A Message from Dr. Falecia Williams, President, West Campus
I am pleased to announce and welcome our two new deans on West Campus. Dr. Terry Allcorn has been selected as dean of business and hospitality and Dr. Ana Caldero Figueroa has been selected as dean of arts and humanities. In their interim dean roles, both Terry and Ana made valuable contributions to our work at Valencia, and I’m confident each of them will continue to excel as an academic dean.
Introducing Terry Allcorn
Terry Allcorn has been involved in higher education for more than 18 years — with nearly eight of those years as professor and chair of general education at St. Louis Christian College, and 11 years as an administrator at Florida Christian College in Kissimmee. Terry and his wife were both born and raised in Ohio, in different parts of the state. Together they have four children, and have called Central Florida home for more than 11 years. Prior to Terry’s involvement in higher education, the family lived in Puerto Rico and traveled to several Spanish-speaking countries. He has also been an adjunct Spanish instructor for almost 15 years, and 10 of those years were with Valencia at the Osceola Campus. In July of 2013, Terry was named interim dean of business and hospitality.
Terry completed his undergraduate studies at Kentucky Christian University and went on to earn a Spanish certificate from Rio Grande Language Institute, a master’s degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Capella University.
Ana J. Caldero Figueroa started her career at Valencia in 1989. She has taught all levels of Spanish and Latin American Humanities and was also the Discipline Chair of Foreign Languages in the former West Campus Fine Arts Department from 2001-2013. On June 20, 2013, Ana successfully completed the inaugural Academy for Learning Leadership (currently named Pivot 360).
In August of 2013, Ana was selected to serve as the interim dean of arts and humanities. During that time, she collaborated with Professor Jeremy Bassetti from the East Campus and wrote a proposal for the 2013 University Club of Orlando Foundation Humanities Institute. Professor Caldero led a selected group of faculty members on a two-week journey throughout Spain that explored the historical, social and cultural organizations of Al-Andalus, the name of that portion of the Iberian Peninsula controlled by the Moors for 700 years.
As the recently-selected West Campus dean of arts and humanities, Ana is looking forward to nurturing a work environment where challenging opportunities are available, which will improve the quality of teaching and service to students. She is planning a calendar of cultural events to embrace all disciplines in the department.
Dean Caldero earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. In 2009, she completed her doctorate in education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and a specialization in Foreign Language Education from the University of Central Florida.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Terry and Ana as our new deans on West Campus.