Currently a full-time Professor of English at Foothill College, Scott Lankford completed a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford in 1991 with a dissertation on “John Muir and the Nature of America.” Previously he served as Foothill’s Dean of Language Arts and co-founder of the Foothill College Cultural Diversity Center (1991-1993). Last year he became the co-founder of the new Foothill College Center for a Sustainable Future, collaborating with the Stanford Design School and CSU Chancellor's Office to help infuse sustainability-across-the-curriculum into General Education requirements statewide.
His book Tahoe Beneath the Surface, co-published by Heyday Books and Sierra College Press, was named a 2010 Nature Book of the Year Bronze Medal winner by Foreword Reviews, the voice of independent book publishers and booksellers nationwide. His next book will focus, in part, on the history of human trafficking in both France and the United States.
Keith Lee is a professor in the Photography Department at Foothill College. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his BA in Fine Arts. He earned his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His involvement in supporting human rights first took hold when as a young undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he began documenting local community efforts surrounding the issue of affordable housing in San Francisco.
His interest in the life and culture of people in countries other than his own led him to several teaching opportunities in London (1999, 2004, and 2008). For a sabbatical (2002-03), he lived and worked in Paris, making photographs and learning about French society and culture. Prior to this, he worked for the Polaroid 20x24 Studio in New York City and upon his return to the Bay Area, photographed for both commercial and artistic purposes, before joining the faculty at Foothill College.
He teaches Photojournalism/Documentary Photography and an honors course on the History of Photography.
Steve Miller is in his eighth year as a Political Science Instructor at Modesto Junior College (MJC). His primary teaching interests are in the fields of political theory, constitutional rights, and American politics. During his fellowship with SHREI, Steve hopes to develop new approaches in using political theory to teach about human rights. He is also interested in exploring freedom of expression as a human right and new ways in which this topic can be incorporated into his class on the U.S. Constitution. At MJC, Steve especially values having the opportunity to be the advisor for the Freedom Forum Political Science Club and the coordinator for the Political Science Internship Program. In addition, he has participated in several Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Steve holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.
Dr. Fabienne McPhail Naples was appointed Vice President of Student Success at Golden West College on June 21, 2011. She previously served as the Associate Vice President of Student Success Services at the University of Nevada, Reno.
At University of Nevada, Reno, she had the leading role in an effort involving more than 30 faculty and 2,000 students to provide supplemental instruction that had a positive, measurable impact by improving both retention and success rates for underprepared students. At Santa Monica, she created the Service Learning Project linking students with more than 100 community-based agencies. At Moorpark College, she was Dean of Student Learning, where she worked in an integrated administrative model that blended student services and instruction. Naples earned her doctorate from UCLA in Educational Leadership, her master’s degree in History and Literature from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Journalism and Public Relations.
Dr. Naples is married to Robert Naples. She is the proud mother of five children and grandmother to three boys. She enjoys Bikram Yoga, Creole cooking and popular culture.
Preston Ni is a faculty of the Communication Studies Department at Foothill College, specializing in interpersonal communication, cross-cultural understanding, and career development. He received a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, and completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
Preston is an on-line contributor to Psychology Today and Asian Week. He is a recipient of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Faculty Award, and the keynote speaker on the DVD program “Cross-Cultural Communication: East and West.”
Preston was inspired to join SHREI by the experiences of some of his communication students. Their stories, told through papers and presentations, described various types of human rights abuse, from the exploitation of migrant farm workers, to the human trafficking of child slave laborers. The SHREI fellowship represents a unique opportunity to make a powerful contribution.
Rachel Petrocelli is Assistant Professor of History at Santa Monica College, where she teaches world and African history. She has taught African History at Loyola Marymount University and served as Senegal program manager in that country for Global Citizen Year, an immersion service-learning gap-year program. A Los Angeles native, Dr. Petrocelli received a degree in languages from Georgetown University and earned her PhD in history from Stanford University. Her research specialty is African urban life in the twentieth century, centering on informality, immigration, and state interventions in urban lives.
She spends significant time in Dakar, Senegal, the subject of her current research. In her courses, Dr. Petrocelli emphasizes broad themes that apply across regions, and encourages student interrogation of past processes to understand the present.
Alison Shelling has been in design (clothing and interiors) for over twenty years: designing and manufacturing clothing in the bay area, consulting, national sales and marketing, free lance design, interior design, and developing two commercial mixed-use Truckee buildings, the old Tonini House and the Camden building.
Ms. Shelling lectures in the fashion department of Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA. She was educated at East Sydney Technical College in Sydney, Australia; has a community college instructor credential in textiles, textile services and related technologies; and continues to educate herself with college classes.
Ms. Shelling is very active in service for the area she inhabits: participating in all aspects of community life from business to local town government policy participation, through elections of local town, county, and state campaign participation, and as commissioner for Monterey County’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Ms. Shelling has been interested in human rights all her life, and was delighted to attend the SHREI conference. Being a SHREI fellow will give validity to her teaching regarding the human rights challenges facing the world-wide fashion industry today.
She is married to Claus, and they have a son studying philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jeramy Wallace is an English Instructor at the College of San Mateo and Foothill College, where he teaches a range of courses from developmental reading and writing to the British Literature Survey. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA and has his certificates in Composition and Post-Secondary Reading from San Francisco State University.
Pedagogically, his research interests lie in affect theory and human rights curricula for service learning in writing and rhetoric courses, specifically focusing on human trafficking, immigration, and labor. As a SHREI fellow, he hopes to further integrate human rights, affect theory, and flow theory to help students realize they are global citizens responsible for promoting social justice globally.
Katie Zanoni – MA in Peace and Justice Studies, University of San Diego (2006). Katie was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand where she implemented environmental educational programs in the Northern Province of Nan. Upon her return to the United States, she continued her career within international relief organizations with a focus on education. She worked at the International Rescue Committee in various capacities including as the Program Coordinator managing after school programs for refugee youth and as the Resettlement Program Manager under the West Coast National Regional Director. Her community involvement has included chairing the One Percent Fund in Peace Corps - Thailand, board member with the United Nations Association of San Diego and co-developer of the chapter for Young Professionals for International Cooperation, and current Advisory Committee Member for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
Katie is currently working as the Chair of the Curriculum Advisory Committees for the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and Mediation programs at San Diego City College. In addition, she is an adjunct professor in the Peace Studies and Sustainability programs. Katie continues her research in the field of Peace Education, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights, Women and Peacebuilding, and Sustainability.
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