March 9, 2007
DOCTORAL HONORS FOR
CLARK’S VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTRUCTION
Rassoul Dastmozd has successfully defended his thesis dissertation
before the doctoral committee of Colorado State University
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark College Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd has taken the next step in his own education -- successfully defending his thesis dissertation before the doctoral committee of Colorado State University. As a PhD candidate, Dastmozd majored in Education and Human Resources. He will formally graduate on May 11, 2007.
A native of Iran, Dastmozd attended Redlands Community College (El Reno Community College) in Oklahoma. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree from Southwest State University in Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration at Drake University in Iowa.
Dastmozd’s dissertation topic was concerned about “the essence of African American students’ experiences an urban community college, a phenomenology study.” Dastmozd said, “Since my arrival in the United States as I assumed my career in different community college settings, I became interested in the plight of minority students and, specifically, the experiences of African- American students. My grandmother was my source of inspiration for the topic of my study as well. As a woman of African origin, she taught me, when I was five or six years old, that persons of different complexion could be smart, wise, warm, caring, unselfish, kind, and generous.”
Before joining Clark College, Dastmozd was dean of the Applied Technology Division in the Eastern Iowa Community College District. In that role, he was responsible for all credit vocational/technical programs and select noncredit technical programs. Since 2005, Dastmozd has also been serving as a mentor for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) MentorLink program, working cooperatively with AACC to provide leadership, technical assistance, and “best practices” advice to other colleges. He has extensive experience in curriculum development, grant implementation, student retention, alternative instructional modalities, and educational planning/oversight. In 2005, Dastmozd was the recipient of International Exemplary Leaders award.
Dastmozd also brings experience from the private manufacturing sector as well as providing industrial training to Cargill, John Deere Works, and Roquette.
Dastmozd is passionate about the role that community colleges have in the lives of students and in their communities. Community colleges are the most dynamic vehicle of economic development and opportunities for access for their constituencies. “I believe community colleges are the most dynamic, affordable, and accessible vehicles in responding to the needs of a changing population,” Dastmozd said. “This reflects my personal belief about the community college philosophy; that is, a community college's mission is based on responsiveness, equitable quality programming initiatives, and access. As a comprehensive community college, Clark’s mission is also based on responsiveness, equitable quality programming initiatives, and access. In addition, Clark College is committed to creating opportunities and positive experiences for our students so they can fulfill their dreams.”
Clark College interim President Robert K. Knight congratulated Dastmozd on earning his doctorate. “This is a great accomplishment for Rassoul,” said Knight. “We are proud and happy for him.”
Knight added, “Rassoul is passionately committed to student success and lifelong learning. He has demonstrated it throughout his own life and he proves it every day at Clark College. He is a role model for his colleagues and for our students. We’re proud that he is a member of the Clark College community.”