Office phone: 310-243-3478
PhD 2007 Texas A&M University, political science
Fields of Study: Political Theory (major); American Politics (minor)
Specializations: “Integral Theory and Practice” - policy problem solving and philosophy across worldviews and across the quadrants of human experience, particularly as this applies to: feminist theory, American family policy, environmental ethics, American environmental policy, and various higher education issues. Also focused early graduate research on Texas state and local politics, policy and family violence law.
BS 2001 University of Texas at Tyler; political science major; journalism minor
AA 1999 Temple College, Temple, Texas.
Current position:Assistant Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Political Science Dept.
Lecturer: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fall 2005 to Spring 2009, Political Science Dept. [Chair: Richard Palmer, Office phone: 310-243-3434]. Beginning Fall 2006, also SBS 318 [Chair: Mark Carrier, Office phone: 310-243-3499]; and beginning Summer 2007, UNV 101 [Director: Andrew Long, Office phone: 310-243-3538]
Lecturer: California Sate University, Long Beach, Spring 2005 through Spring 2006. Political Science Dept. [Chair: Charles Noble. Office phone: 562-985-4705]
Courses Taught California State University, Dominguez Hills
"Quantitative Methodology/Political Analysis" - Political Science 251/300
“Public Opinion and Propaganda” – Political Science 370
“Women and Politics” – Political Science 325
“American Government 101” – Political Science 101
“State and Local Government” – Political Science 312
“University 101 – Personal, Intellectual and Social Development” - UNV 101
“Intercultural Communication” – Culture Studies SBS 318
Courses Taught California Sate University, Long Beach
"Issues in Political Theory" - Political Science 225
"Women in Political Theory" Political Science 401/Women's Studies 402
Other Academic Experience
Teacher/Trainer: Participated in the training of volunteer domestic-violence-prevention advocates, 2002-2003.
Additional Course Preparation: Designed two “writing intensive” courses for the Political
Science Dept at CSU Dominguez Hills, approved through ECLP 2007
Assisted in research for creation of course syllabus and curriculum for A&M undergraduate
Environmental Political Theory course, Fall 2001.
Training Seminar and Conference Organization
Assistant organizer of the first annual Domestic Violence Training Seminar, “Partners for Prevention: Improving Domestic Violence Services in the Brazos Valley,” October 2002.
Assistant to the Co-Director of the International Conference “Calibrations: Sizing Up Spaces, Communities, and Selves,” April 2002, Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M.
Guest lecturer for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Dominguez Hills for one presentation given at the Redondo Beach City Library, Wed, Mar. 5, 2008 at 10:30am to 12:30pm. Lecture title: “A Theory of Everything: How to Solve Global Warming.”
Research Associate for the Center for Urban Environmental Research (CUER) atCalifornia Faculty Association, Dominguez Hills, beginning fall 2007. On committee to select and organize curriculum for Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Environmental Science certificate programs.
Co-liason of the Washington Center for Internships and Scholarship, a CSUDH/Washington Center partnership program which sends CSUDH students to Washington D.C. for a semester of work-to-learn experience. Duties include advising students about the program, helping them complete applications for the program and for scholarships, and organizing the presentation schedule for the representative from the Washington Center when she visits the Dominguez Hills campus. Fall 2006 to present.
Lecturers’ Representative for the California Faculty Association, Dominguez Hills Chapter. Elected April ’07 for the ’07-08 academic year.
Peace and Justice Committee, California Faculty Association. Member, beginning spring 2007.
Political Action Chair for theDominguez Hills chapter of the California Faculty Association, academic year ’06-07. Duties included contacting state legislators and lobbying locally and in Sacramento for increased funding for the CSU system in general and Dominguez Hills in particular.
Co-organizer of a weekly faculty on-campus social meeting/get-together, intended to boost faculty moral and camaraderie during a time ofcampus financial crisis and work-load increases. Known as the “Lounge Lizards” gathering, this is a revival of a tradition abandoned years before, which had previously been used as a means of encouraging campus social cohesion. California State University Dominguez Hills, Spring 2006 to present.
National Association of Environmental Professionals, Texas A&M Chapter, officer 2003-2004.
National Association of Environmental Professionals, Texas A&M Chapter, member 2002-2003. Includes volunteer work such as participation in the Elementary Education Workshop to educate elementary students about environmental processes and issues.
Graduate Student Council, Texas A&M, representative and member of the transportation committee, fall 2003.
Inter-Faith Dialogue Student Association, Texas A&M, member 2002-2003. "Main objective: to improve relations between people of different religious and cultural backgrounds." Multicultural/Ethnic Diversity.
“Empowerment: the arguments, the confusions in contemporary feminist theory,” Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (formerly known as AQAL), Vol 2, No 4, Winter 2007.
“Integral Education: Taking the Full Spectrum of Human Consciousness into Account.” International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. October, 2008.
“Using Teamwork for Learning Enhancement in Quantitative Methodology Courses.” International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2007.
"Fetishes of Empowerment: the arguments, the confusions in contemporary feminist theory." Midwestern Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2005.
"Disappearing Culture: The Battle of Rural Communities Against Urban Sprawl in Texas." Western Political Science Association Conference, Long Beach, California, March 2002.
"Disappearing Culture: The Battle of Rural Communities Against Urban Sprawl in Texas." “Calibrations: Sizing up Spaces, Communities, and Selves,” Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, April 2002.
Honors and special recognition
Listed as an “Integral Scholar” by the Integral Institute, Louiville, Colorado, spring 2008 – present.
Named to Cambridge Who’s Who, Spring 2007
National Pinnacle Honor Society, member 2003 (selected for "academic excellence" and
"outstanding community service")
Pi Sigma Alpha, member since 2002
Alpha Chi, member since 2001
National Dean’s List, 2000
Dean’s List 1998-2001
Phi Theta Kappa, member 1999
Certificate for Scholastic Excellence, Temple College, 1999
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), California State University, Dominguez Hills, Travel-to-Conference Grant, Fall 2007, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009.
Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive, California State University System, forgivable loan recipient, 2005-2007
Glasscock Center’s Graduate Student Travel-to-Conference Grant, 2004
Regent’s Fellowship, Texas A&M University, for pursuit of PhD, 2001
President’s Scholarship, received each semester attended at University of Texas at Tyler
Participation in a summer training seminar series as preparation for teaching University 101, Personal, Intellectual and Social Development for freshman. Training seminar series coordinated by Andrew Long, director of the “Toro First Year Experience” program at CSU Dominguez Hills. Summer, 2007.
Participation in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning seminar series presented on the C.S.U. Dominguez Hills campus by Dr. Jim Cooper. Intent of the seminar series is to help faculty prepare writings in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning field for publication and/or conference presentation. Fall 2006 and Spring 2007.
Participation in the Online Social Science Databases for Teaching and Research Workshop, a one-day workshop designed to help faculty use online databases in social research for publication and instructional purposes. CSU Dominguez Hills, April 2006. Completion Certificate earned.
Participation in the Enhancing Critical Literacy Project (ECLP) Faculty Development Seminar
at CSU Dominguez Hills, spring 2006. 15 week course (meets 2½ hours per week).
Participation in the California State University System’s Forgivable Loan Recipient Mentoring Program, 2005-2006. Mentor: Dr. Margaret Blue, Faculty Senate Chair and professor of Political Science, CSU Dominguez Hills.
Participation in the “Monday Morning Workshop Series” on student engagement, at CSU Dominguez Hills, fall 2005 (8 weeks).
Graduate Teaching Academy, Texas A&M University, 2002-2003. “Preparation for a career involving teaching in higher education,” included training seminars, classroom observations and a professor-to-graduate student mentoring program.” Two full semesters of training. Completion Certificate Earned, May 2003. Note: this is an optional training and is not part of the general graduate education.
Domestic Violence Reduction Advocacy Training, provided by the Program for the Reduction of Rural Family Violence, Texas A&M University. Certificate earned February 2003.
NIH Training for Researchers. "Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams,” provided by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. And Texas A&M's Responsible Conduct of Research. “Course developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University to provide training in the responsible conduct of research.” Certificates earned September 2003.
Partners for Prevention: Improving Domestic Violence Services in the Brazos Valley - Domestic Violence Training Seminar. The seminar was approved by TCLEOSE and TDCJ-CJAD for official training of police officers and probation officers in Texas and was sponsored by the Program for the Reduction of Rural Family Violence, Texas A&M University. Although I helped to organize this seminar, I also completed the training. Certificate earned Oct. 2002.
Participation in a pre-conference, day-long workshop titled “Environmental Political Theory” at the 2002 Annual Western Political Science Association Conference in Long Beach, CA. The focus of this workshop was the growing field of environmental political theory, including the development of syllabi and approaches to teaching as well as emerging research agendas and questions. March, 2002.
Member American Political Science Association
Member Western Political Science Association
Member Association for Political Theory
Community Service and Civic Engagement
Member Alliance for the CSU, spring 2008-present. Actively worked to obtain signatures in the Long Beach and San Pedro communities. Obtained Alliance signatures and statements of support from members of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, over 50 Long Beach community members and over 150 California State University, Dominguez Hills students. The Alliance is a coalition of faculty members, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and university supporters who work to protect funding for the California State University System.
Member National Resource Defense Council, 2004-present. Contribute financially monthly and take political action via email and letters to help protect national parks and endangered species in the United States.
Volunteer guest lecturer for an advocacy group working to end poverty and homelessness in California, spring 2005, in Long Beach. Request came via my Political Science Department chair, Charles Noble, at CSU Long Beach. Presented information primarily about women and children living in poverty.
Program for the Reduction of Rural Family Violence, Texas A&M University, 2002-2003. Public relations manager. Duties included press release writing, newspaper and television news contact, flyer design, brochure creation, and website development. Also assisted in creation of training materials for the Program (manual and training session hand-outs). Also worked directly with advocates and, in some cases, victims. Time given includes both paid work hours and volunteer time.
Co-editor of The Domestic Violence Advocacy Instructional Manual, 2002-2003. Manual used to train domestic violence advocates in rural Texas counties. This manual is now distributed electronically via website and by the Texas Council on Family Violence.
Worked with various troubled teens in both formal and informal settings, 1994-2003.
President of the Moffat Community Center, 1994-1999. Used primarily as a base from which to help and give guidance to community teenagers.
Member of the Belton High School Thespian Support Group, 1999. Purpose was to raise funds for and create costumes for plays performed by Belton High School students.
Coordinated and led an effort to incorporate the village of Moffat into a city- from petition to drafting of field notes, maps and other legal documents to community election, 1996-97.