Experts & Speakers

Valencia prides itself on a teaching faculty made up of experts in their fields.

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As one of the largest of America's 1,200 community colleges, Valencia is actively engaged with the most critical issues of access, student success and economic development. Many of our administrators are also recognized leaders, helping shape public policy and transform higher education. These individuals, and others, are available to speak to reporters or community groups.

  • Valencia Professor Invited to Participate in UN Panel on Peace

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Rachel Allen, director of Valencia College’s Peace & Justice Institute, has been invited to participate in a United Nations panel discussion…

  • Disease Researcher Finds New Home at Valencia — in the Classroom

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Attention students: If you thought you were going to sit in the back of Dr. Hemangi Patil’s biology class and sleep,…

  • Valencia Instructor to Lecture on MLK’s Life and the Music of His Age

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    ORLANDO — In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Valencia instructor and musical folklore expert Don Harrell will present a…

  • Valencia College Hires New Director of Sustainability

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    Orlando, FL – Resham Shirsat, a veteran of the sustainability field, has been named the director of sustainability at Valencia College….

  • Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Areas of interest: cultural sociology, music, women and gender studies, social inequality  Adrienne M. Trier-Bieniek is a tenure-track faculty member who…

  • Falecia Williams

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Falecia Williams is president of Valencia’s West Campus. Williams began her career at Valencia first as an adjunct professor, then in…

  • Stacey Johnson

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Stacey Johnson is president of Valencia College’s East and Winter Park campuses. Johnson earned her doctorate in educational administration from the…

  • Kathleen Plinske

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Kathleen Plinske is president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses, and is responsible for providing academic, administrative and fiscal leadership for both…

  • Tina Tan

    Tina Tan

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Public speaking, radio, public relations Speech instructor Tina Tan has worked as a reporter for National Public Radio affiliate stations and the…

  • Nam Nguyen

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Asia, Asian art and philosophy Dr. Nam Nguyen has taught philosophy and Asian humanities at the Winter Park Campus for over 10…

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