Rodney W. Redmond - Acting Instructional Dean, Humanities
Dr. Rodney Redmond began his career in education nearly twenty years ago. Initially, he began working in secondary education as a sophomore level English teacher. Later, he transitioned into a career in higher education. Within the higher education arena, he worked as an adjunct professor, teaching English Composition and Developmental English, at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio before joining the English faculty at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. During his tenure as an English faculty member, he served in various roles including his work as a member of the Assessment Center Advisory Committee, the English Discipline Steering Committee, the English CLEP Coordinator, the English Competency Coordinator and Chair of the Department of English Composition, Literature and Professional Writing.
Dr. Redmond also served the college as the representative to the local NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program. Additionally, he is a member of the National Council of Black American Affairs, Rocky D’s Angel Connection Advisory Board, the Bernie Tetreault Scholarship Awards Committee, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc., and served as a panelist with the Maryland Arts and Humanities Commission.
Dr. Redmond is well-versed in many of the issues that face higher education: developmental education, student access and retention, student classroom behavior, student records and confidentiality and institutional governance. He works continuously to recruit, train and mentor diverse faculty perspectives in the classroom which enhance student success and retention. As the Associate Dean for the Humanities Area at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College, he collaborates with faculty and staff in the Humanities to increase student success and retention, professional development opportunities and approaches to increase diversity. Dr. Redmond also works with students in Humanities courses to resolve issues centered on access and student success strategies. He has become a mentor to many of the students as they matriculate through higher education, especially at Montgomery College, Rockville.
Dr. Redmond earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. After matriculation at Rust College, he received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He completed his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration, focusing on Community College Leadership, from Morgan State University located in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Humanities Area at Rockville offers a diverse range of disciplines that develop analytical, reasoning, and writing skills by exploring the human experience – our ideas, values, and traditions. Departments include English Composition, Literature, Professional Writing, American English Language Program, Reading, English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages, American Sign Language, and Philosophy. Cognizant of the diverse needs and interests of MC students, Area programs and services are flexible, innovative, and focused on providing an enabling environment for student growth, inquiry, and success. Faculty are involved in a variety of professional activities to remain current in their fields, providing stimulating and challenging courses that prepare students for further studies and employment opportunities.
Both traditional classroom-based courses and various distance learning course formats provide students ever-increasing access to Humanities courses. In addition to expository writing, ethics, semantics, news writing, international film, and poetry, new courses are added annually, including Asian Thought, Chinese Language and Literature, and Women and Literature. To broaden their global understanding and appreciation, students may study Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Latin. The Honors Program, Montgomery Scholars, International Studies, and Women’s Studies are college-wide programs located within the area that further enhance student learning and development.
The Area provides numerous opportunities for student involvement, including The Red Jacket, a student-run arts and literary journal produced by the Professional Writing faculty; Poetry Slam!, an increasingly popular celebration of student and faculty creativity; and Will Power!, MC’s annual Shakespeare Festival. Mentored by area faculty, honors students participate in a variety of local, regional, and national competitions. MC students have won prestigious scholarships and awards, including top honors and distinctions at the prestigious Beacon Conference, an annual event for scholars at two-year colleges. The Writing and Reading Center provides tutoring and technology-enhanced language laboratory services to a growing number of students.