skyline logo.......Karen Wong, Professor of English

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Biography
Education
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Conference Presentations
Awards
 

Biography

A native of the Bay Area, I was lured to UC Santa Cruz as an undergraduate once I heard that the trees were populated by poets. I thrived on studying literature as a reflection of certain historical periods, peppering my analysis of these literary works with the knowledge I acquired from my other coursework in the humanities and social sciences. Wanting to get involved with my college community, I participated in efforts to defend educational rights. I still believe that education is a right for all, not a privilege for the few. My efforts in this area resulted in being one of four recipients of the statewide Academic Senate's Regina Stanback-Stroud Award in Diversity in 2002. (That's right-- the award is named after Skyline College's President!)

At UCSC, tutoring individual students and facilitating writing workshops awoke the latent teacher in me. I entered the graduate program in English Composition at San Francisco State University, and for three years taught writing, reading, and study skills to undergraduates.

Fortunately I was hired full time at Skyline. Today my goals as a teacher remain much the same as they did when I was a graduate student. I am not interested so much in teaching you what to believe as to how to engage in your own process of inquiry, and of course, to write well. I believe that you can best learn by getting plenty of hands-on experience teaching and learning from others. As such, you're expected to take an active role in my classroom, collaborating with classmates, practicing critical thinking strategies, giving presentations, and/or engaging in stimulating discussions both in the class and through the computer.

When not teaching, you can find me completely absorbed with a book, hiking with my hubby and dog, playing my ukelele and singing, baking all things chocolate, and traveling.

 

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Education

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  Education Projects

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle (Chair), 2005- present.

College Success Initiative, 2007- 2010.

Puente Program (Co-coordinator), 2003- 2007.

FIPSE-- Fund for Improving Post-Secondary Instruction (Participating faculty member in designing and implementing SFSU's Accelerated English Program at Skyline), 2001- 2004.

Title III (Faculty Development Coordinator), 1998-2003..

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Professional Affiliations

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Wong, K., Clifford, S., & Alancraig, M. (October 2012). SLO Proficiency into Practice. Workshop facilitated at the Strengthening Student Success conference, Costa Mesa.

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Awards

· "Skyline Shines" Award (Fall 2010): This award is designed to recognize individuals or groups who help Skyline to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality. 

· Skyline College Academic Senate "Special Recognition Award" (2009-2010; 2006-2007; 2005- 2006)

· Academic Senate for California Community Colleges/ Research and Planning Group Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Collaborative's "SLO Coordinator of the Year" (2009-2010)

· Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2005-2006; 2004- 2005; 2003- 2004; 2001- 2002)

· Conference on Basic Writing Award for Innovation (2004): San Francisco State University, Skyline College, & Merritt College FIPSE Grant Partnership on "Literacy Unleashed - An Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing"