Nicole joined Saddleback College in Fall 2007 as an adjunct faculty member. She became a full-time Sociology/Gerontology faculty member in Fall 2015. Her teaching responsibilities include Sociology and Gerontology courses, as well as coordinating the Gerontology Program, which she helped develop in Fall 2011. She has also taught at Palomar College, Argosy University, and Coastline College. Her teaching responsibilities have included Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, Class/Ethnicity/Gender, Death and Dying, and Sociology of Aging. Nicole served as the co-advisor for the Sociology Club and participated in a variety of committees, such as the Associate Faculty Support Committee. She is currently involved with Service Learning, Online Education Committee, Student Success Committee, College Promise Program, Career Technical Education Committee, and the Co-Chair for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Task Force.
In addition to her teaching, Nicole was the program director for the Saddleback College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program for 5 1/2 years. The FKCE program is a part of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. This program provides education and support opportunities for current or prospective foster parents and kinship (relative) caregivers in Orange County to meet state licensing requirements.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys running, going to the beach, anything active and outdoors, reading, scrapbooking and taking pictures, and, most importantly, spending time with her family and friends.
M.A., California State University, Fullerton, 2007
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
Research Interests: Sociology of aging/gerontology, health/medicine, sports, marriage and family, service learning, and addictions.