(Orange) - Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) announces the appointment of Meena Singhal, Ph.D., as the dean of the Library, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Santiago Canyon College.
Singhal will have responsibility for the leadership, as well as the administration, of all aspects of this far-ranging division, including the design, delivery, staffing, administrative support, supervision and evaluation of division programs. She will also be responsible for monitoring student enrollment, progress, and discipline, as well as all related records and reports. She will provide direction to faculty, approve curriculum, promote special events, foster collaboration, and ensure that the division’s program is responsive to the surrounding culturally diverse community. In addition, she will represent the college in community institutions and on state boards and committees.
With more than 19 years of experience in higher education, Singhal is recognized as an expert in her field and brings an impressive depth of experience. Previously, she was dean of Academic Services and Library for Long Beach City College (LBCC). In that role, she was responsible for the college’s schedule of classes and catalog, enrollment management, the study abroad program, and library operations. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Colleague Award at LBCC.
Previously, she was an assistant professor of English as a Second Language (ESL) at LBCC. Earlier, she served as interim dean for the School of Language Arts at LBCC. She has also served as a lecturer in the Department of Education at University of California, Irvine and a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. She has also held a wide range of ESL instructor positions in Calgary and Montreal, Canada.
Singhal is the author of two books, Teaching Reading to Adult Second Language Learners: Theoretical Foundations, Pedagogical Applications, and Current Issues and Landing a College Job: A Practical Guide for English, ESL, and Foreign Language Job Seekers. She is also the author of more than two dozen scholarly publications and papers dealing with teaching culture, computer-mediated communication, reading-writing instruction, and textbook reviews. A frequent featured speaker, she has spoken at a myriad of academic conferences. She is the founding editor of The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal now in its twelfth year. Singhal earned a B.A. in English Literature and a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. She holds an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona.
About the Rancho Santiago Community College District
The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is to respond to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide programs and services that reflect academic excellence. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of RSCCD, which serve the residents of Anaheim Hills, East Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, customized training for business and industry, and programs to train nurses, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.
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