Professor Cynthia Diefert had over twenty years of experience in the K-12 public school systems in Texas and Arizona before becoming full-time faculty at Paradise Valley Community College. In the public school system, she was a visual arts teacher, gifted/advanced English teacher, academic interventionist, and instructional coach.
As a member of the English Division, she teaches critical reading, critical thinking, and developmental reading courses utilizing a critical thinking framework, technology, reflective writing, and open educational resources (OER). Cynthia challenges students to find purpose in their learning by connecting it to their personal, academic, and future career lives. In addition, her students are encouraged to work together to develop their questioning skills, curiosity, intellectual courage, perseverance, and autonomy.
Outside of the classroom, Cynthia is Success by Design Committee Chair where she and her team created and maintain a Canvas repository of resources for all campus faculty and staff. Additionally, the committee serves to support students. In the past, collaboration with various departments around campus yielded campus events for students. Now that we find ourselves in a pandemic, Success by Design publishes Snapshot: Quick Stop for Student Resources, Support, and Success Tips as a means to continue to distribute academic, wellness, and PVCC resources to students in the virtual environment.
As an Academic Literacy Specialist and Care Team member for four Fields of Interest on campus, Cynthia works with faculty to help share ideas and materials about how students read differently in a variety of disciplines. She is also a member of the First-Year Experience and Response to Intervention where she problem-solves with a team of other faculty and staff to improve success rates for students.
At the district level, Cynthia represents PVCC as the Developmental Education Coordinator, EdReady Implementation Lead, Reading Instructional Council