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Meet the Faculty

Juanita Aluan
Rene Anderson
Robbie Baden
Teresa Basnage
Muriel Brennan
Peter Bruni
William Clark
Emil DeAndreis
Christopher Dowling
Vincent Fitzgerald
Deborah Garfinkle
Lauren Gordon
Scott Goldstone
Teeka James
Barbara Jones
Daniel Keller
Jon Kitamura
Jill Kolongowski
Sara Lawrence
Joyce Luck
Sarah Mangin-Hinkley
Timothy Maxwell
Nicola Miner
Madeleine Murphy
Roberta Reynolds
Emma Rogers
Joanna Scheffer
Mick Sherer
Anne Stafford
Kathleen Steele
Beth Todd
Keira Travis
Eric Treanor
Jeramy Wallace
Nelly Wolfson
Laura Woltag


Juanita Alunan Juanita Alunan
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., Psychology, M.A., Psychology, M.A., English, Certificate, Teaching Composition and Reading, San Francisco State University

Profile: Juanita grew up in San Francisco, and before teaching at CSM, taught English part-time at San Francisco State. With her background in Psychology, she also had worked with children who have special needs as well as with children who were abused and in transition before they were  placed into foster homes. Since 1995, she found her dream job, teaching English  full-time at CSM, where she has focused on various projects and learning communities to promote student success and has also worked as one of the  coordinators of the Writing and English 800 Centers. When she is not grading papers, she enjoys following Bay Area teams (go Giants and Warriors!), reading, traveling, cooking, hiking, and listening to music
Rene Anderson Rene Anderson
Assistant Professor, English
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Robbie Baden Robbie Baden
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, M.F.A., English, University of South Carolina

Profile: Robbie has been a CSM Bulldog since 2015 and formerly taught at the University of South Carolina, Foothill College, and De Anza College. He has also worked as a writer for the creative team at Yelp, but working with students is his passion. We all have the power to express ourselves and to change the world — no matter what people have told us in the past — and he strives in his classes to promote confidence in our abilities and to show how our writing offers the space to achieve our goals, to be ourselves, and to change the world in ways small and large, local and global, creative and professional.
Teresa Basnage Teresa Basnage
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, M.S., English, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., English, Reading & Writing Certificates, San Francisco State University

Profile: The written word has the power to build meaningful human encounters and connections; the word enables us to discover the best versions of ourselves; it is transformative. That is why Teresa teaches English.
Muriel Brennan Muriel Brennan
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, Notre Dame de Namur University; M.A., English Literature, San Jose State University; Ph.D, Irish Literature: Renaissance Period, Summit University

Profile: Muriel began her teaching career at NDNU and USF. Larry Williams, then dean of Language Arts, invited her to teach a class at CSM, and immediately she found her desired location. She has taught English (and Irish Literature) at CSM since 1989, and welcomes all students into her classes. She is dedicated to inspiring and working with each student to help each succeed not only in English, but in living life. She is happy to be here for each student she encounters.
Peter Bruni Peter Bruni
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.F.A., English, Academy of Art College/University of San Francisco; M.A., English Literature/Composition, San Francisco State University

Profile: Ultimately, the study of literature and language is an exercise in seeing–one which will bring into focus more of what heretofore has gone unseen, one which will provide students the critical eye, competent hand, and enlightened spirit they need not only to succeed in college, business, and life, but to be ever thoughtfully, happily engaged.
William Clark William Clark
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California - Berkeley; M.M., Jazz Performance, New Jersey City University; M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Texas - Austin
Emil DeAndreis Emil DeAndreis
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, University of Hawaii - Hilo; M.F.A., English, San Francisco State University

Profile: Emil’s first book, Beyond Folly, was published in 2013. His second book, Hard To Grip, will be published in 2017. When he isn’t teaching, he is writing, and assisting with CSM’s baseball team. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.
Christopher Dowling Christopher Dowling
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., Literature, University of California - Santa Cruz; M.A., English Composition and Post-Secondary Reading, San Francisco State University

Profile: Christopher has been teaching at CSM since 2012, and he enjoys encouraging students to read, write, and think about both being a students and citizens, especially if he can work a comic book in there. When he's not teaching, he enjoys reading comics, climbing, and spending time with his lovely wife and giant baby.
Vincent Fitzgerald Vincent Fitzgerald
Assistant Professor, English
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Deborah Garfinkle Deborah Garfinkle
Assistant Professor, English
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Profile: Deborah Garfinkle is a poet, essayist, translator and a lover of all things textual and linguistic. She received her Doctorate from The University of Texas in Austin in Czech Language and Literature with a minor in Comparative Literature. Her creative writing, translations and reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines anthologies and literary journals in the US and abroad. The Old Man’s Verses, her first full-length translation of selected works by Czech poet Ivan Diviš, was nominated for a Northern California Book Award. Ms. Garfinkle earned both an NEA Translation Fellowship and a PEN Translation Grant for her most recent translation, Worm-Eaten Time: Poems from a Life under Normalization, poems by Pavel Šrut. This collection will be published by Phoneme Media in February, 2016. She is currently at work on her next translation and creative writing. Apart teaching at CSM and De Anza College, Ms. Garfinkle is a book critic for The Kenyon Review Online, a proud supporter of PEN’s efforts to defend free expression worldwide and a happy camper now that Stephen Colbert has finally returned from his vacation.
Lauren Gordon Lauren Gordon
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English (Creative Writing), Cal State - Notrthridge; M.A., English (Emphasis in TESOL), Reading Certificate, San Francisco State University
Scott Goldstone Scott Goldstone
Assistant Professor, English
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Profile: Scott Goldstone has been working at College of San Mateo since 2011. Some of his hobbies outside of teaching include reading, traveling and listening to and playing music.
Teeka James Teeka James
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., American Studies and Religious Studies, William Smith College; M.A., English, Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Composition, San Francisco State University

Profile: Teeka James has taught English at CSM since 1997 and has co-coordinated Writing in the End Zone since its incepption in 2004. She has no doubt that her students will, in fact, go on to be formidable agents of change in this world, for they have made all the difference in hers.
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English Literature, M.A., English Literature, Certificate in Teaching Composition, San Francisco State University

Profile: Barbara has been teaching at CSM since 1998, and it is her dream job because she loves public education, especially community college. Although she got her degrees from SFSU, she never would have if it had not been for City College of San Francisco, where she first discovered how much she loved to learn, where she developed her passion for reading literature and history. But she was tired of being poor, so she quit college and went to work, first as a waitress, working her way through cosmetology school, then as a hairdresser, working her way through to the degrees she holds now. She does not regret her hiatus from college at all; it gave her the means to go back to college and real-world experience she could not have gotten otherwise. Today, she can’t wait to get to CSM to be with her students because she hopes, every day, that she can inspire them like her CCSF professors inspired her. VIVA community college!
Daniel Keller Daniel Keller
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, Ohio State University; M.A., English, San Francisco State

Profile: Daniel Keller has been teaching at CSM since 2001 and has worked on  a number of projects to promote student success, including several learning communities. When he is not grading papers, Keller can be found cycling, hiking, reading, or pretending to play several musical instruments.
Jon Kitamura Jon Kitamura
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, University of California - Santa Barbara; M.A., English, San Francisco State

Profile: Jon Kitamura has been a CSM Bulldogs faculty member since 2005
Jill Kolongowski Jill Kolongowski
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, Michigan State University; M.F.A., English, St. Mary's College of California

Profile: Jill has taught at CSM since 2015, and she also helps coordinate the Writer’s Ruckus and is faculty advisor for the Writers’ Project. She's also the Managing Editor at YesYes Books, and is working on her first book, Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me, out in winter 2017. When she's not grading papers or writing, Jill can be found watching Chopped, cooking, camping, or hiking. She lives in San Mateo.
Sara Lawrence Sara Lawrence
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, University of California - Santa Barbara; B.A., Psychology, B.A. Italian, M.A., English, San Francisco State University

Profile: Sara has been teaching at CSM since 2013 and currently serves as a lead faculty member in the Writing Center. She loves all forms of teaching and loves teaching writing in particular because she gets to watch her students figure out what they want to say to the world. For anyone kind enough to listen, she’ll go hoarse singing the praises of Italo Calvino, Parks and Recreation, The Clash, and Dynamo Donuts. When she’s not doing teacherly things, you can likely find her at the beach, at a farmers’ market, in a roastery, in a batting cage, or on dlisted.com.
Joyce Luck Joyce Luck
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English and Religious Studies, Randolph-Macon College; M.A., English, Pennsylvania State University; M.A., English (Creative Writing), San Francisco State University

Profile: Joyce Luck is originally from Richmond, Virginia, but migrated westward to California in 1997 to earn a second MA degree at SFSU. She began teaching at CSM in 1998. Prior to joining us at CSM, she taught English full-time at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio, and prior to that, she worked as a senior editor and project manager for a national educational test publishing company. Joyce also writes and has been published in numerous sources ranging from Girlfriends to Patheos to Lodestar Quarterly. Her most recent work is the novel The Master Yeshua, published by Roundfire Books in May 2015.
Sarah Mangin-Hinkley Sarah Mangin-Hinkley
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English and History, Stanford University; M.A., English Literature, Certificate in Teaching of Composition, San Francisco State University

Profile: Sarah is completing her Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley, where she studied seventeenth-century literature and religion. Since joining the CSM English Department in 2016, Sarah has been inspired by the creativity, dedication, and incisiveness of all the students she has met in her courses and in the Writing Center. Sarah grew up near San Diego, and she currently lives in the East Bay. Her perfect weekend would include a redwood hike and a Sleater-Kinney concert.
Timothy Maxwell Timothy Maxwell
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, M.A., English, University of California - Berkeley; M.F.A., English, University of Oregon
Nicola Miner Nicola Miner
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, Brown University, M.S., English, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; M.A., English, Mills College
Madeleine Murphy Madeleine Murphy
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, King's College - Cambridge; M.A., Literature, Edinburgh

Profile: Madeleine grew up in France and the U.K., and moved to California on a whim. Since 1993, she has taught English at CSM. There’s really no better job around. When not teaching, she's pretty keen on Shakespeare, reading about and discussing interesting subjects, baking things with rhubarb, watching movies, making quilts, and travelling. Important fact: she is not a guinea pig.
Roberta Reynolds Roberta Reynolds
Professor, English
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Degrees: A.A., English, College of San Mateo; B.A., English, College of Notre Dame; M.A., English, D.A., English, Ph.D., English, University of Oregon
Emma Rogers Emma Rogers
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English and Art History, University of California - Berkeley, M.A., English Composition and Post-Secondary Reading, San Francisco State University

Profile: Emma grew up in the rural Central Valley, moved up to the Bay Area to attend Cal, and has called the Bay home ever since. She teaches at both the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University, and she loves the diversity she finds on both campuses. Her courses tend to center around contemporary issues, as she wants students to read and write about subjects they care about, subjects that matter. When she's not grading papers, she loves to play classical piano, hike, bake, read, and listen to Kendrick Lamar.
Mick Sherer Mick Sherer
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, Whitman College; M.F.A., Creative Writing, St. Mary's College of California

Profile: Mick grew up in New York and New Jersey, but he has always felt most at home on the West Coast, especially in the Bay Area. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at CSM, and he helps to organize CSM’s once-a-semester reading series the Writers’ Ruckus. Mick lives with his family in Redwood City, and when he’s not teaching, he loves reading, writing, riding his bike, playing and listening to music, tracking down Argentinian food trucks, and drinking great coffee.
Anne Stafford Anne Stafford
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, Diablo Valley College, M.A., English, San Francisco State University

Profile: Anne joined CSM’s English Department in 2000, after teaching at San Francisco State University for ten years. After having been transformed by her experience as a student at Diablo Valley College in the early 1980s, she knew her future lay in trying to do the same for other Community College students. She couldn’t have found a better place to do it than College of San Mateo. When she is not teaching, she enjoys camping and hiking in Yosemite, reading, cooking, traveling, and eating great food.
Kathleen Steele Kathleen Steele
Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, M.A., English, University of Michigan
Beth Todd Beth Todd
Assistant Professor, English
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Keira Travis Keira Travis
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, McGill University, M.A., English, Queen's University; Ph.D, English, McGill University

Profile: Keira Travis has taught at CSM since 2015. She sort of prides herself on her ability to handle uprooting. She has taught in rural Nova Scotia. She has held a fellowship in Shakespeare studies at Stanford. She has taught at two very different universities in downtown Montreal. She also teaches at City College of San Francisco. In every context, she bears witness to students’ tremendous growth and courage.
Eric Treanor Eric Treanor
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., Spanish, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., English-Fiction Writing, University of Utah

Profile: Eric has taught English at San Diego State Univ., the Univ. of Utah, the Univ. of Costa Rica, Foothill College, Chabot College, and, since 2012, at CSM. He has been lucky enough to live in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica; most of his life, however, he's spent in the Bay Area, where he grew up. His free time belongs to fiction writing, jazz, the ocean, basketball coaching, beer, and books.
Jeramy Wallace Jeramy Wallace
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.S., English, M.A. English, Notre Dame de Namur University

Profile: Jeramy Wallace has taught at CSM since 2011 and is currently a faculty coordinator for the CSM Umoja Community. His hobbies include camping/backpacking, hiking, searching for great food and coffee, going to the beach, and brewing beer.
Nelly Wolfson Nelly Wolfson
Assistant Professor, English
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Profile: Nelly joined the CSM team in January 2015. Prior to coming to CSM, she worked for 3 years at San Francisco State University as a composition instructor. She holds a MA in Literature from San Francisco State University and is in the process of completing her second MA in Composition from the same university. She wrote her master’s thesis using trauma theory to examine the literature of Flannery O’Connor and loves reading any kind of gothic fiction.
Laura Woltag Laura Woltag
Assistant Professor, English
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Degrees: B.A., English, St. Lawrence University; M.A., English, M.F.A., English, San Francisco State University

Profile: Laura has been teaching at CSM since 2015, and enjoys reading, writing and thinking with students about contemporary issues in society and culture. She is on an Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Fellow at Stanford University for the 2016-2017 academic year, and a Writer-in-Residence at Alley Cat Bookstore in San Francisco. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Hush Hyletics. When she's not teaching, reading, writing, or dreaming toward her first book, she loves to hike in the redwoods, play the mandolin, and persuade her garden to do its thing.