DMC Names Dr. Jonda Halcomb Vice President and Chief Academic Officer
Article by Melinda Eddleman
Del Mar College is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonda Halcomb, who has served as Interim Vice President and Chief Academic Officer since May 1, 2020, has now been appointed to that position permanently. Prior to assuming the interim position, Dr. Halcomb served as Interim Dean and Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division between October 2009 and April 2020. Prior to that position, she served as Chair of the Natural Sciences Department for over three years and received tenured status during that time.
Dr. Halcomb taught biology as an Adjunct Professor for both Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi before joining the DMC faculty full-time in 2002. Prior to teaching at the secondary level, she served first as a Graduate Research Assistant and then as an Assistant Research Scientist for the Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Her career also includes teaching math and science to middle and high school-level students before moving into research and then instruction in higher education.
As an educator, Dr. Halcomb has taught various levels of biology to both science majors and non-majors and has been very involved with the College’s curriculum development. She has served on innumerable campus and departmental committees, ranging from budget and faculty review and promotion to construction, grant proposals (National Science Foundation) and student learning (including E-learning), among many others. Among current committees, Dr. Halcomb serves on the SACSCOC Steering Committee for the College’s reaccreditation, the DMC Guided Pathways Committee, the Instruction and Student Development and Developmental Education Councils, and the College’s Strategic Planning Committee.
She also currently serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Academic Course Guide Manual Committee; and community involvement includes membership on the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History board.
Dr. Halcomb holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in entomology from Texas A&M University in College Station, a Master of Science degree in biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loma Linda University (California) and an Associate of Science degree in physical science from Chaffey College (California). Dr. Halcomb also completed graduate level coursework at Indiana University and the University of Indianapolis as well as received a teaching credential from California State Polytechnic University.
Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.