Rene Anderson-Watkins: English Writing and Literature
Azin Arefi: English Writing and Literature
Vivan Bejarin: English Writing and Literature
Rebecca Board Liljenstolpe
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M.A., University of San Francisco
Ph.D., English, U.C. Santa Barbara
I teach Composition and Literature in the English Department, as well as Chicana/o Studies and Women's Studies in the Intercultural Studies Department. All of my classes include community service learning projects designed to help students ground their academic work in the realities of their own communities. I am also involved with a number of committees and activities on campus that aim to promote multicultural understanding and appreciation. In my spare time, I paint, sew, and garden. One of my favorite projects is creating bags and aprons that we sell to support the LEAD With Your Heart Scholarship for AB540 students.
Mary Cudahy: English Writing and Literature
Mary has been teaching part-time at De Anza since spring 2011, after spending over 15 years teaching at various colleges and universities, including Mills College, UC Berkeley, and Southern Illinois. She loves her De Anza students and colleagues, and currently teaches all levels of English: 211, 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2. She enjoys promoting critical thinking and life-skills through reading literature and culture, training students to engage and develop their own passion for writing and thinking. She is happiest in the classroom when students bring their whole selves and courageously explore with each other the life of the mind.
Gerri Dayharsh: English Writing and Literature
BA Literature (English and Spanish) UC Santa Cruz
MA English, CSU San Jose
Formerly a technical writer for the likes of Apple and Cisco; reincarnated as a graduate student at SJSU and now an English instructor at De Anza, Mission, and Cabrillo. Loves hiking, especially in the redwoods and in the Sierra.
Cecelia Deck: Journalism
Anthony Delaney, FT Instructor :: English Writing and Literature
408.864.8965 Faculty Web Site
B.A., California State University, Long Beach
B.A., University of Texas
M.A., University of Utah
B.A., Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, NY
Diana Fleming, FT Instructor :: English Writing and Literature
Office: F-1, 11a
408.864.8604 Faculty Web Site
MA in English/Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 1999
B.A., Davidson College
BA, Journalism, University of Oregon, 1990
I have wandered through forty-odd countries, from Tibet to Uruguay,
Beth Grobman, :: Journalism & Mass Communication
408.864.8588 Faculty Web Site
B.A., Pitzer College
At De Anza, she teaches writing, research methods, critical thinking, and mythology and folklore. She has built courses around the “no paper” model, using collaborative writing tools and online resources, student blogs and other formats. She is genuinely interested in what students are thinking about, what their lives are like, and how they are trying to make sense of the world, so she tries to design writing projects that dovetail with the enthusiasms she discovers in students whenever possible.
Lydia Hearn (Madden)
Lydia began teaching English at De Anza College in September 2000. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from UCSB, specializing in Victorian Literature. When she's not teaching, she's enjoying every minute she gets to spend with her lovely daughter (or wishing she were playing volleyball and basketball or singling in a rock/blues band).
Steve Howland, :: English Writing and Literature
M.A., San Francisco State
Certificate in Teaching Composition, S.F. State
Steve’s classes are idea-based, and since ideas have real-world consequences in both thoughts and actions, their expression in writing is terribly important. There is a lot at stake!
B.A. Vassar College
Ph.D., Grand Valley State College
BA and MA in English Literature from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
I have been teaching at De Anza College since 2005. My prior teaching experiences were at Santa Clara University, Rutgers University, and Rider University. What I enjoy most at De Anza is the intellectual interaction I have with my students and seeing their ideas take shape and find expression.
My interests are in composition, reading, British and South Asian novel, and dramatic literature from any part of the world. I have published articles on South Asian literature and presented papers on drama at conferences. I have also been a playwright for some time when two of my plays were shown on television in Bangladesh.
I travel to Bangladesh and other parts of the world as often as I can. My experiences everywhere have influenced me greatly and continue to do so. Now De Anza and its students and staff are a big part of my everyday experience.
Carolyn Keen :: English Writing and Literature
Lita A. Kurth
B.A. French and History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
All coursework for Ph.D. in History, UC Berkeley
M.A. English Composition, San Francisco State University
MFA Creative Writing Pacific Lutheran University, Rainier Writers Workshop
Lita A. Kurth is privileged, happy, and honored to teach writing at De Anza College. She began her academic career as an historian at the University of Wisconsin, followed by UC Berkeley, but after a stint as a grant proposal writer, switched to English Composition and received degrees from San Francisco State (Composition) and Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writers Workshop (Creative Writing). She has taught at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State, and many community colleges. A member of the Working Class Studies Association, she regularly contributes articles to Tikkundaily.org and reviews literary magazines for TheReviewReview.com. She considers herself somewhat of a Jungian Anarcho-Syndicalist and has published nonfiction, poems, flash fiction, and short stories while endlessly working on a novel. Two of her favorite books are War and Peace and At Swim, Two Boys.
Amy has been teaching at De Anza College since 2006. Her focus at De Anza is predominantly in the developmental arena, innovating in the classroom and collaborating with campus resources, but you can also find her branching out into the transfer level composition classes, literature classes, and tutor training class.
Aside from teaching, her main literary interests include Shakespearean drama and poetry, 20th century British and American Literature and drama, as well as Asian American literature with an emphasis on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean poetry and drama, Native American literature, Hispanic literature with an emphasis on folklore and activist writings, 21st century poetry, fairy tales and folklore, dramatic literature of any time period, music, and rap.
When not in the classroom, you can normally find her tutoring students at the WRC, so feel free to chat her up about anything and everything.
Brian A. Lewis
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Arizona
B.A. English, San Francisco State University
While an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Arizona, Brian took part in a two year teacher training program in the Rhetoric and Composition program. During this time he taught such courses as Freshman Composition, Rhetorical Analysis, and Critical Thought & Reasoning. After receiving his degree, Brian taught English at Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious schools in mainland China. After his time in China, Brian returned home by means of circumnavigation, traveling from China to Spain, then Italy, and finally all the way back to California. It is with great pleasure that he teaches at De Anza College, and to his endless delight that works at a school which was named after the famous explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.
Brian's writings have been published in Transfer Magazine, Phantasmagoria, The Styles, and Fishhead Magazine. He is currently seeking representation for his novel.
Brian lives in San Francisco with his wife, whom he met over ten years ago in an English class.
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame
BA, Latin American Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
MA, English, San Francisco State University.
I teach all of the English writing courses offered at De Anza. My mission as a writing teacher is to assist students in discovering how they can use writing as a tool to discover and express their own truths, enter into conversations with other writers/speakers and promote positive changes in their lives and communities. My particular interests include social justice issues and working with multilingual/generation 1.5 students.
Lydia (Hearn) Madden
B.A. Sonoma State University, Cell Biology
Publications: "First Feedings", Narratives in The Reality of Breastfeeding (Carrolton: 1998) "The Bedside Bookshelf" Nimeye Digar (Cambridge: 1991). Special interests in teaching: Contemporary Literature, Women in Literature, World Literature, Ethnic and Social Issues in Expository Reading and Writing.
B.A., SUNY Stony Brook
Kim Palmore :: English Literature and Writing, Critical Thinking
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
Gone Winter, Spring, Summer 2013. Back in Fall 2013
B.A., Stanford University
Josh Pelletier was born in Sacramento, California. He holds an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University (SFSU). In 2010, he taught short story writing a SFSU. His short stories and poetry have been published in Transfer Magazine and The Northern Line. In 2008, his short story "Copay" won the Leo Litwak Award for Fiction. His first novel On Our Way Home is available in paperback and on Kindle. He is currently working on a short story collection.
Martha Groves Perry
Julie Pesano :: English Writing and Literature, Language Arts
B.A. in English, University of Florida
Julie Pesano's main literary interests include 19th Century American and British authors along with Shakespearean drama and poetry. She also has taught nine years of ESL in Florida and California and continues to implement strategies for a diverse population. Her focus at De Anza is predominantly in the developmental arena, innovating in the classroom and collaborating with campus resources.
Jill Quigley :: English Literature and Writing, Language Arts
BA in English Literature, William Smith College
MA in African American Literature, Boston CollegeMy favorite opening of any novel is from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and my favorite last line is from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Teaching is my passion, and De Anza students have been my inspiration since 2001. I teach pre-transfer and transfer composition, in addition to women’s studies and literature courses. And I teach in the Honors and First Year Experience programs.My teaching philosophies come from bell hooks and my mother: love and hard work. Reading is what I think is the key to becoming a successful writer, and after that, revision. I want to teach my students to learn about voice and then use it—passionately, from the heart. If you can write, then you can change the world. The De Anza community is meaningful to me, and I constantly learn from my students and colleagues who challenge me and make me laugh. I’m a writer and a mother. I live in San Francisco.
Roseanne Giannini Quinn : English Writing and Literature, Language Arts, Women's Studies
Office F11 - I Hours by arrangement
Ph.D. The University of Iowa
M.A. Sussex University, England
B.A. University of California, Davis
B.A. University of California Berkeley
M.A. Georgetown University
Roxanne Rashedi writes fiction, poetry, and literary criticism. She specializes in gender and sexuality studies and twentieth century American literature and poetry. Her teaching interests include developmental writing, critical thinking, creative writing, and twentieth century American literature and poetry. Roxanne also teaches yoga and is interested in the intersection between creative writing and yoga.
B.A. Music and English/writing, University of California San Diego
Campus email: email@example.com
M.A., A.B.D., Literature (1985), University of California, Santa Cruz
BA, American Studies, UCSC
MA, English Composition, SFSU
I teach almost very level of the EWRT sequence and love to watch students grow as writers and people. I bring my life experience, love of words and stories, and belief in a more just world with me to work everyday.
B.A., Santa Clara University
Office: Forum 6A Hours: M-T, 10:30-11:20
408.590.4430 Faculty Web Site
Rowena Tomaneng, Associate Vice-President of Instruction
B.A., University of California, Irvine
Ruth Trimble: Part Time English/ESL Faculty
BA Univ. of Texas at Arlington - English/ minors Spanish - Education
MA Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa - ESL and Bilingual Education
I have taught English first as an 8th grade teacher and later as a university professor for over 35 years. I still love my job! I first taught EWRT 1A in 1981 at the University of Hawaii and I still love teaching that level. I had tenure at Leeward College, Hawaii until 2002 when I moved to San Diego and taught at various universities and colleges there until arriving in the Bay Area in 2008. My teaching philosophy is to encourage the student to a point of discovery of his/her innate desire to communicate in writing. I also feel the classroom environment needs to be calm, supportive, collaborative and caring. I see my role as facilitating this process.
M.A in Literature, San Francisco State, 2003
My greatest joy in teaching is helping to instill confidence in traditionally underrepresented students. To that end, I am interested in Developmental Writing, Learning Communities, multiculturalism, and collaborative learning. My thinking about students' acquisition of stronger writing skills in the classroom is heavily influenced by Vygotsky among others. Other interests are poetry spanning all eras and genres including the poetry of popular music lyrics, and 19th and 20th century British and American Literature, especially the Romantic Period and the American Renaissance. I find energy and vitality in writing poetry and in exploring possibilities for the use of technology in the classroom.
Anne Marie Waldsmith
B.A., UC Berkeley
M.A. English Language/Linguistics, University of Arizona
B.A. History, University of Michigan
Miranda started teaching at De Anza in 2005 and loves the linguistic diversity of the student body here.
She is best reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Weisner is a poet, editor, and teacher, living in Santa Cruz. His teaching interests include poetry writing, developmental writing, critical thinking, American literature, literary editing, and mass communication. Ken currently chairs the creative writing committee and is faculty advisor for Red Wheelbarrow, the De Anza literary journal formerly known as Bottomfish. Ken also helps train peer writing tutors and serves on the steering committee for the De Anza Writing and Reading Center. He is an avid hiker, French hornist, politico, and lover of poetry, sports, music, and the outdoors.