Scholars Space

A virtual community of students who prefer an existence that is based on self-determination and who are open to change.

Class of 2018

2017/2018 graduates of the Whittier Scholars Program have designed the following majors:

  • Film and Media Production
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Socially Responsible Leadership
  • Film & Media Production
  • Digital Sport Marketing
  • Social Space: Theory and Design
  • Game Design and Multimedia Production
  • Writing for Multimedia
  • Art, Environment, Society
  • Educational Policy and Development
  • Marketing and Leadership
  • Computational Biomathematics
  • Cross-cultural Leadership and Ethics
  • Environmental/Business Studies, Music
  • Business of Environmental Sustainability
  • Journalism & Digital Media Studies
  • Health, medicine, international policy
  • Film and Media Studies

Scholars Faculty

Andrea Rehn
Whittier Scholars Council
Joanna Diaz
Whittier Scholars Directors
Andrea Rehn

Andrea Rehn

Director of Whittier Scholars Program

Andrea Rehn is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of English and directs the Digital Liberal Arts Program as well as Whittier Scholars. Her publications include articles on Conrad, Kipling, Austen, and digital pedagogy. Rehn has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, and she is the Principle Investigator on Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants totaling $1.45 million to foster digital scholarship and pedagogy.

An avid reader from a young age, Rehn lists Frank Herbert’s Dune, Jane Austen’s Emma,  and “everything written by Charles Dickens” among her favorite pieces of literature. A lifelong Californian, she completed her English degree from UC Berkeley before journeying to the east coast to complete a PhD in English at Cornell University. Rehn joined the Whittier College faculty in 2007 and has been a member of the Whittier Scholars Council since 2011.

Read more at or follow her on Twitter @profrehn.

Whittier Scholars Council

Whittier Scholars Council

The Whittier Scholars Council is the governing body of WSP, and meets weekly on Thursdays 12:30-1:20pm in Wardman A. In addition to the Director,  Associate Director, and Coordinator, the Council includes  Scholars student members as well as faculty members from each of the divisions of the College. The Council governs the policies and procedures for the Scholars Program. Faculty members generally serve 3-year terms beginning in fall, and student members generally serve 1-year terms beginning in the Spring. Any Scholars student who has successfully defended an Educational Design is eligible for nomination to Council.

2017-18 Council


Cinzia Fissore (fall only), Environmental Science, Year 2
Bill Kronholm, Mathematics, Year 2
Jeff Lutgen, Mathematics, Year 2
Kay Sanders, Education and Child Development, Year 1
Deborah Norden, Political Science, Year 1
Ken Berthel, Modern Languages, Year 2
Teresa Delfin, Anthropology, Year 3
Charles Eastman, Writing Program, Associate Director, Year 1
Andrea Rehn, English, Director, Year 1


Kate Yeash
Malory Henry


Joanna Diaz, Program Coordinator

Joanna Diaz

Joanna Diaz

Program Coordinator

Joanna Diaz was appointed to the position of Administrative Coordinator to the Whittier Scholars Program in August of 2017. In 2011, She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology. Prior to her acceptance of her administrative role, Diaz spent four years as a community organizer for immigrant rights and engaged parents to advocate for their children’s education. A visual artivist, Diaz is a stringent advocate for social justice through mediums such as film, photography, and folk art. She is excited to help Whittier students pursue their academic passions while also fostering engagement within their communities.

Whittier Scholars Directors

Whittier Scholars Directors

Dick Archer 1978 – 1992
Charles Adams 1992 – 1995
Maureen Behrens 1995 – 1997
Joyce Kaufman 1997 – 2011
Doreen O’Connor-Gomez 2011 – 2017
Andrea Rehn 2017 – present

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Defended Educational Designs

Scholarly Community