Creating access for underrepresented and minority students has been my impetus for teaching. My work thus far has given me the opportunity to do just that.  For example, first-generation college students compose 72% of undergraduates at UC Merced, and over 60% are Pell-qualified. The undergraduate population at HNU is comprised of 41% first-generation college students, and 53% are Pell-qualified. As a private school it offers an overall average discount rate of 64% of tuition fees averaged over all undergraduate students. As a result of these discounts HNU represents Oakland’s diversity and multiplicity. Hispanics are the largest ethnic group represented at both schools.

Windsor, a border town across the river from Detroit, is a center of automotive production in Canada. It has long been an immigrant destination, layering in new nationalities, and first-generation Canadians, for generations. The population is highly varied in terms of race, class, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. A few students there were from Detroit, working with Wayne State University in collaborative programs.


Holy Names University, Oakland, 2014-2019
The Writer’s Craft Director, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

University of California, Merced, 2008-2014
Faculty in the Merritt Writing Program

University of Windsor, 2005-2006
Visiting Writing Program Director

In addition to my main teaching positions I have taught developmental, transfer-level, and graduate classes at UC Berkeley, CSU Maritime, Berkeley City College, Merritt College, the College of Marin, Foothill College, Santa Clara University and Johns Hopkins University (CTY).

For a full list of classes taught go here.

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