You’ll find that VU’s faculty are dedicated to helping you make the very most of your college experience. Throughout your Liberal Studies major your advisor will discuss your progress in the program and guide you through your coursework. You will also have the opportunity to build relationships with the Graduate Education faculty, all of whom have extensive experience in classroom teaching and educational research.


Jerry Ternes

Professor of Education

  • Ed.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • B.A., Vanguard University of Southern California

Dr. Ternes teaches EDUC 499C, Senior Capstone Seminar in the undergraduate program for Liberal Studies; EDUG 585, Advanced Student Teaching; EDUG 605, Current Issues in Education. Jerry Ternes VITA

Ken Killian

Kenneth Killian

is a part-time assistant professor in the Division of Liberal Studies. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Killian was an adjunct professor at Vanguard University for two years. Mr. Killian has a Master of Science Degree from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sterling College. He holds a California Schools Teaching Credential and an Administrative Credential from the University of California, Riverside. Mr. Killian has completed graduate studies at Academia Hispano Americana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and at Harvard University. Mr. Killian has over 36 years of public school educational experience as a teacher and principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. He serves on the Teacher Education Advisory Committee at Vanguard University and is a retired member of the Advisory Board for the Principals’ Center, Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. His interests include mentoring school administrators, working with at risk students, and integrating technology into standards based curriculum.


Seon Chun-Burbank

is the Early Childhood Education Faculty Chair. Dr. Chun-Burbank received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea; her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa; her Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree also from the University of Northern Iowa; and Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to working at VU, Dr. Chun-Burbank worked at two higher education institutions as an Early Childhood Education program chair and core-faculty for 7 years and worked for an educational publishing company as a program consultant for 4 years. Dr. Chun-Burbank highly enjoys being a pre-K classroom teacher and treasures her time interacting with young children. Knowing and believing the importance of early childhood in human development, Dr. Chun-Burbank is grateful to have opportunities to provide quality education to adult learners who can influence young children’s development.


Jan Martin

is the Administrative Secretary for the Liberal Studies Department. She helps students and faculty in all areas relating to Liberal Studies. Jan comes to Vanguard after a number of years working in the local school districts. Jan and Dr. Arnold worked together in the Huntington Beach City School District for seven years, where Jan was the school’s Office Manager. Jan and her husband, Steve, live in Huntington Beach and have two children, Heather and Kyle, both recent college graduates.