About the Authors

Now that you’ve taken a look at some material, let us tell you a bit about where we come from.

We are, Dan Curtis-Cummins and Jolie Goorjian, teachers and colleagues who over the past two+ years have been helping to reshape General Education Requirements in the Department of English for students, like you, to succeed at San Francisco State University (SFSU).


Specializing in the Sociology of Knowledge, Dan earned his undergraduate degree from. U.C., Santa Cruz in 2005. He wrote a Sociology thesis focusing on various types of reparations for African American slavery through education. After earning Master’s Degrees in both Education with an emphasis in Equity and Social Justice, and Composition at San Francisco State University, Dan later became a Lecturer for SFSU’s Composition Program in Fall 2016. Through his work, he has developed an approach to critical pedagogy that revolves around Students’ Right to their Own Language, Integrated Reading and Writing, and antiracist Contract Grading, with a recent added emphasis on First-Year Experience and active learning methods. In addition to his teaching, Dan has recently accepted a position as the Director of the Experimental College of SFSU, where students use “Critical Active Pedagogy (CAP)” principles to teach and learn through entirely student-directed courses—students teaching students. He is excited about sharing his approach to teaching and learning with you, the readers of this textbook!

Dan working with his assistant, Bruce


As a graduate of SFSU, Jolie earned her undergraduate degrees in French and Geology. At SFSU and for a wee bit at the Sorbonne in Paris, Jolie completed her graduate work in Comparative and World Literature. Her specialties are by Postcolonial literature—literature written by formerly colonized people—focusing on Anglo-Indian, Franco-Moroccan, and South African writers. She also specializes in curriculum development for writing classes and has been honored to collaborate with colleagues to create several courses for the Department of English and Comparative and World Literature, both departments she teaches in. She partnered with Project Rebound, teaching English 114 to formerly incarcerated and traditional first-year (FY) students. She is one of two teachers to create and teach English 114 with a 20-hour Community Service Learning component, for which she serves the community of Sunday Streets alongside her students with her five-year-old son. Jolie recently not only had her 114 classes CAP certified, so students can teach in the Experimental College, but also became a CAP coordinator. She began her teaching career as a seventh and eighth grade French teacher, and as a volunteer teacher, she taught inmates at San Quentin Penitentiary in Literature and Critical Thinking courses through the Prison University Project, and through Cosmopolitan, children in Siberia, Russia, French and English lessons.

Jolie with English 114 Students Fall 2018 Photo by Raymond Kristiansen

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