Faculty & Staff bios

Michelle Emmert, EdD

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: memmert@westernu.edu

Phone: 5414


  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership
    University of California, Los Angeles – Graduation; December 2011
  •  Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Biology
    Claremont McKenna College – Graduation; May 1999
    Awarded Deans List, Distinguished Scholar, and Graduated Cum Laude

Education Experience

  • Coaching Techniques:  Setting Up Employees for Success (3-hour)(2014)
  •  AAMC Annual Conference (4-day)(2014)
  • Student Handbook:  A crucial higher education risk management tool (2014)(1½ hrs)
  • Stress & Student Affairs:  How to be a resilient professional (2014)(1½ hrs)
  • Dealing with the difficult student (2013)(1 hr)
  • SAPC training on learning disabilities (2013)(2 hrs)
  • AAMC Annual Conference (4-day)(2013)
  • AAMC Conference:  Careers in Medicine (2-day)(2013)
  • AACOM Annual Conference (2-day)(2013)
  • Mental Health First Aid USA Conference (2-day)(2013)
  • Building Motivation & Morale in the Workplace (2012)
  • HR Fundamentals for Supervisors (2012)
  • Various other CAPE Workshops (2010-2012)
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education (3 days) (2009)
  • Giving Effective Feedback (1 hour) (2009)
  • Student Relations Management (2 hours) (2009)
  • LEAD Early Intervention Program (1 hour) (2009)
  • MS Office Training in Excel, Word, Outlook & Publisher (2 hours) (2009)
  • Student Conduct Workshop (1.5 hours) (2009)
  • Facilitating Difficult Dialogues Training (2005)
  • Emerging Professionals Institute Conference (2004)
  • California Governor’s Conference for Women (2003)
  • Selected for a 2-week Leadership Academy sponsored by WesternU’s Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE)(2002)
  • Strategic Enrollment Management Conference (2001 & 2002)
  • National Association for Advisors in the Health Professions Conference (2001 & 2002)
  • Claremont McKenna College Alumni Leadership Conference (2001)
  • Claremont McKenna College Student Leadership Conference (1999 & 2000)




Professional Experience

  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Western University of Health Sciences – Pomona, CA 2012-Present
  • Director for University Student Affairs, Western University of Health Sciences - Pomona, CA 2006-2012
  • Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles 2004-2006
  • Director of Admissions, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine & Graduate Nursing, Western University of Health Sciences - Pomona, CA 2002-2004
  • University Recruiter, Western University of Health Sciences - Pomona, CA 1999 - 2002


  • Town Hall Meetings (Facilitator 2012-Present)
  • Student Performance Committee (Ex-Officio 2012-Present)
  • Admissions Committee (Ex-Officio 2012-Present)
  • Awards Committee (Voting Member 2012-Present)
  • COCA Accreditation Standard 5: Students (Team Lead 2013-2015)
  • Club Re-Organization Committee (Chair 2011-2012)
  • Service Learning Committee (Chair 2012)
  • University Student Affairs Retreat Committee (Chair 2012)
  • Administrative Student Affairs Council (Vice Chair 2007-2012)
  • Wellness Center Development Committee (Member 2012)
  • Professional Conduct Committees (Member 2012)
  • Guests on Campus Committee (Member 2011-2012)
  • Assessment & Program Review Committee (Member 2010-2012)
  • Curriculum Steering Committee (Member 2007-2009)

Community Organizations

  • Deacon and Vice Moderator at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (2014-Present)
  • Guest Lecturer for Doctor of Physical Therapy Course; Family Systems (2010-2013)
  • Mentor to two at-risk youths (2001-Present) Mentor to one college student (2013-Present)
  • Deacon and Church Clerk at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (3½ years)
  • Managed six ‘Justis Kao’ concerts (coordinated show logistics, housing, food & transportation for band)
  • Three-year mentor to a house of 12 youth overcoming drug addictions (AADAP Organization)
  • Designed and executed two wall murals for “Ability First”
  • Active member of the “Rec’ing Crew” (Racial Reconciliation Team), worship team, prayer team and hip-hop dance team at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (2 yrs)
  • Earned six varsity letters in division III NCAA sports (basketball, volleyball, water polo & swimming)
  • Authored book at age 9 selling 20,000 copies; being published in three different languages and six 4th grade readers. I still speak to a couple 4th grade classes each year about life with my handicapped sister and the importance of seeing value in people despite their differences


  • Emmert, Michelle (1989). I’m the Big Sister Now. Chicago: Albert Whitman & Company.
  • Emmert, Michelle (2011). Pilot test of an innovative interprofessional education assessment strategy (doctoral dissertation). University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Emmert, Michelle (2015). A Pilot Study to Test the Effectiveness of an Innovative Interprofessional Education Assessment Strategy. Journal of Interprofessional Care, Volume and page numbers TBD.