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Desert Community College District Hiring Seven New Full-Time Faculty Members

The Desert Community College District (College of the Desert) is pleased to announce the hiring of seven new full-time faculty members.
After years of state budget cuts to education which limited the College’s ability to hire additional instructors, Anna Davies, Executive Vice President of Student Success and Student Learning, said, “We are encouraged and excited to add more faculty on campus which will facilitate our mission to provide educational programs that our students and community need.” 
The College completed a process to assess the staffing demands of different disciplines, the needs of the community, and gathered data from existing academic programs to identify the highest priority faculty positions. The five new instructors officially begin their work at the College on August 28, 2014.
They are:
Dorothy Anderson – Automotive
Dorothy has been teaching part-time in the automotive departments of College of the Desert and Mt. San Jacinto College. She is certified in numerous areas of automotive specialization including engine repair, brakes, electronic systems, advanced engine performance, and others. She is licensed in the areas of smog technician and MACS air conditioning and will be an asset to our automotive technology department. 
Sara Butler – Political Science
As a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, Sara Butler has been teaching political science there for the last three years including such courses as Introduction to American Government, Urban Politics, and U.S. History. She has done research work for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and presented research at the Midwest Political Science Association. 
Emily Maddigan – Studio Art
Emily Maddigan earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from California State University Long Beach and comes to COD, most recently, from a teaching position at Bakersfield College. She has taught college level art classes for the last ten years at Santa Barbara Community College, University of Southern California, Santa Ana Community College, and others. She has also shown and managed exhibitions in San Diego, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara and numerous locations in the Los Angeles area. 
Reid Sagara – English
The English department will gain the teaching experience of Reid Sagara who comes to COD from Cascadia Community College in Washington State. He has been a faculty mentor and instructor for fourteen years on subjects such as English as a Second Language, College Composition, Developmental Reading and Writing, Introduction to Fiction, Literature and Composition, World Literature, and others. He holds a Master’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education – Curriculum and Instruction. 
Scott Ventura – Fire Technology
Scott Ventura has worked in fire service for thirty-two years including serving as Fire Chief for the City of Palm Springs. He has taught part-time at College of the Desert. He is the current Fire Technology Program coordinator responsible for curriculum development. He simultaneously serves as the Fire Academy Coordinator, in charge of overseeing the COD Regional Fire Academy and hiring 30 or more fire academy adjunct instructors, developing training modules, and collaborating with the local fire service agencies.  
Courtney Doussett - Kinesiology
Ana Stockwell - Counselor

The College is eagerly anticipating the arrival of these talented full-time instructors to campus for the fall semester. They represent a broad range of skills that are equally important in fulfilling our mission of providing “excellent educational programs and services that contribute to the success of our students and the vitality of the communities we serve.” College of the Desert continues to carry a tradition of academic excellence and a proactive pursuit of meeting the educational needs of our community.