Faculty In Review

Multimedia Studies Program

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Julia A Baltrip

Visual Media Design Department

M.A.I.A., Visual Communications, San Francisco State University

Prof. Baltrip has been teaching at CCSF since 2001
Note to students: email me at ayana.baltrip@mail.ccsf.edu for quicker responses.

Article Print Magazine: March/April 2006
Member: American Institute of Graphic Artists
Member: Visual Media Alliance
Member: Organization of Black Designers

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Beth E Cataldo

Visual Media Design Department

B.A., Boston College
M.A., San Francisco State University

See more information about her classes and example of student work on her web site: http://bethcataldo.com/classes/

Beth Cataldo began her teaching career at City College as a part-time instructor in 2001 and was hired as a full-time instructor and coordinator of the Multimedia Studies Program in 2003.

Before teaching, Cataldo worked for more than 15 years in the publishing world, starting up and running new magazines, CD-ROMs and web sites about technology and entertainment for a variety of publishers, including Microsoft, Ziff-Davis, IDG and Inc. Publishing.

She began teaching in 2001, and received a Master's in Instructional Technology from San Francisco State University in 2003. She was the Multimedia Studies Program Coordinator from 2003 until 2014, creating and updating new curriculum and certificates that reflect employment trends in the Bay Area and advising students about the best paths to success.

She enjoys creating media, including documentaries, and has recently shown her movie "Ray Bandar: A Life with Skulls," at several local and national film festivals as well as on the educational channel NETA. Until November 2014, it is also playing as a part of the Skulls Exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.

Her interest in the natural history of mammals and citizen science has also compelled her to work as a Winter Wildlife Docent at Point Reyes National Seashore, and as a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center and the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. She is also currently volunteering as a surveyor for the Tsunami Debris Monitoring Program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In her spare time, she has been working on many creative projects, including Apps, screenplays and educational short documentaries.

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David A Cox

Visual Media Design Department

Multimedia Studies

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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David Allen Hurwich

Visual Media Design Department

BFA Fine Arts Carnegie Mellon University

David Hurwich is an artist, designer, digital artist, occasional video editor and all around web development craftsman. Before teaching full time he had been a contract designer for Genetech, the WB Channel, KQED, San Francisco TV channels and other companies around the Bay Area.

Since transitioning into teaching he has worked hard to hone the craft of teaching and communicating with others. He translates his passion for art and design into skills to be taught to others.

Mr. Hurwich currently teaches at City College of San Francisco and the University of California, Davis. He has also taught for the California College of the Art, Ex'pression School for the Digital Arts and the Miami Ad School. He is a top-rated Professor on Ratemyprofessor.com with comments that he 'is patient', 'understanding' and 'generally cool guy' endquote.

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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

“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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