, and Hawaii. He also taught in special education university programs in Utah and Texas. From 1978 to 1984, he directed the Office of Minority Concerns (now Diversity Affairs) at the Council for Exceptional Children. He served on the California State Commission for Special Education from 1995 until his retirement. From 1992 until 2004, he directed the Alliance Project Center for Asian and Pacific Concerns at Cal State, Los Angeles. The federally funded project, headquartered at Vanderbilt University, provided special education technical assistance to faculty of minority higher education institutions throughout the United States.


Professor Chinn has taught various courses in the Division of Special Education. Most recently, he has taught the EDSP 501 (Problems and Practices in Special Education) classes. He has also taught the EDCI 535 (Instructional Strategies for Teaching Cultural Awareness) for the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.


Professor Chinn has written three co-edited texts in special education and multicultural education. In addition he has written and edited numerous chapters, monographs, and journal articles related to multicultural education and culturally diverse exceptional children. From 1998 to 2001 he served as the co-editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education. He is currently completing the seventh edition of his co-authored multicultural education text.

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