Dr. Cassandra Rincones, dean of the Social Sciences, Humanities, Cosmetology and Kinesiology 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 Chancellor’s 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 students’ 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).
Jennifer Chiotti, associate professor of criminal justice, is the lead faculty for the criminal justice program and joined Lone Star College-Kingwood in 2013. Prior to her present position, Dr. Chiotti was an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Chiotti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a Master of Arts and doctorate in criminal justice from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Dr. Chiotti has a diverse background in student services including working within the Offices of Student Conduct, Greek Life, and Financial Aid. After teaching her first course as a graduate student, Dr. Chiotti changed careers paths and gave up her employment with the U.S. Secret Service to pursue education and instruction full time. In addition to her passion for teaching, Dr. Chiotti actively researches and presents on topics including sex crimes and criminals, violence against women, human trafficking, and corrections.
Dr. Chiotti is originally from Portland, Oregon (where her parents currently reside) and has a younger brother that is a fireman/paramedic in San Diego, California.