Fullerton College is pleased to welcome 22 new full-time faculty this fall. Read below to find out more about their backgrounds and expertise.
Phil Austin was a three-sport athlete at Saint Monica High School. He attended Pasadena City College and the University of Hawaii where he was an all-conference safety. He earned his master’s degree in kinesiology and sports management at the University of Central Missouri. Coach Austin has worked at Santa Monica High School, Naval Academy, and Mater Dei High School before joining Fullerton College in 2008. In 2012, he joined the UCLA football program as a quality control coach before returning to Fullerton College in 2014.
Candice M. Clasby received her Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film, and Theatre from California State University, Los Angeles where her main emphasis was in directing and production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from California University, Fullerton. Previously, she worked as an adjunct professor in Theatre Arts at Cypress College, as well as an acting-for-camera coach in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. She specializes in acting (theatre/TV/film), directing, musical theatre, and dance/movement for musical theatre.
Pamela Dunsmore is passionate about exploring issues of race and gender in her classroom, mentoring students in learning communities, and supporting the arts in Southern California. A Fullerton native, she earned her Master of Arts in English from California State University, Fullerton, and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears). She was a basic skills intern at Fullerton College and is excited to return as a faculty member this fall.
Dr. Arnette Edwards has 17 years of experience working in the California Community College system. She worked in Student Support Services as a classified staff member for 15 years and has 10 years of experience working as a counselor. She has bachelor’s degree in human services from California State University, Fullerton, a master’s in educational counseling from National University, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership with an emphasis in community college leadership from California State University, Fullerton.
Carla Falb earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, as well as a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Her invitational exhibitions include the Noyes Museum of Art, the Preston Contemporary Art Center, and PAFA’s Alumni Gallery. She first visited Orange County in 2009 with a fellowship from the Dodge Foundation for Artists/Educators to document amusement parks for her series of rollercoaster paintings.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez
Juan Pablo Gonzalez – better known as “JP” – transferred from Fullerton College to California State University, Fullerton and earned a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development which lead him to the University of La Verne for a Master of Science in Educational Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential. He currently resides in Riverside but was a former resident of La Habra where he volunteered as a counselor and executive director of Advance! nonprofit counseling center. During his free time he enjoys hiking, walking and visiting family, especially his godson Ethan in Kent, WA.
Dr. Arian Khaefi joins the Music Department at Fullerton College where he will co-coordinate the choral program comprised of four choirs. Khaefi has gained national and international recognition as a clinician, conducting pedagogue and guest conductor. Choruses under his direction have toured nationally, and have performed at the Meyerhoff, Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Khaefi has engagements in 2017 with the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Maryland All-State Senior Mixed Chorus, and Handel Choir of Baltimore.
Katie King is in her ninth year of teaching, and her third at the community college level – having taught students from second grade to university seniors. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals in Spain and Turkey. She is honored and excited to join the Hornet family, and looks forward to helping students achieve their greatest success.
Jerry Lin has taught chemistry at Fullerton College since 2013. He earned his Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. While his previous research involved renewable energy and electrochemistry, he has shifted his focus towards developing novel curricula for undergraduate chemistry students. His hobbies include photography and DJing.
Robert Maine, better known to most of his friends as Bob, was born and raised in Southern California. He moved to Orange County when he was in grade school making the city of Orange his adopted home town. Maine has three daughters and three young grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, camping and the outdoors, and is very fond of Joshua Tree National Park. He has a passion for automobiles and has worked on them for a living, which includes serving as an adjunct instructor at Fullerton College. He also restores muscle cars as a hobby.
Ula Matavao comes to Fullerton College from Mt. SAC where he served in several positions since 2012 including counselor coordinator for GRASP (Grey & Red Shirt Academic Support Program), adjunct counseling faculty member and educational advisor for the Arise Program. Matavao has been instrumental in developing, planning and implementing counseling and support services for diverse, at-risk students. He graduated from Mt. SAC with an associate degree in social and behavioral sciences and then transferred as a student-athlete to Florida International University and completed a bachelor’s degree in sports management. His passion and capacity for working with at-risk community college students was a driving force as he continued his education at California State University, San Bernardino to complete a master’s degree in counseling and guidance.
Kristin Mihaylovich comes to Fullerton College from Santa Monica College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master of Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She has co-curated modern and contemporary art exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C., the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She also recently presented several public lecture series at the Bowers Museum.
Toni Nielson has a master’s degree in communication studies from California State University, Long Beach and has been a member of the speech and debate community for 24 years. Her debate programs have been the recipients of numerous awards including accommodations from the City of Garden Grove, the City of Oakland and California legislators. During the last four years, Nielson served as the executive director at the Bay Area Urban Debate League, a nonprofit organization.
Stephanie Nobles received two bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Fullerton. She worked in biopharmaceutical research and development on drug formulations and delivery systems for five years before leaving the field to spend more time with her family. She began teaching, discovering a new passion, and has been an adjunct instructor at local community colleges for the past 10 years. She is a member of the ACS Chemical Education Committee.
Tim Ream grew up in Santa Ana and attended University of California, Los Angeles, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. He later earned a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. Ream has worked as an adjunct and full-time faculty member at Irvine Valley College, Charles R. Drew University and Los Angeles Southwest College. Before becoming a librarian he worked in information technology, and remains focused on how technology can enhance the mission of libraries.
Lugene Rosen is a California native with deep roots in Orange County. With more than 20 years of English instruction experience for the Coast Community College District as well as being an instruction and reference librarian, she is excited to become a Hornet. She is an active scholar in the field of popular culture, and her current pop culture focus is the television show Supernatural. Not surprisingly, she is an avid reader who devours books.
Bianca D. Sabau earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from Chapman University. She began teaching at Fullerton College in 2014. She enjoys teaching writing and research skills. Her main extracurricular interest is travel – so far, she has visited 17 countries and 14 states. In her free time, she likes to go hiking and watch The Simpsons.
Daniel Scarpa is a former Fullerton College student who has spent the last seven years living, working, and teaching in the Bay Area. He returns to Southern California having dropped the article “the” from highway numbers when he gives directions and with a firm grasp of how to use the term “hella.” He is thrilled to be back on campus and is looking forward to contributing to Fullerton College’s rich tradition of student and community service.
Ketan (Kenny) Shah joined Fullerton College in 1995 as a student and now returns as a full-time instructor in the Mathematics Department. He earned his Associate of Arts from Fullerton College and Bachelor and Master of Arts from California State University, Fullerton. He has taught math courses at Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton for more than 15 years and has enjoyed every moment of teaching, especially student interaction and being a role model to motivate, inspire and change students’ attitudes toward learning on daily basis.
Jeremy Siskind is a jazz and classical pianist who placed highly in several of the world’s most important jazz piano competitions including winning the 2012 Nottingham International Solo Piano Competition. The author of nine books for publisher Hal Leonard, Siskind served for five years on the faculty of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Siskind has performed and taught in the U.S., Great Britain, Thailand, China, India, France, Lebanon, Cyprus and Tunisia.
Dao Vo moved from Vietnam to the United States in 2006. He started his education at De Anza College in Cupertino then transferred to University California, Berkeley where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 2010. From there he attended California State University, Fullerton to pursue his master’s degree in mathematics with an emphasis in teaching. Since then, he’s been teaching mathematics at Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton. During his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, especially soccer.
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