I’m Linda LeValley Kama’ila, current Academic Senate President at Oxnard College in Oxnard, California. I grew up in Ventura County, took my first job in Oxnard in 1974. I worked as a paralegal, in Oxnard, from 1976 to 1983, mostly in summers and vacations from school. I am a graduate of Santa Paula Union High School, and I attended Ventura College for awhile. Before I came to Oxnard College, I was the program coordinator of a federally funded project called ARLO which assisted in job shadowing and internships for students, at Stanford University. I earned some degrees in anthropology, gained a National Science Foundation Fellowship, was a Latin American Studies Fellow at Stanford, a Feminist Studies Fellow, and eventually earned a professional certificate in Film (Stanford Mass Media Institute). I then took a job at Moorpark College, teaching their anthropology of gender class for awhile. I taught at CSUN, taught and did research at UCLA’s Brain Institute (funded by NIMH), taught at the now-defunct Learning Tree in Thousand Oaks (computers and creative writing). Then, I was fortunate enough to be chosen for a full time position at Oxnard College. I had wanted, for years, to be a teacher “back home,” but there were no CSU’s in Ventura County when I was job-hunting. Today, we have 10 years of CSUCI, the place where most of our students will transfer (about half).
My research has included time spent in Chiapas, Mexico, in the borderlands of El Paso and Juarez, Navajoland, and most recently, studying education in advanced industrial societies whose learning outcomes are more ambitious and more successfully met than those in the United States (namely, France and England).
I have two emails: email@example.com for professional communication and firstname.lastname@example.org for personal and silly communication. This blog is not hosted with district resources. It is my own work and product. It does, however, help you to calculate how I spend my Academic Senate time – please check out the CALENDAR button in the upper right hand side of the home page.
I have a personal blog, too. My most recent post was about the desecration of a Native American site in the Eastern Sierra, the preservation of ancient art being of great personal significant to me. Most of what I write about, though, ends up being about anthropological views on the past, including the past of my own family.