I work collaboratively with learners to uncover their goals, difficulties and individual situations. I use student-centered teaching methods that allow the learner to set the agenda so their concerns come first and I apply skills that will support them best achieve their goals. The learner is the focus of my teaching method, so understanding their process, strengths, challenges and questions are essential for developing on their foundation of knowledge and addresses whatever obstacles arise. I strive to make the learning process relevant, interesting, authentic and connected to the individual learner's personal goals.
I am a college professor who works in university, private college and community college contexts. I have taught hundreds of students from many different levels of academic ability and am devoted to seeing my students succeed. I consistently produce learners and help them find ways to engage in their subject material in inspired and authentic ways to actualize their academic goals. I regularly teach composition, literature, reading, critical thinking, academic preparedness and basic skills classes, and have experience teaching creative writing and film courses as well.
2142 E. 21st
Oakland, CA 94606
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Spring 2014 San Francisco State University
M.A. in English: Composition
Spring 2013 San Francisco State University
M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Poetry
• Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading
• Certificate in Teaching Composition
Spring 2009 University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. in American Studies
California College of the Arts September 2018 ─ Present
Adjunct Writing Professor II
Duties and responsibilities of the writing professor at CCA include preparing students to adapt their creative and scholarly disciplinary focus to probable situations of the future. In addition to designing curriculum that integrates critical reading, writing and thinking within a multitude of textual environments, the courses I teach at CCA emphasize writing across the disciplines to consider the creative synthesis of new insights. (Courses Taught: Writing 1: Writing the Self; Writing 2: Seeing the Present Progressive)
Chabot College, Hayward, CA January 2017 ─ Present
Adjunct English Faculty
In the English Department at Chabot College I engage the student population in composition, literature, technical writing and critical thinking courses that emphasizes a pedagogical orientation that is both academic and connected to the broader political, social, and cultural worlds of students. (Courses taught: Critical Thinking and Writing About Literature; Reading, Reasoning and Writing I; Accelerated Reading, Reasoning and Writing; Critical Reading and Composition; Report Writing)
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA April 2014 ─ Present
Adjunct English Faculty
As a faculty instructor and tutor I teach composition, reading and critical thinking courses at the basic skills and transfer-level, and have worked in the Teaching and Learning Center. In the TLC Center I meet with students one-on-one and occasionally in small groups to supplement classroom instruction on subjects related to reading, writing, and critical thinking. I also serve on a college-wide governance council and act as a liaison for the district’s union. (Courses taught: Introduction to Poetry; Composition and Reading Online/In-Person; Composition, Critical Reading and Thinking Through Literature; Introduction to College Writing)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA August 2014 ─ Present
As a lecturer in the Composition Program, I teach First Year Composition and Second Year Composition courses, emphasizing critical thinking, academic reading skills, and analytical/creative essay writing. (Courses taught: First-Year Composition and Second-Year Composition)
Cañada College, Redwood City, CA August 2015 ─ Present
Adjunct English Instructor
The courses I have taught at this college are adapted to meet the needs, learning styles and preferences of the student population at this college and have included a survey of film source, accelerated academic writing and reading, composition and literature courses. (Courses taught: Survey of Film; Accelerated Academic Reading and Writing; Basic Reading and Composition, Reading, Writing and Rhetoric; Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking; Reading and Composition)
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA June 2017 ─ August 2017
Instructor-of-Record, Learning Center
During the summer session at College of Marin, I served as the primary instructor-of-record in the tutorial center supervising the tutorial work of other tutors and providing support to students enrolled in transfer-level composition courses.
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA September 2016 ─ December 2016
Adjunct Reading Faculty
The courses within De Anza College’s Reading Department encourage cross-disciplinary ways of thinking and emphasize academic preparation in the critical examination, reading and study of a diverse array of texts. (Courses taught: Developmental Reading)
Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA January 2015 ─ May 2015
Adjunct English Instructor
As an adjunct at Contra Costa College, I taught a linked section of developmental reading and writing, pedagogically adapting the departmental SLO’s and educational requirements to suit the curricular needs of my students. (Courses Taught: Developing College-Level Reading and Writing: Expository)
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA January 2014 ─ December 2014
Instructional Specialist/Dedicated Tutor
Instructional Specialist work at College of Marin involves providing in-class instructional support as well as tutorial work in the English Skills Lab for students enrolled in pre-transfer level English courses. (Courses Taught: Developmental Reading/Writing; Reading and Writing Skills; College Reading & Composition I)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA June 2014 ─ August 2014
Early Start English Program Instructor
I guided students online to complete a Directed Self Placement tutorial through an internet forum, corresponding with students as questions arose and providing live chat sessions to support their self-directed completion of this requirement for freshman entering the university.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA August 2013 ─ May 2014
WRSS Tutor, Learning Assistance Center
As a WRSS tutor, I received faculty-led training and instructional guidance for graduate credit where I developed as a tutor while supporting students with their writing, reading and critical thinking skills in one-on-one sessions.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA August 2013 ─ January 2014
Graduate Teaching Associate, English Department
I designed and taught a section of English 114, a First Year Composition course, required for undergraduate students. Throughout the semester, I worked with students on developing as readers, writer, and critical thinkers in academic genres of writing while exploring expressive, visual, and digital modes of literacy. (Courses taught: ENG 114)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA August 2012 ─ July 2013
Graduate Teaching Associate/Lecturer, Creative Writing Department
While completing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, I was selected to teach three sections of Creative Writing courses. I designed and taught Introduction to Creative Writing, Fundamentals of Creative Writing, and a Creative Reading course, integrating poetry, fiction, and playwriting into the curricula. (Courses taught: CW 301, CW 101, CW 302)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA July 2011 ─ August 2012
WRSS Tutor, Campus Academic Resource Program
In this peer-to-peer tutoring center, I worked with undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines to improve upon their writing, reading and thinking approaches to course assignments. I also served as instructional support in a writing-intensive requirement course (CW 511) for Creative Writing majors.
Future Teaching Appointments
Foothill College Spring 2019
Chabot College, English Department Summer 2019
Culminating Research Project: “Authorial Consciousness in Experimental Writing”
Senior Thesis: “The Intersection of Buddhism in America and Beat Generation Literature”
Fellowships, Grants and Professional Development
California College of the Arts January 2019
DiversityEdu Training Module
This three-hour long training module focused on providing training about microaggressions within professional and personal contexts that contribute to hostile work environments. The training was inclusive of a wide variety of social locations and relied upon scholarly research to suggest attitudes and behaviors that contribute to greater institutional justice and equitable labor practices.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges August 2018
Part-time Faculty Leadership Institute
The conference was designed by ASCCC for part-time faculty in California’s community college system in order to help incorporate strategic questions and assessment into instructional work while advancing professional growth. Participants engaged with topics on innovative pedagogy, professional development, leadership and equity in order to prepare them for leadership roles at the local, regional and state level.
California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative July 2018
Course Design Academy
This process involved intensive instructional training for making online courses available through the California Community College Online Educational System. Online instructional specialists reviewed previously designed fully online courses providing feedback on accessibility, engagement, and successful online teaching strategies for the purpose of aligning courses to the standards determined by Online Course Exchange system throughout the CCC.
Chabot College, Hayward, CA March 2017
Teaching Men of Color in the Community College
Through the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), I participated in and completed this training program for promoting the success of male students of color in community colleges. This course provided instruction and discussion in developing and implementing pedagogical strategies designed to help promote equity and close the achievement gap for male students of color.
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA September 2015 ─ June 2016
The Stanford EPIC Fellowship is situated within the disciplines of international education and Area Studies and seeks to promote the internationalization of education at the college and university level. As a recipient of this fellowship, I developed human rights related curriculum for their digital learning platform Lacuna Stories.
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA August 2014 ─ May 2015
Course Redesign Team Member
I work on a team of faculty members on a grant project to change SFSU’s second-year composition requirement into a hybrid course. As part of this process, I adjust the classroom environment to account for online teaching platforms, adapt activities for in-class/online models and consider the implications of digital education.
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA Spring 2015
Online Teaching Certification
Completing an online teacher training course, I learned how to organize and design digital learning experiences for students in online and hybrid courses in addition to practicing pedagogical curricular design that promotes student engagement in learning and the implementation of teaching techniques related to digital literacies.
Interim Part-Time Faculty Liason, Faculty Association, Executive Council, Winter 2019—Present
• I serve the college’s union as a part-time faculty liaison, serving as a point of contact between my constituency and the broader Faculty Association, devising outreach methods and disseminating timely information related to faculty working conditions within the district.
College Advisory Council, Foothill College, Fall 2018—Spring 2019
• As the part-time faculty representative on the Governance Council, I supported the college through this committee that seeks to monitor goals related to the Educational Master Plan, as well as supporting plans, including the strategic allocation of resources to achieve plan goals, for related topic areas. In addition, I participate in college planning with regard to implementing and monitoring strategic objectives, advising decisions regarding college-wide planning, resource allocation, accreditation, faculty hiring, and program approval and discontinuance.
Academic Integrity Work Group, Cañada College, Fall 2018
• The Academic Integrity Work Group was tasked with reevaluating the college’s formal written academic integrity policies including those that outline to the student and faculty bodies the academic rights and responsibilities of students with regard to plagiarism, academic honesty, and standards of scholarship.
SLO Evaluation Committee, Foothill College, Winter 2016
• As an evaluator of the student learning outcomes for the section of developmental college writing I taught at Foothill College, I assessed learning outcomes by using measures of student writing and provided suggestions on how to update and improve department SLOs for future quarters.
Co-Chair, Composition and Reading Association of Future Teachers, San Francisco State University, 2013-2014
• I organized and planned events related to the graduate program in English: Composition and provided support to the chair of the organization.
Hiring Committee, Creative Writing Department, San Francisco State University, Spring 2014
• As part of the department’s process for hiring new full-time faculty, I served on an evaluation committee, participating in teaching demonstrations and provided feedback on potential candidates as part of a formal departmental recommendation.
Literacy Coach, Project S.H.I.N.E., City College of San Francisco, Fall 2013
• As a literacy coach for Project SHINE, I support the classroom endeavors of basic skills ESL learners by providing instructional support. I fostered the development of students’ conversational English skills by speaking with them one-on-one and tutoring them for ESL course materials.
Archives Intern, American Poetry Center Archives, San Francisco State University, 2010-2012
• Beginning in the fall of 2010, I helped the SFSU Poetry Center digitize their catalog for the DIVA Project. Cataloging requires listening to recorded audio material taken from the archives and making annotated transcriptions to accompany the recording online.
Development Intern, Small Press Traffic, 2012-2013
• In this role I work on revising and updating SPT’s new website. Working closely with the executive director and members of the board, I have preserved archival material and created a website that serves as an online presence for the non-profit literary organization.
Theodora, Ana Cristina Cesar Translations (Poems: “Onze horas,” “Toalha branca,” “Fotografando,” “Paisagem”), May 2019 (forthcoming)
Bad Ken: A Journal of Place, The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts & Writing Retreat (Poems: “Noontime Frequency,” “Epilogue”)
Saccades: A Review of Contemporary Brazilian Poetry, Founding Editor, vol. 1-7, July 2018—Present
Interview, Oblique Magazine, March 2018
DUSIE Magazine, DUSIE 21: The Contemporary Brazilian Poetry Issue, Editor, February 2018
Empty Mirror, “The Intersection of Buddhism in America and Beat Generation Literature,” August 2017
Beatdom, Issue #18 (Article: “The Intersection of Buddhism in America and Beat Generation Literature”)
TINGE Magazine, Temple University (Poems: “Glance Ensemble,” “Sleeve Shadows”)
Delos, Issue 32, “The Video Poem as Transnational Vacation Artifact: Donny Correia, writer and director. Madryn. Mallarmida Filmes, 2012. 11 min.”
Otoliths, Issue 44 (Poems: “White River,” “What ‘One’ Is,” “Horizon Access”)
International VideoPoem Film Festival, Athens Greece (Film: “Recursionem Solaris”)
WebConjunctions (Poems: “Hemlock Gridded,” “Birth Reconnaissance,” “The Enterprise of History,” “Skip sink cake,” “And the deep organic core”)
Poecology, Issue 4 (Poem: “Detective of the Singular”)
Dusie Magazine, Issue 15 (Poems: “Eyes are on,” “Mt. Juniper Stories,” “New Cinema,” “The Penitent Bloom,” “The Telephone Mystery,” “Silk Stockings or ‘The Future is Not a Fulcrum’,” “The Interminable Forest”)
“Guerilla Translation: Translating Contemporary Brazilian Poetry as Acts of Resistance,” Passages Bookshop, Portland, Oregon, March 2019
The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat, retreat facilitator, Joshua Tree, California, Nov. 2017 & 2018
“Publishing Poetry Transnationally” DUSIE 21 Release, Casa das Rosas, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 2018
“Interview for DUSIE Release,” Livraria da Travessa, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 2018
“Transnational Pedagogy and English Curriculum,” SFSU English Department Conference, May 4, 2018
“The Literary Transnational: Integrating the Literary Transnational in Composition Pedagogy” EPIC Symposium, Stanford University, May 2016
“The World Authors Me and I Author The World: Ontopoetics and Reality as Collaborations of the Self” Philosophy Club Guest Speakers Series, Cañada College, February 2017
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