- 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 provide leadership in online education, educational technology, Honors Program, Learning Assistance, Faculty Professional Development, Study Abroad, Library Sciences, Open Educational Resources, Zero Textbook Cost Initiative management, administration, and instruction.
The Online Education program at Saddleback represents more than a third of all credit offerings at the college, and (pre-pandemic) was second in the state (out of 114 colleges) for overall online enrollments! Furthermore, where other colleges struggle with bridging gaps in success and retention rates between their online and face-to-face courses, Saddleback's online courses boast similar success and retention rates as compared to their face-to-face counterparts, also surpassing national and state averages. Today we have more than two dozen fully online degrees and certificates, and more than 25 fully "Zero Textbook Cost" programs. This means students can complete two dozen programs without paying a penny for textbooks.
Prior to my role as an administrator, I was full-time faculty member and department chair of the English Department here at Saddleback College. Before Saddleback, I was a full time 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 as a keynote speaker and invited panelist.
My areas of expertise and interest include educational leadership, instructional technology, online education, tutorial support services, reading, curriculum and instruction, informational literacy, assessment, teacher and tutor training, academic literacy, and sociocultural theories.
A fun fact about me is that I can read and write in four languages!