Public Forum for Vice President of Instruction on Wed., April 9, 1:30 – 4:15 pm, Auditorium

3 April 2014

On Wednesday, April 9th the Public Forums for the Vice President of Instruction will be held in the Auditorium from 1:30-4:15.

The four finalists selected are as follows:

  •  Dr. Carlos Cortez, currently the Dean/Acting Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College
  • Timothy Karas, currently the Dean of Instruction, Liberal Studies & Language Arts at Mission College
  • Dr. Tina Vasconcellos, currently the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Laney College
  • Tram Vo-Kumamoto, currently the Dean, Math & Science at Chabot College.


The public forum schedule is as follows:

Dr. Carlos Cortez – 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tram Vo-Kumamoto – 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Timothy Karas – 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Tina Vasconcellos – 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The forums will be moderated by Cleavon Smith, English Instructor and Berkeley City College Academic Senate President. The forum will consist of a brief introduction given by each finalist and a question and answer session. Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be given to the College President for review. Your comments are very important to the process, so please find the time to attend.


Information about the Candidates:

Carlos Cortez

Dr. Cortez has been the Acting Vice President of Instruction of Berkeley City College since January 2014, his previous position at BCC was Dean of Academic Pathways, Workforce Development and Student Success from August 2013 to January 2014. He worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as Director, Education and Extension for a little over four years and was also an adjunct instructor with UCLA for four years. Dr. Cortez has been as an adjunct assistant professor teaching online courses since 2009 for the University of California, San Diego and since 2010 for the University of Southern California. Dr. Cortez has over 8 years’ experience working in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Principal, Assistant Principal and as a junior high school teacher. He also worked for 5 years as a research assistant at USC while also working as a junior high teacher and worked for the New York City Board of Education as a junior high and high school teacher for two years. He also worked at the New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG) as a Higher Education Coordinator in 1998. Dr. Cortez has over 16 years’ experience working in education.

Dr. Cortez holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Race and Gender from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Sociology from Georgetown University.

Timothy Karas

Mr. Karas started out at Mission College working as the Director of Library Services and after four years was promoted to Interim Dean.   He was the Interim Dean for almost a year before being promoted to his current position as the Dean of Instruction; Liberal Studies & Language Arts.  He has been in this position since 2010.  Mr. Karas also worked for the College of San Mateo for 6 ½ years as a Reference/Electronic Information Resources Librarian and as an instructor teaching Library Studies courses. Prior to working in community colleges, he was employed in the Public Library system for three years working at both Redwood City Public Library and Palo Alto Public Library.  Mr. Karas has over 14 years’ experience working in community colleges.

Mr. Karas holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Humboldt State University.

Tina Vasconcellos

Dr. Vasconcellos has been working as the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Laney College for six years. She previous worked for seven years at Berkeley City College in various positions: EOPS Counselor/Instructor, Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Coordinator (SLOAC), Department Chair, Counseling and the Program Chair, Social Services Paraprofessional & Community Health Worker Program. Dr. Vasconcellos also worked as an adjunct Counselor for 3 years for Chabot College prior to working at BCC. She has taught courses at both Chabot and Berkeley City College. She has been a Program Fellow since 2013 at the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), UC Berkeley and she is also a program graduate from the Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute, CSU Fullerton. Dr. Vasconcellos has over 16 years’ experience working in community colleges.

Dr. Vasconcellos holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts; Psychology and Cultural Awareness from John F. Kennedy University.

Tram Vo-Kumamoto

Ms. Vo-Kumamoto currently works at Chabot College as the Dean, Math and Science and has been in this position for six years. Prior to working as a Dean, she had also worked at Chabot as the Counselor, Matriculation Coordinator for seven years, where she also taught courses. She was an Academic Advisor at California State University, East Bay for one year and a Student Support Specialist, Matriculation at Berkeley City College (when it was Vista College) for 1 ½ years. She received the Chancellor’s Awardee in 2002 at Chabot College and received Employee of the Year in 1998 while at Vista College. Ms. Vo-Kumamoto has over 14 years working in community colleges.

 Ms. Vo-Kumamoto is currently working on her Doctorate of Educational Leadership at San Francisco State, which she expects to complete by June 2016. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from California State, East Bay, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate of Arts Degree in General Education from City College of San Francisco.



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