Dorothy Davis Wills

                   508 Black Hills Dr.                                  E-mail:
                   Claremont, CA 91711                              Phone: 909.869.3582
                   Phone: 909.399.0197                                Fax: 909.869.3586


Dr. Wills is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Cal Poly Pomona. An anthropologist and linguist, she has over eight years of overseas experience. She has worked in the field of international education and development as Interim Director of the International Center at CPP. She served two years as Chief of Party of the ENEA (Ecole Nationale d'Economie Appliquée) Rural Management Project (U.S.A.I.D.) in Senegal and two years as Program Administrator. She conducted a training needs survey of women development workers in Senegal, along with research on the adaptation of French-language training materials into local languages. She served as Coordinator of the WASC Self-Study Steering Committee for the university. Dr. Wills has carried out research on socialization and communicative development of children in Nigeria, Senegal and the U.S. She speaks French, Hausa and Wolof, and has studied Spanish and Luo. She has recently been conducting applied research in Zimbabwe and Bulgaria. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, project management, training, program evaluation, and non-formal education, in addition to her academic credentials. She has organized conferences and workshops at American universities and abroad. She has recently published a co-edited anthology on international migration and is working on a book about cross-cultural marriage.


Ph.D.              University of Texas at Austin , Anthropology
                        Specializations:  African Studies & Lingustics
Dissertation: "Culture's Cradle: Social Structural and Interactional Aspects of Senegalese Socialization.” 646 pp. 1977

M.A.               University of Texas at Austin , Anthropology
Thesis:  "Lines and Cycles of Time with Special Reference to the Ashanti and the Dogon of West Africa”  1972, 191 pp.

A.B.                Mount Holyoke College, Major:   English Composition
                        Minors: French Literature & Sociology


2007 - Present            Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Cal Poly Pomona University
1997 – Present           Professor, Anthropology, Dept. of Geography and Anthropology
1998 – 2003                Coordinator, WASC Self-Study Steering Committee (Accreditation research and report)
July, 1995-1997          Interim Director, International Center
Winter 1995               Acting Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology
1988                            Asst/Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology,
(All above positions were at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)

1983-87                       Chief of Party, Organization and Training Specialist, ENEA Rural Management Project Senegal (AID).  Campus Coordinator/Project Administrator for Center for Applied International Development Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409.
1981-83                       Lecturer, Linguistics Curriculum and Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514.
1981                            Visiting Professor, Middle Eastern Studies Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712.
1979-80                       Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology and Committee for Linguistics, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130.
1977-79                       Lecturer II, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Maiduguri, P.O. Box 1069, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
1969-70                       Copywriter, Christopher-Gerard and Associates, Public Relations, Birmingham, Michigan.
Consultancies             Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701.
Residential Course in Development Administration, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria (1978-79).
Mayflower Moving Company, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Wills & Co., St. Louis, Missouri (1984).


Social anthropology: Marriage and family, structural analysis, religions and philosophy, cultural
futurology, cultural ecology, gender and sexuality.  
International development: Project management, rural development, women in development.
Linguistics: Sociolinguistics, language acquisition, semiotics, social interaction, AfricaN
languages, languages in contact.
African Studies: African history and cultures, environment, myth and thought, socialization and
child development.


2004-2006       Project Evaluation, Institutional Strenghtening at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria (USAID Cal Poly Pomona)
March, 2003   Training needs assessment for Bulawayo Polytechnic Institution, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
1998 - 2000     Background research for Zimbabwe Initiative proposal (Programs for Applied Inter-Disciplinary Studies) and eco-tourism program.
1998 - 99         Citrus Valley Health Partners, Community-based research on violence.
1996-97           Citrus Valley Health Partners, Community-based research on HIV/AIDS patients.
1991-93           Waste Management Project, sponsored by Land Lab, Cal Poly Pomona.
a) 1984-1987: Survey of women development workers to determine training needs. Research on training in local languages (for ENEA Rural Management).
b) 1974-1976:  Fieldwork in Tivaouane, Dakar and villages on socialization and communicative development of Wolof children (National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellowship).
a) 1977-1979: Study of socialization and communicative development of Hausa children, under the auspices of the Faculty of Social and Management Studies, University of Maiduguri.
b) 1978-1979: Survey of the religious, cosmological, and mystical/supernatural beliefs and knowledge of Nigerians representing a range of ethnic, educational and socioeconomic background, focusing on the nature of change in belief systems.
a) 1979-1980: Study of sociolinguistic development related to family structure and communication patterns among Americans.
b) Sept. 1973-Aug. 1974: Fieldwork on early semantic and sociolinguistic development of English, English-French, and Luo learning children.
c) June 1972 - Sept. 1973: Research Assistant, project on the structure of speech input to children during the babbling stage, in English and English-Spanish speaking communities in Austin, Texas, directed by Professor Ben Blount (Social Science Research Council).


Dimensions of International Migration, ed. with Päivi Hoikkala.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Co., 2011.
“Cooking the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs: California’s Higher Education System in Peril, A Master White Paper for the CSU,” forthcoming Academic Freedom, American Association of University Professors, January 2012.
"What Higher Education Wants from Business," The Knowledge Economy: The Commodification of Knowledge and Information in the Academic System, ed. Tomas R. Giberson and Gregory A. Giberson.  New York: Hampton Press, 2009.
“Faculty Diversity: A Review of the Literature,” Volume 2 of the Campus Climate Survey Findings: Faculty Perspectives, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Cal Poly Pomona, 2001.
“A Continuum of Care of HIV/AIDS Services in East San Gabriel Valley,” Research Monograph, Citrus Valley Health Partners and the East San Gabriel Valley Task Force on HIV/AIDS, May, 1997.
"Economic Violence in Postcolonial Senegal: Noisy Silence in Novels by Mariama Ba and Aminata Sow Fall," in Violence, Silence, and Anger. Women's Writing as Transgression, ed. Deirdre Lashgari.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1995, 158-171.
"Indexifiers in Wolof," Semiotica 78-3/4:193-218, February, 1990 (chosen for Abstracts in the Sociology of Language).
"Femmes agents de développement au Sénégal," in Proceedings of the Conference on Management of Rural Development, ENEA, Dakar, May 1987. (38 pp.)
"Not in So Many Words," Semiotica 58, 3/4:343-396, 1986.  (awarded Best Article of 1986 by Mouton Publishers).
"A Language of Families," Working Papers in Sociolinguistics 90: 1-54, ed. Joel Sherzer and Richard Bauman, Austin, Texas, 1981.
"Non-Western Women Tomorrow," Women and the Future, a special issue of Alternative Futures, The Journal of Utopian Studies, 4, 2-3:85-105, 1981.
"Martian Safari," Cosmic Search 3, 4, Serial No. 12:4-7, 26, Fall, 1981.
"From Kilimanjaro to Olympus Mons: White Hunter Goes to Mars," Bulletin of the World Future Society, ed. Lane Jennings, XV, 5:5-10 (Sept.-Oct.), 1981.
"Culture and Conceptualization" African Journal of Behavioral Science, 1:1-31 ed. B. Ijomah, Akure, Nigeria, 1981.
"Mirror in the Sky: Space Studies," Man in Society, The Journal of Nigerian Students of Sociology and Anthropology, Maiduguri, Nigeria, 1980, pp 1-7.
"Learning and Communicating: Deep Process," (review article) American Anthropologist 81, 4:874-899, 1980.
"Keeping Ahead of Time: Cultural Futurology," Man in Society, The Journal of Nigerian Students of Sociology and Anthropology, Maiduguri, Nigeria, May, 1979, pp. 4-12.
"Participant Deixis in English and Baby Talk," in Talking to Children: Language Input and Acquisition, ed., Catherine Snow and Charles Ferguson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977, pp. 271-298.


CFA Newsletter, editor and columnist, 2003 - present.
“Zimbabwe Journal,” with Liz Hughes, Global Cal Poly, Fall 2002.
“Features of a Successful Group Experience at Cal Poly Pomona: A Reflective Learning of the
Characteristics and Process Behaviors of a Diverse Committee,” with Ali Mossaver-Rahmani,
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2001.
“Interesting Times 2,” WASC Self-Study Newsletter, Cal Poly Pomona, Winter Quarter, 2000.
“In Sixty Years … ,” Poly Trends 9, 3, Spring 1999.
“Interesting Times,” WASC Self-Study Newsletter, on-line publication, Fall Quarter, 1998.


“Capacity Building at New Bulgarian University,” evaluation reports 2005-2006 for Cal Poly Pomona-NBU USAID grant.
“Endogenous Development and Eco-Tourism in Zimbabwe”, Report on a Feasibility Study and Training Needs Assessment for a Joint Project, CLASS and Bulawayo Polytechnic Institution, July, 2003.
“Creating an Educational Community,” Special Report to WASC, July, 2003 (principal author).
Campus Climate Survey Findings: Faculty Perspectives, co-editor with Marisol Arredondo, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Cal Poly Pomona, 2001.
“Cal Poly Pomona: Evolution and Engagement,” Self-Study Report for Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation, Cal Poly Pomona, August, 2000 (principal author).
“ENEA Rural Management Senegal: Final Project Report,” Agency for International Development, Department of State, Washington, D.C., August 1987.


Tired of Weeping: Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau, by Jónina Einarsdóttir. American Anthropologist 108,3: 584-85, Sept. 2006.
Community-Based Research, by Kerry Strand et al., Exchanges Fall 2004.
Language Repertoires and State Construction in Africa, by David D. Laitin, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 1994.
The Contextualization of Language, ed. Peter Auer and Aldo di Luzio, Journal of LingusiticAnthropology, 1993.
Talking Culture: Ethnography and Conversation Analysis, by Michael Moerman, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 1, 1, March/April 1991.
African Women: Their Struggle for Economic Independence, by Christine Obbo, African Studies Review 163-137, 1983.
Adult-Child Conversation, ed. Peter French and Margaret Maclure, American Anthropologist 85, 1:192-193, March 1983.
Developmental Pragmatics, ed. B. Schieffelin and E. Ochs, American Anthropologist 85, 1:192-193, March 1983.
Papers in Anthropology and Linguistics ed. M. Ebihara and R. Gianutsos, American Anthropologist 82, 4:863-864, December 1980.
Vie et Proverbes Yaka, by A. van der Beken, American Anthropologist 82, 2:459, June 1980.


“Dimensions of International Migration,” co-editor with Päivi Hoïkkala, anthology of essays in progress.
“Marriage: Something Old and Something New.” (Book in Progress, Kendall Hunt Publishers)
"Systematic Distortion of Communication in the Multi-Cultural Classroom." (Essay)
"Communicating Islamic Culture and Philosophy." (Essay)
"Nature and Honor: Waiting is in West Africa." (Book of Essays in Progress)
Gestion de Projet III: La Communication, training manual CAIDS/ENEA, Lubbock, Texas, 1987.
I have published a science fiction novel in a fan periodical, and several of my essays have been
disseminated on the Internet or duplicated by colleagues.


“Cal Poly Pomona/University of Zimbabwe Field School.”  (submitted to USAID, but not funded)
“Programs in Applied Inter-Disciplinary Studies: Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Zimbabwe,” (for College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences), U.S. Agency for International Development, ALO Program, March, 1998.
 “International Education at Cal Poly,” (for Institute for Regional and International Studies), Department of Education, 1994.
"Cal Poly Community Partnership Project," State of California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling, 1992 (funded).
Times-Mirror Corporation Grant for Environmental Education, 1992 (funded).
USIA University Affiliation Grant to establish linkage between Cal Poly and the University of Zimbabwe, 1992.
"International Education Project: Internationalizing the Curriculum at Cal Poly Pomona," Department of Education, Undergraduate Education Division, Washington D.C., 1989 (funded).
"Mauritania: Human Resources Development Project," Submitted to USAID by Texas Tech University, 1985.  English and French, 3 vols.


"Social Activities Called Marriage," Provost's Symposium on Faculty Scholarship, Cal Poly Pomona, December 15, 2008.
Roundtable Discussant, Conference on Marriage and Morals, April 18-19, 2007, Cal Poly Pomona.
“An Electronic Portfolio: Student Learning and Institutional Change,” with Elhami T. Ibrahim, paper presented at WASC Annual Meetings, San Jose, April 15, 2004.
"Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place. Colonization, sexuality, and drag queens in the land of 'Aloha'", Moderator, film showing and discussion at Cal Poly Pomona, October 15, 2003.
“International Perspectives II: Focus on the Middle East,” Moderator, Campus Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, May 28, 2003.
“International Perspectives on the Iraq War,” Moderator and Panelist (Africa), Campus Forum, April 30, 2003.
“Feminist Research: Connecting Language Attitudes and Behavior,” Moderator, Panel for Pacific Southwest Women’s Studies Association Conference, April 5, 2003, Cal Poly Pomona.
“Self-Study as Internal Accountability, “ WASC Annual Meetings, San Diego, April 12, 2000.
“Diversity and Academic Excellence: the Campus Climate Project,” AAHE Annual Meetings, proposal and poster session, Anaheim, March 30, 2000.
“Diversity and Learning,” Higher Educational Research Forum group discussion, AAHE Annual Meetings, Anaheim, March 30, 2000.
“African Professional Women,” International Women’s Day Panel Discussion, moderator, Cal Poly Pomona, March 5, 1999.
“Myth of Orientalism,” panelist, Faculty Center for Professional Development, Cal Poly Pomona, March 4, 1999.
“Crash Test Dummies or Good Companions: Cornerstones and WASC,” presentation, Faculty Center for Professional Development, Cal Poly Pomona, Feb. 11, 1999. 
“Women’s Issues in the Middle East,” Panel for Middle East Quarter, moderator, Spring Quarter, Cal Poly Pomona, 1998.
“Gender and Development Issues in Africa,” Agricultural Leadership Program, College of Agriculture, Cal Poly Pomona, Nov. 1996.
 “FGM:  Women’s Rites and Women’s Rights,” panel discussion, International Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, February 24, 1996.
"Women in Africa," Gender Issues in Sociology Program, University of Idaho, May 5, 1994.
"Development in Africa," World Civilization Symposium, University of Idaho, April 27, 1994.
"The Beggar's Bowl: Economic Violence in Senegal," Anthropological/Geographical Society Symposium, March 3, 1993, Cal Poly Pomona.
"Cultures in Contact or Conflict?", presentation to the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Cal Poly Pomona, November 18, 1992.
"Dirty Language: Linguistic and Cognitive Dimensions of Waste Management," Environmental Issues Panel, in celebration of the inauguration of President Bob H. Suzuki, Cal Poly, Pomona, April 30, 1992.
"Tribalism and Banding Together: New World Borders," Campus Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, April 15, 1992.
“Social and Cultural Factors in African Investment," Conference on Investment in Africa, Cal Poly Pomona, April 14, 1992.
"Systematically Distorted Communication in the Multi-Cultural Classroom," Conference on the Inclusive University, sponsored by California State University, Hayward, Oakland, November 7-10, 1991.
"Culture, Community Development, and Trade in West Africa," presentation for International Cultural Issues Workshop, Academy of International Business Conference, April 6, 1991, Cal Poly Pomona.
"Communicating Islamic Culture and Philosophy," paper presented for Panel on Teaching/Learning about the Middle East, National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference, February 21, 1991, Cal Poly Pomona.
Chair, Panel on Gender Roles in the Middle East, National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference, February 22, 1991, Cal Poly Pomona.
"Language, System and Structure," Campus Forum series on Artificial Intelligence, November 7, 1990, Cal Poly Pomona.
"Cross-cultural Obscenity," Panel on "Talking Dirty," American Philosophical Association Meetings, Los Angeles, March 30, 1990.
"Changing Roles of Women in Labor and Politics: The Case of Senegal," Women In Development Conference, Panel on Africa, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, November 12, 1986.
"Communication Skills," Women in Development Management Workshop, Texas Tech University, May 12-13, 1985.
"The Role of Anthropology in International Development," Colloquium of the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, April 18, 1985.
"Clones, Class, and Bug-Eyed Monsters.  Cultural Futurology," Anthropological Society of Texas Tech University, April 3, 1985.
"Linguistic Anthropology through Science Fiction," presented at the American Anthropological Association annual meetings, Panel on Linguistic Anthropology, Denver, Colorado, November 1984.
"Management Training in Senegal," presented at the African Studies Association annual meetings, Panel on Eduction in Africa, Los Angeles, October 1984.
"Why Women Don't Write," discussion of Joanna Russ' work, Women's Studies Council, Texas Tech University, November 1984.
"ENEA Rural Management Senegal," Seminar in Agricultural Education, Texas Tech University, October 1, 1984.
"AID Projects in Senegal," presented at the Short Course in Agricultural Development, sponsored by OICD Training Office, Texas Tech University, June 19, 1984.
"Case Study on Resource Management: Senegal," Women in Development Workshop, Texas Tech University, May 14, 1984.
"The ENEA Project: Rural Development in Senegal," Symposium of the Center for Applied International Development Studies, Texas Tech University, March 30, 1984.
"African Traditional Religions," World View Forum, Texas Tech University, February 24, 1984.
"CAIDS and the ENEA Project," Anthropological Society of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, February 15, 1984.
"Communication in Home, School and Community," paper presented at Roundtable on Children in Africa, African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, December 10, 1983, (co-organizer with Funsho Akingbala).
"Educating Women in Nigeria," Society for Women in Development, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 6, 1983.
"Recent Developments in Linguistic Anthropology," Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Symposium, Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 6, 1982.
"The Seen, the Obseen, and Black Holes in Wolof space," 27th Annual Conference of the International Linguistics Association, New York, March 4, 1982.
"Cross-cultural Approaches to Family Communication," Seminar of the Department of Development Psychology, University of North Carolina, February 19, 1982.
"Baby Talk in English, Hausa and Wolof," Colloquium of the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, April 9, 1981.
"Insults and Exercises: Linguistic Socialization in West Africa," Colloquium of the Department of Anthropology and Afro-American Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, April 1980.
"Signing Child, Growing Cultural: A View of Socialization and Child Development," Symposium on New Directions in Semiotics and Structuralism, University of Missouri, Columbia, April 3, 1980.
"Does Baby Want to Kiss Mr. Doggie Night-night?  Semantic Principles of Speech Addressed to Children," Symposium of St. Louis Linguistics Society, St. Louis, March 28, 1980.
"Talking to Learn in West Africa," Colloquium of the Department of Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, September 20, 1979.
"A Sociological Analysis of UFO's," Society for the Study of Space and the Future, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 1, 1979.
"Historical Materialism as a Philosophy," Symposium of the New Age Club of Nigeria, Maiduguri, Nigeria, April 28, 1979.
"Space and Futuristics for Social Scientists," Faculty Seminar of Social Sciences and Law, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, April 18, 1978.
"Culture and Conceptualization:  Does Changing Your Society Mean Changing Your Mind?" Residential Course on Development Administration, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, March 1978.
"Participant Deixis in English and Childish: Sitting on a Pronominal Fence, American Anthropological Annual Meetings, Session on the Ethnography of Speaking, New Orleans, November 1973.


“Applied Research,” presentation to the Anthropological Society of Cal Poly Pomona, 2009, 2010.
“Working in Africa,” Los Alamedos Residence Hall speaker series, Cal Poly Pomona, Dec. 2, 2008.
"Marriage, Relationship, and Commitment," Pilgrim Place Speaker Series, Claremont, California, Jan. 13, 2008.
“Family, Community and Faith: An Anthropologist’s Perspective on marriage,” Claremont United
Church of Christ Congregational, Oct. 21, 2007.
“Invisible Children of Uganda,” University Village Speaker Program, Cal Poly Pomona, Nov. 27, 2006 (I have discussed this topic on two other occasions with student groups on the Cal Poly campus.)
“My Life in Africa,” University Village, Cal Poly Pomona, June 5, 2006.
“Invisible Children,” BEAT Program, ASI, Cal Poly Pomona, May 25, 2006.
Moderator, Conference on Ahimsa and the Quality of Life, Cal Poly Pomona, April 28-29, 2006.
“Forgotten Africa,” Campus Forum, Jan. 17, 2006.
Various panels, teach-ins, and presentations for the California Faculty Association 2002-2007.
“Culture and Colonialism in Africa,” Claremont University Club, Oct. 29, 2002.
“An Anthropologist’s Career,” AWISE Faculty Speaker Series,  Faculty Center for Professional
Development, Cal Poly Pomona, Feb. 26, 2002.
 “What’s the Matter with Me and Why,” Faculty Center for Professional Development Brown Bag Seminar on What Matters to Me, Cal Poly Pomona, Feb. 7, 2002.
“Degrees R Us,” Acceptance speech, George P. Hart Faculty Leadership Award, Sept. 17, 2001.
“Health Issues and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa,” presentation to Kiwanis Club of Covina, Nov. 30, 2000.
Panel on “Cross-Cultural Communication,” Discussant, International Research Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, April 28, 2001.
Panel on “The Future of the University,” Discussant of Marcus Raskin’s paper, Campus Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, April 11, 2001.
‘Results of the Campus Climate Survey,” with Marisol Arredondo and Steven Frieze, Faculty Center for Professional Development, Cal Poly Pomona, March 1, 2001.
“Health Issues and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa,” presentation to Kiwanis Club of Covina, Nov. 30, 2000.
Numerous presentations in connection with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredation project (1998-2003)
“Gender and Difference,” Kiwanis Club of South Hills-Covina, March 2, 2000.
“Poverty and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Kiwanis Club of Pomona, Aug. 11, 1999.
“Worldwide Genocide: Remembering Rwanda: Closing Remembrances,” presenter and organizer, Cal Poly Pomona, April 21, 1999.
“Violence and Development: Africa and California,” presentation to the Pasadena Kiwanis Club, April, 1998.
“Development in Zimbabwe,” presentation to the Chino Rotary Club, March, 1998.
“The Politics of Marriage,” presentation to the Lavender Life Political Potluck, February, 1998.
“Same Sex Marriage,” presentation to the First Congregational Church study group of LaVerne, Oct. 1997.
"Myth and the Position of Women," Upland Bookenders presentation, November 4, 1995.
"Issues Raised by the New Biography of Henry Morton Stanley," presented to Upland Bookenders, California, March 6, 1993.
Interview and presentation at benefit for the Rainforest Action  League, Anaheim, California, September 4, 1992.
“Cal Poly's international contracts, training programs, and university linkages,” meeting of Consortium for International Development, Women in Development Advisory Board, Tucson, AZ, January 30-31, 1992.
Moderator, Sessions A and F, "Peacemaking in Action: Parent, Teacher, Child.  Parts I and II." Conference on Practical Skills for Achieving Peace, Cal Poly Pomona, February 10, 1990.
“Zimbabwe: A CLASS Act,” Workshop organizer and presenter, Fall Conference, Cal Poly Pomona, Sept. 22, 1998.
“Women Leadership Conference,” Panelist, Women’s Council, Cal Poly Pomona, March 1998.
“BaFa BaFa,” Agricultural Leadership Program, College of Agriculture, Cal Poly Pomona, Nov., 1995.
“Lesbian and Gay Marriage,” Cal Poly Pomona Cultural Centers Opening Ceremony, April 20, 1995.
“The International Context of the national Election,” College Democrats, Cal Poly Pomona, Feb 20, 1992.
Teach-in on Education Budget Reductions, sponsored by Student Coalition for Peace (SCOPE), Cal Poly Pomona, Jan. 23, 1992.
“Reflections on Multiculturalism,” Panelist, Campus Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, Nov. 20, 1991.
“Conflict Resolution” (with Deirdre Lashgari), Faculty Student Mentoring Program Workshop, Cal Poly Pomona, Sept. 12 1991.
“Working Toward Social Justice in Africa,” presentation for African Cultural Week, Cal Poly Pomona, May 23, 1991.
“Consequences of the Gulf War,” presentation to College Democrats, Cal Poly Pomona, April 18, 1991.
“Sources of Conflict in the Middle East,” presentation to College Democrats, Cal Poly Pomona, Feb 14, 1991.
"Medieval African Kingdoms," presentation to high school teachers for California Academic Partnership Program, Upland High, October 10, 1989.
"Management and Culture," presentation for World Studies Program, School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, July 7, 1988.
"Development in Senegal and Nigeria," presentation to students at St. Charles West High School, St. Charles, Missouri, March 10, 1988.


KPFK Radio News interviews on the environment and on Zimbabwe, Chad, and other African issues, with Ernesto Arcy, 2007, 2008.
Interviewer on “Hot Talk,” Link TV, with Charlene Teters, Dennis Loo, and Tomas and Greg Giberson, 2006-07 (separate programs).
“Hot Talk,” interview program on Link TV, Jan. 17, 2006.
“Study in Zimbabwe,” Interview for promotional video on Zimbabwe Study Abroad Program, Jan. 4, 2001.
“Study in Zimbabwe,” Interview for promotional video on Zimbabwe Study Abroad Program, Jan. 4, 2001.
“What a World” Television Interview, The Learning Channel; October 21, 1996.
“World U” Radio Interview, Cal Poly Pomona; February 21 and 28, 1996.
"Economic and Environmental Issues," interview with EarthWatch syndicated radio program, Cal Poly Pomona; March 19, 1993.
"Somalia," Interview on the Frank Hall Show, KABC Talk Radio; December 5, 1992.
"Thanksgiving Ritual: A Tradition for Everyone," editorial in The Daily Bulletin; November 29, 1992.
"Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame," Appearance in a documentary film produced by Cal Poly Pomona, screened May 14, 1992, Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, (Winner of the 1992 U.S. Environmental Film Festival).
"Indigenous Peoples and the Environment," Earth Watch Radio Program panelist, taped at KMNY; May 30, 1991.
"Economic Strategies for Social Change and the Environment," Earth Watch Radio Program panelist, taped at KMNY; April 25, 1991.
"Environmental Problems of the Gulf War,", KZLA Radio Public Affairs Program Panelist, taped at KZLA Radio, Los Angeles; February 25, 1991,
"Indigenous Peoples and the Environment," panel for Environmental Forum, taped for cable television, Cal Poly Pomona; January 10, 1991
"Trends in Society Affecting Business," videotape presentation for Wills & Co., St. Louis, Missouri; December 29, 1983.
"Culture and Conceptualization: Does Changing Your Society Mean Changing Your Mind?" Residential Course on Development Administration, presented and discussed on "Viewpoint," a program appearing regularly on Nigerian television, Maiduguri, Nigeria; March 1978.
“Viewpoint,” a program appearing regularly on Nigerian television, Maiduguri, Nigeria, March 1978.


ITT Summer Institute on Blackboard on-line course development, July, 2008.
Learning Community on Student Learning and Pedagogy, Faculty Center for Professional Development, Cal Poly Pomona, 2004-05.
Workshops offered by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 1999, 2000.
“Geographic Information Systems,” GIS Lab, Cal Poly Pomona, Sept. 8 – 11, 1998.
“Program Assessment,”, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Program (SOAP). Faculty Center for Professional Development, Cal Poly Pomona; August, 1998.
“Course Assessment,” SOAP, Faculty Center for Professional Development, Cal Poly Pomona; July, 1998.
“Introduction to PageMaker,” ITAC/FCPD, Cal Poly Pomona; July 1997.
"Multicultural Training Program." University Diversity Committee, Cal Poly; Winter 1995.
"Identifying and Responding to Student Stress," Faculty Development Center Workshop led by Barbara Goza; December 11, 1991.
"Multi-Cultural Issues in the Classroom," Faculty Development Center Workshop led by Deirdre Lashgari; December 9, 1991.
"Writing Across the Disciplines," Faculty Development Center Workshop led by Carol Holder, Cal Poly Pomona; September 10-12, 1991.
"Classroom Research," Faculty Development Center Workshop; 1991.
"Understanding and Being Understood: Inter-Cultural Communication," conducted by Lillian Roybal-Rose; December 14-15, 1989.


Executive Board, California Faculty Association, Pomona Chapter.
Coordinator, Lower Division Transfer Process for anthropology, Chancellor's Office, CSU.
Administrative Assignments:
Convener, Campus Forum Committee, 2006-07.
Co-Coordinator (with Saul Landau), Digital Media Minor Program for the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Performing Arts, CLASS, 2004 - Present.
Chair, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) Committee for the Development of Digital Arts, Spring 2001 - 2004.
Coordinator, WASC Self-Study, 1998-2000, Special Visit 2001-2004.
Associate Director, Center for Community Affairs, CLASS, 1997-1998.
Interim Director, International Center, 1995-1997.
Acting Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Winter 1995.
Coordinator for Anthropology, Department of Geography and Anthropology; Curriculum Committee, College of Arts, 1994-95.
Learning and Teaching Committee, CLASS, 2006-2008
Other Activities:
Co-coordinator, Zimbabwe Project, CLASS 2000 - 2005. 
University Zimbabwe Committee, 1994 - 1997.
Co-chair, Women Faculty Association, 1996 - 1999.
Co-chair, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual Transgendered Faculty Staff Association, 1995-1999.
Faculty Affairs Committee, Academic Programs Committee, General Education Committees of the Academic Senate, various years.
Coordinator, Women in Development Committee, International Center, 1989-1993.
Development and International Training Coordinator, International Center, 1988-1990.
California Faculty Association, Cal Poly Pomona Chapter Department Representative (Geography and Anthropology) various years; currently Women’s Caucus Chair and Executive Board member.
Advisory Boards
Women Faculty Association
Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies
International Center
Women’s Council
Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
Pride Center
Curriculum development (current)
Visual Anthropology and Digital Media for Social Sciences, Humanities, and Performing Arts (Minor Degree Program)
International Studies minor
Non-violence Studies minor


CLASS Budget and Planning Committee (2011).
CLASS Assessment Committee (2008- present).
Academic Senate Faculty Affairs Committee (2009-2010).
Academic Senate GE Assessment Committee (2004 –2006).
Campus Forum Planning Committee (2000 - 2007).
Center for Regenerative Studies Curriculum Committee (1994-1999).
CLASS Curriculum Committee (1995-96).
CLASS Diversity Committee (2002-03).
CLASS Planning and Budget Committee (1995-97).
College RTP Committee (2003-04).
Digital Media for the Arts Committee, Coordinator (2001 - 2008).
Graduate Program in Higher Education Development Committee (1992-93).
Graduate Program in International Development (1989-90).
Humanities Degree Program (1990-91).
International Programs Assessment Committee (1998-2003).
Master’s in Regenerative Studies Committee (2001-02).
Middle East Quarter Committee (1997-98).
Peace and Global Studies Committee (1990-91).
Post-Colonial Theory Group (1989-90).
Team Zimbabwe (1997 - 2006).
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and Cuba Committees, CLASS (2001-02).


Anthropological Society (Current)
Anthropology.TV (student visual anthropology club).
Cal Poly Greens
College Democrats
Communities Against Capitalism
Multi-Cultural Association for Diversity in Literature and the Arts
Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (SETA)


Training of Trainers Workshop on Applied Community Research Methods, School of Tourism and Hospitality and Bulawayo Polytechnic Institution, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, May 3-7, 2005, with Dr. Terry Young.
Training needs assessment interviews, Bulawayo Polytechnic Institution, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; March 24-26, 2003.
Research Methods for the Eco-Tourism Industry, Video Seminar Series, Cal Poly Pomona/Zimbabwe Project; March, 1999.
Advanced and Technical English, International Center; November - December 1997.
"Conflict Resolution," with Deirdre Lashgari. Faculty-Student Mentoring Program Training Workshops, Cal Poly Pomona; September 13, 1991
Research Methods Workshop (in French) International Center, Cal Poly Pomona;
August 1989
Mauritanian Participant Training Workshop (in French), Cal Poly Pomona; August 15-20, 1988
Safe Zone Program, Cal Poly Pomona; 1995.

ENEA Rural Management Senegal (AID, U.S. Dept. of State):
Project Management Workshop Organizer and Trainer (1984, 1985; Texas Tech
Introduction to Project Management (in French), Ecole Nationale d'Economie Appliquée (ENEA) Dakar, Senegal; 1985, 1986.
Seminar in Communication and Project Financing Organizer and Trainer, ENEA; 1986.
Training of Trainers (ENEA, CAIDS 1987) (in French and Wolof).
Community Enterprise and Development Project (in French), U.S. Department of Agriculture; Summer 1984, 1985.


2004                Nominated for Wang Family Excellence Award by Cal Poly Pomona.
2004                Diversity Champion Award, 13th Annual Unity Luncheon, Cal Poly Pomona.
2002                Sabbatical leave awarded for research in connection with Zimbabwe Initiative.
Internationalization of the Curriculum Award, International Center, Cal Poly Pomona.
2001                George P. Hart Faculty Leadership Award.
1996                Executive Program Committee, American Anthropological Association.
1995                Agricultural Leadership Program, College of Agriculture, Cal Poly.
1994                Agricultural Leadership Program, College of Agriculture, Cal Poly.
1993-94           Sabbatical leave awarded for to work on West Africa research materials.
1992                Agricultural Leadership Program, College of Agriculture, Cal Poly.
Summer 1990
LandLab Small Grant to support research in "Waste Characterization."
1989                Elected to International Honor Society, Phi Beta Delta, Cal Poly Chapter.
1987                Mouton d'Or Award for best article of 1986 in Semiotica.
Fall, 1982        University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty
Spring, 1983    Research Council Grant for linguistic research.
Spring, 1982    University of North Carolina Faculty Research Council Grant for linguistic research.
Summer, 1981 Grant-in-AID, Working Papers in Sociolinguistics, for manuscript preparation.
October, 1976 University of Texas Fellowship funds for dissertation.
Summer, 1976 University of Texas Fellowship for dissertation.
1974-1976       National Institute of Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to support fieldwork in Senegal.
1973-1974       National Defense Education Act Title VI Fellowship for study of Luo and to conduct preliminary dissertation research in Austin, Texas.
June, 1969       Phi Beta Kappa Award for Creative Writing (Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts) for best short story.


Cal Poly Pomona:
African People and Cultures (ANT 379)
Anthropology of Gender (ANT 405)
Anthropology of the Middle East (ANT 379)
Community and Environment (RS 421)
Development Anthropology (ANT 352)
Global Systems: Community (RS 422)
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (ANT 104)
Introduction to the Social Sciences (SSC 101)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 102)
Language and Culture (ANT 353)
Rationalism and Revelation: Ancient World (IGE 121)
Sexual Orientation and Diversity (EWS 407)
Social Anthropology (ANT 358)
Structure of Language (ENG 320)
Visual Anthropology (ANT 370)
Waste Management (ANT 499)

Other Universities (Undergraduate):
African Systems of Thought and Belief
Applied Anthropology
Introduction to Grammar
Introduction to Hausa
Introduction to Wolof
Male and Female Roles in Muslim Society
Models in Sociological Analysis
Principles of Anthropology
Remedial Sociology
Seminars on Cultural Futurology

Other Universities (Graduate):
Family Communication and Socialization
Languages in Contact
Languages of Africa
Models of Child Development and Education
Mything and Meaning: Structural and Semiological Models
The Family in Socioeconomic Development
Traditional Healing in Africa



French - Excellent speaking, writing, reading skills.
Wolof - Very good speaking, writing, reading skills.
Hausa - Good speaking, writing, reading skills.
Spanish - Fair comprehension, other skills rudimentary. 
Native speaker of English.



African Studies Association
American Anthropological Association (active member)
American Association for Higher Education
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Board of Directors, Objective Development, Inc., Abel Ewelan, President, Ontario, CA
Editorial Board member, Collegiate Press, San Diego, CA
Human Sexuality Interest Group (section of AAA)
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Scientists Association
Society for Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (active member)
Society for Linguistic Anthropology (active member)
Society for the Study of Social Problems
World Future Society


I support and participate in several women’s, gay/lesbian, environmental, political, and recovery groups in my community.  I am involved in many political, social, and cultural associations.  I maintain close connections with international and especially African contacts.


Professor Barbara J. Way, Dean emerita, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona University, (909) 869-3943.
Professor Richard S. Hyslop, former Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California 91768, (909) 869-3568.
Professor Elhami T. Ibrahim, former Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, Cal Poly Pomona University, (909) 869-3327.
Professor Richard Vengroff, Dean of International Affairs, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1182, (203) 486-2904.
Professor Gary Elbow, Director, Center for Applied International Development Studies, P.O. Box 4290, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409,  (806) 742-3878.
Professor Ben G. Blount, Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio TX 78249,  (210) 458-4075.
Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Sy, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, Gouvernement du Sénégal, Dakar, Sénégal.