Associate Department Chair
- Los Angeles, CA
- BA Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
As a dedicated Teacher and Educational Leader in higher education, and previously in the K-12 sector, Tanaz is currently excited to be guiding TCSPP Undergraduates through their General Education foundations, into their programmatic studies, and towards graduation. She was drawn to diverse adult learners in online classrooms when she saw the potential for applicable, real-world learning through more personalized study experiences. She has over a decade of experience teaching online. She passionately feels that online and blended learning is an effective, demanding but fulfilling experience that allows all types of students to flourish. Every day, she enjoys learning along with her students through a platform that allows depth of thought and equitable expression of perspective.
Tanaz has worked as an administrator, teacher, and mentor for more years than she is willing to admit at several universities and schools. Most recently she served as the Coordinator for General Education at Walden University, where she also served as an Academic Coordinator of the First Term Experience and Core Faculty in Mathematics. She has taught all levels of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Education and teacher preparation courses, and orientation courses for first term students and new faculty. She specializes in online program development and growth, which includes faculty and student retention through instructional quality and engagement.
As a lifelong learner, Tanaz has studied many subjects as a proud Bruin (go UCLA!) where she also earned an undergraduate degree in Physiological Science and a minor in applied developmental Psychology. Tanaz lives in Southern California where she enjoys the weather but not the traffic. As a happily married mommy to two boys, she can often be found playing with Lego or creating another Bionicle creature with her family. She looks forward to helping grow the undergraduate program both for the Online and Los Angeles campuses at TCSPP.
- Education History
Degree Institution B.S. in Physiological Sciences UCLA, Los Angeles, CA M.A./M.A.T. Mathematics/Teaching UCLA/WGU, Salt Lake City, Utah College Counseling Certification UCLA, Los Angeles, CA High School Teaching Credential UCLA, State of CA
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member, Peer Editor National Council of Mathematics Teachers Member American Association of University Women Professional Online Learning Consortium Member National Science Teachers Association Alumni Mentor UCLA One Member Mathematical Association of America
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Volunteer, former Chair of School Site Council Whittier City School District College Counselor & Consultant Volunteer, focus on 1st Generation Students in Southern CA Mentor First Year Teachers, local
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Career/Workplace Issues Employee Development Employee Engagement Employee Motivation Leadership Biological Development Child & Adolescent Development Learning/Learning Disabilities Gender Issues, Class Diversity Social Justice and Advocacy School Psychology Cognitive Assessment School Supervision
- Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.
I have always believed that the heart of any school is in the classroom where learning happens between motivated students and enthusiastic teachers. By focusing on faculty, we remain student-centered. When it comes to effective online teaching for undergraduates, it is all about the four P’s: Presence on cognitive, social and academic levels; Positivity in tone; Perspective with the lenses of general education to focus on Psychology; and the Potential success of all students.
During my MA in Teaching studies, I became interested in designing metacognitive techniques for the daily experiences of online students to help with self-reflection, self-awareness and increase persistence while learning. During further graduate studies in Mathematics, I noted that using a pencil is the standard. Why? Pencils have erasers for a reason: we expect to make some mistakes as we learn. What students do after that makes the difference.
Like many of my students, I balance several priorities that give me a unique perspective on nontraditional adult learners. My husband works as a Biochemist while my sons work to drive their parents crazy. They also make us smile and have helped develop my teaching style as I watch them learn. I’m also fortunate to volunteer for a local school district and have served as the Chair of the School Site Council responsible for regulating budget expenses and school policy; I’ve also tutored students, volunteered in classrooms with teachers, and serve as a room parent. I am very proud to also serve as a volunteer College Counselor to First Generation students because I believe that every student deserves the chance to obtain higher education.
Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
It is important that my students appreciate the opportunity to practice using a variety of lenses through which to examine their world; something that general education offers at the undergraduate level. Through transferable skills, students gain tools through which to evaluate their psychology studies and careers. For example, students will study College Algebra where they practice adaptive reasoning, problem solving, and strategic competency- all of which also apply to the practice of psychology. Given the variety of careers available to students with a bachelor degree in Psychology, having a solid foundation of general education across many disciplines is important. Studying Science, Math, Writing, and Literature, amongst other subjects, helps every student add to their perspective constructs and provides lenses through which to view the field of Psychology.
What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
Whenever I attend graduation, I sit in the audience and think about how each student walking across the stage had to start somewhere too. So did all your teachers. As I clap with excitement for our students, I also know that there were challenges, obstacles, and times they couldn’t prepare for in life. Yet, there they are walking across the stage to get their degree. They did it. So can you. I can’t wait to clap for you in the future too!
This is going to be a rewarding journey. Earning a degree and gaining an education is truly a life-changing experience. But you’ll also face real obstacles. Some courses or life events will make school more challenging and push many of you to the limit- sometimes to the brink of sanity/insanity. I’ve been there myself!
Whenever you begin at a new school, there is a transitional period and a bit of a learning curve to figure out how to navigate the classroom, figure out expectations of the school, and consider time management. Make sure to READ, READ, and READ some more- the announcements, your e-mails or Inbox messages, the instructions of assignments, grading comments (not just scores) from your teachers. And if you do struggle, remember why you are here. What are your goals? What is your motivation? What support or resources can you use?
Don’t ever lose sight of your goals- and remember that there are often many different paths to success. Find yours. Pave your own way if you have to. But don’t give up. YOU ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SUCCEED. I believe it with all my heart.
My door is always open: I’m always just an e-mail, message, or phone call away!
- Professional Skills
Online Program & Products Development, General Education Philosophy, Student Success & Support, Instructional Design & Technology, Mentoring, New Students & Faculty, Team Development & Motivation, Online Metacognitive Strategies, Mathematics & Science Pedagogy, Nontraditional Learners, Pedagogy & Support, Online Learning, Faculty & Student Retention