RANK & FILES, Nov-Dec 2016

Raj Singh, teacher in the School of Business Administration at UC Riverside, and member of AFT Local 1966, recently received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Singh holds advanced degrees from universities in India and the United States, including a doctorate in Policy Planning and Administration. He teaches organizational behavior, introduction to business, human resource management and leadership development, and has co-authored a textbook in crime analysis. Singh is a past chair of the Professional Development Committee for lecturers at UCR.

Francisco Rodriquez, president of the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1936, and CFT vice president, was awarded the 2016 Tony Hill Award by the Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club for his years of community activism. A California Senate resolution signed by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, cited Rodriquez’ work with special needs students, the Association of Mexican American Educators, the Pajaro Valley Federation, and his efforts to draw attention to the use of pesticides near schools.

Ingrid Gunnell, member of United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021, will represent CFT on the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Workgroup of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which is identifying the additional knowledge and skills necessary to teach students with disabilities and recommending a structure for licensing Education Specialists. Gunnell is also legislative chair for PACE, UTLA’s political action committee, and was recently named the Los Angeles County Democrat of the Year for Assembly District 43.

Cynthia Mahabir, sociology instructor at Oakland’s Laney College and member of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603, co-authored a study of data collected from part-time sociology instructors in the nation’s community colleges. Mahabir is the only part-time faculty member on the American Sociological Association taskforce assembled for the investigation. The results published in the journal Teaching Sociology document differences in working conditions between full- and part-time instructors, arguing for greater support among all faculty and administrators for their part-time colleagues, who are the majority of sociology instructors.