Beach Connection Magazine : Fall 2017 Spring 2017 - Page 8

• Faculty Highlight Dr. Don Haviland Advocate, Guide, Inspire CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Department Director, Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness EDUCATION: 1999, Ph.D., Syracuse University—Sociology of Education 1993, M.S., Syracuse University—Instructional Design 1990, B.A., St. Lawrence University—Government Yet finding his niche took a while, Dr. Haviland said. After 10 years in various roles in administration, though, he found his place as a College of Education professor at CSULB in 2007. Teaching, he said, provides “the chance to mentor students and make a concrete difference.” In addition to helping produce the next generation of education professionals, Dr. Haviland finds solutions for best university practices as founding director of the Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness. Here, he gets to hone in on his research, which includes assisting college campuses in better serving their students and identifying ways to promote the success of faculty members. 8 BE ACH CONNEC TION When discussing his legacy, Dr. Haviland expressed, “I will be happy if most of the students I work with leave CSULB ready to achieve.” Many Outstanding Graduates list him as their Most Valuable Professor. Dominica Scibetta `16 wrote: “Dr. Haviland personifies the role of a mentor and demon- strates what it means to advocate, guide, and inspire students. I am honored, humbled, and grateful to be one of them.” This education professor, researcher and advocate, whose proudest moments are seeing “a student’s expression when new information clicks,” spends his free time enjoying live music, jazz and classic rock. Dr. Haviland currently is teaching himself how to play the guitar, “but that might be why it’s not working,” he laughed. As a piece of advice for today’s students, he offered, “The problems we have today are interdisciplinary and complex. Learn to work together and collaborate.” It is thanks to professors like Dr. Haviland that students from The Beach will be prepared to address and solve these problems. CSULB PROFESSOR DR. DON HAVILAND met future wife Amy Holzgang at Syracuse University while they were both attending the New York school. Eager to return to the sunny skies of Southern California, Amy convinced him to move to the West Coast, where he began his dynamic career in higher education.