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Kathy Molloy


Annual Faculty Lecturer 2012-2013

Kathleen (Kathy) Zarwell Molloy was born and raised in Los Angeles. A history major at the University of Southern California, she picked up a degree in English as well. During college, she met her husband, Paul, and married two years later. After spending a year camping through Europe and North Africa, they moved to Santa Barbara, where they both enrolled in graduate school at UCSB. After receiving secondary credentials, she and Paul taught high school at Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara for several years until the birth of their first son. Later they shared a teaching position in the ESL Program at SBCC’s Continuing Education Division. After the birth of their second son, they decided it was time to return to school, and two years later they received their master’s degrees and applied for teaching positions at Santa Barbara City College. A year later, Kathy was hired full time in a position split between the English Department and the English Skills Department, and not too long after, Paul was hired full-time in the ESL Department.


Kathy served as department chair for English Skills and Director of Composition for the English Division. At the same time, she became the English Division representative on the Academic Senate, serving for 16 years as a senator, member of the Steering Committee and eventually as the Senate President. During her tenure as Academic Senate President, she led the Senate’s Student Success Initiative. The result of the Senate’s work was the Partnership for Student Success, SBCC’s award winning collaboration of tutoring programs. She continues to serve as chair of the Partnership’s Steering Committee. In 2010, when SBCC received its first Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions grant, she was asked to become the Project Director. Since then, she has worked with faculty from English, English Skills, Math and Counseling to plan and implement the Express to Success Program (ESP). Begun in Fall 2011, ESP offers accelerated learning communities for students in developmental math and English and recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Best Practices in Student Equity.

In 2009, when the Statewide Academic Senate appointed Kathy as the Faculty Professional Development Coordinator for the Basic Skills Initiative, she led a team of community college faculty, including SBCC’s Dr. Jerry Pike, in planning and staging eight regional workshops that showcased some of the effective programs and practices in California community colleges. She has continued to work on the state’s Basic Skills Initiative, currently serving on the Chancellor’s Basic Skills Advisory Committee and recently leading the Senate’s efforts to create a Basic Skills Initiative E-Resource, 


a review of projects and successful programs that will be released Spring 2013.

During her career at SBCC, Kathy has been recognized for her teaching and support of our EOPS and DSPS students, and she has received the Faculty Excellence Award from her colleagues. In 2011, she was selected as recipient of the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award by the Statewide Academic Senate and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Whenever the opportunity presents itself, Kathy loves to travel. She and her sons, Kevin and Matt, have traveled in over 60 countries, and when she isn’t travelling, she is planning her next trip.


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