School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Study the way people communicate, interact, learn and understand the world.
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Study human, environmental and information systems.
Robert W. Plaster School of Business
Gain a strong foundation in business practices and theories.
Meet your deans
Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown
Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts & Social SciencesLABrown@CCIS.edu
Dr. Ford-Brown earned her B.S. and M.A. at Indiana State University majoring in Speech Communication with minors in English, the Visual Arts, and Women Studies. She holds a PhD in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale. Dr. Ford-Brown has taught the introduction to public speaking course for over 25 years. Beyond her teaching responsibilities, she has assisted in the creations of a master degree at a previous institution as well as a minor and major in communication at Columbia College.
Dr. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton
Dean of the School of Natural Sciences & MathematicsSVordtriedePatto@CCIS.edu
A widely published board certified entomologist, Dr. Vordtriede-Patton earned her Ph.D. from St. Louis University. She served as the medical entomologist for the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain, and was nominated as Most Outstanding Advisor while serving as a lecturer at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Vordtriede-Patton advanced from professor to interim Dean at St. Ambrose University before coming to Columbia College.
Dr. Raj Sachdev
Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of BusinessRSachdev@CCIS.edu
Dr. Sachdev holds several degrees and certifications including a degree from Oxford University. A specialist in the areas of business, law and technology, he is published in different disciplines. A former visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, he has taught over 50 courses at various academic institutions including some as instructor at Stanford University. As Assistant Professor of Marketing at Columbia College, he has focused on courses such as Digital Marketing, Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, International Business, Marketing Strategy and Business Law. Dr. Sachdev has served as guest speaker internationally at various prominent institutions and industry conferences including having given a Tedx talk. He has been awarded for his teaching excellence and is a licensed lawyer.