Faculty In Review

Interdisciplinary Studies

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Roni W Abusaad

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Ali-Reza Chavoshian

Interdisciplinary Studies

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Prof. Ali Chavoshian has been teaching at CCSF since 1992.

He is a clinical psychologist, practicing in Berkeley, CA, and a clinical faculty of the Wright institute of Berkeley. Prof. Chavoshian is also the faculty member of the Lacanian Institute of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco, and the visiting professor of the Guilan School of Medicine, Department of Psyciatry, Rasht, Iran, and former Dean and Professor of Department of the School of Graduate Psychology, New College of California in San francisco.

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Felita J Clark

African American Scholastic Program (AASP)

A.A. in Social Sciences - Laney College; B.A. in Psychology - San Francisco State University; M.S. in Counseling - San Francisco State University; Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD) - Breining Institute

Prof. Clark has been counseling and teaching at CCSF since 2006, and is the current department chairperson for the Multicultural Retention Services Department (since Summer 2018).

Each One, Teach One!

"Semper Paratus" Club of CCSF co-advisor

Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; NAACP; board member of various community organizations; Staff Sergeant, California State Military Reserve/Cal Guard; Human Resources Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Martial arts instructor (sifu) and personal trainer.

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Erika Y Gentry

Chair, Photography Department

B.A., University of Oregon;
M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology

Professor. Gentry has been teaching at CCSF since 2001 part-time and full-time since 2006.

My goal in teaching is to help students push their creative vision, learn good technique and to celebrate and realize their own diverse ideas.

Erika Gentry is a Multimedia Artist and Educator. Her projects explore issues of identity as expressed through the use of technology and place. A self proclaimed Francophile, she exhibits and travels internationally and in Spring 2014 was an artist in residence in France. In addition to her own work, she designs photography workshops for intermediate photographers and photo lovers in France. www.photographyinfrance.com.

Gentry specializes in lens based media (video, photography) digital imaging, multi media arts, education and fine art printing in the Bay Area. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting electronic arts and photography nationwide since 1996 and has been a consultant to many of the industry’s leading professional photographers as they converted from film to a digital work-flow. She has worked in freelance photography, magazine and book picture editing, art direction, advanced digital post-production, web design and as a curator and educator. She has taught one-on-one and group courses at corporations and colleges such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, The San Francisco Art Institute, Foothill College, City College of San Francisco and Rayko Photo Center. She is currently a full-time faculty member at the City College of San Francisco.

Gentry grew up in Portland Oregon and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She completed her master of fine arts degree at The School of Imaging Arts and Sciences from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology. She has served as a Director on the National Board and the West Regional Board for The Society for Photographic Education where in 2012 she co-chaired it’s first sold out national conference in San Francisco. She has also served on the advisory board of Lens Culture Magazine and is former Vice President to the Board of Directors for Fotovision.org. She is a twice-honored candidate for the CENTER’s excellence in teaching award and enjoys sharing her knowledge of photo history as well as traditional and digital processes with her students.

Gentry started this blog in 2008 for her students. www.erikagentry.blog
Online classes can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/erikagentry/home

Board of Directors, San Francisco Camera Worl www.sfcamerawork.org
Six years: National Board of Directors, Society for Photographic Education, www.spenational.org

French Language
String Instruments

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Breana N Hansen

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jean T Ishibashi

Interdisciplinary Studies

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Ishibashi has been teaching part-time at CCSF since 2004 in Women's Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Instructional/educational philosophy and goals:

We are all experts in our own lived experiences. Those re-searched experiences can empower us to relate differently to ourselves and others. That re-search, documented and retold in stories, can be a powerful transformative agent moving mountains and systems like water, the lifeblood of mother earth, teaching us life's lessons and providing wisdom for generations to come.

All our relations.

Involvement in non-instructional CCSF activities, e.g. committees, clubs:

Women's Resource Center
Ourstories Club
Intersecting Identities Conference Service Learning Students

Books published or participation in professional or community organizations:

Dr. Ish has had various articles published in books and journals about the transformative power of our stories. S/he is a member of various community based organizations. The latest publication containing her work is CONSTRUCTING CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Narratives that Unmask Hegemony and Ideas for Creating Greater Equity in Education. Peter Lang, Pub. 2014.

Hobbies or extracurricular activities:

One of Dr. Ish's interests is midwifing her, his, their, and our stories!

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Kinneret R Israel

Interdisciplinary Studies

MA, University of Texas at Austin
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Prof. Israel has been teaching at CCSF since 2008

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Abdul Jabbar

Interdisciplinary Studies

M.A. and Ph.D. in English, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; graduate-level courses in political science, history, and comparative religions; Fulbright scholar; recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities awards; several publications

Full-time: from 1968 to 2004 in English and Interdisciplinary Studies Departments
Since 2004: Professor Emeritus, Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences Departments

Education is the only equalizer. To build a truly democratic and egalitarian society, community colleges, with their open-door policies, embrace all segments of society to provide high-quality education. Community college students often don't have the luxury to be full-time students. They have to juggle jobs, family responsibilities, activism for reform, and studies simultaneously. They deserve all avenues of support and incentives to achieve their educational goals in a supportive environmment that, at the same time, upholds high academic standards.

Member and Chair of the Personnel Committee, English Department, for several years
Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, for 6 years
Member and Chair of several hiring committees
Faculty Advisor to several students' clubs: General Union of Palestinian Students; Muslim Students Association; South Asian Cultural Association

Book: "Reading and Writing with Multicultural Literature: Search for Reconciliation and Peace" -- a textbook for English 1B, humanities, and similar courses -- was first published in 2010. The second edition came out in 2011, the third in 2013, and the fourth edition in 2014.

Book: "Celebrating America's Culture Diversity Through Literature and Film." Approximate publication date: Spring 2017.

Chapter in a book: "A Mirror to Our Faces: The Short Stories of Khushwant Singh," Chapter 10 of "Sikh Art and Literature," ed. Kerry Brown (Routledge, 1999)


Review of Riffat M. Syed's book "The American Revolution As Affected by the Muslim World," The Journal of America, June 2016

"Muslims Are Not Aliens in America and Black Lives Do Matter: Two Important Messages from Riffat M. Syed's Book," in "Pakistan Link," August 12, 2016

Review of "The True Subject: Selected Poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz," Journal of South Asian Literature, Michigan State University, Vol. 26, 1991, Nos. 1 & 2, 156-170

"Beyond Stereotypes: E. M. Forster's Vision of Global Unity in 'A Passage to India',” Humanities Journal (Spring 1989)

“U.S., Iran, Israel, and Palestine: The Fateful Quadrangle,” The Journal of America, May 2015
When you open this link, scroll down under “May 2015” to my article (third from top) and click on “PDF version” in red. The PDF version is a lot easier on your eyes.

“Call to Action,” co-authored with Prof. Junaid Ahmad, published in August, 2015, in the Journal of America

“Ending Terrorism in Pakistan,” The Journal of America, Dec. 2014, and Canadian Asian News, January 1–14, 2015

“Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," The Journal of America, American Institute of International Studies, January 5, 2009.

Review of A History of Pakistan and Its Origins, ed. Christophe Jaffrelot (London: Anthem Press, 2002). My review was published in the journal Education About Asia, Vol. 10, No. 3, Winter 2005.

“Post-mortem on Iraq,” The Guardsman, October 1, 2003

“Pakistan’s Archaeological Heritage and Future Direction,” Pakistan Link, October 10, 1997

“The Many Lessons of War," The Guardsman, May 17, 1991

Advisor, Central Asia Institute, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization that opens and operates schools in remote regions of neglected areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, with focus on female literacy.

Board Director, United Muslims of America

Advisor, Kamran Educational Foundation, San Francisco, California.

Chair, Curriculum Committee, to create courses for the soon-to-be-launched Islamic Studies Program at San Jose State University.

Guest lecturer in overseas universities, including Skype presentations.

Hobbies: Tennis, hiking, activism for political and social justice

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Ameena K Jandali

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Lijia Therese Lumsden

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Lauren Stuart Muller

Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American Studies, BA with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellowship, Teacher's College, Columbia University
Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English MA
Bay Area Writing Project Summer Institute
University of California Berkeley, English

Lauren Muller has been teaching at CCSF since 2000

Interdisciplinary Studies Department Chair and Co-Coordinator Social Justice Studies AAT workgroup
Faculty Advisor: Poetry for the People Club
have served on Academic Policies Committee, Student Learning Outcomes, Works of Arts, Equity Workgroup, Enrollment Management workgroup,

June Jordan's Poetry for the People, A Revolutionary Blueprint, Routledge, 1995Reckonings: Short Fiction by Native American Women, Oxford, 2006member: American Studies Association, Bay Area Writing Project, MultiEthnicLiteratures of the US, National Association of Indiginous Studies, Studies in American Indian Literature, Split This Rock

American Studies Association, Bay Area Writing Project, Split This Rock

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Joshua D O'Neal

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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David G Palaita

Interdisciplinary Studies

H.S. Diploma Cum Laude, Waipahu High School (1997)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Geography, University of Washington, Seattle (2003)
Master of Arts (MA), Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2005)
Leadership Certificate, National Association of Pacific American Leadership Institute, Honolulu, HI (2006)
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2015)

"We shall never be defined by the smallness of our islands, but by the greatness of our oceans" -Dr. 'Epeli Hau'ofa

Dr. David Ga'oupu Palaita, Ph.D. (vika) has been teaching at the City College of San Francisco since 2007 in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. He co-founded and is currently coordinator of the new Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies Program and teaches in the Diversity & Social Justice program.

Visiting Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, American Ethnic Studies
Seattle Central Community College, College Success and Juvenile Department
University of California, Berkeley, Ethnic Studies, Graduate Student Instructor
University of California, Berkeley, Upaward Bound, Instructor
College of San Mateo, Ethnic Studies, Adjunct Professor


Title: “VASA (Ocean)-The Space that is Sacred: Pacific Islanders in Higher Education”
Abstract: “Vasa (Ocean)—The Space that is Sacred: Pacific Islanders in Higher Education,” investigates how Pacific Islander students across three college campuses—City College of San Francisco, University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of California, Berkeley—change their schools and educational experience through the use of their indigenous cultures and cultural practices (ocean). Creating a voice for an often invisible community in higher education, students “talk-story” about the challenges and triumphs of their journey in higher education while questioning the politics of knowledge production, identity constructions, indigenous cultural practices, community formations, and inclusion in their schools. The project illustrates how these Pacific Islander movements are critiques of diversity in post-secondary educational institutions and also explores students’ engagement with contemporary colonization as a way of understanding their personal lives, their families and communities, and their worlds.

Dissertation Committee: Patricia Penn Hilden, Ph.D. (chair), Michael Omi, Ph.D. (member), Rick C. Bonus, Ph.D. (member), Waldo Martin, Ph.D. (outside member/Department of History), Toeutu Fa'aleva, Ph.D. (Advisory)

Pathways through VASA (Ocean) Program, Coordinator
Pacific Islander Club, Adviser
Gaualofa (Samoa) Pacific Voyagers, Crew Member

Palaita, David G., et al. “Matamai: The Vasa (Ocean) in Us: A Collection of short stories, poems, works of art, and music by students Pacific Islander Studies.” Achiote Press. Berkeley, CA. 2011.

Palaita, David G. et al. “Matamai 2: Intersecting Knowledge across the Diaspora.” Ala Press. Honolulu, HI. 2013

Palaita, David G. et al. “Matamai 3: We Are Ocean: Celebrating Pacific Islands Studies.” Ala Press. Honolulu, HI. (forthcoming)

Palaita, David G., Michael Tuncap, William Ta'ufo'ou. “Famalaoan ki Moana: Pacific Islander Women in Higher Education.” University of California, Berkeley. 2007.


Tavita Konesane Palaita (father)
Vivian Tutogi Palaita (mother)
Daniel T. Palaita (brother)
Mary Ann "Nane" Cunningham (sister)
Darrell T. Palaita (brother)
Matthew T. Palaita (brother)
Mark T. Palaita (brother)
Fa'atamali'i Moimoi (sister)
Vieni Tinitali (sister)


Neriah, Darhetta, Nane, Naveena, Na'arah, Lacey


Josiah, Elijah, Boston, Noah, Nethaniah, Nazareth, Naboth, Darrell, Daviniel, Matthew-Tito, Mark-David, Logan, Loyalty, Leonaidas, Steeler, Tama, Ozias, Ozidiah, Ozekiel

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Penny Rosenwasser

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jorge Sanchez

Interdisciplinary Studies

BA-Anthropology and Geography, UCLA
MA-Anthropology, SDSU
PhD-Ethnohistory, ColMich

Prof. Sanchez has been teaching at CCSF since 1997

To be an effective role model

If you are enrolled in my IDST 37 class entitled "Introduction to Ethnic Studies," Please log into the course one week prior the start of the Summer 2009 semester to complete the "online orientation." Failure to complete this orientation may subject you to be dropped from the course.

American Anthropological Association
Society for American Archaeology
Sociedad Mexicana de Antropologia

Enjoy traveling
Play soccer

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Javaid A Sayed

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Moazzam A Sheikh

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Leslie Beth Simon

Interdisciplinary Studies

B.A., History University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A., African Studies UCLA
M.A., English University of California, Berkeley

Ms. Simon has been teaching at CCSF since 1975.

She believes in a student-centered classroom where all students feel empowered to speak and debate with each other and the instructor. Her goal is for students to establish life-long learning habits along with critical thinking skills to enrich their personal lives and to enable them to contribute to their communities.

Ms. Simon founded and coordinated (1994-2017) Project SURVIVE, the CCSF sexual violence prevention program.. She also served as the Women's Studies Department chair for nine years (2001-2010). Currently, she co-coordinates (with Ann Wettrich) Groundswell, CCSF's architectural literacy program and Museum Studies affiliate.

In 1975, Ms. Simon brought "Poetry for the People," a course she designed, to City College. With initial support from Glen Nance, then African American Studies chair, the course is still being offered in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. Ms. Simon has also taught "Women and Literature," "Women in the Arts," and "Contemporary Women Writers."

Ms. Simon has published essays and poetry in various journals and anthologies as well as several collections of poetry: "Collisions and Transformations," Coffee House Press, 1992; "High Desire," Wingbow Press, 1983; "i rise/ you riz/ we born," Artaud's Elbow, 1981; "Jazz/ is for white girls, too," Poetry for the People, 1977. She co-edited (with John Oliver Simon) "The Caged Collective," Aldebaran Review, 1978 and co-authored (with Jan Johnson Drantell) "A Music I No Longer Heard: The Early Death of a Parent," Simon and Schuster, 1998.

She is the recipient of hero awards from KQED and 92.7 FM and the Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award from Community Boards. She also received the California Community Colleges Academic Senate Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award in 2017. In 2018, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women recognized Ms. Simon for her lifetime commitment to preventing and ending sexual assault.

Ms. Simon raised her children in San Francisco. Her daughter is a social worker, and her son is a city planner. She has three grandsons who live in nearby SF neighborhoods.

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Lanae E St. John

Interdisciplinary Studies

Doctorate in Human Sexuality, The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
MHS, The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Prof. St.John has been teaching at CCSF since Fall 2016

Member: American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
Sex Ed Network
Advisory Board Member of World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC)

Trained in the Somatica Method.

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Aimee B Suzara

Interdisciplinary Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Ann M. Wettrich

Interdisciplinary Studies

M.A. Creativity & Art Education, San Francisco State University

Prof. Wettrich has been teaching at CCSF since 2013

My goal is to animate student interests and prior knowledge to achieve educational goals by establishing a
co-creative, inquiry-based learning environment in the museum studies course I teach.
My teaching strategies include class dialogue, research and reading, along with place & project based learning experiences.I work to advance critical and creative thinking practices through assignments that both engage and challenge students.

Co-founder and active participant in Groundswell, a Center for Popular Architecture & Design at CCSF.


- Working with K-12 Teachers: Teaching Artists Perspectives, Chapter 12 in Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum, eds. D. Donahue and J. Stuart, Teachers College Press, Columbia University, 2010.
- Practitioners Respond to Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Ed by B. Barniskis, B. Cox and L. Brink, 7(3), Jul-Sep 2009, 192-202, contributor.
- Art in Education, A Curriculum Planning Guide, produced and edited as a publication of the CCA Teaching Institute by the Center for Art & Public Life, 2008.
- What it Takes in Co-Lab: New Generations Creative Partnerships in Art & Learning ), co-author with Suzanne Lacy 2002 - Exhibition Catalog, SF State University.
- Inside/Out: A Guide to Arts & Arts Education Resources for Children & Teens in San Francisco, Editions 1-3 (Art Education Funders Collaborative 1993-2000), production director and contributing writer.
- Leadership Profiles in Arts Education, series of monographs on art education in San Francisco public schools, Issues 1-4; production director and contributing writer, a publications of the Art Education Funders Collaborative 1999-2000.
- Layered Mapping, Or, A Ten Eyed Face with Grass: Speculation with Ann Wettrich and Sharon Daniel; Intervewer with Mark Bartlett, New Observations #127, Fall/Winter, 2000.
- Gloria Unti: Life & Work, co-authored oral history text and created accompanying interactive CD, published by the Legacy Project of the Performing Arts Library Museum, 1998.

• Alameda County Arts Commission - Commissioner (2006-2016); Currently serve on Public Art committee.
• Alameda County Office of Education’s Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership - Steering Committee, Arts & Activism in Higher Ed Task Force (chair); and Teaching & Learning Oversight Committee (chair)
• Community Advisory Boards: Crucible; Visual Thinking Strategies/Bay Area; Museum of Children’s Art; ArtSeed; Luna Dance Institute;
• Professional Association Memberships: California Association of Museums; California Alliance for Arts Education; National Art Education Association;

Fieldworks Collaborative - Artist

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