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Phil Gussin started teaching at College of the Canyons as an adjunct in fall 2007 the same year he earned his doctorate in Political Science from UCLA. In January 2012, Phil became a full-time faculty member of the Political Science department. In 2012, he was also the recipient of the My Last Lecture award, given to the most inspirational professor at UCLA, as voted on by the students. In November of 2014, as part of College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation series, Phil examined individual perceptions of bias in the media. In November of 2016, he co-authored an article in the Washington Post with Dr. Matthew Baum (Harvard).

Phil is the Faculty Advisor for the Model United Nations team which, in fall 2016, was ranked among the top 50 Model United Nations programs in the country the only community college to achieve that distinction. After serving as co-chair of the Professional Development committee, Phil became co-chair of COC Global, a Task Force dedicated to helping students become better global citizens. He regularly uses the promise of FREE PIZZA to entice students, faculty and staff to events sponsored by COC Global and ISP. He also participated in the Mentor/Mentee program in 2015 and is a graduate of the Associate Program. Phil is honored to be a faculty member at COC, inspired by his students, and truly appreciates his colleagues.

Away from campus, Phil has been married to Nancy for 28 years. They have four amazing children (Jessie, Katherine, Miles, and Lindsay) and one perfect granddaughter (Charlotte).

Faculty Information
Pico Canyon Hall #222

Phil Gussin

Office Hours

Monday: ​None
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday: None
Thursday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Friday: None
or by appointment

Workshop Material

“Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education” by Kathleen Gabriel

“Applying the Science of Learning to the University and Beyond: Teaching for Long-term Retention and Transfer” by Diane Halpern and Milton Hakel

Motivation, Goal Setting and Success​​