November 2011, Volume 15, Number 5


New Faculty Showcase MDC’s Diversity

Miami Dade College continues its march forward as the nation’s most diverse college with the hiring this semester of 85 new faculty members who represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds, academic disciplines and professional achievements. 

“The new group of full-time professors hired by Miami Dade College is impressive,” said MDC Provost Dr. Rolando Montoya. “They represent multiple disciplines and professional fields and bring to our College a wealth of academic credentials and work experiences. These new faculty members represent the diversity of our community in terms of gender, ethnicity and national origin, all of which enables them to serve as exceptional role models for our students.” 

Almost 40 percent of the incoming MDC faculty members are Hispanic, 33 percent African-American, 23 percent white/non-Hispanic and 5 percent representing other ethnicities.

Impressive Credentials

A third of the new hires have doctorates, and all have master’s degrees. Several have impressively garnered multiple advanced degrees, including mathematics professor Dr. Ming Ying Chu-Weininger, who has seven master’s degrees in addition to her doctorate.

The faculty hail from noteworthy universities and institutions from around the country. 

“MDC’s national prestige attracted candidates of the highest caliber for the open faculty positions,” Montoya said. “We are very satisfied with the selections made by the screening committees.”

Meeting Student Demand

Several were recruited to help meet the demand for MDC’s popular new bachelor’s program in biological sciences. 

Other liberal arts fields benefiting from the significant expertise of the new faculty include mathematics, psychology, chemistry, economics, philosophy and speech communication, among others. 

New faculty also will fill the ranks of many occupational concentrations, such as accounting, computer science, criminal justice, nursing, medical laboratory technology and culinary arts.


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