Mesa Specialists

Finding a Specialist

San Diego Mesa College's faculty and staff have a wide variety of skills and expertise ranging from local politics, ethnomusicology, and American literature to genetics, physics, and behavioral analysis.  Specialists are associated with one or more categories that are either in their field of study or general interest.


Specialists can be found either by filtering by subject or search.  Use the filters to find all specialists in a broad subject. Use search to find specialists in more specific areas. The search takes into account not just the topics but all the additional information listed as well.  To search simply enter a phrase or keyword into the search box and the list will filter down to relevant specialist.  Click on any name to view additional details. 

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About the database

The specialists list is maintained by the Office of Communications.  For questions, comments or to submit your information to be added as a specialist please contact Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications.  Those individuals whose information is listed have agreed to be contacted by and responsive to media requests.

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Name Expertise/Interests Department


Laura Mathis

LGBT, Substance Abuse, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Area of Expertise

Access for Deaf and hard of hearing people, LGBT rights and marriage, alcohol and other substance abuse, access for people with disabilities

Laura Mathis has many roles at San Diego Mesa College. In addition to being a counselor and professor, Mathis is the Counseling liaison to San Diego Metropolitan (Met) High School; the department liaison to American Sign Language/Interpreting, Interior Design, and Architecture; and the personal growth curriculum designer for Mesa's Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant. Mathis is bilingual in English and American Sign Language.

Role at Mesa



  • Master of Science, Rehabilitation Counseling, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Physiology, UC Berkeley
  • Professional Certificate, Post Employment Training - Administration of Programs Serving Consumers who are Deaf, Late-Deafened and Hard of Hearing (PET-D), San Diego State University
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)



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