Marina AminyTitle: English Instructor
Division: Division of Liberal Arts
Organization: Saddleback College
Office: LRC 324
Website: http:// http://www.saddleback.edu/maminy
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To My Students:
I am fortunate to do what I love: I enjoy teaching, supporting and helping students to navigate not only my courses, but the college system and beyond. My philosophy for teaching is to meet students where they are and support them in improving their writing, reading and thinking skills. I am most happy when students learn to be more independent thinkers and writers and they feel more empowered to succeed in their academic paths.
- 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)
I am a full time English professor and department co-chair at the college, where I enjoy teaching all levels of composition and literature, including ENG 1B, ENG 1A, ENG 200, ENG 300 and ENG 24, both in person and online.
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 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, tutorial support services, reading, language development, curriculum and instruction, assessment, teacher and tutor training, academic literacy, literacy theory, sociocultural theories and ethnography.
As department chair, I work closely with my colleagues to evaluate and improve compostion curriculum, assess Student Learning Outcomes and develop basic skills curriculum. In the fall of 2014, my colleague and I developed an accelerated writing course that offers a shortened path for transfer for students who choose to enroll; we are also pursuing an opportunity to be a part of the California Acceleration Project with our pilot course. Innovation is an important principle in our department, where we strive for student-centered planning and opportunities. Finally, I actively participate in a range of college-wide and division-wide committees and programs, including working as a faculty tutorial specialist in the Learning Resource Center where I select, orient and evaluate tutors and support other tutorial activities at the center.
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 January, 2013, I presented two sessions at the Student Success Summit at Irvine Valley College, detailing our college's improved tutor training practices and how our department uses SLO evidence for improving student success. 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. Currently, 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 112 of California's community colleges.
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, running and practicing Taekwondo; I recently earned my black belt!