California Community Colleges

Learn about the California Community Colleges Registry from Director Beth Au and about teaching at a CCC from UC Santa Cruz graduate student alumni who work at CCCs.

Note to international graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
At this time, California community colleges generally don’t have budgets to sponsor international hires.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
3:30–5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom for everyone


Beth Au

Beth Au
California Community Colleges Registry

Beth Au graduated with a master’s degree in Asian American studies from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese studies from UC San Diego. She has been director of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Registry since 2002. As director, she oversees and manages the CCC Registry website and hosts an annual job fair for the college system every January. The CCC Registry is the state chancellor’s job board for faculty, management, and staff opportunities at all 73 districts and 116 community colleges across California. The CCCs are the largest higher-education employer in the world, with over 60,000 faculty, administrators, and staff across the state. Beth’s favorite part of her job is engaging with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to help them map out a CCC career. Please feel free to contact her to set up a Zoom session at:

Beth Au will also be available for six one-on-one 30-minute appointments for CCC application review on Thursday, November 18, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., at the Graduate Student Commons Study Room 208 or via Zoom. If you’re entering the academic job market this academic year and know you’ll be applying to California community colleges, email Sonya Newlyn at to schedule an application review with Beth Au on November 18 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.


Francesca CaparasFrancesca Caparas
M.A. Modern Literature 2010
Instructor, English and Asian American Studies
Faculty Coordinator, Women, Gender and Sexuality Center
De Anza College

Chesa Caparas (she/they) is faculty in English and Asian American studies at De Anza College, where she teaches in the IMPACT AAPI and FLOW Hip-Hop Learning Communities. She is also the faculty coordinator for De Anza’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Center. In her classes she explores topics such as art as a form of resistance, the politics of food and body image, and what our Netflix viewing habits can tell us about ourselves and society. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in modern literature from UC Santa Cruz. She has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Philippines, where she plans to research discourses of digital literacy.

sarah-gerhardt-2.jpegSarah Gerhardt
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry 2003
Chemistry Instructor
Cabrillo College

Dr. Sarah Gerhardt received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo and a doctoral degree in physical chemistry from UC Santa Cruz. She started as a lecturer at Santa Clara University and Cabrillo College, later teaching full-time at Monterey Peninsula College. She is tenured at both MPC and Cabrillo College. She recently worked as a postdoctoral scholar in UC Santa Cruz Emeritus Professor Harry Noller’s lab in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, between her adjunct teaching and starting her full-time tenure-track chemistry position at MPC.

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology 2016
Adjunct Faculty
Palomar College
Research Assistant
San Diego City College

Dr. Elizabeth Gonzalez is a community-oriented and student-centered leader who bridges research and praxis to accelerate equity and social justice in higher education. Prior to relocating to the San Diego area, she served as director of Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Title V grants totaling over $8.9M at San José City College (SJCC) and UC Santa Cruz. Her collective work at these campuses resulted in securing a $2.9M HSI Title V grant for SJCC to develop new academic and career pathways in STEM, public health, and teacher preparation and boosting equitable transfer from SJCC to UCSC by 150%. Among her students, Dr. Gonzalez is regarded as an encouraging faculty member who validates their multiple identities through her culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum.

Brian Malone

Brian Malone
Ph.D. Literature 2014
Professor of English
De Anza College

As a tenured professor at De Anza College in Cupertino, Dr. Brian Malone (he/him), teaches composition and English literature and also serves as tenure review coordinator for the college. His UCSC dissertation focuses on the nineteenth-century novel in England and France. Dr. Malone received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University, master’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, and doctoral degree in literature from UCSC.

Melissa-Ann Nievera-LozanoMelissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano
Ph.D. Education-Social and Cultural Context of Education 2016
Professor of Ethnic Studies
Evergreen Valley College

As a full-time professor of ethnic studies at Evergreen Valley College in San José, Dr. Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano (she/they/siya) believes storytelling is soul work. A second-generation queer Filipina born and raised on Kumeyaay land (San Diego, CA), her politicization in community college propelled her to obtain an associate’s degree in sociology from Southwestern College (Chula Vista), bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC San Diego, master’s in Asian American studies from San Francisco State University, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in education from UCSC. Her work as co-editor of the Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader (2018) draws from women-of-color radical thought to address how intersectional struggles of racism, classism, and cisheteropatriarchy impact us every day.

Nicholas VasalloNicholas Vasallo
D.M.A. Music 2011
Director, Music Industry Studies, AV Technology, and Composition
Diablo Valley College

Bay Area native Dr. Nicholas Vasallo picked up the electric guitar while in high school and formed Antagony, later credited as birthing a popular subgenre of metal music called “deathcore.” A graduate of California State University, East Bay, Vasallo completed his doctoral degree at UC Santa Cruz, where in 2010 he was given the President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship Award, the first arts student to receive that honor. Other honors include the American Prize, International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition, MACRO composition award, and the San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices award. He has helped make Diablo Valley College “California’s finest community college for music” and a top 10 Music Industry School in California. Dr. Vasallo created the music composition programs at Diablo Valley College and Cal Poly Pomona. He has also taught at UC Santa Cruz, CSU East Bay, and Gavilan College. His students have gone on to have successful careers as media composers, concert music composers, and graduate students at prestigious composition programs throughout the U.S. Dr. Vasallo is the recipient of the San Francisco Classical Voice Music Educator Award 2013. His music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers and available on Innova Recordings and Unique Leader.


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