Faculty In Review

Earth Sciences Department

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Duane DeVecchio

Earth Sciences Department

AA Fullerton College, CA
BA San Francisco State University
MS Idaho State University
PhD University of California Santa Barbara

Prof. DeVecchio has been teaching at CCSF since 2012

University teaching offers a unique opportunity to expose a large number of people, with varying backgrounds, to new ideas and experiences. This situation requires an evolving method of communication and teaching techniques to reach the broadest audience. My basic strategy as an educator is to: 1) communicate course curriculum using a variety of teaching methods and media to appeal to different learning styles, 2) excite students about learning, so that their education becomes a choice rather than a requirement, and 3) stress critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills, such that skills learned in my classes can be applied to other data sources and life experiences.

Natural Hazards Textbook, Keller, E. A., and DeVecchio, D. E.

Rock Climbing, River Rafting, Mountain Biking, Snow Boarding

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Robert Ian Duncan

Earth Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Carla D C Grandy

Earth Sciences Department

B.S. Environmental Earth Resources, Texas Christian University
M.S. Oceanography/Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University
Ph.D. Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Grandy has been teaching at CCSF since 2007.

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Gregory D Harper

Earth Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Darrel E Hess

Chair, Earth Sciences Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Darrel Hess has been teaching Geography at City College since 1990. He served as Chair of the Earth Sciences Department from Fall 1995 through Spring 2009.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Geography at U.C. Berkeley in 1978, Mr. Hess served for two years as a teacher in the Peace Corps on the Korean island of Cheju-do. After the Peace Corps, he worked as a photographer and educational audiovisual producer. In 1990 he completed a graduate degree in the Department of Geography at UCLA.

Mr. Hess is author of the Pearson textbooks, MCKNIGHT'S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY: A LANDSCAPE APPRECIATION and PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY MANUAL, both now in their 11th editions, as well as the THIRD CALIFORNIA EDITION of MCKNIGHT'S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. He began working with senior author Tom McKnight on the 6th edition of the textbook, and took over full responsibility for the books with the 9th edition.

In his leisure time, Mr. Hess enjoys photography, hiking, camping, and scuba diving. He and his wife live in the East Bay.

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Carlos Andre Jennings

Earth Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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James S Kuwabara

Earth Sciences Department

B.S. University of Hawaii, Manoa; M.S., Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Christopher J Lewis

Chair, Earth Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Russell Craig Mcarthur

Earth Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Elizabeth J Proctor

Earth Sciences Department

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

Professor Proctor has been teaching at CCSF since 2006.

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Kirstie Lynn Stramler

Earth Sciences Department

B.S., Geophysics, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Ph.D., Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY

Prof. Stramler has been teaching at CCSF since 2013

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Katryn P. Wiese

Earth Sciences Department

B.S. Geology, Caltech
M.S., Marine Geology, Oregon State University
Postgraduate work Stanford Unversity

Professor Wiese started at City College in 1995 after 2 years working as a geologist at U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park and while working 5 years as an educator and programmer for a software company. She has also taught classes at Stanford, Oregon State University, High School (Physics and Calculus), and a variety of workshops and/or field trips for groups such as San Francisco Unified School District, the national Science Education Resource Center (SERC), and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

She is a teacher and a student. She loves to learn ("and everyone has something to teach!" she says). She loves to help others with their own studies.

Professor Wiese really has fun teaching, and hopes her students feel that same way in her classes. She has a lot of passion for what she teaches, and believes that comes across. To keep her classes dynamic and fun and interactive, she insists on students reading material prior to coming to class. "We're all adults, in college," she says, "and if we can't read material and teach ourselves basics, we're in the wrong place! By reading ahead, it means that we can use class time to really probe our understanding of the material -- kicking the tires, inspecting the engine, and advancing the basics beyond what all of us can teach ourselves. In this way, the basics become stronger, and the classroom is more active and fun. I have high expectations, but I also provide a number of resources to help students achieve those expectations."

Other projects Professor Wiese is involved in include managing the Science Building exhibit -- the Story of Time and Life, which describes the formation of the universe, our solar system, our planet, and the evolution of life on Earth. Find out more at http://www.ccsf.edu/TimeLife.

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Gordon H. Ye

Engineering & Technology Department

B.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.A., University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Ye has been teaching at CCSF since 1998


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