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Baxter, Ken
Adjunct Associate Professor

Bio:
B.A., California State University, Stanislaus
M.A., California State University, Stanislaus
Leadership Development Certificates, California State University, Sacramento
Management Certificate, University of California, Davis

Ken has worked in government at the federal, state, and local level for over 34 years. His government experience includes a one year assignment in Washington, D.C. where he worked for the federal government on national projects with several states. He has served in various executive management assignments for the State of California and has extensive experience in working with various federal and California State departments, city and county government, elected officials, stakeholder and interest groups, and the public. Ken participated in executive rotational assignments with the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. He has also served as a board member for a private school for seven years and has taught political science/American government, public administration, business, and community planning as a college adjunct instructor for over 13 years.

Ken received his Masters in Public Administration from Stanislaus State University. He also has a Management Certificate from the University of California, Davis; two Leadership Development Certificates from Sacramento State University; and has completed numerous state and federal government courses and training in various areas. He also authored two books concerning eminent domain and livable community alternatives, and California state and local government.

Discipline: Business, Political Science and Transportation
Cell phone: (209) 747-3198
email: kbaxter@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 1, American Government
Course material: Docushare

Dr. Joel Blank
Professor

Bio:
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., Loyola Law School

Dr. Blank joined the staff at Delta in 2011.  A former attorney, Joel holds a Ph.D in International Relations from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He is involved in the Pathway to Law Program.  Joel's philosophy regarding pre-law advising is simple, "to provide as much information with guidance as possible, regarding law school preparation, law school, and the practice of law, so the decision to attend law school is an informed one and, hopefully, an enthusiastic one."

Discipline: History, Political Science
Office Phone: (209) 954-5292
Office Location: Budd 320
email: jblank@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught: 
    Political Science 1, American Government
    Political Science 3, Introduction to Political Theory
    Political Science 5, International Relations
Course material: Docushare

Dr. James Ford
Adjunct Associate Professor
Bio:    
   B.A., Political Science, Sonoma State College, Rohnert Park,  CA
   M.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara,CA
   M.A., Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
   Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Ford has wide experience in teaching. He has been with San Joaquin Delta College since 2003, but has also taught for over 25 years, including the University of Phoenix, Brandman University, University of San Francisco, Sacramento City College, National University, UCSB and Pacific Christian College, including both undergraduate and graduate programs. He has taught extensively in political science, economics, research methodology and information technology, but has also had classes in public finance, sociology and health care management. He has served for several years as an advisor to Humphrey’s College, Department of Business.

Other extensive work experience includes management and research positions with the California Department of Health Services and as a licensed psychiatric technician with California state and country mental health programs.  He has served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era and has been a partner in a software development firm.

He has been married since 1971 and has four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He lives in Calaveras County, and teaches primarily at the South Campus at Mountain House.

Dr. Ford finds political science and economics as exciting today as when taken as a student, and every course includes an emphasis on current events, recent developments in the fields and critical analysis. Along with providing a solid basis on the fundamentals of each field, a solid emphasis on theories as tools for future research is provided, including discussion of the weaknesses of current theories and alternative ways of analysis. Cross-disciplinary approaches to topics are encouraged.

Students are encouraged to contact him by campus email (jford@deltacollege.edu) if they have any questions.

Discipline: Economics, Political Science
email: jford@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:  
    Economics 1A, Principles of Macroeconomics
    Economics 1B, Principles of Microeconomics
    Political Science 1, American Government
Course material: Docushare - Economics - Political Science

Dr. Russell Lewis
Associate Adjunct Professor
Bio:
B.A., Humboldt State, Arcata, California
J.D., University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Russell Lewis is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science.  He grew up the son of a rancher in Clements, California.  He graduated from Humboldt State with honors and a bachelor's degree in Political Science.  He also attained his Juris Doctorate from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with an emphasis in Tax Law.  He served as an intern at the Franchise Tax Board and worked at the Carol Miller Justice Center, in Sacramento, as a legal advisor.  Russell has worked in the field of education since 2006. Currently, he teaches full-time at a local college preparatory academy.  He is also an exam reader for the College Board Advance Placement Exam in US History.

Discipline: Political Science
email: rlewis@deltacollege.edu

Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 5, International Relations
Course material: Docushare - Political Science

Dr. Albert OrtizDescription: http://www.deltacollege.edu/div/socsci/images/ORTIZ_ALBERTNEW_002.jpg
Professor
Bio:
B.A., University of the Pacific
M.A., University of the Pacific
Ph.D., University of Washington

 

Discipline: History, Political Science
Office Phone: (209) 954-5190
Office Location: Budd 406
email: aortiz@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
   Political Science 1, American Government
   History 31, Mexican-American History
Course material: Docushare - History - Political Science

Tamir Sukkary
Associate Adjunct Professor
Bio:
A.A. American River College
B.A. California State University, Sacramento
M.A. Texas State University-San Marcos

Tamir Sukkary is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at American River College (ARC) in Sacramento (since January 2003), Sacramento City College (SCC) (since January 2012),  San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton (since August 2013), and a Part-Time Faculty Member in the Department of Political Science at Sierra College in Rocklin (since January 2005). He has been teaching for over one decade. He was born and raised in Sacramento, California, and attended public schools there. He is the son of brain drain immigrants from Egypt. Currently, he teaches American Government, International Relations, Politics of the Middle East, and Comparative Government courses at ARC, SCC, Delta College, and Sierra College.

Previously, he served as a Part-Time Faculty Member in the Government Department at Sacramento State University (September 2007- June 2008). In addition, he has taught as an Associate Faculty Member at the University of Phoenix, Sacramento Valley Campus.

Prior to that, Mr. Sukkary served as a Legislative Aide for California State Assembly Member Ed Chavez (D-57). Prior positions included Librarian for the California State Assembly Republican Caucus—Office of Policy, Program Director for the Council for the National Interest (a non-profit, nonpartisan Middle East policy organization), and several positions working on successful political campaigns. Professor Sukkary holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from American River College, a B.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento, and an M.A. in Political Science from Texas State University-San Marcos. He also currently serves on the board of his homeowner’s association. Mr. Sukkary is the proud and loving father of two daughters (ages 11 and 5). In his free time, he enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. He lives in Sacramento with his lovely wife and two daughters.  

YouTube Channel: About Prof. Sukkary, What is Political Science?
CBS Sacramento article:
             "Sacramento Professor Teaches Lessons He Learned While Traveling The World"

Discipline: Political Science
email: tsukkary@deltacollege.edu

Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 1, American Government
    Political Science 5, International Relations
    Political Science 2, Introduction to Comparative Politics
Course material: Docushare

Rick Swanson
Associate Adjunct Professor
Bio:

Discipline: Economics, Political Science
email: rswanson@deltacollege.edu

Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 1, American Government
    Economics 1A, Principles of Economics Macro
    Economics 1B, Principles of Economics Micro
Course material: Docushare - Economics - Political Science

Cirian Villavicencio
Associate Professor
Bio:  
B.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., University of Southern California
Ed.D., in progress University of Wyoming
Certificate in Political Management, University of Southern California 


Prior to attaining a full-time position at San Joaquin Delta College, Cirian was a political science adjunct instructor at American River and Folsom Lake Colleges.  He was a faculty intern for the Los Rios Faculty Diversity Internship Program. Active in politics, Cirian interned for Congressman Tom Lantos and served as a staffer for the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus in the State Capitol. He worked on political campaigns including Steve Westly for Governor and Obama for America.  He served on the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee and was elected as a state delegate to the California Democratic State Conventions in 2009 and 2010.  Active in national politics, Cirian was elected twice as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012.  Locally, he served as a deputy foreman for a federal criminal grand jury for the U.S. Eastern District Court and served as a citizen member of the EEOAC for Sacramento County.  He is a member of the UC Davis Alumni Chorus along with his wife.  He received BA Degrees in history and political science, graduating with honors from UC Davis.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and specialized in the areas of political management, the presidency, counterterrorism and homeland security.  He is currently pursuing his Ed. D from the University of Wyoming specializing in the area of Adult Post-Secondary Education.

 

Discipline: Political Science
Office Phone: (209) 954-5265
Office Location: Budd 307
email: cvillavicencio@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 1, American Government
    Political Science 2, Introduction to Comparative Politics
    Political Science 6, International Political Economy
    Political Science 15, Selected Topics in Political Science
    Political Science 50H, Special Studies in Political Science
Course material: Docushare

Pamela Van Zwaluwenburg
Associate Adjunct Professor
Bio:

Discipline: Political Science
email: pvanzwaluwenburg@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 1, American Government
Course material: Docushare - Political Science

Mike Wadle
Adjunct Associate Professor

Speaker of the California Assembly,
the Honorable John Perez
presented Mike with a Resolution recognizing his years  of mentoring members and staff of the California  Assembly as Academic Advisor
to the Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program.

(Mike on the left)


Bio:
B.A., California State University, Sacramento
M.A., California State University, Sacramento

Michael Wadle has taught Political Science 1 courses at San Joaquin Delta College since 1991. In 2003-2004 he created the first Political Science 1 Online courses at Delta.  He has served as the Adjunct Faculty representative on the Academic Senate and was also recognized as Adjunct Faculty of the month.

 

Professor Wadle’ has taught at CSU Sacramento since 1998, specializing the upper-division and graduate seminars on the Legislative Process and California State and Local Government. From 2000 to 2012, he was the Academic Advisor to the Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program. As reported in Forbes magazine, this Program has been ranked as one of the top 10 Fellowship Programs in the United States. Professor Wadle’ was recently honored by the Speaker of the California State Assembly for his mentorship to Assembly members and staff in the state Capitol.

 

Professor Wadle’ became Director of the Sacramento Semester Program at CSU Sacramento in 2004. This Program accepts upper division students from the CSU system across California to participate in an immersion internship program at the state Capitol.

 

Prior to his academic career, Wadle worked in the California Legislature for 10 years as the Chief of Staff of the Senate Business and Profession Committee.  He has also held elected office as a past member and President of the Calaveras County Board of Education. He holds a Bachelor’s in Government and Journalism and a Masters Degree in International Affairs.

 

Discipline: Political Science
email: mwadle@deltacollege.edu
Webpage:
Courses taught:
    Political Science 1, American Government
Course material: Docushare

 

 

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