Instructor Bio

Welcome new and prospective students! I'm Steven Mayers and I've been teaching in CCSF's English Department since 2005. I look forward to working with you! I moved around a lot growing up and love to travel. I've lived in Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. On the weekends, I love spending time with my wife and son, hiking, gardening, reading, playing guitar, and cooking!

I’ve taught the composition sequence (1A, 1A+1AS, 1B, and 1C); English 35A and B, Intro. to and Intermediate Fiction Writing; English 35L and M, Intro. to and Intermediate Literary Magazine; English 44B, Survey of World Literature from Early Modern to the Present; and English 26, an intensive grammar course. I'm a co-coordinator for CCSF's Puente Program, which has a cohort at the Mission campus. I teach the Puente Program's English 1A+1AS in the fall and English 1B in the spring, incorporating Latinx and multicultural authors, experiences, and issues into the reading and writing assignments. Puente's three-pronged approach uses writing instruction, counseling and mentoring to prepare underrepresented students to transfer to four-year universities. Read some of my students' oral history projects at Imagining Home: CCSF Oral History Project. I'm also a faculty advisor for Forum Magazine, our English Department's literary journal, which is produced by students in 35L and M.

I've earned a BA in English at the University of Oregon, an MA in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University, and an Ed.D in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco. I've taught at San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, and Cañada College. My MA thesis explored ways in which fiction can challenge historical accounts of the past, and my dissertation, analyzing the stories of Central Americans in the Bay Area, focused on the themes of identity, home, and forgiveness. I write and conduct oral history research, especially with refugees and internally displaced people. I am co-editor of Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America, a collection of oral histories published by Haymarket Books in the spring of 2019 as part of the Voice of Witness book series on human rights. Solito, Solita was shortlisted for the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in America and was picked by Remezcla as #1 in their Best Latino and Latin American History Books of 2019.