School of Liberal Arts and Education


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We’re creative, critical thinkers. Communicators and performers. Leaders and change makers. The School of Liberal Arts and Education will prepare you for a productive life of resilience, creativity, critical thinking, and resourcefulness.

The School of Liberal Arts and Education (LAE) fosters a deep commitment to the welfare of our global community and a life-long love of learning while providing our students a foundation for personal and professional success.

We offer 14 diverse undergraduate majors, three graduate degrees and a teacher preparation program. All of our programs allow students to work closely with our outstanding, award-winning professors, in small classes, where every student’s voice counts.

Highly committed to student mentorship and guided by Dominican’s core values of study, service, community, and reflection, our faculty set the standard on Dominican’s campus for engaged learning, as well as for leading local and international educational and service opportunities.

LAE graduates are well-equipped for today’s global job market. Surveys of Fortune 500 companies and major employers in the U.S. suggest that professional success requires organic, cross-disciplinary skills: critical thinking and the ability to capture an idea concisely and articulate it well to others, as well as flexibility and adaptability. All of these are hallmarks of an LAE graduate.

School of Liberal Arts and Education Leadership

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Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education Professor of Political Science

Contact Information

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Our Majors and Minors

We offer more than a dozen undergraduate majors and a variety of stand-alone minor programs, such as pre-law and gender studies. We also offer graduate degrees in creative writing, education, and the humanities.

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Engaged Learning and Student Involvement

Liberal arts and education majors internships in Silicon Valley, student-teach throughout the Bay Area, and serve in communities around the world. They hone leadership skills on campus through a literary magazine, debate team, political science club, and other student-led organizations.

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Our Faculty

Our faculty fuel our degree programs, build interdisciplinary partnerships, and promote engaged learning opportunities on campus and in the community.

Meet our faculty

School of Liberal Arts and Education: In the News

Faculty and Staff

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Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education Professor of Political Science
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Laura Stivers, PhD

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Ari Adduci

Administrative Coordinator
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Rebecca Birch, EdD

Assistant Professor and Director of Single Subject Credential Program
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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager
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Adam J. Carl

Administrative Coordinator
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Field Placement and Outreach Coordinator
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Marina Hotchkiss

BFA in Dance Program Director
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Gay Lynch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Jennifer March

Administrative Assistant
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Jannel Mariano

Administrative Coordinator to the Dean
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Whitney Myers

Director of Operations and Budget and Administrative Manager
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Carol (Therese) Tucker

Manager, Accreditation Data Reporting

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