|Interim Dean of Instructional Support and Distance Education
Dr. Maria Boccalandro
Dr. Maria Boccalandro
Interim Dean of Instructional Support and Distance Education
Dr. Maria V. Boccalandro, Interim Dean of Instructional Support and Distance Education, has more than twenty five years of teaching experience in colleges and universities. For the last twenty years she has been an international consultant specializing in designing and implementing systems to build organizational capacity and professional excellence.
As a consultant she has helped dozens of organizations develop programs and systems to support staff excellence and performance, including grant making institutions from locations as varied as Washington, DC, Mississippi, Texas and Latin America. She has lead dozens of instructional design teams to develop training manuals and curricula on topics from personal leadership to engineering and through methods as diverse as e-learning, roundtable discussions and focus groups.
In Cedar Cedar Valley College (CVC) Dr. Boccalandro is also leading the planning and administration of awareness activities and communities outreach in sustainability. In her sustainability role, she has led CVC on its journey to carbon neutrality, integrating sustainability into all of its operational practices and curricula, as well as providing leadership for projects of the CVC's Sustainable Communities Institute. She is part of the Liaison Implementation Team of the American Colleges and Universities President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership CVC was one of the finalist in the Climate Leadership Award of the ACUPCC and the US Green Building Council in 2015. Previously, Dr. Boccalandro was the Sustainability Coordinator at Mountain View College.
Dr. Boccalandro represents CVC on the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Distance Education and Learning Technologies Council (DELT) and the DCCCD Sustainability Team, the steering group and think tank of sustainability initiatives for the seven colleges of the district.
An experienced international entrepreneur, working with clients of multiple "for profit" and "nonprofit" organizations, as well as governmental agencies in the US and Latin America. Dr. Boccalandro has developed original proprietary intervention methodologies to support her clients with a systemic and comprehensive approach to make their organization sustainable, complying with the triple bottom line (economic, environment and social responsibility). Twenty years ago she founded an international network of consulting firms in Latin America, in 2008 she co-founded the US branch of this company and has served, in both of them, as a Director, CEO and CFO.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning with a Master of Science in Transportation and Urban Systems and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Simon Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela. She was awarded the John E. Roueche Award to attend the Future Leaders Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges and was chosen to participate in the President's Leadership Institute and Succession Planning Program for a Dean position at Cedar Valley College. She is a certified Professional Coach and is passionate about leading organizational change and supporting her colleagues with personal coaching, evoking enthusiasm, excellence and success in others.