In addition to teaching at a number of institutions, I have acted in a number of educational roles. At the statewide level, I am a former Representative At-Large of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (2001-2002) and was nominated (not appointed) to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office for the California Community College Board of Governors (2006). I also served as the Lead Coordinator for the California Statewide IMPAC Project in Anthropology (2003-2005), the Community College Representative in Anthropology for the California State University Lower Division Transfer Initiative (2005), chair of the Statewide Disciplines List Hearings, Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges (2002), and was a committee member for statewide committees on Global Education, Student Study Abroad, Facilities Planning, Elections, Local Senates, Resolutions Committee, Standards and Practices, and (PBS) Frontline World (California Community Colleges).
I have conducted external accreditation, departmental and tenure reviews (Moreno Valley College,
Kalamazoo Community College, and Willamette University) and have served as a board member of the General Anthropology Division, American Anthropological Association (2009-2011) and the national organization Dads and Daughters (2003-2004). I have been a participant in a number of National Endowment for the Humanities seminars, including, Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (CUNY Graduate Center, 2006), Terror and Culture: Revisiting Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism (Stanford University, 2005), and American Cities and Public Spaces (Library of Congress, 2005-2006, pictured above). I was also a participant in the U.S. Institute of Peace seminar (2007) and the German-government-funded Critical Theme Park Studies project (2018-2019).
Locally, I have served as Academic Senate President at Lake Tahoe Community College (2001-2002, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2018-2019), Faculty Union President at Lake Tahoe Community College (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2014-2015), and Negotiator (CTA/CCA) at Lake Tahoe Community College (2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016). I also worked in a capacity as Interim Dean of Instruction at Lake Tahoe Community College (2018). Below I have included a few resources related to my educational efforts.
My current position at Lake Tahoe Tahoe Community College is Faculty Chair of Teaching and Learning. In this capacity, I am responsible for faculty training and pedagogical development. This Website highlights some of this work.