Interim Associate Vice President, Instruction
As interim associate vice president, Lydia Hearn oversees the Academic Services and Learning Resources Division, the Library, Online Education, Professional Development, the dean of Equity and Engagement and other related activities.
Hearn, who came to De Anza as an English instructor in 2000, has held several leadership positions at the college. She served once before as the interim associate vice president of Instruction, from 2008-2010. She has also been interim dean of the Language Arts Division, from 2007-2008, and was president of the Academic Senate from 2005-2007.
Hearn has played a key role in collegewide initiatives focused on equity and supporting students – most recently as co-coordinator of De Anza's Guided Pathways program. She created the DARE (Development and Readiness Education) Task Force in 2009, serving as co-chair through 2010. From 2017-2019, she coordinated the campaign to expand use of Open Educational Resources as low- and no-cost alternatives to textbooks and class materials.
During her time at De Anza, Hearn has also been deeply involved in several Learning Communities. She was an instructor and co-coordinator for the Puente Project from 2013-2021. She also co-founded and served as an instructor for REACH (Reading, English, Athletics, Counseling and Humanities), and taught for Sankofa Scholars – a forerunner to the Umoja program. She also taught in Summer Bridge and coordinated the Honors program.
Hearn served as the English Department and Language Arts Division scheduler from 2011-2021, playing an important role in the shift to new classes resulting from changes mandated by AB 705. She was the Title III/Basic Skills Initiative grants administrator and director in 2008-2010, and the budget coordinator for the grants in 2010-2012. She served as the instructional liaison on the first AANAPISI grant awarded to the college in 2008, and served on the work team for a new AANAPISI application in 2021. She was also the instructional liaison for the major conversion to the Banner system in 2009, and the co-project manager for the curriculum management system conversion in 2018-2019.
The Academic Services and Learning Resources Division includes the following departments and programs
- Articulation and Transfer Services
- Catalog and Curriculum Office
- Online Education
- Professional Development
- Scheduling Office
- Tenure Review
- Video Systems Engineer and Support
Additional programs include the Affordable Textbooks and Materials initiative.