- PhD in Education, with an emphasis in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies (UC Berkeley)
- MA in Education (UC Berkeley)
- BA in English (UC Berkeley)
- Secondary-Level Teaching Credential (CSU, East Bay)
As Dean for the Division of Online Education and Learning Resources at Saddleback College, I work closely with the departments in my division, which oversees Learning Assistance (including tutoring, the student help desk and BSI), Library Sciences, and the Faculty Center for Student Success. Prior to this position, I was a full-time English professor and department co-chair, where I enjoyed teaching all levels of composition and literature, including ENG 1B, ENG 1A, ENG 200, ENG 300 and ENG 24, both in person and online.
In my current role, I am involved with several statewide initiatives, including the Online Education Initiative (OEI) and the Common Assessment Initiative (CAI).
- I'm the Project Director of Professional Development for the Common Assessment Initiative; I lead an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff from our college to support professional development for the Common Assessment Initiative; our college is one of several grant partners for the state's CAI, which is a $20 million grant working toward creating a common diagnostic and placement tool for use in all 113 of California's community colleges.
- I am helping our college to align with the state's Online Education Initiative, and several of our courses have been screened and reviewed for possible inclusion in the future OEI Exchange. I have also participated in the course reviewer training through OEI.
- I collaborate regularly with the grant managers for the Success Center of the CCC, which aims to create a single professional development clearinghouse website.
Before moving to Orange County, I was a full time, tenure-track faculty member at San Jose State University, in the department of Teacher Education. During my time at SJSU I taught credential courses that focused on the integration of reading and writing into all content areas; I also advised, supervised and evaluated new teachers, directed a reading institute for content area teachers and advised Masters degree students on their research and thesis writing.
In 2004, I was awarded a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and later several other honors for my dissertation research on language socialization and literacy practices in local communities. Since then, I have published my research in various academic venues and presented and spoken at dozens of local and national conferences.
My areas of expertise and interest include educational leadership, online education, tutorial support services, reading, curriculum and instruction, informational literacy, assessment, teacher and tutor training, academic literacy, and sociocultural theories.
As an educator, I enjoy being involved in my field and contributing to the body of knowledge that supports student learning and success. My last peer-refereed article in Issues in Teacher Education explores ways to support the academic literacy development of secondary teachers who are themselves second language learners. In April, 2015, I presented a session at the Student Success Summit at Saddleback College, detailing our college's role in the Common Assessment Initiative. In April of 2014, I facilitated a panel at the Student Success Summit, where my colleagues shared the successes of innovative programs in our department; I also presented similar findings to the district's Board of Trustees. In Spring, 2014, I presented on the successes of our tutoring center at the ACTLA conference, and I took a group of tutors to the Southern California Writing Centers Annual Conference, where they presented two sessions.
A fun fact about me is that I can read and write in four languages. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, hiking, and practicing Taekwondo; I recently earned my black belt!