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Four instructors granted tenure

May 18, 2021

Faculty Members Granted Tenure


Seven Moreno Valley College faculty members were granted tenure.

Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the chancellor and college presidents, grant tenure to faculty members who exhibit professional competencies and qualifications consistent with the job announcement. By the end of the fall semester of the third or fourth year, by majority vote, the committee shall make a recommendation for tenure to the administration for action.

The following individuals, who have been with the District since 2017 or 2018, were granted tenure:

Adam Felton, Psychology

BA, Indiana Tech; MA, Ball State University; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

"I am very happy and fortunate to be at an institution that grants tenure," Felton said. "Tenure at Moreno Valley College is a two-way street of commitment and I take the responsibility and obligations very seriously. I look forward to growing and improving at MVC while I aid in the growth and improvement of MVC and the community we serve."

Norma Flores-Martinez, Spanish

BA, MA, California State University, San Bernardino

"The past four years as a fulltime faculty have been a journey that I have enjoyed very much for many reasons," Flores-Martinez said. "It has been a learning experience, a personal and professional growth working and learning from those who have made my pathway more fulfilling and exciting. Being able to work with so many students, learning and sharing their stories, dreams and goals has been rewarding. Achieving tenure is an opportunity to continue supporting and helping MVC's students in creating learning experiences to meet their academic goals."

Jim Lambert, Fire Technology

BA, American Military University; MA, Ed.D., Brandman University

"I am grateful for the opportunity to join Moreno Valley College's tenured faculty," Lambert said. "It is a privilege to be part of such a diverse and accomplished culture that seeks to improve the community of students we serve. I look forward to further expanding the Fire Technology program at the school of Public Safety and continuing to help students find success in the careers of their choosing."

Tahmina Morshed, Economics

BA, MA, Rajshahi University in Bangladesh; MS, Portland State University

"The past year has been filled with unprecedented challenges for most of us, but in many ways it has given us an opportunity to pause and appreciate things we often take for granted," Morshed said. "Getting tenure is certainly a happy and empowering moment for my academic career path. Now I feel a sense of relief as I can focus on some areas that I have been working on during the pandemic such as redesigning and humanizing my online courses, implementing Open Educational Resources to reduce textbook costs, and focusing more on equity issues to help my students succeed.

"Going through the rigorous review process in getting tenured was challenging. Nevertheless, it was possible because of the guidance and mentorship I received from my esteemed colleagues who supported me every step of the way to ensure I succeed. I am humbled and honored to continue to serve our community and look forward to contributing to the advancement of this institution and its mission."

Kasey Nguyen, Ph.D., Computer Information Systems

B.A., ITT Technical Institute, M.A., Strayer University, Virginia; Ph.D., Capella University

"Tenure implies commitment in creating positive impacts to student success at Moreno Valley College while contributing to growth in cybersecurity, computer science, STEM and CTE education for underrepresented and non-traditional student populations."

Cynthia Ramirez, Counseling

MA, University of Redlands; BA, University of California, Irvine; AA, AS, Riverside Community College

"I am thankful and honored for the opportunity to join Moreno Valley College's tenured faculty. I look forward to continuing to serve as one of the Puente counselors and co-coordinators and making a positive impact in the local community, especially our BIPOC, Latinx and first-generation college students. I will continue to strive to be a support system for all MVC students and the community it serves."

Rachel Dyer, Human Services

BS, California Baptist University; MSW, California State University, San Bernardino

Dyer was unable to comment for this story.