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Kim Dozier, Ph. D.

#252 Kim Dozier, Ph. D., Staff
(Professor of English Currently Serve as the Distance Education Coordinator - Served as English Department Chair - Elected and Served in the Senate and the Faculty Association positions including Faculty Development Chair, Educational Policies & Pract)

You might say by connecting to my past, I'm helping others connect with their future.

I come from a family of educators. From my great-grandmother, both my grandmothers, and my mom. That’s really unheard of today. So, naturally, I didn’t want to be a teacher. I wanted to be a physician " like my great-grandfather.

I got my B.A. in 1991 at University of California, Riverside. As fate might have it, I started substitute teaching to make some money. I actually liked it. But I wasn’t totally convinced it should be my career. So I went back to school and got my master’s in 1994 from California State University, Sacramento. Then I went on to get my Ph.D. in 1998 from Illinois State University.

By the time I had finished my Ph.D. I had been able to teach at a university level, and at a community college level. I really connected with community college students the most. Many are non-traditional students. They are often a little older. They are hard working. They want to be in college. They know that it is important. They want to make their lives better.

In my 11 years at COD I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in many areas of academia. My work in Distance Education, on-line learning, has changed the most.

For students, the on-line experience is really shifting to be a more complete experience. So they have access to equal resources that a face-to-face student would have. For faculty, teaching on-line now requires training and certification, as well as a formal course review process.

I am proud to step up for COD and the life-changing opportunities our students experience in getting a degree or certificate.