(Santa Ana, CA)—Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) has named Marilyn Flores, Ph.D., as vice president of academic affairs at Santiago Canyon College. In this pivotal role, Flores serves as the college’s chief instructional officer. Her overall responsibilities include all aspects of academic programs and instructional support services, professional development, class scheduling, instructional budgets, allocation, and library services.
With 17 years of experience in higher education as a dean, an associate dean, a program director, consultant, and researcher, she brings a wide range of expertise to the role. Since 2013, she has served as the dean of the Library, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division at SCC. Previously, she served as dean of arts, letters, and social sciences at Las Positas College. Earlier, she served as dean of language arts, education and academic support at Riverside City College where she also served as dean of academic support, associate dean of college program support, and director of the GEAR UP program. Additionally, she also served as an external evaluator for underperforming schools for Riverside and San Bernardino County Schools.
Flores has also taught from the K-12 sector to the graduate level. At the University of California, Riverside, she was a lecturer providing a graduate-level education course and a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses. At the Jurupa Unified School District, she provided adult English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes, served as a resource teacher, and was a bilingual teacher.
Flores is the author of The Intersection of Policy and Practice: Linking Teacher’s Meaning to Actions and contributed to The Substantive and Symbolic Consequences of a District’s Standards-Based Curriculum published by the American Education Research Journal. She is a regular presenter at academic conferences. Flores has been honored as Educator of the Year at the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards and received a Hispanic Border Leadership Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside.
Flores received her Ph.D. in institutional leadership and policy studies from University of California, Riverside. She earned an M.A. in education with a Bilingual Crosscultural Language in Academic Development (BCLAD) teaching credential at University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in liberal studies with a concentration in education and Spanish at the University of California, Riverside.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin.. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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