Curriculum Vitae

Education

Masters of Arts Degree in History
U.S. History Major, Gender Minor
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Graduated with 3.96 G.P.A,  2010

Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society Member

Masters of Arts Degree in Women Studies
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Graduated with 4.0 G.P.A. 2004

Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Thesis: “The Mother of Tomorrow: American Eugenics and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.” 140 pages. 2004

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy, concentration in Women’s Studies
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Graduated cum laude with 3.8 G.P.A. 1998


Academic Appointments

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Instructor, Women’s Studies 2003 – 2005, 2008 -Present

Courses Taught:

Women in American History and Society (Fall 2004, Summer 2005, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
Taught lecture course on the history of women in the United States from colonial times to present day to 100 undergraduates from a multi-cultural perspective. Constructed syllabus, prepared daily lectures and supervised course Teaching Assistant. Utilized iLearn, an online educational technology, to post grades and communicate with the class.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Women’s Studies Courses Assistant Taught:

Women in American History and Society (Spring 2004)
Lectured on the history of women’s involvement in eugenics in the United States. Graded papers for a class of 93 undergraduates. Held weekly office hours to tutor and address student concerns and questions. Utilized Blackboard, an online educational technology, to post grades and communicate with the class.

Introduction to Women Studies (Fall 2003)
Lectured on the history of sterilization in the United States, issues of population control and reproductive rights. Graded papers, midterms and final exams for a class of 70 undergraduates. Held weekly office hours, mentoring students.

College and Departmental Administration and Activities
Panelist, Women and Gender Studies Alumni Day, 2009
Presented graduate student workshop on “Completing Your Thesis: Step by Step,” 2004
Attended departmental meetings

City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Chair, Women's Studies Department, Fall 2010 to present

Instructor, Women’s Studies Department, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Social Sciences Department
2005-Present


Courses Taught:

Women in U.S. History: Colonial Period to 1890 (Fall 2005)
Taught interdisciplinary lecture course on the history of women in the United States from colonization to 1890 from a multi-cultural perspective.

Women in U.S. History: 1890-Present (Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
Taught interdisciplinary lecture course on the history of women in the United States from 1890 to the present from a multi-cultural perspective. Course offered though the “Working Adults Program” designed to meet the needs of re-entry students and offered on the weekends.

Introduction to Women’s Studies: Demystifying Feminism (Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
Developed, designed, and taught new introductory course to Women’s Studies. Co-taught introductory lecture course on the key concepts and ideas of women studies and contemporary feminism to thirty undergraduates.

Diversity and Social Justice: Sexism (Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
Taught .5 unit course and workshop on eliminating sexism to forty undergraduates. Lectured, facilitated discussion, and graded undergraduates.

College and Departmental Administration and Activities
  • Women’s Studies Scholarship Essay Judge, 2007, 2009
  • Collaborated  on the co-developed new course, “Introduction to Women’s Studies: Demystifying Feminism.”
  • Attended departmental meetings
  • Attended Gender Diversity Project “Train the Trainers Workshops” Sessions on Gender Diversity and Bystander Intervention Workshop, 2009
  • Women’s History Month planning and participant 2005-present
  • Organized event to bring Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project to CCSF for Women’s History Month Spring 2009

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

Instructor, Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences Division 2006-2008

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Women’s Studies (Spring 2006, Summer 2006, Fall 2006, Winter 2006,
Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008)
Taught a multidisciplinary introductory course to the purpose and subject matter of Women's Studies highlighting perspectives on many social issues affecting women.

Women in U.S. History (Spring 2006, Summer 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008)
Taught lecture course covering Native American, African American, Asian American, Latina, European American and immigrant women heroines and “ordinary” women who have shaped American history and culture.

Introduction to Feminist Theory (Spring 2006)
Taught interdisciplinary course in feminist theory and methodology to encourage students to reflect on historical and present-day images of women and men.

Native American Women (Spring 2006)
Taught lecture course on the history, culture and current issues of Native American women of North and Central America.

Intercultural Relations (Summer 2006 and scheduled for Summer 2007)
Taught summer lecture course about theories of race and ethnicity. Students learn and understand the historical, political and social profiles of various ethnic groups. Students learn about inter-ethnic relations, social stratification and patterns of American ideological philosophy and development.

College Administration and Activities

  • Faculty advisor for the Women’s Studies Club
  • Served on hiring committee for Women’s Programs/ Re-entry and Multicultural Student Specialist position
  • “Understand Socialization of Men and Women” MPC Foundation Luncheon (2006) Lectured on the process of socialization of women and men

University of California, Berkeley, CA

Instructor Assistant “Reader” Ethnic Studies 2004

Ethnic Studies: People of Mixed Racial Descent
Lectured on the history of racial categorization and the U.S. movement to create a “superior race.” Graded papers and finals for a class of over 20 undergraduates.

Invited Presentations

  • Women and Gender Studies Alumni Day Panelist, San Francisco State University 2009
  • “History of African American Women’s Suffrage” Keynote, San Francisco State University, March 14, 2009, Epsilon Nu Citywide Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • “Women in U.S. History,” California Commission on the Status of Women Retreat, Asilomar, CA 2007
  • “Feminism Demystified” Associated Students Monterey Peninsula College, (March 2007) Lectured on the historical waves of feminism, feminist theory and current issues of feminism.
  • “Understand Socialization of Men and Women” Monterey Peninsula College Foundation Luncheon (2006) Lectured on the process of socialization of women and men.
  • “The Mother of Tomorrow,” San Francisco State Graduate Student Competition San Francisco for the California State University Research Competition. (2004) Lectured on eugenics and Anglo-American motherhood as outlined in my thesis.

Grants

  • City College of San Francisco Office of Mentoring and Student Learning Grant, 2009
  • Monterey Peninsula College Academic Excellence Grant Spring 2006. Awarded by the MPC Foundation to attend National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Oakland, CA (2006)

Project Development

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA. Conference Coordinator, 12th Annual Monterey County Women’s Multicultural Conference, “Films by and about Women”

  • Visualized and proposed new format for annual multicultural conference to increase participation and involvement of students and community members.
  • Collaborated with and supported staff to develop, design and implement annual conference with special emphasis on women’s films.
  • Developed promotional materials to encourage student and community participation.
  • Organized student event to foster interest in conference.
  • Arranged conference rehearsals.
  • Communicated with faculty, students, administration, staff, filmmakers, speakers for the event.
  • Recruited keynote speaker
  • Supervised advertising, outreach, submissions.
  • Judged film submissions with committee to determine which films to exhibit.
  • Developed film festival program format. Designed and wrote conference program. Increased attendance by 50%.
  • Inspired and cultivated MPC students to create films pertaining to women's issues.
  • Designed and developed informational website for conference and Women’s Programs: www.womensprograms.org
  • Increased visibility of MPC and Women’s Programs through published interview for Monterey Herald article on conference.
Collaborative coordinator for student workshops with Women’s Programs/Women’s Studies and the Multicultural and Re-entry Student Resource Center.
  • Proposed, promoted and developed events with staff facilitation:
  • V-Day film screening and discussion of violence against women
  • Birth Control Workshop
  • Denim Day – Sexual Assault Education, April 25, 2007
  • Self-Defense Workshop, May 2, 2007

Research and Publications 

  • Research Assistant, Professor Deborah Cohler, San Francisco State University.
    Edit and update Instructor’s manual for textbook, “Introduction to Women’s Studies, Gender in a Transnational World 2nd edition.” 2005
  • Research Assistant, Professor Deborah Cohler, San Francisco State University, Primary research on nationalism and gender in contemporary North America, 2004

Honors and Achievements

  • Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement, San Francisco State University, 2004. Awarded the highest honor the university bestows upon graduate students.

  • San Francisco State University’s Nominee for the Distinguished Thesis Award sponsored by the Western Association of Graduate Schools and University Microfilm International, 2004.

  • Graduate Student Competitor for San Francisco State University for the 2004 California State University Research Competition.

Community Organization Experience

The Women’s Building, San Francisco, CA

Intern 2002 (Volunteer 1999-2006) Community Resource Center
Staffed the community resource center, directed service to clients with employment, health, and housing concerns.
Wrote renewal grant for childcare room funding.
Compiled and analyzed data on the childcare room.

Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, CA

Intern, Communications Department, 2003
Managed photography database: scanned and enhanced photographs for database thereby doubling the existing database.
Coded data for online bulletin.
Assisted editing and proofreading bulletin, newsletter and annual report.
Attended meetings with global women’s project managers

Harvey Milk Institute, San Francisco, CA

Volunteer for LGBTQ community, 1999-2003.
Assisted multiple fundraising events.
Staffed booths for SF Pride.

American Friends Service Committee, San Francisco, CA

Volunteer, 2002.
Packed blankets for shipment to Afghanistan, packed clothes for emergency shipments for disaster relief

Global Exchange, San Francisco, CA

Volunteer, 1999
Assisted with databases and daily administrative tasks
Conducted research into reports of human rights abuses of women workers in maquiladoras in Mexico
Planned anti-sweatshop actions, protests

Peace and Justice Coalition, Boston college, Boston, Ma

Student activist leader, 1997-1998
Proposed, planned and executed Students Against Sweatshops campaign to encourage Boston College to adopt a Code of Conduct for all its apparel licensing and trademarks
Wrote a “Code of Conduct” agreement for sub-contractors who make apparel with the logo “Boston College”
Conducted meetings with students, faculty, administration and financial managers

Urban Immersion, Boston, Ma

Volunteer through Boston College, 1997
Short-term assistance at Boston area nonprofits: Haley House, Rosie’s Place, Boston Food Bank, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Worked at various non-profits
Attended workshops and lectures on poverty and community service

Bridge Street Project, Bath, England

Homeless volunteer, 1997
Befriended and aided teenagers in homeless shelter
Taught essential skills

The Samaritans of Boston, MA

Suicide hotline operator. 1995-1996
Weekly unconditional telephone support to suicidal teenagers.
Trained for suicide counseling

Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Women’s Studies Association
    • Roundtable presentation, “Intersectionality in Action,” November 2009
    • Conference Attendee 2006
    • Member, Selection Committee for Conference Papers 2005
  • Western Association of Women Historians
    • Member and Conference attendee 2006, 2009

Languages
Novice level skill in reading, writing and speaking Spanish

Computer Skills Related to Instruction
Mastery: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,  Blackboard, iLearn, Insight
Novice to Intermediate: Filemaker Pro, Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver

Website Development www.elisabetharruda.com Personal Website www.womensprograms.com Women’s Programs of MPC developed for 12th Annual Multicultural Conference