Dr. Monica P. Trent - Instructional Dean, AELP, Linguistics & Communication Studies
As the collegewide Instructional Dean of the American English Language Program, Linguistics and Communication Studies Division, Monica Parrish Trent provides oversight to faculty and staff in three academic departments and the Germantown Writing, Reading and Language Center.
Prior to her appointment as an instructional dean in 2014, Ms. Trent served as the Associate De
an of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus from 2012-2014. She began her career at MC as a faculty member in the English Department on the Rockville campus in 2000. She has taught developmental English, composition, African-American literature, American literature, women’s literature, honors, and distance learning courses. During her faculty appointment, Ms. Trent’s leadership positions included Montgomery County Public School (MCPS)/MC English Discipline Liaison, Composition Coordinator, Literature Coordinator, Evaluations Coordinator, and Chair of the English Department. Having served as a faculty member on the Counseling and Advising Cadre, Writing and Reading Center Advisory Committee, English Discipline Steering Committee, and Academic Assembly, Ms. Trent has actively participated in the College’s ongoing mission of relevancy, accountability, and student access, success, and completion.
Prior to joining MC, she was a tenured professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey and has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland College Park and Northern Virginia Community College. Ms. Trent’s professional memberships include the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She currently serves on the board of the Montgomery County Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL).
Ms. Trent is a former editor of Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC), and has served as a faculty editor and reviewer for several composition textbooks and handbooks. She has also served on the CollegeBoard’s New SAT Essay Prompt Placement Norming and Advisory Group.
Ms. Trent earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from George Mason University (VA), where she was awarded a graduate student fellowship from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. She is currently completing coursework towards a doctoral degree in community college leadership and higher education administration at Old Dominion University. Ms. Trent received the 2012 Montgomery College Outstanding Faculty Service Award and the 2013 Award of Excellence from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).