JOHN SPEVAK is a retired Chief Instructional Officer with 23 years of experience as an instructional administrator--seven as dean of off-campus centers and 16 as vice president of instruction at the same institution (Merced College). He also spent 14 years at the same college as a full-time English instructor and academic advisor, during which time he was an active member of his college's faculty senate. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He has also taught in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Stanislaus.
John served for many years with the California Community College Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO) organization, first as a regional representative for several years, then as president-elect in 2000-01 and president in 2001-02. He has served on many statewide committees and task forces, including the Action Plan Group for basic skills and assessment, the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum (SACC), and the task force on repetition of noncredit courses. He worked with the Chancellor's Office and the Statewide Academic Senate, as well with the CCCCIO, in the creation of a paper entitled "The Real Cost of Education" in 2002. He also serves on the community advisory committee for the new Ed.D. program in educational leadership at California State University, Stanislaus.
John considers himself a generalist and a team player who believes in bringing people together to work toward the best ideas and solutions. He has a broad working knowledge of both credit and noncredit instruction, including occupational and basic skills curricula. He is also well versed in instructional support services, such as learning resources, tutorial services, learning communities, and supplemental instruction. John was actively involved at the college/district level in educational/facilities master planning, accreditation reports, program review, student learning outcomes, and interest-based negotiations.
Since John joined CBT in 2008, he has helped colleges in areas including educational master planning, strategic planning, program evaluation, accreditation, and civility. Among the colleges he has worked with are the College of Western Idaho, MiraCosta