William F Shields

Photo of William F Shields Department Labor and Community Studies Department 
 Office Evans
 Phone (415) 550-4473
 Mailbox EVANS
 E-Mail wshields@ccsf.edu
 Home Page http://fog.ccsf.edu/~wshields/
 Summer 2013 
 Office Hours
Summer 2013 Teaching Schedule
LACR 9805 S.F. Labor Today-Its Issues 0.0 62916 001 NCr F 08:30-01:20PM 07/25-07/25  Book LACR 9806 Shop Steward Training 0.0 62917 001 NCr F 01:30-04:20PM 07/25-07/25  Book

B.A., Yale University; M.A., Antioch University

Mr. Shields has been a member of the CCSF faculty for fifteen years. He has been the Chair of Labor and Community Studies since 1995.

His instructional philosophy is based on the idea of student empowerment. Whether working with students from unions, community-based organizations, vocational classes or the transfer program, he aims to give students the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives and about our society.
Using techniques derived from the labor and popular education movements, he mixes lectures with discussions, role-playing, student presentations and music to explore class themes. His hope is that students will finish his classes with a sharper sense of power relations in our society and how they affect them and also with heightened analytical and critical thinking skills. As the inscription on the Science Building says, "And the truth will make you free." In his classes, whether history, employment rights, leadership training or social action theater, he helps students uncover the important truths of our time.

Mr. Shields helped restructure his department, adding community studies and environmental justice courses. He has served on the VATEA Grant Committee, the Vocational Education Advisory Committee and is a San Francisco Labor Council delegate for AFT Local 2121. He is also active with the Department Chair Council.
In recent years, Mr. Shields has helped bring two important conferences to the college, "Educating for Justice - Teaching for Labor and Community Power" in 2007 and "Reviving the New Deal" in Fall 2008.

Mr. Shields wrote and produced the Pacifica Radio Docudrama Series "Rising Waters, the Drama of the Militant Thirties". He was a founding member of the Bay Area Labor Theater, where he wrote, directed and performed theater about working class life. He is a member of the United Association for Labor Education and a Board Member of the Center for Labor Research and Education at U.C. Berkeley and of the Labor Studies Advisory Board at San Francisco State. A father of two children, he is past president of the James Lick Middle School PTSA.

In his leisure time, Mr. Shields enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in his children's schools, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and boating.

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