Honors Faculty

yolanda coleman

Yolanda Coleman - Honors Transfer Project Coordinator Faculty, Counseling 
: 408-855-5045
email: yolanda.coleman@wvm.edu

Yolanda has been providing academic and personal counseling to the general student population at Mission College since 1999. She serves as the campus Articulation Officer working closely with 4-year colleges and universities to assist in a smooth transfer process for students. She also serves on the campus Curriculum Review Committee, the Program Review Committee, and as an advisor for Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society. Furthermore, Yolanda teaches COUNS 000A, New Student Orientation and COUNS 007, University Transfer Planning every semester.


M.S. in Counseling/Career Development, California State University, Sacramento
B.A. in Sociology/Organizational Studies, University of California, Davis
Additional graduate coursework at University Wisconsin-Platteville in student success strategies and empowerment

diane lamkin

Diane Lamkin - Faculty, Biological Sciences
tel: 408-855-5333
email: diane.lamkin@wvm.edu

Diane has been a full-time instructor at Mission College since 1990. She teaches human anatomy and physiology courses. Prior to Mission College she taught neuroscience courses at Palmer College of Chiropractic- West and she also was a teaching associate in physiology at U.C. Berkeley.


Ph.D., Physiology, University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Additional Graduate Work, University of Washington

clement lam

Clement LamFaculty, Mathematics
tel: 408-855-5332
email: clement.lam@wvm.edu

Clement Lam is the Division Chair for Math & Science and has been a Mathematics instructor since 1997. Previously, he served as Division Chair for Mathematics from 2003 to 2008. Additionally, Clement was the assistant Women's Badminton Coach for 2001 and Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society from 2004 to 2008.


Ph.D, M.S., and B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa

cathy cox

Cathy Cox - Librarian Faculty, Library Services
tel: 408-855-5165

At Mission College since 1994


Master's in Library and Information Studies, U. C. Berkeley, 1989
B. S., Social Science, San Jose State University, 1984

karl ting

Karl Ting - Faculty, Mathematics
tel: 408-855-5217
email: thais.winsome@wvm.edu

Karl Ting started teaching at Mission College in 1992.   His interest remains with the foundation courses of Arithmetic, Math for Liberal Arts and transfer courses for computer science and engineering, Discrete Mathematics, Calculus, and Linear Algebra.  In any of his classes, a student will often hear him say, “It’s important to know why, and here is the connection.”   Although his professional title is a mathematics instructor, he has always been teacher.  He shapes minds and addresses the broader scope of mathematics in the classroom.


M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, San Jose State University
B.A. in Mathematics, San Francisco State University
A.A. in Mathematics, College of San Mateo

thais winsome

Thais Winsome - Faculty, Biological Sciences
tel: 408-855-5330

Thais Winsome joined the Biological Sciences department in 2005. She teaches the biology majors' course, BIOSC 043, Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology. Prior to teaching at Mission College, Thais worked as a research associate at the University of California, Davis.


Ph.D. Ecology, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
M.S. Soil Science, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Conservation & Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Wenxian Xu

Wenxian Xu - Faculty, History
tel: 408-855-5273
email: wenxian.xu@wvm.edu

Wenxian Xu has been a full-time instructor at Mission College since 1989. He is the current chair of the History Department and teaches U.S. and East Asian history courses at Mission College.


M.A. in History, University of California, Davis
M.A. in History, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
B.A. in Western Literature, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, Beijing, China

steve lipman

Steve Lipman - Faculty, Communication Studies 
tel: 408-855-5044

jeff cormier

Jeff Cormier - Department Chair, Psychology and Sociology 
tel: 408-855-5483

Jeff has been teaching Psychology and Sociology at Mission College since 1999.  Aside from teaching, he provided health education programs to disenfranchised and incarcerated populations of Santa Clara County.  


San Jose State University, Master of Arts in Criminology, 1996
San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 1993
Northcentral University, Graduate Courses in Psychology, 2004


Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999 Proclamation of Accommodation from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Health Educator of the year  
Mission College Faculty of the Year, 2002, 2004, 2007 & 2010