Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning

Ken Sherwood, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning

Photo of Ken Sherwood, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student LearningReporting to the President, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning serves as the chief academic officer of the College. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning serves as a member of the President’s Executive Team and has overall responsibility for academic programs, faculty, distance education, and instructional support. Duties include overseeing the development, organization, and revision of the college’s academic programs; evaluating instruction according to college policy; participating in the development and revision of academic policy; supporting specialized accreditations for academic programs; demonstrating a strong commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.

Ken assumed the duties of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student learning, July 1, 2015. From January 2013 through June 30, 2015, Ken served as the Dean of Liberal Studies at Oxnard College. Prior to coming to Oxnard College, He was a tenured faculty member at Los Angeles City College for more than 17 years where he served in multiple capacities including: Academic Senate President (2007-2011), Honors Program Director (two years), Accreditation Chair (five years), Achieving the Dream Coordinator, Director of Forensics, and the Ralph Bunche Distinguished Professor of Speech Communication.

Ken is an alumnus of the Ventura County Leadership Academy (Cohort XIX) and serves on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of Ventura County, the Corporate Board of Directors of HOBY CA, and the Board of Directors of Teatro de las Americas.

Academic Affairs and Student Learning encompasses the four Academic Divisions of the College. The Dean/Assistant Dean over each of these areas plays a vital role in the college’s overall dedication to student success.

Dr. Carolyn Inouye, Dean, Math, Science, Health Ed, PE, and Athletics

Dr. Christina Tafoya, Dean, Career & Technical Education

Ms. Gail Warner, Assistant Dean, Fire Academy/Fire Technology

Dr. Art Sandford, Interim Dean, Liberal Studies

Dr. Luis Gonzalez, Assistant Dean, Transitional Studies, Academic Support & Library Services 

The Office of Student Learning is responsible for creating the schedule of classes each semester, the catalog each academic year, and for ensuring that all courses and programs created by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees are also approved by the state Chancellor’s Office as required by Title 5. Several key individuals work with the Vice President to complete these important tasks:

Ms. Laurie Nelson-Nusser, Senior Administrative Assistant,

Ms. Laura Anderson, Instructional Data Specialist,

Ms. Blanca Barrios, Instructional Data Specialist,

Ms. Shannon Davis, Articulation Officer, Articulation at Oxnard College

Ms. Krista Mendelsohn, Curriculum Technician,

Ms. Ashley Chelonis, Instructional Technologist,

Ms. Janet Dawald, Technical Data Specialist,