Dr. Cassandra Rincones, dean of the Social Sciences and Humanities Division, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013 as an associate professor of history. Rincones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She holds a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History from the same institution. Rincones earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in May of 2015, specializing in U.S./Southwest Comparative Border studies.
Rincones has been awarded several fellowships and grants, including the Lone Star College Chancellorís Dissertation Research Grant, the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute Fellow from Texas A&M University, and the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History from the Texas State Historical Association.
Rincones has more than 15 years of experience, having taught at South Texas College, Weslaco and Alice independent school districts. She has also presented numerous papers including, "Bridging Cultures in the Community College: LSC-Kingwood NACCS Tejas Foco, and at LSC-North Harris in 2015; and "Tejana Rights: Solidifying Legal Codes in Early Texas" at the Texas State Historical Association meeting in March. Rincones is a member of the Texas State Historical Association.
"I enjoy working with our stellar faculty! Together I feel we make a real difference in our studentsí lives!"," Rincones stated.
"Tejana Land Grants: Gender and the Expansion of Empire," Southern Historian, (Spring 2015), Vol. 36.
"The Introduction of Women into Hidalgo County Politics," Journal of South Texas, (Spring 2009).
Stacy A. Walker, professor of psychology, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2002. Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University and a Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
"I knew before graduating high school that I wanted to become a psychologist. I have a myriad of experience in the field, however, teaching in higher education is my greatest passion," Walker explained. "LSC-Kingwood is a good place to work and a wonderful place to be. I have been supported and encouraged to do so many things, from personal to professional development to research programs to grant writing. It really is a good place to be."
Tony Foster, professor of sociology and psychology, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1989. Foster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Georgia and two graduate degrees. He obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Master of Science degree from the same institution.
"I've had life-changing experiences due to my studies in sociology and psychology and I want to turn students on to these fascinating perspectives in an attempt to help them understand more about their social and behavioral worlds," explained Foster. "It is without doubt that LSC-Kingwood is the best place I have ever worked. The collaboration between faculty, staff and administrators provides students in optimal environment to begin their quest for knowledge and self-discovery."
Raquel Henry, Ph.D., professor of psychology, has taught at LSC-Kingwood for more than 25 years. Henry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston. She also holds a doctorate degree from Texas Woman's University.
Henry has presented a number of papers nationally and internationally. She's presented papers at International Journal of Arts and Sciences Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the International Council for Innovation in Higher Education in Panama City, Panama and Rome, Italy; the International Workshop on Women in the XXI Century in Havana, Cuba; the International Conference on Thinking at the Massachusetts of Technology in Boston, and numerous state and regional conferences.
Henry has also earned numerous awards. In 1995-1996, she was recognized as "Professor of the Year" by Kingwood College. In that same year, Henry was honored with the Award of Commendation by Humble Independent School District. In addition, she also earned a writing award from the North Harris Montgomery Community College District in 1993.
She is also active in a number of student clubs and organizations. Some of these include the Faculty Book Club, Faculty Senate, the LSC writing and study subjects ethics committee, and the Psychology curriculum committee.
"I took Psychology as a junior in high school and I was hooked."
Jared Miller, assistant professor of Psychology, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baylor University. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Miller completed a doctoral degree in Psychology from the same institution.
Miller authored articles in various publications which include: "Choosing landmarks on corners: The role of spatial and perceptual features", "The Effect of Visual Rhythms on the Allocation of Visual and Auditory Attention ", "When what you hear influences when you see: Listening to an auditory rhythm influences the temporal allocation of visual attention," and "Investigating spatial language in a robot fetch task to guide development and implementation of robot algorithms for natural human-robot interaction."
"I am excited about the opportunity to work closely with students to help them achieve their short and long-term goals both in the classroom and beyond. Furthermore, I look forward to using the study of Psychology as a tool to teach high level skills," Miller stated.