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Steven Weisler

Steven Weisler is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dominican University of California where he is responsible for overseeing the academic program, the library, the Office of Institutional Research, Admissions and Financial Aid. Previously, Dr. Weisler concluded a thirty-year career at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he served in a number of senior administrative roles and as Professor of Linguistics.

Dr. Weisler earned his MA in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University and his PhD from Stanford University in Linguistics. He has been a Sloan Post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Science and has served as Director of the Teagle Assessment Scholars Program for the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts. His research has centered on the interface between syntax and semantics in the framework of generative grammar. With other colleagues at Hampshire College and The University of Massachusetts he is co-author of the first textbook on Cognitive Science and is lead author of an Introduction to Linguistics issued in both text and interactive digital formats.



Mojgan Behmand

Dr. Behmand currently serves as Assistant Provost at Dominican University of California. She earned her MA and PhD in English and American Studies at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany, with minors in Medieval Studies and Political Science. She has been teaching in Dominican’s Department of Literature & Languages since 2007, with an affinity for specialty courses on 19th century women’s literature, Gothic novels, and world literature. In January of 2010, she was elected by her students as Dominican’s Teacher of the Year. During her tenure at Dominican, she has held a number of administrative positions: Director of Faculty Development, founding Director of First Year Experience "Big History," and Director of the General Education program. Dr. Behmand has published and presented widely on medieval Persian epics and passion plays, Big History pedagogy, curricular revision and faculty development. She is the creator and co-editor of the forthcoming book Teaching Big History to be published by UC Press in August 2014.




Martha A. Nelson

Martha Nelson is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dominican University of California, a position she has held since January 2012. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Nelson served as Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences for three years, Dean of Arts and Sciences for seven years and Dean of Health Sciences for over five years. Dr. Nelson joined the University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and was Chair and Director of the Nursing Department before becoming Dean. Before joining Dominican University, Dr. Nelson taught nursing at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California. She also has many years of experience in nursing practice. Dr. Nelson received her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from the University of Hawaii and her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco. Her presentations and publications have addressed women’s health, community-oriented primary health care, and nursing education. She is a member of the Marin Workforce Investment Board and is a Marin Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. She serves on the board of the Huckleberry Wellness Academy, a program providing academic and career support for high-potential, economically disadvantaged high school students who are interested in becoming health professionals.

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