Faculty In Review

Labor and Community Studies Department

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Carol Kesich Blecker

Labor and Community Studies Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Torina L Craig

Labor and Community Studies Department

BA in Psychology from Mills College
MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University

Prof. Craig has been counseling at CCSF since 2011, and teaching since 2012


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Fred Glass

Labor and Community Studies Department

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., San Francisco State University

Fred Glass has been a member of the CCSF faculty for the past twenty five years.

He believes that, through labor studies, union activists and the general student population can gain a stronger grasp of the meaning of civic involvement in a democratic society.

He is the author of 70 Years: A History of the California Federation of Teachers (1989). His ten-part documentary video series on the history of the California labor movement, Golden Lands, Working Hands (1999), aired on most PBS stations in California, and every public high school in the state has a copy. He has also written many articles on labor and media related topics for union and academic publications (Labor Studies Journal, Afterimage, Film Quarterly, Labor's Heritage, etc.), as well as more topical pieces for daily newspapers (SF Chronicle, Sacramento Bee).

Fred has been the Communications Director for the California Federation of Teachers since 1988. He oversaw the media work for the three year contract struggle of lecturers in the University of California system, which ended with path-breaking gains for contingent faculty. He served two terms as President of the Western Labor Communications Association, and three terms as a vice-president of the International Labor Communications Association. He currently co-chairs the Speaker's Commission on Labor Education for the California Legislature. He is a member of AFT Local 2121, the San Francisco Community College Federation of Teachers.


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Rashaida Nirobe

Labor and Community Studies Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Gladys Porras

Labor and Community Studies Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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William F Shields

Chair, Labor and Community Studies Department

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

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

Mr. Shields' 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 oral history storytelling courses. He served on the VATEA Grant Committee, the Vocational Education Advisory Committee and as a San Francisco Labor Council delegate for AFT Local 2121. He is active with the Department Chairpersons Council.
He is active in the movement to defend public education, City College and the Diversity Collaborative of social justice departments at the college.

Mr. Shields was a worker-organizer as a tour guide/shuttle driver and was a field representative for UNITE HERE Local 2.

He wrote and produced the award-winning 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 currently directs the Work Tales labor drama program in his department. Labor drama partners in this program have included Local 2, Sign and Display Local 510, La Colectiva de Mujeres/the Women's Collective and SEIU Local 87.

In 2014, Mr. Shields was elected to the national Executive Board of the United Association for Labor Education, where he serves as the Western States Regional Representative. He is a Board Member of the Center for Labor Research and Education at U.C. Berkeley, of the Labor Archives at San Francisco State and of the Fund for Labor Culture and History.

He is the father of two adult children and a past parent leader in the San Francisco School District. On behalf of Labor and Community Studies he taught U.S. History for Balboa High School students and is currently developing a teaching partnership with June Jordan High School.

In his leisure time, Mr. Shields enjoys spending time with his family, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and boating.


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Patricia Wynne

Labor and Community Studies Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.



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