Awards and Achievements

Awards and Achievements

President Brian Murphy  named three De Anza faculty members as winners of the 2015 League for Innovation John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards for their outstanding contributions in teaching and leadership. Winners are Randy Bryant, Jackie Reza and Bob Stockwell. Bryant and Reza attended the League conference in Boston.

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The Auto Tech garage in Building E has the look and feel of a professional repair shop. Students in blue coveralls, names stitched on the front, peer under the hoods of cars and read diagnostic information from computers. Students are required to always be on time, and treat the space with the respect they would show their own business.

Randy Bryant, head of the Automotive Technology Department, is proud of his students’ professionalism. The high expectations of the classroom prepare them for full-time work.

“I love working with our students at De Anza College,” said Bryant. “I’m inspired by our students and their desire to learn and get ahead in life.”

Bryant served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for more than 30 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He earned his associate’s degree in Aircraft Systems Maintenance Technology at the Community College of the Air Force. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and a master’s in education from Eastern New Mexico University. Bryant has worked as an automotive technician for 30 years and been at De Anza for 15. He said he is honored to receive the Excellence Award. 

“I am inspired and grateful to work in an environment that places such a high value on equity, social justice and civic engagement,” he added.

Bryant currently teaches the chassis and air conditioning classes. He is the vice president of the college Academic Senate. He also serves as vice president and director of workforce development for Green Transportation Workforce Development, and is a board member for the Silicon Valley Clean Cities Organization. He owns Bryant Auto Electric in Santa Clara.

“My personal message to students is, ‘You are good enough, you are smart enough, you can do it and I will help you,” Bryant said. 

In his free time, Bryant enjoys mountain biking, golfing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He credits his wife, Selina, for his success and accomplishments. 

jackie reza“Work together, work together! Help your colleagues,” Jackie Reza urged the faculty members in her fall workshop, “Teaching and Learning Seminar: Enhancing Learning Via Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom.”

Whether teaching students or faculty, Reza encourages collaboration. In her 30 years at De Anza, she has counseled countless students, facilitated scores of workshops and taught courses in Women’s Studies and Human Development. She is the faculty director of the Office of Professional and Organizational Development and a member of Academic Senate, DARE and the Equity Action Committee (EAC).

“Meeting students where they are makes the magic of learning happen,” Reza said. “Receiving this award is recognition of my philosophy of education, and encourages me to continue making the magic happen.”

A San Francisco native, Reza earned a B.S. in zoology at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria before completing a B.A. in La Raza studies at San Francisco State. She also earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and established a small private practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After 10 years as a counselor, Reza earned her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco.

“As a lifelong learner of teaching, two questions have informed my practice over time,” said Reza. “How do I [help faculty] go from good to great, and how do I teach from a socially just, equitable and inclusive perspective, regardless of content?”

Reza teaches part-time in the program where she received her doctorate. She has served on many boards throughout the Bay Area and the state, all committed to social justice and equity. She has published several articles on Latina leadership in higher education and received multiple awards for her work. She also wrote a book, “Anti-Biased Curriculum for the Heart,” for the Roma Project in Hungary and Bulgaria. The book has been translated into 22 Eastern European languages.

Reza spends her free time with her children, and also enjoys gardening and reading. 

Bob StockwellBob Stockwell has been teaching political science at De Anza for 11 years and continues to be impressed by the passion and dedication of his students. 

“I can say without hyperbole, that our students are simply the best,” Stockwell said. “They are a delight to work with – smart, creative, and committed. They inspire me every day to be the best teacher and mentor I can be.”

Stockwell holds political science degrees from UC San Diego, The New School for Social Research and UC Irvine. This quarter, he’s teaching American Government and Politics. He is also the Faculty Association PAC internship supervisor and executive council representative. Stockwell has participated in many committees on campus, including the Instructional Planning and Budget Team (IPBT), College Planning Committee (CPC) and Professional Relations Committee. He was chair of the Political Science Department from 2011-2013.

“I feel privileged to work with excellent colleagues -- faculty, staff and administrators -- committed to advancing the interests of students and their communities,” Stockwell added.

This year, Stockwell and fellow political science instructor Jim Nguyen are teaching the Public Policy School for the first time. A program of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE), students learn in the Public Policy School to craft messaging and lobby effectively for change. The group attends workshops and receives training, then goes to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to lobby elected officials.

“[We’re] teaching the Public Policy School this year with the goals of furthering student understanding of the policy-making process and promoting student political advocacy skills,” said Stockwell. “Our Public Policy School students are committed to advancing the campaign for affordable, accessible, high-quality higher education in California and the nation.”

In his free time, Stockwell enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, surfing, golfing and hiking.

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Last Updated: 12/14/15