Orange Coast College Dean of Mathematics and Sciences Tara Giblin has been named OCC’s acting vice president of instruction. She follows Kevin Ballinger who assumed the position of OCC’s 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,” Giblin said.  

In the coming months, 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 A.B. 705, 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,” Ballinger said.

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 that 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, Giblin currently is the president of the Coast District Management Association and a co-developer of a Women’s Leadership group on campus, and was awarded Manager of the Year in 2017. A proponent of experiential learning as a mechanism for student engagement on campus, she is also co-founder of the OCC Student Project and Research Symposium.

Earlier this year, Giblin was named a fellow by the American Council on Education.

Giblin earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Missouri in Columbia and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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