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Mike has served as faculty in DSPS at Saddleback College since 2008, where he currently serves as a DSPS counselor. Previously he has served as Learning Disability Instructor, Assistive Technology Instructor, the Program Coordinator of DSPS.  Before Saddleback College, Mike worked in the North Orange County Community College District for several years.

Before entering hte world of post-secondary education, Mike worked as a Regional Center service coordinator, a social worker, and a program administrator for adolescents in treatment.

In 2017 Mike developed and help launch the Occupational & Academic Skills for Independence and Success (OASIS) at Saddleback College, a non-credit program designed to provide life-skill training/development for adults diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities as well as other nuerodiverse individuals.

In 2019 Mike, alongside Professors Stacy Eldred and Mike Bennett, help launch the inaugural Unified Basketball Game at Saddleback College by hosting a competitive basketball tournament. That was has been followed with a Unified Swimming tournament in 2022 and a Unified Fishing Tournament scheduled for 2023.

Mike holds Masters in both Special Education and Public Policy as well a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy with an emphasis in Disability Policy. His work has received various awards including Saddleback College's 2017 President's Award for Innovation and Leadership and 2019's Professor of the Year. His work on disability policy as well as the intersection of faith and disabilities has been published in various outlets including The Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, The Journal of Disability and Religion, The Community College Review, The Community College Journal of Research and Practice, PRISM Magazine, and Focus on the Family.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time and travelling with his wife, Mandy, and children, Summer, Elijah, and Josiah.

Formal Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Higher Ed. Admin. & Policy/Disability Studies) UC , Riverside    
  • Masters of Science in Special Education, California State University, Long Beach    
  • Masters of Public Administration, National University, Orange, CA    
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

Certifications and Training

  • Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications, California State University, Northridge
  • Learning Disability Eligibility & Service Model, Ca. Community College Chancellor’s Office
  • Online Educator Program, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Hoggatt, M. J. (2022) Night to Shine and Inspiration Porn: An Examination of Practices in Disability Ministry, Journal of Disability & Religion, DOI: 10.1080/23312521.2022.2035885
  • Hoggatt, M.J. (2019). Inclusion, Access, Belonging, and Welcome: Moving beyond inclusion toward a welcome that leads to belonging within faith-communities. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability 7 (2). 
  • Levin, J.S., Lopez-Damien, A.I., Martin, M. C., & Hoggatt, M.J. (2018). Preservation of community college logic: Organizational responses to state policies and funding practices     in three states. Community College Review, 46 (2) 197-220. DOI: 10.1177/0091552118758893
  • Hoggatt, M. J. (2017). Access in Community College Policy: An Examination of the Social and Political Space Afforded Disabled Students in California Community College Policies. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 41(10), 652-667. DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2016.1216475
  • Levin, J.S., Lopez-Damien, A.I., Martin, M. C., & Hoggatt, M.J. (2017). The US Community College after Globalization. In L. Tran & K. Dempsey (Eds.) Internationalization in Vocational     Education and Training: Transnational Perspectives, 19-40. Springer: Melbourne.


  • Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
  • California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED)
  • IDD/ASD Program Group-Cp-Chair (2022-2024)
  • Council for the Study of Community College (CSCC)