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Bozonelos

DINO BOZONELOS, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science

  • Phone: (760) 245-4271 xt. 2791
  • Email: Dino.Bozonelos@vvc.edu
  • CV
  • EDUCATION:
    • Ph.D., Political Science - University of California at Riverside
    • M.A., Political Science - University of California at Riverside
    • M.A., National Security Studies - California State University, San Bernardino
    • Graduate Certificate, Intelligence Methodology - California State University, San Bernardino
    • B.S., International Business, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Dr. Bozonelos currently teaches the following courses:
    • GLST 101: Introduction to Global Studies
    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics
    • POLS 206: Introduction to Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management

BIO:

My name is Dino Bozonelos, and I am a Professor of Political Science here at VVC.  I started my academic journey at Riverside City College, then transitioned to California State University, San Bernardino, where I majored in International Business & Finance.  Then I completed my Masters of Arts in National Security Studies, along with a stint in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Specialist.  Finally, I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.  My dissertation looked at the political incorporation of religious minorities in democracies.

Currently, I research and publish on global issues.  These include geopolitics, migration, religious tourism and pilgrimage, religion and politics, and comparative political economy.  He has published in several journals, including Politics & Religion and the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, and in several edited volumes.  He is also the recent coauthor of an open-source textbook, Introduction to Political Science Research Methods, and has been recently awarded a grant to be the lead author for a second open-source textbook, Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics.

Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

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DAVID DUPREE
Professor and Chair of Political Science/Paralegal Studies
Facilitator-- VVC Off-Campus Site at Hesperia High School

  • Phone: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2229
  • E-mail: David.Dupree@vvc.edu
  • Education:

    • M.A., Political Science - University of Kansas
    • B.S., History and Government - Sterling College
  • Professor Dupree currently teaches the following courses:
    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics
    • POLS 103: State and Local Government

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LYNNE GLICKSTEIN
Instructor and Facilitator of Paralegal Program
Program Director: Pathway to Law School

  • Phone: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2491
  • E-mail: Lynne.Glickstein@vvc.edu
  • Education:

    • CA State Bar Examination: February 1986
    • J.D., Western College of Law
    • B.S., Education, Secondary - Indiana University
  • Professor Glickstein currently teaches the following courses:
    • PAL 100: Introduction to Law & Paralegal Study
    • PAL 202: Family Law
    • PAL 206: California Employment and Labor Law

BIO:

I have taught at VVC since 2006, full time since 2017. I currently teach a variety of Paralegal Certificate Program classes, including Introduction to Law and Paralegal Studies, Law Office Management, Conflict Resolution, Employment Law, and Family Law. I am currently the program director, revising curriculum, authoring new curriculum, and program revision.  I assist students in the paralegal program and the Pathway to Law School with pre-law Education Plans, working with Counseling, and assisting in student internship and employment through my industry colleagues.

My decades long law practice included Family Law, Business Litigation, Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Conflict Resolution, and other Civil areas of law. For over ten years, I  served the San Bernardino County Courts as a Judge Pro Tem,  ruling and issuing Court Orders on a variety of litigated matters including Family Law, Child Support, Small Claims, Traffic, Civil Harassment, Domestic Violence, Guardianship, and Unlawful Detainer calendars for Victorville, Barstow, San Bernardino, and Rancho Cucamonga.
My last assignment was as a Mediation Officer resolving civil litigation before trial as well as a private mediator in those same areas.

I am a past president of the High Desert Bar Association and have served the board for over 15 years. I had regularly presented continuing education to fellow attorneys on a variety of topics. Currently, I devote full time efforts to VVC and have retired my private practice.

Adjunct Faculty

DENNIS BELMUDES

  • E-mail: Dennis.Belmudes@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • J.D.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Belmudes currently teaches the following courses:

    • PAL 102: Beginning Legal Research for Paralegals

    • PAL 103: Beginning Legal Writing

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DINO BUENVIAJE

  • E-mail: Dino.Buenviaje@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • M.A.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Buenviaje currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

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DAVID FOY

  • E-mail: David.Foy@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • J.D.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Foy currently teaches the following courses:

    • PAL 201: Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals

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AUDREE GARAZA

  • E-mail: Audree.Garaza@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • J.D.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Garaza currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

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KEVORK KAZANJIAN
Faciliator of Model United Nations Program

  • Phone: (760) 245-4271, ext.

  • E-mail: Kevork.Kazanjian@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • M.A.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Kazanjian currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 110: Contemporary World Affairs

    • POLS 113: Politics of Middle East and North Africa

    • POLS 114: Political Philosophy

    • POLS 211: Global Issues

    • POLS 221: Model United Nations

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JUSTIN KILBORN

  • E-mail: Justin.Kilborn@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • J.D.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Kilborn currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

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STEVEN MARIN

  • E-mail: Steven.Marin@vvc.edu

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  • Education:

    • M.A., National Security Studies - California State University, San Bernardino

    • B.A., History - California State University, San Bernardino

    • B.A., Political Science - California State University, San Bernardino

  • Professor Marin currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

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FARROKH MOSHIRI

  • E-mail: Farrokh.Moshiri@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • ABD, Northwestern University

    • MBA, University of California at Riverside

    • M.A., Political Science - University of Kansas

    • B.A., Political Science - University of Kansas

  • Professor Moshiri currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

BIO:

I have been teaching at VVC since 2012, although my main job is at Cal State Fullerton. Since I teach in both social sciences and business, my interests are wide ranging.History-particularly ancient and medieval history, current affairs, Middle East , and diversity research top my academic interest lists. My published research include four books and a number of peer reviewed articles in national journals (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NPmf8IgAAAAJ&hl=en)

My sports interests include college and pro football and basketball. My favorite college team is my Alma Mater, The university of Kansas, and my favorite pro team is the world champion, Kansas City Chiefs.

I have traveled in Europe, Middle East, and North America.

 

CHRIS PIERCY
Facilitator, Bridge Program

  • E-mail: Chris.Piercy@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • M.A.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Piercy currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 101: Introduction to Political Science

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

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MICHAEL RABI

  • E-mail: Michael.Rabi@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • DPA, University of La Verne (In Progress)

    • MPA, California State University, Northridge

    • B.A., Political Science - California State University, Fullerton

  • Professor Rabi currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

BIO:

My name is Michael Rabi and I started teaching at Victor Valley College in 2019. I graduated in 2001 from Cal State Fullerton with a major in Political Science. I worked for the County of Los Angeles for 16 Years. In 2017 I completed my Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge and decided to go into teaching. I am currently working on a Doctorate of Public Administration at the University of La Verne. I enjoy going to Lakers, Dodgers, and Charger games.

EMANUEL ROSE

  • E-mail: Emanuel.Rose@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • J.D.,

    • B.S.,

  • Professor Rose currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

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JULIA WENDT, Ph.D.
Chair of Department of Cooperative Education

  • Phone: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2288

  • E-mail: Julia.Wendt@vvc.edu

  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Political Science - Claremont Graduate University

    • M.A., International Studies (Quantitative Focus) - Claremont Graduate University

    • M.A., International Relations (Qualitative Focus) - University of San Diego

    • B.A., Political Science - Carroll College

    • B.A., International Relations - Caroll College

    • Minor, Theology - Carroll College

  • Dr. Wendt currently teaches the following courses:

    • POLS 102: Introduction to American Government/Politics

BIO:

My name is Julia Wendt, and I am a part-time faculty member for Political Science at VVC. (I also am the Department Chair and Full-time faculty for a program called Cooperative Education, where students can earn college credit for working in internships, externships or their places of employment. For more information, visit our VVC webpage: http://www.vvc.edu/offices/coopedu/). Political Science and International Relations have been my interests since I was a little girl. I still remember watching a movie called The Day After, a made-for-television movie which aired to over 100 million people in the U.S. in November of 1983. The movie depicted what nuclear war, and the aftermath, could look like. Following this movie, I became heavily interested in all issues and history relating to war, weapon proliferation, and foreign policy.

I earned my Doctorate in Political Science and a Master’s of International Studies from Claremont Graduate University, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Theology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. My dissertation centered on calculating the pro- and counter-cyclical effects of international investments in human capital alongside social and economic factors.