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 Engagement.
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.