Kristina Rigden of Murrieta graduated from the University of Southern California, May 11, with a Doctor of Education in education leadership and a concentration in teacher education in multicultural societies.
Her dissertation, titled “Culturally Responsive Andragogy in a Synchronous Virtual Learning Environment,” studied best practices for teaching adult international students in a synchronous webcam-enabled learning environment.
Previously, Rigden attained a master’s in teaching from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in liberal studies with a minor in English from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Rigden grew up in Murrieta and attended Murrieta Elementary School, Thompson Middle School and Murrieta Valley High School. She attributed her time in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at Murrieta Valley High School to her success as an undergraduate and graduate student.
Currently, Rigden is the engineering outreach program director at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and she also teaches in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL, Certificate Program at the University of California Riverside.