Mariano has observed and been a part of PUC’s faculty governance system for a dozen years, and it has offered him many insights into the inner workings of such an active organization. Over time Mariano has become adept at crafting curriculum, designing academic spaces, and building work culture, all of which will serve him well in his new position of leadership.
Another significant part of Mariano’s new job will be implementing, reviewing, and revising the strategic plan, alongside his administrative colleagues. Currently a part of PUC’s cultural engagement taskforce, he has spent many hours listening to and reviewing feedback from his colleagues across campus, working with the taskforce and administration to move toward changes that will enhance and improve the campus culture.
Mariano says, “I look forward to being a part of strengthening the PUC learning community by growing authentic connections between students, staff, faculty, and the greater community.”
Mariano and his wife, Julie Z. Lee, have two boys.
Maria Rankin-Brown Named New Associate Academic Dean
Maria Rankin-Brown, who has served for the last four years as chair of the department of English at Pacific Union College, will find herself in a new role this summer, serving as associate academic dean for the college.
An English professor for more than 20 years, Rankin-Brown has taught at PUC since 2006. During this time, she has served as composition program coordinator, publication workshop presenter and then co-director, and department chair. Prior to her time at PUC, Rankin-Brown taught English as a second language for multiple organizations, developing curriculum and managing tutors and instructors. In addition, she has taught public speaking, composition, and communication courses.
“I’ve been a student at PUC, a faculty member, a chair, and a co-director of a summer program, giving me insight into multiple arenas on campus,” Rankin-Brown says.