Yuba College is losing a dean.
Walter Masuda, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education, is retiring on June 30, after five years at the college.
After retiring, he wants to teach English part time, do independent film production and conduct workshops for teachers to help them improve their teaching skills.
The activities that he does while he’s in his office include scheduling the classes for Fine Arts, Language Arts, Humanities and Education, which helps to keep the college organized and more efficient.
The students interact in a polite way and are very respectful to Masuda whenever they meet him or come in his office to ask him a question or get help from him.
Kiara Koenig, Associate Professor of English, said, “Masuda is very thoughtful and he really cares about the faculty that he works with. He works hard to create an excellent working environment.” She is very sad to see him retire because he challenged her to become a better professor throughout the years.
Masuda thinks that Yuba College’s professors, staff members and administrators care about student success. He also said, “The students are highly motivated to learn and really care about their education.”
Masuda said that there is one part where he could still improve: he would like to schedule classes more efficiently.
His favorite part of being a Dean is that he helps to solve the problems and create policies that helps the student most whenever they need his help.
Masuda taught English classes like composition, reading and literature, at Contra Costa College in the Bay Area for seventeen years before coming to Yuba College to become a dean.
Masuda went to Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, and after that he went to UC Davis to get his Bachelors in Biochemistry because at that time he wanted to be a medical doctor. However, when he worked at an internship at the UC Davis Medical Center, he discovered he did not like it and decided it was not the right thing for him. He then pursued his Masters degree in English Literature from UC Davis.
Note: This article was featured in the Spring 2016 edition of The Prospector.