Spring 2013 Visiting Scholars

Kacem Ayachi
Government Visiting Scholar

Kacem Ayachi

Kacem Ayachi

Kacem graduated with a master’s and doctorate degree in political science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also earned a master’s degree in French from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining Richland College as an adjunct instructor in government, Kacem taught political science and government at the University of Texas at Dallas and Collin College. His research focuses on democratization, public support for democracy, and ethnic politics in the United States.

Ro Castillo
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework Visiting Scholar

Romilio Castillo

Romilio Castillo

Ro has been an adjunct faculty member at Richland College for three years, teaching EDUC 1300 Learning Framework courses. Ro earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master’s degree in human relations and business from Amberton University. Prior to joining Richland College, Ro was the director of the Eastfield College Upward Bound program, which provides fundamental support to those preparing to enter college. Ro was also the co-advisor of the Eastfield College African American and Latino Male Initiative.

Heather Jensen
Developmental Writing Visiting Scholar

Heather Jensen

Heather Jensen

Heather began her teaching career at Richland College as an adjunct instructor of Developmental Writing in the fall of 2003. Over the past 10 years, Heather has served as an instructor at multiple institutions, including teaching and course development in various online educational platforms. Heather focused her career on beginning writers, teaching all levels of developmental writing and the two core composition courses. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in sociology, from Texas Woman’s University and a master’s degree in English from Texas Woman’s University with an emphasis on composition theory. Heather was the first writing instructor hired to teach part time at the launch of the grant-funded GED Transitions program at Richland College.

Tony Mba
Computer Science Visiting Scholar

Tony Mba

Tony Mba

Tony began his teaching career at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio as an adjunct professor of computer science in 1999. That same year, he joined Brookhaven College as adjunct instructor of computer science. Since 2011, he has taught computer science and economics as an adjunct instructor at Cedar Valley College. In January 2012, he joined Richland College as economics adjunct instructor. Recently, he worked as a senior software engineer at Argo Data Resources. Tony retired from IBM in 2006 after a 20-year career where he worked as an infrastructure architect and consultant. He received his Master of Business Administration degree in computer information systems from the University of Dallas. He has also completed major course work for the Master of Science degree in economics from DePaul University.

Patrick B. Simpson
History Visiting Scholar

Patrick Simpson

Patrick Simpson

Patrick was recently hired by Richland College as visiting scholar in history. Prior to that, he taught as an adjunct professor at Richland for 15 years. Patrick has taught American and world history as well as western civilization, both on campus and online. He also has taught honor’s American history as part of the Cooperative Learning Communities in the Richland Collegiate High School as well as American history as part of Richland’s dual credit program. Patrick also serves as senior adjunct faculty for LeTourneau University. Recently, he was honored with the Richland College Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012-2013. Patrick received an associate degree from Eastfield College, bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Dallas, and master’s degree in history from the University of North Texas. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Cornerstone University.