Learn more about Dr. Maria Chavira, Chancellor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, in this VoyagePhoenix article:
Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Maria R. Chavira.
Dr. Chavira has served the Diocese of Phoenix as the Chancellor since 2013. In her role as the Chancellor, she assists the bishop in the oversight of the official archives of the Diocese of Phoenix in accord with Canon Law. Dr. Chavira also assists in planning and is a key member of the administrative leadership staff of the bishop, giving counsel in various ecclesial, communication, and business matters. Dr. Chavira oversees the chancery staff at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and the Propagation of the Faith, Consecrated Life, Prison Ministry and the Hispanic Mission Office.
Prior to her appointment as the Chancellor for the Diocese of Phoenix, Dr. Chavira was a full-time professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Mesa Community College. In her tenure, she served as the chairman of the department, general studies faculty representative, Maricopa Community Colleges Institutional Review Board member, faculty developer, and various other appointments. She taught introduction to psychology, introduction to statistics, research methods, culture and psychology, adolescent development, and developmental psychology. She was a pioneer in online learning at Mesa Community College earning her the 2005 Faculty Excellence Award and many other accolades.