Welcome to Our New Faculty

Jacqueline Mac
Jacqueline Mac

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jacqueline Mac to the HESA family.

Dr. Mac, who serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education, teaches courses on assessment, higher education public policy and quantitative research in higher education for our program.

Dr. Mac is a first-generation Southeast Asian American college graduate. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University.

Prior to her doctoral work, Jacqueline worked primarily in institutional diversity and multicultural affairs offices at the Indiana University School of Medicine, University of Maryland-College Park, and Georgetown University, as well as at a national education nonprofit.

Dr. Mac’s research focuses on racialized campus environments, institutional transformation toward equity and higher education access policies. She has a particular interest in racially marginalized, Southeast Asian American, and refugee populations, as well as minority-serving institutions. She uses critical theoretical perspectives, engages knowledge from fields outside of education, and employ methodologies (e.g., critical case study, collaborative autoethnography, critical grounded theory) that challenge traditional and rigid ways of thinking about the researcher-participant relationship and merge methodological rigor with critical approaches to inquiry.

Fun fact: Dr. Mac is from Chicago, where she currently resides with her partner and Shepherd-Husky mix, London. They are all excited to be a part of the Huskie family.

Debra Griffith
Debra Griffith

We are also thrilled to introduce Dr. Debra Griffith, who has agreed to teach a course for us this fall as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Griffith serves as the Interim Vice President for Student Services at West Valley College in Saratoga, California.

Dr. Griffith, who earned her Ed.D. in Organizational Development from Argosy University, has over 20 years of experience in higher education.

She was recently recognized with the California State University System-wide Wang Award as the Administrator of the Year.

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