The close of a semester serves as a unique opportunity to both commemorate the end of one chapter and celebrate the beginning of the next. As such, now is the perfect time to introduce three new Osceola Campus deans: Interim Dean of Humanities Marlene Temes, Interim Dean of Social Studies Scott Creamer and Dean of Mathematics Nichole Segarra.
Scott Creamer, Interim Dean of Social Studies
Beginning Monday, May 7, 2018, Scott Creamer, who describes himself as a life-long enthusiast of academia, will commence his service as Interim Dean of Social Studies. Scott boasts a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science, seven years of teaching experience at Valencia and previous teaching experiences at Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College. During his tenure at Valencia, Scott has also contributed as the discipline coordinator of History, Economics and Political Science on the Osceola Campus, chaired the Student Final Grade Resolution Committee, worked as a faculty internship supervisor and served as the study abroad leader for the International Politics in Europe program.
As interim dean, Scott looks forward to calling upon his instructional experiences and collaborating with fellow Interim Dean Marlene to benefit Valencia’s learning community.
“I am most excited to work with the other deans and administrators to learn how to facilitate discussion of program ideas and development more effectively, along with coordinating the activity of both faculty, staff and students,” he said.
Outside of work, you can find Scott coaching wresting — including the country’s largest girls wresting team — at University High School.
Marlene Temes, Interim Dean of Humanities
Also effective Monday, May 7, 2018, Marlene Temes will begin serving as Interim Dean of Humanities. In this role, she will call upon her 20 years of experience teaching at the Osceola Campus and her master’s degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies. A long-time fixture on the campus, Marlene comments her tenure predates Osceola Campus’ buildings two, three and four, and she looks forward to continuing her service in this capacity.
“It’s exciting to be part of a great team of deans at a time when there’s great positive energy in moving the College’s mission and goals forward,” she said.
Specifically, Marlene hopes to develop interdisciplinary connections among Valencia programs and leverage data to analyze and improve teaching practices.
Nichole Segarra, Dean of Mathematics
In preparation for Dean of Mathematics Melissa Pedone’s return to the classroom in the fall, Nichole Segarra, currently a math professor and discipline coordinator on the Lake Nona Campus, will spend the summer getting to know the Osceola Campus math faculty and learning about her new role as dean before she assumes her new position in the fall. Nichole brings with her a master’s degree in mathematical science, an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and nearly a decade of Valencia teaching experience.
Commenting on her appointment as dean, she said, “I am most excited for the opportunity to work with a team of talented and passionate math faculty and to continue to prepare our students to become great citizens engaged in their careers.”
In her free time, you’ll find Nichole enjoying time with her husband, Mike, and channeling her culinary creativity in the kitchen.