Richard Mahon

Richard Mahon

Richard Mahon, ACCJC representative, was educated at West Valley College and UC Santa Cruz. He holds a Ph.D. in history of consciousness from UC Santa Cruz with specializations in history of ideas and political theory. After completing his doctorate, he taught at Deep Springs College, Diablo Valley College, West Valley College, Cabrillo College, and UC Santa Cruz before becoming a Professor of Humanities at Riverside City College in 1998. At RCC he also taught courses in history, philosophy, and political science, and served as Curriculum Committee chair and Academic Senate President.

During his tenure at RCC, Dr. Mahon served on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community College (ASCCC) and on the Board of Governors for the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges (FACCC). He served on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges from 2012 to 2018. He was awarded the Hayward Award by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges for service as an outstanding faculty member in 2013.

He served on ACCJC visiting teams to El Camino College, Merritt College, College of Marin, Carrington College, Palomar College, College of the Siskiyous, Modesto Junior College, and Kaua’i Community College.

Dr. Mahon moved to Allan Hancock College in 2016, where he serves as Dean of Academic Affairs and adjunct faculty member in history and philosophy. As dean, he works with the departments of Life & Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences and leads the college’s Guided pathways initiatives.