Offices of Academic & Student Affairs

The Offices of Academic & Student Affairs at GateWay have worked closely together for a number of years. Between the two offices, Academic Affairs administers all areas of instruction, including faculty, curriculum and student academic issues. Student Affairs has oversight of non-instructional areas related to student enrollment, student life and special student programs. Our mission is to enrich the student experience by fostering learning and personal development and by providing for and responding to students' needs.

Together the offices are designed and dedicated to serving students and to make sure that the campus learning environment is conducive to students attaining their academic goals. See below for programs and service areas.

Dr. Amy Diaz, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Amy Diaz

Dr. Amy Diaz has nearly 25 years of experience, serving junior high school and community college education in the state of Illinois and Arizona, both as a teacher and leader focused on community college student access, learning and success. Currently, Dr. Diaz serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Previously, she served as the Dean of Liberal Arts and Learning Support at GateWay Community College, overseeing three academic divisions, as well as the Library and Learning Center, and participates in several committees and task forces at GateWay Community College.

During her tenure at Rock Valley College (RVC) in Rockford, Ill., Dr. Diaz served as a counselor, instructor, director and dean, and as Associate Vice President of Student Development for 12 years.

At RVC, she taught courses in Education; Fitness, Wellness & Sport; and Mathematics. Dr. Diaz provided administrative, programmatic and instructional oversight to courses taught through Student Development, including planning for success, career planning and service learning). She also has taught graduate level courses in educational psychology at Aurora University-George Williams Campus and Northern Illinois University. Dr. Diaz has a broad scope of experience in course and program assessment, evaluation for re-accreditation, strategic enrollment management, early alert and other retention practices, academic support and behavioral intervention team processes.

Dr. Diaz earned her EdD in Educational Psychology, Master's in Counseling for Higher Education and Bachelor’s in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Academic Affairs



Dr. Maria Wise, Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Maria Wise

Dr. Maria L. Wise has more than 25 years of experience, serving K-12 and community college education in the state of Arizona, both as a teacher and leader. Currently, Dr. Wise serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs. Previously she served as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at GateWay Community college overseeing functions under the leadership of four deans. And prior to that role, she was the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Wise was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for four years where she provided leadership and advocacy for six academic divisions, dual enrollment, various academic and student success initiatives, and developmental education. Prior to her role as Dean of Arts and Sciences, she taught mathematics as a residential faculty for three years. In this role she taught various levels of mathematics with a focus on developmental education.

Dr. Wise earned an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, an MA in Education, with an emphasis in Contemporary Mathematics, from California State University, Northridge; and a BS in Education, with an emphasis in Mathematics, at Northern Arizona University. 

Student Affairs