Meet the Faculty
Anniqua Rana (Dean)Athletics, Kinesiology, Dance, Library and Learning Resources - Division Office
Jeanne Gross (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - ESL
Patty Hall (Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Early Childhood Education
- University of Connecticut, BS Sociology
- Notre Dame de Namur, MPA Human Relations
- Argosy University, EdD Instructional Leadership
The most interesting research that I have engaged in was here at Cañada College. I completed my dissertation using Early Childhood Education student teachers as my subjects! I analyzed whether students would be more reflective using a written journal assignment that they handed in periodically for my review or an online blog where they shared their thoughts with me and the students in the class. I found out that using the blog helped the students reflect, but it had an unintended consequence of lowering their use of formal, scientific language in their reflections. It really gave me something to think about as I revised my assignments.
Honors-level projects in my classes allow students to dive more deeply into the theory and practice of child development and to apply specific theories to their own questions about how children learn and grow. Have you ever wondered what the effects of war are on young children? What about how scientists can tell what a baby is thinking? These are a couple of the questions that have prompted student research.
Raymond Lapuz (Professor)Science and Technology - Mathematics
- UC Santa Cruz - MA Mathematics, BA Mathematics, BA Computer Information Sciences
My first research in math was studying space-filling curves. With many book in mathematics and history, I was able to rediscover the beauty of math through art and geometry. I was able to use a branch of math called analysis to prove the existence of these space filling curves and that, in fact, these one dimensional curves do fill in a space.
Doing honors-level work in my courses comes in two flavors. The first one goes back to the idea that "if you know it, you can teach it." Students in my Calculus III course will research a topic in our curriculum, learn it ahead of their classmates, develop worksheets, and conduct a class with lecture and group work. The second idea comes from my background of mathematics and computer science. Students in my Linear Algebra and Differential Equations course have the option of doing research by extending some of the theory and concepts discussed in class or implementing concepts or ideas through computer programming.
Po Tong (Assistant Professor)Science and Technology - Mathematics
- University of Hong Kong - BS & MS
- University of California, Berkeley - Ph. D.
During my engineering career, I performed research in the application of mathematical algorithms to broadband communications. The algorithms were implemented in software and hardware and deployed in hundreds of millions of households worldwide.
In my honors classes, the student and I select a project that is challenging and interesting. We will then set up and agree upon a project schedule. During the course of the project, the student and I will meet about once every two weeks to ensure steady progress are being made. The student will write up the study results in a report and present it to the class towards the end of the semester.
Lezlee Ware (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Political Science
Adam Fahey (Adjunct Faculty )Science and Technology - Mathematics
Alison Field (Associate Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - History
- San Francisco State University, BA and MA in Latin American and U.S. History
I have, as a student of history, had the opportunity to engage in a lot of satisfying research. Some of the most satisfying projects were those that crossed cultural lines and forced me to try and "read between the lines." For example, interpreting the late eighteenth century accounts of European Jesuit missionaries in Baja California, in order to try and understand how the indigenous Pericue and Gaiucura people experienced colonization.
Being an honors student in my class gives you more opportunities to dive deeper into the subject matter by exploring and analyzing additional source materials. Being an honor student, I believe, makes this is very true, "the more you put into it; the more you get out of it!"
Julieta Gomez (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Spanish
Jessica Kaven (Associate Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Communication Studies
- University of California, Stanislaus (Ed.D)
- San Jose State University (MA)
- University of Hawaii (BA)
My most satisfying research was during grad school when I researched "The Development of a Valid and Reliable Analytic Rubric for a College-Level Public Speaking Course."
As an honors student in my class you will get a more in-depth critical look at how and why we communicate.
Candice Nance (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Business
- American International College - MBA
The most satisfying research I have engaged in was when I researched my graduate thesis; the role of customer service in global airline companies.
We will see - I'm new at this!
Lisa Palmer (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - English
Frank Young (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Philosophy
Sarah Harmon (Instructor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Spanish
- University of California at Davis - BA & MA
- University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
In my career as a student there is one research that really comes to mind as the most satisfying research I have engaged in, the one that started it all. I was an undergrad at UCD, and was interested in working with someone on a research project in historical linguistics. I was directed to Almerindo Ojeda, who was working on something in the history of Spanish that was radically different than most would expect. The project carried me through my Masters' work. Throughout the entire project, Almerindo kept asking me my opinion, showed me how to do research, and gave me articles to read so that I could analyze the data more critically. At the end of the project, he was invited to participate in a prestigious conference on Hispanic Linguistics; he entered our paper, and we were chosen to present. But he sent me by myself! He wanted me to shine, and was really the main person to show me that I could do research.
As an honors student in my class, you will go two steps beyond what is typical for the course. There is more in-depth work, as well as analysis of data. In the Intro to Linguistics class, we go further into the topics at hand, exploring the intricacies of language at a level that is closer to upper division work. In the Intermediate Spanish class, it's using the language in a way to critically understand something culturally in a Spanish-speaking country.
Evan Innerst (Professor)Science and Technology - Mathematics
Jeanette Medina (Professor)Science and Technology - Chemistry
Carol Rhodes (Professor)Science and Technology - Biology
- University of Minnesota - Ph.D., M.S.
- University of California at Davis - B.S.
When I worked in the field, my research team and I developed a method for inserting genes into corn and getting these genes expressed and inherited in corn plants. We used these methods to develop virus-resistant corn plants.
In Honors biology you have the opportunity to investigate a topic that intrigues you; to ask and dig for answers to your questions; to become expert on a specific topic.
Soraya Sohrabi (Transfer Program Services Supervisor)Student Services - Transfer Services
Robert Tricca (Assistant Professor)Science and Technology - Chemistry
Gloria Darafshi (Counselor)Student Services - Counseling
Amelito Enriquez (Professor)Science and Technology - Mathematics
- University of the Philippines - BS in Geodetic Engineering
- Ohio State University - MS in Geodetic Science
- University of California, Irvine - PhD in Mechanical Engineering
The most rewarding research work I have done are those wherein I had the opportunity to work closely with students and help develop their research skills.
Students will be working on applying what they learn in the classroom to solve real-world problems.
David Meckler (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Music
- Lafayette College, BS Physics
- University of Cincinnati, MM Music
- University of California San Diego, PhD Music
The most satisfying research I have engaged in was based on music in culture. When I was in grad school I explored how to apply ethnomusicology concepts to heavy metal music culture and also how to apply concepts from structural linguistics to the analysis of orchestration. Even though it did not result in a publishable paper it fed directly into my music compositions.
Doing honors-level studies in my class gives you the chance to engage directly with primary sources or key foundational texts, in or across disciplines.
Paul Roscelli (Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Economics
- UC Berkeley - BA
- Santa Clara University - JD
- San Francisco State University - BS
My studies of Law and Economics and how antitrust laws often worked to hurt competition, rather than help it.
A student will be reading primary source documents in the area of economics and economic history. A student will act as a historian from the perspective of economic, analyzing historical events from various economic perspectives.
Anthony Swanson (Instructor)Humanities and Social Sciences - History
Denise Erickson (Professor)Humanities and Social Sciences - Art
Research of 12th century English manuscripts in the J. Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Honors-level studies provide an accelerated level of learning, understanding, and experiencing art directly in museums and concert halls which is invaluable for transfer.