Congratulations to our 2015-16 EPIC Fellows for completing their fellowships, and delivering inspiring presentations at the annual symposium. View their projects and download presentation resources below.
The contents of these projects were developed under grant #84.015A from the U.S. Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Associate Professor, Foothill College
Ben Armerding earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from San Francisco State University, and studied abroad at the University of Wales in Swansea. In addition to teaching as an adjunct and associate professor at various community colleges and universities across the Bay Area, Ben has also taught English as a Second Language courses in both Mongolia and Kazakhstan. These experiences have all shaped his interest in globalizing education; he is delighted to participate in this project with Stanford University, College of San Mateo, and fellow Foothill colleagues.
Project: Social Reading & Writing
Instructor, College of San Mateo
Tania Beliz has been teaching full time at College of San Mateo (CSM) since 1990. Tania earned a Ph.D. in botany at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in biology at the University of Panama. Tania is familiar with the flora and ecology of Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and California. At CSM, Tania has developed instructional materials, including tutorials, for her online, web-assisted, and campus classes. As part of a Community College Biology Faculty partnership with San Francisco State University, Tania has mentored graduate students aspiring to become community college instructors. Tania teaches General Botany; Plants, People, and the Environment; Introduction to the Life Sciences; and General Health Sciences. Tania likes to combine her interests in gardening, traveling, and learning about different cultures with her passion for teaching.
Project: Internationalizing Biology Classes
Tania Beliz modified her Introduction to General Biology classes at College of San Mateo to feature contributions made by scientists from different parts of the world. She highlighted individuals who are collaborating on research about biomes in different regions, such as the rainforests, and highlighted the biographies and experiences of influential biologists including Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin.
Professor, Foothill College
Tess Hansen is a full-time professor in the English Department at Foothill College, where she has taught for 24 years. As a composition teacher, she believes that her role is to teach her students—especially the underserved and underrepresented—the “rules of the game” of academia. Her courses focus on empowering students to critically examine the structure of inequality in U.S. society and to voice their protests against their own marginalization. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University, where her dissertation focused on the pedagogical practices of African-American learning communities. She also received her B.A. in English from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in English from the University of Iowa.
Project: Refugees and Identity
"What is a refugee? Who are they? Where to do they come from?" Tess Hansen asked her English 1A class at Foothill College, where she has taught for 24 years. For her EPIC project, Hansen developed a curriculum that focuses on refugees and identity and used Lacuna Stories as a tool to facilitate class discussion online.
Professor, Foothill College
Currently a full-time Professor of English at Foothill College, Scott completed a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford in 1991 with a dissertation on “John Muir and the Nature of America.” Previously, he served as Foothill’s Dean of Language Arts and cofounder of the Foothill College Cultural Diversity Center. In 2011 he became the cofounder of the Foothill College Center for a Sustainable Future, collaborating with the Stanford Design School and California State University Chancellor's Office to help infuse sustainability across the curriculum, and from 2012 to 2013, he continued that work as a Fellow with the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative (SHREI). Based on this work, in 2013 he received the Hayward Award as northern California’s Teacher of the Year from the statewide Community College Academic Senate. His book, Tahoe Beneath the Surface (published by Heyday Books and Sierra College Press), was named a 2010 Nature Book of the Year Bronze Medal winner by Foreword Reviews. His next book will focus on the earth's largest lakes and the battle to save them.
Project: Teaching Climate Change: The Ultimate International Issue?
Lankford has been teaching and writing about climate change for his entire career, but felt he had been failing at it. He decided to take a new approach: apply the topic to different areas across the curriculum in his writing and critical thinking honors courses. His students used critical thinking concepts, such as meta-silence, confirmation bias and assimilation bias, to examine climate change through various lenses, such as STEM and biology research, political and economic arguments, as well as literature and art about the topic.
Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
Project: The Internationalization of Sociology Curriculum
Instructor, Foothill College
Sean is an English instructor at Foothill College, where he integrates social and environmental justice concerns into composition, reading, and critical thinking courses. Before teaching at Foothill College, he earned an M.A. in English Composition from San Francisco State University, where he studied representations of authorial consciousness in experimental writing. In addition, he uses his background in cultural studies and his M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing to invent new curricular approaches to literacy education.
Project: Integrating the Literary Transnational in Composition Pedagogy
For his EPIC project, Sean developed and taught a course that helps his English students understand the relationship between their local and global environments by reading transnational literary works.
Assistant Professor, College of San Mateo
Stephanie has been Assistant Professor and Digital Resources Librarian at College of San Mateo (CSM) in San Mateo, California, since the fall of 2014. Prior to CSM, she was Librarian and Adjunct Faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University’s School of Information in December 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Technical Services New Leader Award from the California Library Association, where she served as chair, and as a member of several committees, including the Steering Committee. Her professional interests include information literacy; the ethics and social aspects of information creation and use, including use of technology and various media types; social media; and metadata.
Project: Teaching Information Literacy from a Global Perspective
Roach redesigned her academic research course to add an international focus. Now, her students explore global forces such as war and techno forces such as Google's search algorithm, that impact decision making and access to information and knowledge.
Professor, Foothill College
Nathan is an adjunct professor at several Bay Area institutions of higher education, but he most enjoys working with the excellent students and faculty at Foothill College. He has an M.A. in English Composition, with a certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading, both from San Francisco State University. His research interests are many, including, but not limited to: addressing issues of educational (in)equity, researching how technology is (and isn’t) changing the reading and writing processes of students, contingent academic labor issues, and how students gain ownership of reading and writing skills and techniques.
Project: Approaching the International Student Experience in CA Colleges
Instructor, College of San Mateo
Michele studied anthropology at Los Angeles Pierce College and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received her A.A. and M.A. degrees, respectively, specializing in physical anthropology and archaeology. Her research included the osteology and excavation of sites on the southern Channel Islands: San Clemente, Santa Catalina, and San Nicholas, as well as the California mainland. Currently, Michele teaches courses in physical and cultural anthropology, anthropology of religion, and archaeology at College of San Mateo, in San Mateo, California, where she also serves on the Academic Senate. She cofounded a food pantry for students and has served as an advisor for the Anime and Charity Clubs at the college. Michele is a recipient of the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching.