I am blessed to be working for Mt. SAC. I have over 28 years of experience in research beginning with the impact of sleep deprivation in soldiers, catecholamine reactivity and facial expressions in students under stressful situations, and quality of nursing work life in 4-year nursing faculty and nurses across Canada. I worked on local and national research projects for Canada and the United States.
My community college work began in Canada where I taught faculty members how to conduct research and how to evaluate their teaching as part of the Teacher of Adults Certificate Program at Centennial College. I loved my community college work so much that I transferred to a higher-level position at Mt. SAC in 2001.
Currently, my passion is improving student success in community colleges, especially as it relates to equity and guided pathways. Together with an exceptional team at the College, every year we work on hundreds of research, evaluation, and planning projects that impact students and their communities. This work comprises locally-defined research as well as state-wide and national research. I am proud of the contributions we make toward improving students success. The faculty and administrators are exceptional in their love for and desire to know more about their students and to make data-driven decisions. I am honored to write letters of support for staff, faculty, and administrators who wish to move upward in their careers. Professional development is a strong motivator for me and my work with others.
Going beyond the District, I am one of the original members of the team who in 2006 began the Research and Planning (RP) Group's California Strengthening Student Success Conference that hosts over 900 practitioners yearly from across the United States. I am a past president of the RP Group and continue to support its exceptional efforts.
I am a past peer reviewer for many research articles and conference presentations for national and state-wide prominent institutional research organizations. I published in peer reviewed academic journals and books and won awards for my work. In service to the California community colleges, I am also a peer reviewer for accreditation visiting teams for Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). I am proud to have contributed to seven accreditation site visits:
- Cerro Coso College,
- Hartnell College,
- Woodland College (Candidacy for College Accreditation),
- Santa Ana College,
- Los Angeles Harbor College (Team Chair for Follow-up Visit),
- Federated States of Micronesia College, and
- Madera Community College Center (Candidacy for College Accreditation).
I am also pleased to support the California Community College Chancellor's Office as a member of their Partnership Resource Teams (PRT): Chancellor's Office, LA City College, and Santa Monica College.