Orange Coast College Dean of Mathematics and Sciences, Dr. Tara Giblin, has been named the College’s Acting Vice President of Instruction. She follows Kevin Ballinger who assumed the position of OCC Interim President this month.
“I appreciate the opportunity to help OCC in this new capacity, and I am excited to implement the educational programs and initiatives that will help our students succeed,” says Dr. Giblin.
In the coming months, Dr. Giblin will help implement the College’s accreditation process, including an accreditation site visit in February 2019. She will also lead OCC’s Instructional Wing during the implementation of AB705, a new statewide math and English placement model, and the College’s Guided Pathways Initiative project.
“I am so pleased that Dr. Giblin agreed to this assignment and I have full confidence in her abilities to provide leadership during this transitional time,” says Interim President Ballinger.
Dr. Giblin has been the OCC Dean of Math and Sciences since 2014. Prior to working at OCC, she served for 13 years as the Kimball Endowed Chair of Natural Science at Stephens College, teaching and working on research with students. During this time, she earned a Fulbright Scholarship to Kathmandu, Nepal to research the success of students in active learning classrooms versus the didactic setting.
In addition to her role as interim vice president of instruction, Dr. Giblin currently is the President of the Coast District Management Association, is a co-developer of a Women’s Leadership group campus and was awarded Manager of the Year in 2017. A proponent of experiential learning as a mechanism for student engagement in campus, she is a co-founder of the OCC Student Project and Research Symposium.
Earlier this year, Dr. Giblin was named a fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE). Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through an intensive nomination-driven, cohort-based mentorship model.
More than 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows having gone on to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.
“I’m excited to be part of the ACE Fellows program because I’m interested in leadership styles and how senior officials at institutions with different challenges approach situations to successfully create change,” says Dr. Giblin. “I’m particularly interested in how, in our competitive environment, colleges ensure they are developing relevant programs and creating a campus-wide culture of innovation that the faculty and staff recognize and support; I’m curious if the strategies used at public colleges are different than those at tuition-driven institutions.”
Dr. Giblin earned her Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997 and completed post-doctoral studies at the USDA and University of California-Riverside
This article was released by Orange Coast College.