Faculty In Review

Behavioral Sciences Department

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Rebecca W Ancheta

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. in Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ancheta has been teaching at CCSF since 2007. Courses Taught at CCSF: SOC 1, SOC 1 Honors, SOC 2, SOC 21, and PSYC 2. Prior to joining CCSF, Dr. Ancheta was an Affiliated Scholar at Stanford University Institute for Research on Women and Gender (2001-05). She has also taught Research Methods in Sociology at San Francisco State and CSU Hayward.

I value students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences. This add a critical richness to each class, which I enjoy and deeply value. Intellectual development requires the ability to understand diverse points of view. Students are better prepared for the next steps in their education, and the workforce, when they can work successfully with others who are different from themselves. This is the foundation of a strong education. I work to make the classroom an engaging and stimulating environment, one that respects students and encourages cultural diversity.

Curriculum Committee (2015-current)
Honors Section and Honors Contract Instructor (2008-current)
Institutional Review Board (2013-current)
Mindset Equity Project, Mentor Training (Spring 2016)
Student Equity Committee, Behavioral Sciences (2015-current)
Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable (2015-current)

(1) Research Coordinator, Investigating Academic Mindsets at CCSF, Stanford University PERTS, Stanford, CA (2015)
(2) External Evaluator, Annual Program Evaluation for Techbridge: After School STEM Programs for Girls, Oakland, CA (2001-2014)

(1) Kekelis, L., Countryman, J., Heber, E., and Ancheta, R. (2006) “Role Models Make a World of Difference.” Society of Women Engineers Magazine. 52: 1.
(2) Kekelis, L., Ancheta, R., Heber, E. and Countryman, J. (2005) “Bridging Differences: How Social Relationships and Racial Diversity Matter in a Girls’ Technology Program.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 11:3.
(3) Kekelis, L., Ancheta, R., and Countryman, J. (2005) “Role Models Make a Difference: A Recipe for Success.” Association of Women in Science Magazine. 34:3.
(4) Kekelis, L., Ancheta, R. and Heber, E. (2005) “Hurdles in the Pipeline: Girls and Technology Careers.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 26:1.
(5) Ancheta, R. (2002) “Discourse of Rules: Women Talk about Cosmetic Surgery.” In Women and Health: Power, Technology, Inequality, and Conflict in a Gendered World, by K.S. Ratcliff. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

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Randolph D Badler

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., California State University at Sonoma; M.A., Duquesne University; Ph.D., Professional School of Psychology at San Francisco

Prof. Badler has been teaching at CCSF since 1988.

My goal is to have students understand, apply and be authentically interested in the fundamental concepts of psychology.

"Bulimia, Hysteria and Perversion" in Criticism and Lacan: Essays and Dialogue on Language, Structure, and the Unconscious, 1990.
Patrick Colm Hogan (Author, Editor), Lalita Pandit (Editor)

Faculty for San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis

My interests range from to the fine arts ----- painting, literature, theatre, photography. My preferred activities are 4-wall handball, golf, swimming in the Bay, generally enjoying our natural world, and traveling. I am deeply interested in ethics and politics. I question how does one do what one can to make the world a better place? It is hard to know exactly how to help and contribute from our relatively safe and privileged lives. In any case, I believe that it is unethical for anyone who is living comfortably to not try to give something back to those less fortunate. Preoccupation with oneself, absorption into such things as Pokemon-go or Facebook are unacceptable if they dominate our lives, and keep us from being aware of and doing something about the terrible suffering of so many people in the world, as well as facing the climate threat to Earth itself.

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Danilo T Begonia

Behavioral Sciences Department

BA, MA: SFSU psychology
Doctoral Studies Stanford psychology

Prof. Begonia has been teaching at CCSF since 1980

The poor teacher tells
The mediocre teacher explains
The superior teacher demonstrates
But the outstanding teacher inspires

Sailing, traveling, biking, motorcycling, scuba diving, paddleboarding,whitewater rafting, camping, musician, chorus

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Angela Mary Block

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.S., University of Santa Clara; M.A., California State University, Hayward; post graduate studies in Education and Public Administration, U.C. Santa Cruz and California State University San Jose.

Prof. Block has been teaching at CCSF since 1996

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Jennifer A Carlin-Dawgert

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.S. (Cum Laude) in Geography and Regional Planning/Urban Studies from Westfield State University,
M.A.in Feminist Clinical Psychology from New College of California

Prof. Carlin-Dawgert has been teaching at CCSF since 2007 and has taught at the Ocean Campus and the Mission, Southeast, John Adams and Downtown Centers.

Courses taught at CCSF have included Psyc 1 (General Psychology), Psyc 2 (Research Methods), Psyc 9 (Psychology of Stress), Psyc 10 (Abnormal Psychology), Psyc 25 (Psychology of Gender), CDEV 41T (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), CDEV 122 Social and Emotional Differences in Children and CDEV 125 Children's Emotional Development.

Areas of research have included Identity Development in Marginalized Communities, Sexual Minorities, and Intersubjectivity/Postmodernism.

Prof Carlin-Dawgert currently serves as the Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department.

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Deirdre Alison Clyde

Behavioral Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Ramona I Coates

Behavioral Sciences Department

Ph.D. Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
M.A. Sociology, California State University, at Fullerton
B.A. Social Ecology, University of California, at Irvine
A.A. New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM

Professor Coates has been teaching at CCSF since 2007.

Her teaching philosophy is straightforward. "Each time I step into a classroom my goal is to encourage students to learn, provide opportunities for students to establish connections with one another, and empower students to become proactive learners. To me this means continually updating course material, utilizing a variety of teaching methods and styles to disseminate information, and pushing students beyond their comfort zones by teaching them how to critically evaluate social life in our society as well as others. This is an exciting profession and I feel that excitement needs to also be in the classroom."

Professor Coates has published Hey, Purritty Gurrl! Black Stereotyping: Social Interactions among African American and West Indian College Students in Metropolitan New York. Dissertation Research.

She is a member of the American Sociological Association and Caribbean Studies Association.

Professor Coates enjoys spending time with her three loves: her husband and their two incredibly intelligent, articulate and beautiful princess girls. Other things she likes to do - cake decorate & create jewelry for family & friends.

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Terry V Day

Behavioral Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Diane Gressani

Behavioral Sciences Department

BA, University of California; MA, Antioch University

Prof. Gressani has been teaching at CCSF since 1990. In addition to Psych 1, she has also taught Applied Psych, Early Childhood and Adolescence, Minority Group Psychology, Psychology of Stress and Psychology of Shyness and Self Esteem.

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Lisa M. Harrison

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.S./B.A., Psychology/Spanish Literature, Santa Clara University
M.A., Psy.D., California School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Harrison has been teaching at CCSF since 1996. She has also taught graduate level courses in cross cultural counseling at University of San Francisco and John F. Kennedy University.

Areas of Expertise: Psychology of race/ethnic relations, oppression, racial identity development, racism awareness.

Courses Taught at CCSF: Psychology of Race and Ethnic Relations, Abnormal Psychology, Applied Psychology, Lifespan Development, Social Psychology, and General Psychology

Instructional/Educational Philosophy and Goals: Teaching is a very exciting and stimulating adventure. The best teachers I had inspired me to engage in critical thinking about what they were teaching, rather than just trying to memorize it all. In my psychology courses I strive to recreate that experience for my students by encouraging critical thinking, thoughtfulness, and self-awareness and by demonstrating the practical application of psychology. I enjoy sharing my passion for psychology and love the experience of watching my students learn new information that they can put to good use in their lives. My job is to teach my students to discover and see what they think about what they are learning so that their educational experience goes beyond the terms, concepts, and theories.

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Karin G Hu

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. Psychology: UC Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D. Psychology: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Postdoc: Retinal Neutobiology, Stanford

Prof. Hu has been teaching at CCSF since 1980's.

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Matthew L Kennedy

Behavioral Sciences Department

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

Prof. Kennedy has been teaching at CCSF since 1994. In addition to anthropology, he has also taught film history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at CCSF (LGBT 11).

Books published:
Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007)
Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004)
Marie Dressler: A Biography (McFarland, 1999)

Contributing writer-researcher:
Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (2015)
George Lucas's Blockbusting (HarperCollins, 2010)
Strategies for Teaching Anthropology, fourth edition (Prentice-Hall, 2006)
The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television (Cleis Press, 2005)

Honors Faculty of the Year, Bay Consortium of Honors Programs, 2011
Certificate of Appreciation, Inter Club Student Council, CCSF, 2004
Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2000

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Barbara M. Lass

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, University of South Dakota
M.A., Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Prof. Lass has been teaching full-time at CCSF since Fall 2011.

I like students to leave my classes with something they apply to today's world and to their own lives, regardless of whether they pursue further study in anthropology or ever take another anthropology class.

Chair, Works of Art Committee

One monograph, several articles, and conference papers on Hawaiian archaeology
Member of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC), California Community College Anthropology Teachers group, Asian Studies Development Program

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Jeanne L Lin

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1978; M.S. Psychology, University of Washington, 1985; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 1990.

Prof. Lin has been teaching at CCSF since 1987.

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Margaret L Louie

Behavioral Sciences Department


A.S., City College of San Francisco
B.S., San Francisco State University
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology


I have been teaching at CCSF since 1989, but the journey here has been quite circuitous. I majored in education first, thinking that I would be an elementary school teacher; I knew that much of my resilience came from my success in school and I wanted to re-create that same strength for other young people who might not have other sources of support. In the process of learning to become a teacher, I found myself drawn to the family histories of the students I was teaching, and began to wonder if maybe resilience needed to start in the home. As a result, I switched to psychology, eventually training as a clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of children and families.
I worked as a therapist for several years while teaching part-time here at City College. I taught mostly because it paid the bills, but as I got more experience teaching, I found that I actually enjoyed it very much. So here I am, back to my original plan to be a teacher. I always find it funny how life can move in so many different directions if you're open to the choices.
I am no longer providing therapy to clients, but I find that my experience as a therapist dovetails very nicely with many areas of research that are discussed in psychology. I feel very lucky to be where I am now, having joined the two professions in a way that satisfies me on many levels.

Teaching Philosophy:

I have always loved learning, but I was never particularly disciplined. While I did fine throughout school, when I got to college (here at CCSF), I failed many of my classes and had to drop out.
I worked for a couple of years in dead-end jobs and realized that I needed to finish my education. Fortunately, when I returned to CCSF, I was more motivated and had developed some discipline from working. It was a struggle and a challenge to develop college-level skills and study habits, but I could see the difference in my academic abilities as time went on.
I feel privileged to be teaching here at City College, and I believe that my experiences have informed my teaching philosophy. I see that many students come to CCSF with strong skills, but many other students don't. If you are a student with strong skills, you are moving on to a 4-year institution - I celebrate with you :-)! But if you are a student without strong skills, academic life can be discouraging. :-(
As in my own experience, I believe that academic skills can be learned. If you are struggling academically, I will work with you to build these skills, if you are open to working with me. I know that most students can rise to the challenge if they have the resources.

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Robert Walter Lutz

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., U.C. Berkeley; Ph.D., Arizona State University

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jennifer A Manongdo

Behavioral Sciences Department

Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and Social Science, University of California, Irvine

Prof. Manongdo has been teaching at CCSF since 2015.

Selected Publications:
Manongdo, J. A., & Ramírez García, J. I. (2011). Maternal parenting and mental health of Mexican American youth: A bidirectional and prospective approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 261-270.
Ramírez García, J. I., Manongdo, J. A., & Cruz Santiago, M. (2010). The family as mediator of the impact of acculturation and inner-city stressors on substance use: An empirical test with Mexican American youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 404-412.

Professional Memberships:
APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
Asian American Psychological Association
Society for Research in Adolescence

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Tricia A Murajda

Behavioral Sciences Department

BA Political Science, Marshall University, 2000
BA Sociology, Marshall University, 2000
MA Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
MA Certification Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
ABD PhD Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

Prof. Murajda has been teaching at CCSF since 2006

Teaching at the community college level specifically is a personal mission and I have focused my efforts and attention over the past decade to my work at and City College of San Francisco and Skyline College. I am a strong believer in empowerment at the local level, in our communities, and seek to contribute to an institution whose goals align with my belief in education as a channel for preserving a democratic society.

Precita eyes Muralists volunteer
International Museum of Women collaborator and contributor to exhibition MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe

Current Interests: Urban Sociology, Visual Sociology, documentary, Border Studies, Anti-Trafficking work

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Theresa M Murray

Behavioral Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Arthur J Nishimura

Behavioral Sciences Department

A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Esther N. Nzewi

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA; M.A., Montclair State University, New Jersey; M.A., New York University, Ph.D., New York University, NY

Prof. Nzewi has been teaching at CCSF since 1995

As an instructor, I believe that I have an ethical responsibility to ensure that my students understand and learn the course material being presented. I strive to make my lectures clear, systematic and relevant. I am open, flexible, considerate and fair. I deem questions to be critical components of learning and encourage my students to ask questions. My perspective is that a question unasked and therefore unanswered remains a major distraction and an obstacle to learning. I am passionate about teaching and providing my students the resources that enable them to achieve their goals and thrive.

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Paul David Thiem

Behavioral Sciences Department

1996: BA in Psychology with Highest Honors; University of California, Berkeley.
2005: PhD in Psychology; University of California, Santa Cruz

Prof. Thiem has been teaching at CCSF since 2016

I work to foster each student's own path of self discovery and personal growth, to help them find their way in the world, and be better citizens of the world.

I am an avid cyclist and use my bicycles as my primary form of transportation and for utility use such as grocery shopping and errands. I also ride as often as time permits for additional exercise and recreation.

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