Faculty In Review

Philippine Studies Department

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Michael M Gonzalez

Philippine Studies Department

A.B. History, University of the Philippines, Diliman
M.A. Social Anthropology, University of Sydney, Australia
Ed.D. Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California

Prof. Gonzalez has been teaching at CCSF in 2005, 2011-13, 2014-

I have been teaching Philippine History and Culture since receiving my B.A. in History. While at the University of the Philippines, I taught at the History Department and later at the Institute of Community and Development. While teaching, I pursued graduate work and conducted research of Tagalog folk religious associations in the provinces of Southern Tagalog (Laguna, Batangas, Quezon). Migrating to the United States in the 80's,
I taught part-time at Stanford University and Cal-State Hayward, City College SF and UCSC, teaching Filipino American history or Tagalog while working fulltime in the IT industry. I earned a doctorate degree in Education from the Fielding Graduate University.

Professional Development Commitee

American Educational Research Association
Center for Filipino Studies, CSUEB
NVM Gonzalez Writers' Workshop (Director)
Philippine American Writers and Artists Inc.


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Leo S Paz

Philippine Studies Department

B.A. in Philosophy, De LaSalle University/OLAS
M.A.in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of San Francisco
Ed.D. in International Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

Professor Paz has been teaching at CCSF since 1993.

Professor Paz's educational philosophy: "Education is preparation for life. Education is also lifetime learning. Thus, it is not just specific knowledge and training in one field, but a rich, broad mix of science, philosophy, arts and letters. Pedagogy and Learning are both empowering and liberating. The teacher becomes a better teacher because s/he learns from and inspired by one's students. Students become better and more learned persons because teachers impart not only knowledge, but also inspiration, conviction, ideals, and values."

Professor Paz is Fil Am Student Club Advisor, Advisory Board Member of APASS, MESA/STEM, Mentoring and Service Learning, and FAA.

He has published as follows: "Placement Testing in the Filipino Language" in "Case studies in foreign language placement: Practices and possibilities" by Hudson, T. and Clark, M. (Eds.), National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii; for 10+ years, wrote a regular column "Let's Talk Filipino" in internationally circulated Philippine News.

Professor Paz is Vice President, Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL); Member, Association of Asian Studies, and Lifetime Member, Foreign Language Association of Northern California.

He enjoys running, walking, reading.

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Lily Ann Bolo Villaraza

Chair, Philippine Studies Department

PhD, History, Northern Illinois University, 2017
Specializations in Southeast Asian History; Philippine History; Asian American/Filipino
American History; Race, Class, & Immigration; Cultural History & Cultural Production
MA, History, Northern Illinois University, 2007
MA, Education, with a specialization in Literacy & Language Arts, Loyola Marymount University, 2002
BA, History, University of California, Irvine, 1999
BA, Asian American Studies, University of California Irvine, 1999

Prof. Villaraza has been teaching at CCSF since 2014

I teach because every moment in front of students is an opportunity to be part of an A-HA moment. To witness it is a gift; to facilitate it– that A-HA moment - is a responsibility that I take seriously, joyfully, whole-heartedly, and with a passion that drives me to be a better educator every day. I teach because I love it; the conversations, the knowledge sharing, the discoveries, the A-HA moments. I teach because the possibility of instilling the value of – and love for - life-long learning in one, two, or one hundred people means there is hope for a better future for everyone. I believe teachers bear the burden of helping people discover their better selves in relation to the rest of humanity.

As an educator, my responsibility lies in being a life-long learner, to be a model of what that looks like, and to encourage others to be the same – all in the hope that more A-HA moments can be had by all.

TULAY - Filipino American Student Success Program
Filipino American Task Force
Diversity Collaborative
P.E.A.C.E. Club Advisor

• October 2016 – Palimpsests 2: Filipino Studies Conference San Diego, CA
Disciplines & Pedagogies Roundtable Discussant

• October 2015 – Filipino American International Book Festival San Francisco, CA
- Filipino American History Panel Panelist
- Conversation & Connections: Building a Philippine/Filipino Co-Facilitator
American/Filipino Diaspora Studies Network (Roundtable)
- Philippine Diaspora and Politics Panelist

• October 2015 – Filipino American History Month Celebration San Francisco, CA
Contra Costa College Keynote Speaker

• April 2014 – Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) Conference San Francisco, CA
Our Paths to Follow: Scholarship as Social Justice for Second Generation
Pin@ys from San Diego, CA Panelist

• October 2012 – International Conference on the Philippines (ICO-Phil). Lansing, MI
Revisiting, Recycling & Recollecting Filipino Identities on Stage. Chair & Panelist

• March 2011 – Joint Session of the Association of Asian Studies/International Council of Asian
Scholars Annual Conference Honolulu, HI
Performing contradictions: Cultural production and the negotiation of
ethno-national identity in the Filipino Diaspora. Chair & Panelist

• February 2009 - Cultural Citizen Program – North-South Dialogue Program Booklet
Department of State Final Report.
Co-Edited by Dr. Susan Russell and Dr. Lina Davide-Ong
• Sept 2007 - “PETA and the articulation of nationalism,” Article. Our Own Voices e-zine
• Sept 2007 - “Peace warriors of Mindanao,” Article, Filipinas Magazine
• June 2005 - “Tongue-Tied,” Article. Co-authored with Edwin Lim, Filipinas Magazine
• 2003 – The Dozens - Pinay Style, group poem with Emily Lawsin & the Pinay M.A.F.I.A.
Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas, ed. Marianne Villanueva & Virginia

Community Organizing and Programming Events
Spending time with friends and family
Traveling and eating delicious meals

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