Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is searching for its next Dean of Instruction.
The Dean of Instruction position develops and administers academic programs/services in an area of assignment within the college under the direction of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Dean of Instruction provides leadership and vision in academic program planning and implementation, while managing financial resources and internal and external relationships.
Meet the Finalists – Open Forums
SCC is hosting in-person Public Forums to meet the finalists. A virtual option is also available. The Forums are open to students, employees, and the general public and give the audience an opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable feedback for consideration.
Review the finalists' bios:
Carly Zufelt has been an adult educator for over a decade, with eight years of experience teaching college students. She has served as an academic dean for six years with experience overseeing a multitude of academic departments, as well as academic support departments, including Curriculum, Scheduling, Assessment, Student Success & Retention, Instructional Quality & Faculty Development, and the Early College Program. Carly holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is pursuing her Ed.D. in Learning Design & Leadership and Diversity & Equity in Education (double concentration) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Carly believes in the potential for all students to succeed, given access to the appropriate support and resources. She is passionate about centering equity alongside student success and dedicates her work to empowering students through educational accessibility. Her experience includes applying for and overseeing grants that provide funding to support underrepresented students. Additionally, she has led the development and implementation of faculty training to increase the adoption of low-cost textbooks and open education resources (OER), embedded tutoring, and equity pedagogy. She recently presented workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the 2022 Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) Conference and the 2023 Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching at the University of Calgary.
Carly is deeply committed to building authentic relationships with those within and beyond the departments she leads. She believes that the best leaders are great learners. She is a collaborative leader who values the knowledge and expertise of those she works with. Carly is particularly excited about the opportunity to work for and learn from an HSI community college uniquely located on tribal land that shares her vision of an equitable future for all people in our community.
Fabienne S. Chauderlot is an academic administrator and professor of human and business sciences. Fabienne has dedicated her professional life to serving students and supporting their faculty and staff in higher education institutions in California, Puerto Rico, and Michigan, as well as Europe.
In the past decade, Fabienne has served as Dean of Instruction, Counseling, Library and Academic Support in community colleges and collaborated with large teams of faculty, staff, and administrators in departments of humanities, languages, and literature. An advocate of education as both the key to personal freedom and the driver of social justice, Fabienne has focused on elaborating solutions to minimize the multifaceted challenges that hinder community college students’ success. Thanks to her experience in very different higher education institutions and her twofold training, Fabienne has observed and analyzed the academic, but also economic, social, and political forces, that impact students’ abilities to achieve their goals. Fabienne understands these abilities within A. Sen’s theoretical framework of “capabilities,” namely substantive freedoms that have been cleared of any potential obstacles, as opposed to formal rights that one may have but not be able to activate. Fabienne’s objective is therefore to help all those who serve community college students develop strategies to jointly counteract the increasing pressures that prevent the conversion of the right of education into the capability of earning a valuable degree.
A student of philosophy and American literature originally, Dr. Chauderlot received her Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, a Master’s degree from San Diego State University after earning a third-cycle post-graduate degree in Business Administration from the IAE – Graduate School of Management, and a Maîtrise from the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Dr. Lucas Messer has been with the Maricopa County Community College District since 2008, and has proudly served in faculty and administration positions. His higher education journey began at a community college in the Midwest where he earned an Associate of Arts degree. He continued by earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in secondary education and communication education, culminating with a Doctorate of Philosophy in human communication from Arizona State University.
With over two decades of experience working in higher education, Lucas’ career includes a twelve-year tenure as residential Communication faculty with Scottsdale Community College. As a Communication faculty member, Lucas served in a broad range of leadership capacities including Department Chair, Division Chair, Faculty Senate President, and Curriculum Development Facilitator (CDF). Most recently, Lucas served Scottsdale Community College as the interim Dean of Instruction beginning in March 2021, and as an Associate Dean in Academic Affairs since July 2022. In these roles, he provided leadership as the Chair of the Strategic Scheduling Committee, Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Chair of the Transition Team, and the President's Cabinet Liaison with SCC’s Promoting an Inclusive Community (SPAIC) committee. Lucas celebrates the value of collaboration and practices shared governance. His work in administration has enacted shared governance to guide the implementation of a new college course delivery model, to lead an Academic Affairs organizational restructure, and to implement new faculty supervision remuneration models.
Lucas believes community colleges can provide the best start for students pursuing degrees and certificates, as well as provide an ideal space for lifelong learning. He feels Scottsdale Community College provides students the best educational environment to engage with one another and with high quality instruction to turn their dreams into reality.