January 12-14, 2001
San Josť City College, San Jose California


Name: Charles Anthony Zappia

Position: Professor of History and Chair, Department of History/Social Sciences, San Diego Mesa College

Personal Statement:
My research focuses on the interaction of race, ethnicity, gender, and work that has molded the political responses of American union activists. Since my position in a large urban community college is teaching-intensive, I bring most of the insights I've gained in research directly into the classroom, to a diverse population of students. I have gained broad professional experience serving on the Professional Division of the AHA, and on the Teaching and Community College Committees of the OAH. As vice president and chief negotiator for my faculty union, I represented individuals in tenure and promotional denial appeal proceedings, and rewrote all of the evaluation, tenure, promotion, and faculty rights and responsibilities provisions in our collective bargaining agreement.

Degrees: PhD California, Berkeley 1994; MA San Jose State 1974; BA Pittsburgh 1969

Professional Affiliations:
Elected Member, Professional Division, American Historical Association (1999-2002); Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Adjunct and Part-Time Teaching, American Historical Association (1999-); Member, Community College Focus Group, American Historical Association (1998-) Chair, Committee on Teaching, Organization of American Historians (1999); Member, Committee on Teaching, Organization of American Historians (1992-1994, 1996-2000); Vice President and Chief Negotiator, San Diego Community College Guild, American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931 (1994-1996); Member, Ad Hoc Task Force on Community Colleges, Organization of American Historians (1994-1998); Member, Focus Group on U.S. History Standards, Organization of American Historians (1993-94); Member, American Historical Association, American Italian Historical Association, American Federation of Teachers, Community College Humanities Association, Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges, Faculty Coalition for Public Higher Education, Immigration History Society, Labor and Working Class History Association, National Council for History Education, Organization of American Historians, San Diego Labor Academic Alliance

Selected Publications:
"The American Federation of Teachers" in Stanley I Kutler, ed. Dictionary of American History (Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002, under contract).
"From Working Class Radicalism to Cold War Anti-Communism: The Case of the Italian Locals of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union," in Phil Cannistraro and Gerald Meyer, eds. Italian American Radicalism (SUNY Press, in press)
"History of Labor," in Salvatore LaGumina, Frank Cavaioli, Salvatore Primeggia, and Joseph Varacalli, eds. The Italian American Experience (Garland Publishing, 1999)
"Teaching History in the Community Colleges," in Nadine Ishitani Hata, ed. Community College Historians in the United States, (Organization of American Historians 1999)
"Unionism and the Italian American Worker," in Rocco Caporale, ed. The Italian Americans Through the Generations, (Center for Migration Studies,1986)
"Academic Professionalism and the Business Model in Education," The History Teacher, (November 1999)
"Survey of Community College Historians," OAH Newsletter, 1995
"Improving History Teaching and the Status of the Community College Historian," Perspectives, 1996

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