Scholarly Presentation

What is this event? This event has been running for over 20 years. Each year a faculty is selected to present their original research to the COC campus and neighboring community. We want this event to showcase the amazing careers, experience and interests of our talented faculty and provide a way for students, staff, faculty and the community to engage in dialogue about these fascinating research topics. While this is usually a large-scale production in the PAC, for 2021 we will be holding smaller virtual events. FLEX credit available. 

Events for 2021  We will have two Zoom events: one in March and one in April. Previous presenters, Kevin Anthony (HRMGT), Michael McCaffery (Art), and Dr Miriam Golbert (Biology), will give updates on their research and answer questions from the audience. Please see their bios, summaries of presentations and YouTube links to their presentations below. You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link for the event(s).  


Dr Sarah Etheridge, Chair: Dr Etheridge teaches in Anthropology and gave her Scholarly Presenation on primate conservation in 2013. She became Chair in 2018. Her research interests are primates, genetics, epidemiology and Egyptology.

Kevin Anthony (2018 presenter) - Pompeii

Michael McCaffery (2018 presenter) - Pompeii

Miriam Golbert (2015 presenter) - Galapagos

  • Kevin Anthony teaches hospitality and tourism classes and is the current Department Chair for the Hotel/Restaurant program.

    As a student at the University of Loyola Chicago, Rome Center of Liberal Arts, he spent a year visiting the major museums and tourism venues in Italy. During that year, he visited Pompeii on three occasions.

    As a faculty member, he has led four study abroad trips to Rome, Italy and has been able to take students on field trips to Pompeii, the most fascinating archeological site in the world. He has witnessed the evolution of Pompeii from the neglect of his student years into a proactive rehabilitation of this UNESCO site.

    Kevin says: At first, I was fascinated by the excavations of this ancient city, but my interests have expanded to learn about the people and their daily lives. Who were the citizens of Pompeii? What were their daily lives like? Each return visit has given me new insights into this complex society and the Roman Empire.

    His students have found a visit to Pompeii to be over-powering experience that deepens their understanding of history as it grows their fascination of the ancient world.

    He is a former recipient of the Scholarly Presentation Award with his documentary, “Bodie, The Last Ghost Town.”

    Michael McCaffrey: Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Professor Michael McCaffrey has been teaching Art & Art History at College of the Canyons since 2004. He received a BA (Honours) from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Illinois after emigrating to the USA in 1991. His artwork is represented in public and private collections throughout the USA and Europe, such as the June & Francis Spiezer Collection at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Ill., and Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

    He has led 3 study trips to Italy where students explored the ancient Roman ruins at Pompeii. His own interest in Pompeii is focused on the numerous Roman wall paintings there, reflecting his life-long interest in art and illusion, its origins in the ancient world and how it dominates contemporary culture too.

  • Dr. Golbert started her education in Argentina obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. After moving to the United States she obtained a Master of Science in Biology with emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology from California State University Northridge and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

    Dr. Golbert first came to College of the Canyons as an adjunct faculty in 1996. Before becoming the department chair, she was the Lead Faculty of the major’s course in Cell and Molecular Biology. Currently, she is also the COC Honors Program faculty coordinator. She loves being in the classroom teaching Cellular and Molecular Biology (Honors) and Human Physiology, her favorite combination.

    She was the Academic Senate representative for the Mathematics and Science Division for five years, and a faculty sponsor for the MESA program on campus. She is currently the Honors Program faculty coordinator and co-chair of the Honors program Advisory Committee. Dr. Golbert is also member of the PAC-B committee, and the Education Travel committees. Dr. Golbert is also involved in curriculum development for the Biological & Environmental Sciences department creating many courses such as Introduction to Human Anatomy, Introduction to Human Physiology, Concepts of Evolution, and the Human Prosection course (cadaver dissection). She is also the co-author of the Cellular and Molecular Laboratory Manual. Dr. Golbert developed the first study-abroad program for the Biological & Environmental Sciences department and has traveled with students to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, and four times to the Galapagos Islands. Dr. Golbert is actively involved in many activities on campus creating Student Development workshops such as “Test-Taking Strategies” and participated in “First Year Experience” orientations.

    Ten years ago, she added one more exciting role as the faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa (The two year-colleges International Honor Society) Alpha Nu Xi chapter on campus, securing several awards for the chapter at Annual International Conferences. Miriam is an avid tennis player. She lives in Santa Clarita with her husband Oscar, is the mother of 37-year old twins and grandma to 6-year old Luciana and 18 months old Gia Capri.

    Being at College of the Canyons makes it possible to dream on bringing new and exciting courses, programs, and ideas from which students, her first priority, can benefit and achieve their fullest academic potential







Click here to watch: Pompeii Revisited March 11th Scholarly Presentation 

Click here to watch: Galapagos Revisited April 15th Scholarly Presentation