B.A., M.A., University of the Pacific
Ms. Babin has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 2002.
Since public speaking is the number one fear in America (death is number 2), she hopes to help students reduce their fear and have fun at the same time. It has been said that humor is a major factor of attention in a public speech. "I teach students to feel comfortable using humor in their work to help ease tension."
Ms. Babin is a member of the Western States Communication Association.
Her extracurricular activities include running in marathons, 10K and 12K races, tennis, reading or watching comedy.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., San Francisco State University
Ms. Dvorson has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1980.
She states: "I believe that today's increased focus on technology and decreased emphasis on human interaction deprive many students of the opportunity to express themselves effectively. Through a supportive classroom environment, my students develop increased self-confidence as their communication skills improve. It is rewarding to know that these skills will impact every aspect of their lives."
Ms. Dvorson is involved in the CCSF Writing Lab and the Speech Department Committee to revise course outlines and develop new courses.
She is a member of the Speech Arts Association of California; dramatic reading participation.
Her extracurricular activities include tap dancing, politics, tennis, journalism and travel.
Biography is unavailable at this time.
B.A. in Business Education, M.A. in Communication, both from Michigan State University. Completed doctoral coursework in Communication at University of Kansas.
Ms. Frahm has been a member of the CCSF speech faculty for several years.
Her educational goal is to create a safe environment conducive to learning in which students can face speech anxiety and decrease it through practice. Students learn best by doing, so her classes are interactive with the focus on the students rather than on the instructor.
Ms. Frahm is a Precinct Representative for AFT 2121. In addition, she provides communication-related classes to employees in organizations.
In her leisure time she enjoys yoga and hiking.
B.A., California State University, Hayward
Professor Gorthy has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 2001.
Her educational philosophy is to work hard to provide a safe community that allows for thought to be freely exchanged without fear of racism or other forms of prejudice.
Professor Gorthy is on the Sustainability Committee and is currently chairing a subcommittee to explore a teacher training program on sustainability issues.
Her other memberships include the National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, Berkeley Oakland Support Services for the Homeless (1997), Women's Choice Clinic (1997) and Phi Pho Pi Honor Society.
In her leisure time, Professor Gorthy enjoys spending time with her two children at the park, and volunteering at her daughter's public school, hiking, traveling, organic gardening, gospel singing, reading and collecting beat poetry.
B.A., M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Mr. Kudsi has taught at CCSF since January 1994.
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If you wish to attend UCLA starting in the fall you will need to apply during the preceding year through normal means by the regular fall deadline (usually November 30th). In addition to the regular UCLA application, you will also need to fill out a TAP Certification Form. Your TAP Certification Form will not be due until the beginning of the spring semester immediately preceding the fall you intend to start at UCLA. Once you return from winter break and have your fall grades drop by the CCSF Honors Office with your official or unofficial transcripts. Be sure to fill out a TAP Certification Form when you drop off your transcripts. After reviewing your entire transcripts the CCSF Honors Coordinator will determine if you are eligible for the TAP program. Among other things, he will be checking to be sure you have completed or intend to complete 15 units of honors work before you graduate from CCSF and that your overall CCSF GPA is 3.0 or higher. Assuming you get the approval and sign-off of the Honors Program Coordinator, you will be asked to meet with a counselor in the Transfer Center in the Science Building. The transfer counselor will need to sign the TAP Certification Form too. This form should then be sent to UCLA. If you are accepted by the TAP program, your application to UCLA will be given priority treatment. You may also be eligible for a scholarship. It should be noted that acceptance into the TAP program is not “guaranteed admission”. For more information about UCLA’s TAP program please visit the web page they sponsor on the topic: http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/tap
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Mr. Kudsi believes that "great speakers are not born, but made. And they make themselves as a result of their passion, creativity and work ethic. The key to overcoming your public speaking anxiety is to: (1) let the nervousness move through you and do not resist it; (2) quiet your negative self-talk; and (3) know you are not alone and you are not the only one who is nervous."
Mr. Kudsi is the Coordinator of the CCSF Honors Program. For more details see
He is the chair of the CCSF Honors Issues Sub-Committee / Advisory Committee.
CCSF Distance Education Participant
Former Director of Forensics and Assistant Forensics Coach for the Award Winning CCSF Speech and Debate Team. Professor Kudsi has coached students to gold medals in debate and interpreter's theater among other events.
Mr. Kudsi is the treasurer and former secretary of the BHC (Bay Honors Consortium) and a member of the UCLA TAP (Transfer Alliance Program) and the HTCC (Honors Transfer Council of California).
His extracurricular activities include juggling, drinking ginger tea and being a pop culture junkie. He drinks water out of stainless steel bottles.
Biography is unavailable at this time.
B.A., M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Mr. Riggs has been a member of the CCSF faculty since 1994.
His educational philsophy is as follows: Ideas, not Pedantry; Imagination, not Cliches; Questions, not Answers; Inquiry, not Dogmatism; Problems, not Solutions; Curiosity, not Apathy.
Mr. Riggs has published "Communication, Coordination and Conflict" and "Communication Dynamics of Behavior Management".
B.A., University of San Francisco; M.A., San Francisco State University
Ms. Tang-Quan has taught at CCSF for the past 26 years.
She believes that everyone can succeed in college if they want to. You've got to show up and do the work! Learning to speak is scary but you've got to feel the fear and do it anyway. You will grow as a person and become more confident. Soon you will look and sound like a professional speaker.
Her goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment for each student. She is there to cheer you on to success.
Ms. Tang-Quan is on the English Department Personnel Committee, Enhanced Self-Study Committee, Learning Communities Coordinator, Staff Development Coordinator, Right to Succeed Facilitator, Tenure Review Committee, New Faculty Orientation, Catalog Editor, Public Relations Director and Concert Lecture Series Coordinator.
Ms. Tang-Quan is also a speech consultant and professional speaker.
B.A., M.A., San Francisco State University
Biography is unavailable at this time.
B.S. Socio-Political Communication, Missouri State University
Professor Whalen has been teaching at CCSF since 2005.
Her focus has always been on critical thinking and argumentation. She hopes students can see the powerful link between a public voice and social change.
Currently Professor Whalen is the Director of Forensics of the CCSF Speech and Debate Team. She is past president of the Cross Examination Debate Association and the current Treasurer of the Northern California Forenscis Association.
Professor Whalen has research articles and essays appearing in Performing Democracy, The Art of Rhetorical Criticism and in the following journals: Text and Performance Quarterly and Women Studies in Communication.
In her free time she enjoys wine tasting, stand-up comedy, and theatre.
B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., San Francisco State University
Biography is unavailable at this time.
B.A., Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University
Ms. Wongprasert has been teaching at CCSF since January 2003.
She believes in active learning. "Students are encouraged to get involved in their learning process as they explore, analyze, and evaluate the course materials in and out of class. As Horowitz (1977) puts it, "to educate is not just to pour in materials for students to learn; by definition, education means developing the latent powers of students." By means of active learning, students are empowered, analytical, rational, and resourceful."
She is an active member of the Communication Apprehension and Avoidance Division of NCA (National Communication Association) and served as Division Chair in 2003. Ms. Wongprasert's journal publications focus on communication apprehension, its effects in various settings, and available interventions. She is also co-editing a book, "Avoiding Communication (3rd ed.)" with five top scholars in the Communication field.