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Child Studies Program

Carol Giancarlo Gittens

Carol Ann Gittens

Associate Professor

Carol Ann Gittens, Ph.D., is currently the Interim Dean for the School of Education and Counseling Psychology (SECP). Dr. Gittens is an associate professor with tenure in the Child Studies Program. She directs SCU’s undergraduate pre-teaching advising program and the Interdisciplinary minor in Urban Education designed for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in PreK-12 education. Dr. Gittens is an educational assessment mentor and accreditation evaluator for the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a Board of Institutional Reviewers member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), and a senior research associate with Insight Assessment, LLC.

The central focus of Dr. Gittens’ research is on the interface of critical thinking, motivation, mathematical reasoning, and academic achievement of adolescents and young adults from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. She is an author or co-author on numerous articles, assessment instruments, and teaching tools focusing on critical thinking skills, numeracy, and dispositions in children and adults. Since 2014 Dr. Gittens has worked as an external program evaluator for a local non-profit that is committed to empowering families of the San Jose to break the cycle of poverty through earning basic necessities while skill building, contributing to their community, and strengthening family bonds. This project has provided research opportunities for a dozen undergraduate and graduate students over the past year.


B.A. (1990) University of California, Davis (Psychology/Women's Studies)
M.A. (1993) University of California, Riverside (Psychology)
Ph.D. (1996) University of California, Riverside (Social / Personality Psychology; Psychometrics and Child Development)


Interim Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology (2015-present)
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (2012-2015)
Director, University’s Office of Assessment (2007-2012)
Associate Dean, School of Education, Counseling Psychology and Graduate Pastoral Ministries (2004-2007)


Gittens, C. A. (2015). Assessing numeracy in the upper elementary and middle school years. Numeracy, Vol. 8: Iss. 1, Article 3. DOI:`936-4660.8.1.3. Available at:

Facione, P.A. & Gittens, C.A. (2016). THINK: Critically (3rd Ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

Giancarlo-Gittens, C. A. (2009). Assessing critical thinking dispositions in an era of high-stakes standardized testing. In J. Sobocan & L. Groake (Eds.), Critical Thinking, Education and Assessment, London, Ontario, Canada: The University of Western Ontario through the Althouse Press.

Giancarlo-Gittens, C. A. (2008). Nurturing Students’ Meta-cognition and Self Reflection through Online Journaling about Fieldwork Experiences. In N. Facione & P. Facione (Eds.), Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning in the Health Sciences: An International Multidisciplinary Teaching Anthology, Millbrae, CA: California Academic Press.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae