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Joel Beutel has a MA from UC Riverside in Economics and is currently finishing a PhD in Social & Cognitive Science at UC Merced. He has put many a cocktail party compatriot to sleep with discussions on the policy implications of his research on college and community relations and development.
|Dr. James Ford
Adjunct Associate Professor
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.
Discipline: Economics, Political Science
Mahnaz Shakerin earned her Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. She has been teaching economics courses at Delta College since 1999. Besides providing a stimulating class environment for students to learn, she is also interested in challenging students to become aware of the economic and social issues in the USA and abroad through reading extra materials and class discussions. Her goal is to inspire students through their research papers and other class activities to understand real world problems and to find out how they can make a difference in other people’s lives.
Besides teaching she also worked and consulted for development agencies and non-governmental organizations. She has published more than a dozen articles in journals and magazines on sustainable economic development, social entrepreneurship, community banking, and renewable energy.
Rick Swanson worked for several years in the financial services industry. He founded Swanson and Associates in 1996. The firm provided California legislative history research for law firms and the legal department of a large national bank for several years. His research ran the gamut from the False Claims Act to healthcare issues to esoteric banking legislation.
Professor Swanson has been an Assistant Professor of Management at Humphreys College in Stockton, California where he taught Business Administration, Public Relations and Political Science. He also developed and taught a course in Mass Media and Society. He served as an adjunct instructor for ten years at St. Mary’s College where he taught Economics, Finance and Business and Society
Aside from his teaching responsibilities at Delta College, Mr. Swanson is
currently an adjunct faculty member at Humphreys College where he teaches
Political Science. He also teaches Finance and Economics in their undergraduate
business program. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San
Francisco where he has taught Corporate Finance and Economics to
undergraduates. He has taught Public Finance in the USF M.P.A. Program.
Eduardo Torres has an M.A. from San Francisco State University in Economics and a B.S. from Saint Mary’s College in both Business Administration and Economics. He is a full-time tenured Professor of Economics at Delta College.
He has 25 years of “real world” experience in the field of economics. He has served as a Private Banker, Registered Investment Advisor, Corporate Trainer, Commercial Loan Officer, and a Bank Manager. His past employers often relied on him for innovative economics research to solve a wide variety of problems. He has financed all types of real estate projects, developed low-income urban communities, and provided key support to Silicon Valley venture capitalists. He and his office teams were responsible for lending over $1 billion from 1986 to 2007!!! He also teaches a wide variety of economics courses for other Bay Area colleges that offer MBA programs.Eduardo looks forward to working with each of you and contributing to your future success. He teaches a business-based economics course. Both his macroeconomics and microeconomics classes will assist college students to better understand and solve common problems faced in business. They will also receive a wide range perspectives on larger economic issues like poverty, sustainability, globalization, the role of government, capitalism, etc…
Discipline: Banking & Finance, Business, Economics, Real Estate
Office Phone: (209) 954-5559
Office Location: Budd 208
Economics 1A, Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics 1B, Principles of Microeconomics
Course material: Docushare
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