Joe Holliday’s Faculty Page


I grew up in upstate New York near Albany and the Adirondack Mountains. I went to Hamilton College and double majored in Biology and Geology.  From there, I went to graduate school in Geology at Oregon State University.  I also received a graduate degree in Education Administration from California State University.

After working for an oil company for several years, I left my high-paying job to become a professor and I have never regretted it. I have been at El Camino College for over fifteen years and I think I have the best job in the world


For several years, I also have been the director of the Honors Transfer Program (, which is the program for highly motivated ECC students who wish to transfer to the best universities.  In the past, I was president of the Honors Transfer Council of California (, which is the statewide organization of Honors directors and counselors.


My favorite activities at El Camino are not part of my two jobs, but they bring me much joy and pride of being part of the students’ extracurricular activities here at the college.  I am co-adviser to several clubs, all of which are organizing fascinating events.  The Science Club goes on big multi-day field trips, the Honors Transfer Club does projects for non-profit organizational, the GSA has educational events on the quad, and the Native American Club sponsors the big annual  PowWow cultural festival.

During the past two decades, I have also been a naturalist for the National Geographic Society; with whom I have travelled to the Antarctica, Arctic Ocean, Galapagos,  central America, Baja, and Alaska.

I wouldn’t do anything else...

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Phone: (310) 532-3670 
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