Impressive New Faculty Join Estrella Mountain for Fall 04

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) begins the fall 04-05 academic year with the addition of three new residential faculty members. The college has seen record growth in recent years, approximately 10% annually, which has prompted the need for more quality, faculty members.Faculty at EMCC focus on the latest methods in teaching and learning, including the integration of technology into most curricula. "Estrella Mountain is committed to providing our students with the best learning experience possible, which directly impacts the type of faculty we hire," commented Dr.Bryan Tippett, dean of instruction. "Our faculty possess substantial credentials, diverse backgrounds and years of practical experience in their teaching disciplines."New faculty hires are as follows:Jason L. Mallory, Philosophy, is a candidate for a doctorate in Philosophy from Binghamton University-SUNY in New York. He holds a master's in Philosophy from Texas A&M and a bachelor's in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he has certificates in feminist theory and women's studies, and has authored and presented numerous papers dealing with subjects such as philosophies on punishment and feminism. Mallory taught various philosophy and justice courses at Binghamton.Dr. Rachel H. Smith, Biology, holds a Ph.D in Plant Development and Molecular Genetics from the University of Leeds, UK and a bachelor's in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK. In her most recent position, Rachel served as the Director of Public Programs for the Arizona Science Center, where she was responsible for all educational programs supporting permanent galleries, traveling exhibitions and special events. She previously taught biology courses at EMCC as adjunctfaculty.Dr. Cecilia Rosales, English, joins Estrella Mountain as residential faculty after successful participation and completion of a 2003-04 Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty in Progress Program internship. The program is designed to prepare diverse candidates to compete for residential teaching positions within the college district. She holds a bachelor's in English Literature from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico and a master's in Latin American Literature from New Mexico State University. Most recently, Rosales served as the Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Center of Phoenix where she was responsible for cultural programming, project management and fundraising efforts.To arrange interviews with new residential faculty or for photos, contact Keisha Truxillo at 623.935.8054. Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Located on Thomas and Dysart Roads in Avondale, Estrella Mountain and the SouthWest Skill Center offer interest-specific arts education, transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training to residents in the West Valley. Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation and serves more than a quarter million students annually. For more information, visit or