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Dr. Chris


Dr. Chris Hill is a higher education coach whose recent work focuses on assisting colleges with the design and implementation of guided pathways, the development of strategic and other planning documents, and the use of data for improving student success and achieving equitable outcomes. She has served as a coach for Achieving the Dream, California Guided Pathways, AACC Pathways 2.0, and Leading from the Middle.

Over a 20-year community college career, Dr. Hill spent 13 years as a geology faculty member and served in faculty leadership as a curriculum co-chair and Academic Senate president. She also served seven years as an administrator in instruction, student services, and institutional effectiveness, all of which helps her bring a broad-based and student-focused perspective to her work. Dr. Hill engages faculty, classified staff, administrators, and students in meaningful discussions on how the college can improve processes and/or alter approaches, and by helping coalesce the ideas generated into a coherent plan for implementation and evaluation.

Ph.D. (Geology) | University of Southern California

M.Ed. | Azusa Pacific

M.S., B.S. (Geology) | San Diego State University

Past Experience
Dean, Research, Planning and IE | MiraCosta College

Sr. Dean, College Planning and IE | Grossmont College

Interim Vice President, Student Services | Grossmont College

Acting Vice President, Academic Affairs | Grossmont College

Earth Sciences Faculty | Grossmont College

How has education changed your life/your family?

Growing up in an Ohio farming town, I always had plans to go to college although I was the first in my family to complete a college degree. At the risk of sounding obvious, education has broadened my perspective, especially in regard to the inequities that exist for minoritized populations. I have an intense love of learning, so the foundation of curiosity and critical thinking I received as a formal student serve me well as a life-long learner. I encourage others when possible to pursue higher education, including my spouse who became the first in her family to attend college.

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