is a native New Yorker who has been teaching at University of San
Francisco since 1991. He has been honored with the Distinguished
Lecturer Award and the Dean's College Service Award. Dr.
Ciena Received his B.A and M.A in Experimental Psychology from
California State University. He received an M.A. and his Ph.D. in
Psychological Studies and Developmental Psychology from Stanford
University where he was a Phi Delta Kappa Stanford Fellow. He
received an Outstanding Dedication in Teaching award at Oxman
College where he also was a keynote speaker at Oxman College
Graduation in 2009. He has been honored with the Outstanding
Instructor Award at San Jose City College where he is also in The
Hall of Fame. Dr. Ciena is quadrilingual, French, Spanish, Polish
and English. His Research interests include motivation and
orientation in second language acquisition and how children learn
from a cognitive and brain based point of view.