Patricia D. Robinson, Ph.D.
Patty has worked at College of the Canyons since 1999 and has served in various roles, including
Sociology Professor, Dean of the Social Sciences and Business Division, and Interim Dean, Center for Civic
She is currently spearheading the College’s new campus-wide emphasis on civic and community
engagement as Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives.
Receiving her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Davis, she pursued her interests in women’s history and medical sociology
and eventually focused on the rise of 19th and 20th Century women’s organizations, especially the American Woman’s Club Movement, and
their role in securing women’s right to vote in the United States. Patty began her teaching career at Sacramento City College in Sacramento,
California, and then moved to Southern California to teach at College of the Canyons. Before transitioning into administration, she engaged
her sociology students in a multitude of projects examining aspects of social aging, including facilitating a community-based oral history
project entitled, Telling Their Stories.
As a dean, she organized and facilitated the Annual Southern California Regional Academic Deans’ Retreat, drawing participants from
community colleges throughout the Los Angeles area. In addition, she transformed COC’s Honors program from a student club to an
academic program. Patty also worked with UCLA and Santa Barbara City College on a three-year collaborative FIPSE grant creating and
implementing a one semester, 12-unit Skills for Healthy Aging Resources and Programs (SHARP) Certificate emphasizing the area of
Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) for older adults. Returning to her “sociological roots,”
Patty remains committed to fostering a civic-mindset throughout the campus and community through her work with Service-Learning and
civic engagement. Her efforts have been greatly assisted with the support of three AAC&U Bringing Theory to Practice grants, as well as by
the recent award of the California Community College Foundation’s Civic Impact Project grant.