Terence Elliott is a community college administrator who is an advocate of enhancing student learning through community partnerships. He is currently working as the division dean of the Natural, Social, and Applied Sciences (NSAS), formerly, senior dean of instruction at Los Medanos College (10/1/10-7/1/11); and a tenured faculty member, academic senate president and chair of the African American Studies Department at Contra Costa College, located in San Pablo, California. During Professor Elliott’s twenty- seven year teaching career, he taught high school for ten years, at the Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, Holy Names and Vista College and has spent the last fourteen years at Contra Costa College.
Elliott completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University spring 2010. He earned his Master’s degree in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor degrees in Music and Black Studies at San Francisco State University in the early 1980’s. Dr. Elliott’s primary administrative focus is to develop a closer partnership with the college and community. He is devoted to promoting community service learning within the college departments in the NSAS division, particularly the African American Studies, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Sociology disciplines.
These collaborations with the college, community agencies and industry will help students develop more practical and real life experiences and practical learning. Faculty partnering with community based organizations to develop class projects will be a valuable experience for students and improve the teaching and learning process as well as provide a service to the community. Terence devotes most of his spare time to the community either working with youth developing their performing arts skills or performing with his band Nymani Music. Terence Elliott is dedicated to uplifting and liberating people by instilling the importance of education through community involvement and service.