Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences - 2021 to present
Responsible for overseeing departments of anthropology, Chicanx Studies, child development, economics, education, EGSS (ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies), history, human services, humanities, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Also responsible for overseeing the Honors Transfer Program and the Child Development Center. Member of the Distance Education , Facilities, Professional Development, and Transfer and Completion Committees. Served on the District negotiations team as a member and lead negotiator.
Professor of Anthropology - 2000 to 2020
Full-time anthropology instructor responsible for teaching, developing curriculum, assisting part-time instructors, preparing planning documents including student learning outcomes, and managing laboratory materials. Taught about 300 sections of introductory physical anthropology, physical anthropology lab, cultural anthropology, human sexuality, archaeology, and introductory sociology classes, including over 150 sections online. Served on numerous committees and councils, including the Curriculum Committee, Academic Senate, the Virtual College Steering Committee, Planning and Fiscal Council, Scholarship Committee, the Classroom Implementation Committee, the Policy and Procedure Council, and others.
Part-Time Teaching - 1998 to Present
Taught approximately 50 sections of anthropology and sociology classes at several educational institutions both online and on campus in the Los Angeles area (and online through a college in Florida), including Compton College, El Camino College, the Los Angeles Community Colleges, College of the Canyons, Glendale College, Long Beach College, Santa Monica College, and upper-division classes at UCLA.
Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (2022 to 2023)
Leadership Fellow for the Community College Leadership Program, part of Stanford University's Global Studies program, which brings together a cohort of community college faculty and academic staff from various disciplines (humanities, social sciences, mathematics, hard sciences, international programs, etc.) to work collaboratively with Stanford staff on self-designed projects aimed at internationalizing core curricula and developing global competencies among community college students.
Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (2013 to 2020)
Held the offices of President (2017-2019), President-Elect (2016-2017), Past President (2019-2020), Regional Governor (2014-2016), and Governor-at-Large (2013-2014 and 2020), for the statewide professional membership association that advocates solely for community college faculty. Member of the Policy Committee (2012-2015) and Chair (2013=2015), which makes recommendation for actions, analyzes statewide issues, and reviews articles for publication. Member of the Nominations, Leadership Identification and Elections Committee (2014-2015). Chair of the Legislative Committee (2015-2017). Member of the Retirement Committee (2018-2020).
Community College Association - Board of Directors (2011 to 2018)
Board member for CCA, the higher education affiliate of the California Teacher's Association, serving over 40 chapters, with over 10,000 members, across California on matters related to benefits and working conditions. Participated on the Real Student Success Task Force Committee, the Emergency Response Task Force, the Budget Committee, and the Conference Committee. Coordinator of the California Leadership Academy, which offers advanced training for members seeking to move into state-level offices.
ASCCC - Accreditation and Assessment Committee (2013 to 2014)
Member of the committee for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. Helped develop positions on accreditation, prepare for an accreditation institute, and develop resolutions for plenary meetings.
SanFACC Mentoring Program (2012 to 2013)
Cohort member of the San Gabriel/Foothill Association of Community Colleges program which paired employees (faculty and classified staff) with college administrators from different districts to provide advice and leadership training. Met regularly with a mentor to discuss issues related to college governance.
National Education Association - Emerging Leaders Academy (2004 to 2005)
Participant in a three-session training program (lasting about a dozen total days) over a nine-month period that brings together professionals from across the country and all categories of higher education to help strengthen leadership skills.
Served as President (2012-2014), First Vice President (2011-2012 and 2018-2019), and ASCCC Representative (2019-2020). Developed and introduced codification of governance processes for reassigned time and participatory governance. Implemented modern meeting standards. Revised constitution and by-laws of the Senate. Co-chaired the Planning and Fiscal Council, which oversees college budgetary and governance matters, including the revision of Board policies and administrative procedures.
Accreditation Leadership Team
Served as co-chair of the committee (2012-2014), which oversees the entire accreditation process for Rio Hondo College. Responsible for preparing updates to the Board of Trustees and the entire college community. Coordination of the chairs for each of the standards and for the development of protocols for reporting accreditation data.
Held several positions in the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association (RHCFA) including:
Leadership Academy (2010 to 2011)
Acted as both a participant in the Academy cohort and as the first Faculty Coordinator.
Policy and Procedures Council (2019 to 2020)
Served as co-chair of the council that reviews all college policies and procedures to make recommendations to the Planning and Fiscal Council for revisions.
Outcomes Coordinator (2014 to 2018)
Responsible for the college-wide coordination of student learning outcomes data and assessment. Oversaw the development and mapping of institutional level outcomes.
Study Abroad Coordinator (2015 to 2019)
Responsible for assisting students participate in programs held in London and Spain.
Behavioral and Social Science Division
Developed curriculum for the anthropology department. Secured a $50,000 Partnership for Excellence grant to help establish a laboratory class in anthropology. Helped collect funds from division faculty for the Rio Hondo College Foundation. Arranged numerous social gathering for the division.
New Faculty Orientation (2007 to 2020)
Co-developer and facilitator of a series of workshops for tenure-track faculty at Rio Hondo College held annually. Responsible for creating information sessions which exposed participants to college services, examined best practices, and educated faculty on Academic Senate, union, and employment matters.
Student Success Workshop (2014)
Developed and facilitated a workshop for close to three dozen faculty members to examine ways to increase student success. Presented findings to the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees, Academic Senate, and Planning and Fiscal Council. Applied for and received Staff Development funding for the workshop.
Faculty Advisor - The One Less Victim Project (2011 to 2012)
Helped students arrange meeting locations, set meeting agendas, arrange for community presentations, and fulfill membership requirements for the club whose purpose was to educate college students on avoiding becoming the victims of sexual assault.
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