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Agopsowicz, William (Dr.)
Office: Locke 116
William Agopsowicz earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English at Seattle University and a Ph.D. in English at Arizona State University. His dissertation is entitled In Praise of Fantasy: A Study of the Nineteenth-Century American Short Story. He co-authored Read and Respond, a reading and writing textbook now in its third edition. He has taught English and American literature and composition in universities and community colleges in Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, and California. In addition to his full-time teaching duties at Delta College, he currently co-edits Delta Winds, a magazine of student essays.
Antinora, Sarah (Dr.)
Office: Shima 310
After eighteen years of teaching—twelve at the middle school level and six as a lecturer at CSU San Bernardino—Sarah Antinora is pleased to have found her home in the English Department of San Joaquin Delta College. She enjoys teaching first-year composition, Shakespeare studies, literary analysis, and critical thinking, and aims for her students to critically read the world in which they live. She earned her Ph.D. in English at University of California, Riverside, with her dissertation “Permission to Laugh Ourselves into Stitches: Early Modern Drama and the Implications of Laughter” focused on rhetoric, humor studies, and early modern theater. She has earned three Masters of Arts—in Education, English Composition, and English Literature—and has presented at the MLA, the CCCC, and the SAA. Her most recent publication is “Please Let This Be Much Ado about Nothing: ‘Kill Claudio’ and the Laughter of Release” in Cerae (2014). She is the faculty advisor of the SJDC Writers’ Guild, which publishes Artifact Nouveau. She teaches the English 1A courses in both the InterACT and Tools of the Trade learning communities.
Office: Locke Holt 210
Vickey Aubrey’s background includes a B.A. in English from Marquette University, an M.A. in Children's Literature from Ohio State University, and post-graduate in reading from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing a MFA in writing for children at Vermont College of Norwich University.
Sheli Ayers grew up in Stockton and graduated from Stagg High School. She then studied English Literature as a Regent’s Scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received her B.A. in 1990. During her graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she focused on modernism, postmodernism and cultural studies and taught composition and literature courses for five years as a teaching assistant and teaching fellow. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from U.C. Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Writing from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where she taught as a teaching assistant and, after graduation, as a temporary faculty member. She has also taught courses at Loyola Marymount University, Berkeley Extension, Kaplan University, and National University, where she has been an adjunct faculty member for over ten years. In 2006, she came back home to Stockton and San Joaquin Delta College. She is excited to teach in her home community and is committed to her students’ success.
From San Francisco State University, Robert Bini earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English with an emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language. In 2001, he completed a certificate in Online Teaching through UCLA Extension. During a five-year residence in Japan, he taught at Junshin Women's Junior College and Kyoto University of Foreign Languages. Since 1990, he has been at San Joaquin Delta College, where he has taught GED in the Migrant Transition Program, ESL courses, and transfer level courses. For most of his career, he has concentrated on teaching basic skills English courses, specifically English 87 and English 79. From 2001 to 2005, he taught an online version of English 79, a developmental writing course, using material he had designed from student essays published in Delta Winds, a campus magazine that he has co-edited since 1997. He created and has maintained the Delta Winds Online site. He also maintains the English Department website.
Office: Shima 405
Nicole Brown is a resident of Stockton, and she is blessed to be a member of San Joaquin Delta College community. She attended Glendale Community College as a transfer; then, she earned a B.A. in English Literature and a M.A. in Rhetoric / Teaching Writing from CSU Stanislaus, where she taught composition as a Graduate Teaching Associate. After receiving her M.A., she became the Writing Specialist for Student Support Services at CSU Stanislaus. She taught literature and composition courses as an adjunct at Los Medanos College, Merced Community College, Ohlone College, and San Joaquin Delta College. Her academic interests are developing writers, composition, and the spoken word.
Buettner, Ludmila (Dr.)
Office: Shima 212
Dr. Jane K. Dominik has been a full-time member of the San Joaquin Delta College faculty since 1991, during which time she has taught seventeen different courses in English, Speech, and Drama. While at Delta, she has also designed and implemented numerous courses and projects, including the essay magazine Delta Winds and Freelance Writing (with colleague Bill Davis), Introduction to Dramatic Literature, Introduction to Creative Writing, From Story to Screen, and Play and Screenwriting courses, as well as a variety of Special Studies courses. She has written program notes for more than twenty-five Drama Department productions and hosted the Seventh International Arthur Miller Society Conference in 2002. She served as the founding editor of the Arthur Miller Society Newsletter, and Vice President, President, and is currently on the Board of the Society. In addition, she has sat on numerous campus and statewide committees.
Dr. Dominik holds a B.A. in English and a teaching credential in English, Speech, Drama, and French from the University of the Pacific; an A.M. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago; an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing and Management from Rutgers University; and a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, for which she wrote Image and Word: The Stages of Arthur Miller’s Drama under the supervision of Christopher Bigsby. She has delivered more than two dozen conference papers on Miller, Ibsen, Simon, and Inge, as well as on the teaching of literature and writing. Publications include a newly-edited version of Arthur Miller's The Price (Methuen Drama 2011), "The Critical Reception of Arthur Miller's Work" in Critical Insights: Arthur Miller edited by Brenda Murphy (Salem Press, 2011), and “A View through Death of a Salesman” in The Salesman Has a Birthday edited by Stephen A. Marino, as well as papers and reviews for the Arthur Miller Newsletter and The Arthur Miller Journal.
Dr. Dominik worked in arts management positions and for college textbook publishing companies before becoming a teacher. She believes that quality writing and reading are essential for professional and academic success, as well as personal fulfillment. She is particularly interested in the space and relationship between literature, theatre, and film; creativity; and writer’s block, creating the book Yes, I Can--Write!!: Strategies for Overcoming Writer's Block and Writing Quality College Papers. Her extracurricular interests include music, photography, travel, art history, painting, sports, interior design, and gardening.
June Gillam completed a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change in 2003; her dissertation was a Cooperative Inquiry into Women Writing Stories Containing Conflict, published in August 2009 by Lapham Publications under the title Creating Juicy Tales: Cooperative Inquiry into Writing Story. She also holds a master’s degree in English, Creative Writing Option. At Delta College, she has taught various English courses since 1990 and pioneered online teaching in 1998.
Faculty advisor to The Final Draft student literary magazine, June has been published in both academic and literary venues, most recently in America's Intercultural Magazine (AIM) http://www.aimmagazine.org/stories.htm#victory. She is completing a novel at present, House of Cuts. Her research subject interests include the inner dynamics of writing and World Literature.
Joe Gonzales earned a B.A. and an M.A. from CSU Sacramento. He completed post-graduate course work in administrative training at UOP. At Delta he has served as Tutor Center Coordinator, Assistant Division Chairperson, and Activity Director for the Title V Grant Program. In addition, he has taught English 79, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and courses in Reading and in English as a Second Language. He coached the men's soccer team and served as an assistant coach for the varsity baseball team. For a number of years, he acted as president of Delta's CTA. Currently, he is the Division Dean for the Languages, Library, and Learning Resources Division
Holden, Jennifer “Ginger” (Dr.)
Telephone: 954-5151 x6064
Office: Shima 202
Ginger Holden earned a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in English from University of California, Riverside. Her doctoral work emphasized the 19th century African American novel and 20th century American literature. Prior to joining Delta College in Spring 2003, Ginger taught at U.C. Riverside for six years, where she learned a great deal about the demands of a four-year college and the skills community college students need to succeed there. Though her classes are known to be challenging, she strives to create an environment in which students feel comfortable and confident to share their ideas. Committed to making her composition and literature classes meaningful for Delta students, she believes that the knowledge and skills learned in her classes should help students excel in other classes, their future fields/industries, and their everyday lives. With this philosophy in mind, Ginger has proudly taught English for the Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician Program since 2006 and is a member of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education.
Hutcheon, Philip (Dr.)
Office: Holt 319
Philip Hutcheon earned a B.A. with majors in English and French at Pacific and a Ph.D. in English at Rice University. His dissertation examined the tragic vision of Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner. He taught at Menlo College for fifteen years, chairing the Department of English there from 1979-1989. He came to Delta College in 1990. He teaches English 1A and English 30, Film as Literature. His fiction focuses on the intersection of sports, race, and romance in contemporary college life. His first novel, Nobody Roots for Goliath, was Midwest Book Review's "Reviewer's Choice" for January 2007. His second novel, Desperation Passes, received a rating of "very highly recommended" from Midwest Book Review in April 2015.
Office: Shima 311
Kelly Kadi loves multicultural literature, thought-provoking discourse, and helping students improve their writing and reach their academic goals. She received degrees in English and Spanish, and a minor in education, from UC Davis. She attended the Multicultural-Multilingual Education Program at CSU, Sacramento where she earned a bilingual teaching credential in English, Spanish, and ESL. She studied language and teaching in Spain and Puerto Rico, where she earned an M.A. in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages from Universidad Interamericano, PR. She has taught high-school and community-college levels of English and ESL in Woodland, CA for eight years and brings experience in curriculum design and student-centered instruction to Delta College. She is currently teaching English and ESL and coordinating Delta’s Puente Program.
Office: Shima 406
Gabrielle Myers earned a B.A. from Hampshire College in Massachusetts in 1998. In 2001 she graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco with an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts. For over a decade, she worked as a cook and chef for Bay Area restaurants and catering companies. In her early thirties, Gabrielle went back to school to earn an M.A. in English from the University of California at Davis and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. She has taught English courses at Saint Mary’s, UC Davis, Diablo Valley College, Yuba College, Las Positas College, and Sacramento City College. Gabrielle’s poems and essays have been published in professional journals and literary magazines. She coauthored a nutrition book, The New Prostate Cancer Nutrition Book, and her new book, Hive-Mind, will be published in September 2015. You can access links to her poems, essays, and recipe blog through her website: www.gabriellemyers.com.
Office: Holt 421
Diane Oren’s undergraduate work was completed at UCLA where she received a degree in English/Speech with a minor in Social Sciences: psychology and in biological and physical sciences. She has a Masters of Arts in Education and is currently working on a doctorate at the University of the Pacific in Counseling Psychology. She has “taught *@#! number of years” with experiences spanning kindergarten through adult education. She brings to this position an understanding of the learner and a diagnostician’s eye for conditions which interfere with a person learning. Her specialty in literature is American literature with a delight in literature of the underrepresented and of the new voice. She loves to write, so she enjoys teaching writing to a variety of levels. Because she believes that SJDC is a superior institution, she is committed to making her students transfer ready for the final two years of education at the state college or university or at a private college or university. If her philosophy of education can be summed up in a few words, it may be: She believes everyone is capable of learning; it just takes some of us longer because we need a few more practices at it.
Pan, Pamela (Dr.)
Office: Locke 319
Pamela Pan holds a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on language, literacy and culture from the University of California, Davis. She also has two master’s degrees, one from the University of Massachusetts and another from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where she also earned her bachelor's degree. Dr. Pan has taught English, reading, and other subjects in colleges and universities in Shanghai, Southern California, and at Delta College, ever since 1991. Her research interests include community college students’ writing and reading development, multicultural literature, and literacy engagement. She has conducted studies in these areas, published in academic journals, and presented her research and papers at international conferences such as American Education Research Association (AERA), California Teachers of English as a Second Language (CATESOL), California Association of Teachers of English (CATE).
Ramirez, Pedro L.
Office: Holt 301
Pedro L. Ramirez attended Fresno State University as an EOPS student and holds both a B. A. and M. A. from San Francisco State University. Since 1991, Pedro has been teaching at Delta where he taught in the Migrant Transition Program working with at-risk youth, but presently Pedro has transferred into the English Department, teaching English 1A, 1B, 1D, English 79, English 44A and 44B. He is also the English instructor in the Puente Program. A founding member of Cultural Awareness Programs (CAP), Pedro is dedicated to promoting diversity on the Delta campus. Pedro has published poetry in Iowa Review, Blue Unicorn, La Opinion of Los Angeles, Sentimientos del Valle, and many other professional journals. A native of Fresno, Pedro began his teaching career at Fresno State University and Fresno City College. He credits the rich creative writing community there for inspiring him to write and teach. Pedro is presently teaching Chicano Literature, English 35, and Poetry Writing, English 44C, and publishes a semester magazine which is student generated. He has worked as a farm worker, janitor, and a gas station attendant. He loves working with students.
Office: Locke 406
Robert Rennicks has a B.A. in English and Mathematics from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. He has studied at the doctoral studies in Comparative Literature, also from UC Berkeley, in the literature of the European Renaissance. In addition to teaching the English composition courses at Delta, he teaches courses on the poetry of George Herbert at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) and elsewhere in the Bay Area. He has designed an interactive website to help high school students read and enjoy the plays of William Shakespeare. His current interests include intellectual history, moral philosophy, and social satire.
Office: Locke 312
Paula Sheil graduated with her Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Arts from University of Pacific. She earned her Master's of Arts in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California in San Francisco in 1999. Sheil teaches an accelerated (9 weeks followed by 9 weeks) English 1A/1D combination, wherein students can complete their transfer units in one semester; a content-specific 1A for students interested in Multimedia careers (graphic arts, digital photography, radio/TV and journalism) and English 45 Reading of Shakespeare.
The Academic Senate selected Sheil as a Distinguished Faculty Member for 2012-13; Phi Delta Kappa International honored her as a Distinguished College Professor in 2013; and the Associated Student Body Government named her Advisor of the Year for 2013.
She is the Faculty Advisor for the Writers' Guild and publisher of Artifact, a community-wide literary magazine. As a staff writer for the Record, from 1996 to 2006, she wrote feature articles and edited two monthly magazines, Vintage and SJParenting. In 2003, she received the California Newspaper Publishers Association 2nd Place Award in Writing for "Killing on Daggett Road," the story of a Latino teen's failure to change and the system that let him down. Record Article. In 2012, the New York Times published her editorial on the Stockton bankruptcy. New York Times Article.
For more than 40 years, she has published poetry and creative nonfiction and performed with various theater companies and dance groups. "Dancing off the Edge," a play written by Sheil in 1996, was performed at the National AIDS Conference in San Francisco. In 1997, she received Stockton's Top Arts Recognition (STAR) Award and now chairs the Marian Jacobs Literary Forum. MJLF - LIKE!
Slakey, Mark (Dr.)
Office: Cunningham 229
Mark Slakey earned his B.A. and M.A. at CSU Sacramento, majoring in English and TESOL. In 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has taught a variety of classes at Delta College, including English composition, technical writing, American literature, and English as a Second Language, and he was Coordinator of the ESL Department from 1996 to 2009.
Villegas, Anna Tuttle
Office: Locke 323
Anna Villegas has been teaching English at Delta for thirty years. She holds a B.A. in American Literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in Modern American Literature from the University of the Pacific, where she taught freshman composition for ten years following her graduate degree. She has taught a range of composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Delta, but currently she focuses on English 1D. A writer whose published work includes four decades of short stories, essays, poems, newspaper columns, and novels, she is still most thrilled by witnessing the unfolding literacy skills of her students.
Wall, Patrick (Dr.)
Office: Locke 410
A native of North Dakota, Patrick Wall holds the following degrees: an Associate degree from West Los Angeles College; a Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematical Statistics and a minor in Spanish from UC Davis; a Master of Arts in English with a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) emphasis from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo; and a Doctorate in Philosophy in English with a Prose Fiction emphasis from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also completed post-doctoral studies in Reading Education. His teaching interests are in developmental and contextualized education. He has taught English in the People's Republic of China, English and basic skills at California community colleges, and English and philosophy in the CSU system.
William, Lisa (Dr.)
Office: Locke 223
Dr. William earned the following degrees and credentials: a Ph.D. from the School of Education (Language, Literacy and Culture) at the University of California, Davis (2003), and a Secondary Teaching Credential, English Language Arts (1999); a Master of Arts in Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) from the University of San Francisco (1994); a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (1996), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism--Public Relations Emphasis (1992), from Humboldt State University. Her writing, research, and social and civic engagement are situated in the areas of urban education, social justice advocacy, and multicultural education. She has co-authored/authored several book chapters and peer reviewed articles focused on Critical Race Theory, Gender Studies, Multicultural Education, Autoethnography and Spoken Word scholarship. A sampling of her poetic work appears in “Color Marks the Site/Sight of Social Difference: Dysconscious Racism in the ‘Age of Obama’'' in Qualitative Inquiry (2011); and, “The Measure of a Black Life?: A Poetic Interpretation of Hope and Discontent,” in Qualitative Research in Education (2013). In addition, she is the mother of three wonderful woman: Jazmin, Natalia, and Devanie.
Office: Shima 325
Amber Wolak developed a love of teaching English while serving in the Peace Corps in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, West Africa. In those early days of teaching, where she worked to inspire classrooms of 80+ students, she realized that teaching was a calling she simply had to pursue. She taught at a middle school in Mauritania for two years, before spending a year teaching English at a university in the Sichuan Province of China. Upon returning to the United States, Amber worked for three years as the Program Services Coordinator for the English Language Institute and SparkPoint Center of Skyline College in San Bruno. She was an adjunct professor for the English and ESL departments at Contra Costa College, and has been teaching English at the Mountain House campus of San Joaquin Delta College since 2013. Amber completed her general education classes at San Joaquin Delta College before transferring to complete her B.A. at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Amber’s M.A. is in English, with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), from San Francisco State; she also has a certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading.
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