SOPHE 2024 Plenary Series

SOPHE 2024 Plenary Series

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If you were unable to attend the SOPHE 2024 Annual Conference, this is your opportunity to purchase the Plenary Series. In this series, conference attendees have access to these six plenaries:

·    Plenary 1: Presidential Address - From Cultural Competence to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Implications for Public Health Education

·    Plenary 2: Keynote & Honorary Fellow Presentation - Implementation Science Now and in the Future: Addressing Impact and Health Equity

·    Plenary 3: New Partnerships with Financial Investors: Advancing Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health

·    Plenary 4: No Equity without Data Equity

·    Plenary 5: Health Education Specialists: Ensuring Your Relevance in a Global Society

·    Plenary 6: Artificial Intelligence & Public Health: Hysteria, Hype, or Hope?

 Continuing education credit is available.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/19/2024

    This webinar discussed the professional journey from cultural competence to DEIJ and its implications for public health education.

    Over the past several decades, cultural competence has been advocated in health education and health promotion as one of several approaches to address the health needs of diverse populations, reduce persistent health disparities, and promote health and health equity. Within the past decade, as the nation has become more diverse and has dealt with issues surrounding racism, systematic bias, and the social determinants that impact the health of the country, the need for the incorporation of topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) has become more prominent as we continue to prepare a public health education workforce with the necessary competencies to understand and address the needs of the population. During this presentation, the presenter will discuss the professional journey from cultural competence to DEIJ and its implications for public health education.  

    Participants should leave this webinar being able to: 

    1) Explain the concepts of cultural competence, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and their implications for public health education. 

    2) Apply strategies for incorporating the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into the professional preparation of current and future public health education professionals.

    Competencies that will be covered include: 

    8.4.4: Educate others about the history of the profession, its current status, and its implications for professional practice. 

    8.1.6: Apply principles of cultural humility, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of practice (e.g., Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards and culturally responsive pedagogy).

    Raffy Luquis, PhD, MCHES®

    Associate Professor, Health Education

    Penn State Harrisburg

    Raffy R. Luquis is an associate professor of health education in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Luquis also serves as the professor-in-charge of the of the health education master’s degree and the program coordinator for the biobehavioral health undergraduate’ degree. Dr. Luquis has a broad background in health education and health promotion. His primary teaching and research interests are cultural competency and multicultural health, health promotion, and human sexuality. He earned the certified health education specialist credential in 1995 and the master certified health education specialist credential in 2011 from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing in 2011. He served in the SOPHE Board of Trustees from 2016-2020.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/19/2024

    This webinar discussed what the field of implementation science is (and is not), why it is important, and how it is useful for informing practice and designing your research for impact, sustainment, and equity.

    The goal of implementation science is to study the development, spread, and sustainment of broadly applicable and practical evidence-based programs, treatments, guidelines, and policies (evidence-based interventions). These evidence-based interventions need to be contextually relevant robust and applicable across diverse settings, delivery staff, and population subgroups. The underlying rationale for implementation science is simple: too often, the discovery of new knowledge begets more discovery (the next study) with little attention to how to apply research advances in real-world public health, policy, social service, and healthcare settings. This presentation will cover what the field of implementation science is (and is not), why it is important, and how it is useful for informing practice and designing your research for impact, sustainment, and equity. Along with a brief history of the field of implementation science, the presentation will highlight four key areas for the future: 1) challenges and debates about the uses, usefulness, and gaps in evidence; 2) how to enhance a focus on equity in our work; 3) the need to increase the volume and scope of policy implementation research; and 4) approaches for enhancing the impact of our work. Addressing these issues will increase the likelihood that the billions of dollars invested in health-related research will yield specific and tangible benefits for population health and health equity.

    Participants should leave this webinar being able to: 

    1. Describe the core elements of implementation science. 
    2. Apply implementation science to your work

    Competencies that will be covered include: 

    4.1.3 Use logic model and/or theory for evaluation  

    4.5.4 Translate findings into practice and interventions

    Russ Brownson

    Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor

    University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

    A leading expert in chronic disease prevention and an internationally-recognized expert in the area of dissemination and implementation science, Ross C. Brownson is regarded as one of the academic and practice leaders in the field of evidence-based public health. Brownson has a joint appointment with the university’s School of Medicine in the Department of Surgery and the Siteman Cancer Center.

    Brownson directs the Prevention Research Center, a center that develops innovative research to speed the translation of scientific findings to use in public health settings. His research has been supported by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    He is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial board of five other journals. Brownson has published over 600 articles and 17 books including: “Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control,” “Evidence-Based Public Health,” and “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.” He has been listed as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” Brownson is past-president of the American College of Epidemiology and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Brownson is also active in the American Public Health Association.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/19/2024

    This webinar discussed how several public and private financial institutions are addressing SDOH and what knowledge and skills health educators need to get a seat at the table.

    Financial institutions, like the Federal Reserve and other publicly or privately owned banking institutions, are poised to increase economic independence in underserved communities and help to end the racial wealth gap. As such, they play a critical role in addressing social determinants of health such as housing, transportation, food security, and access to health care.   What do health educators need to know about working with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and how can they be effective in representing the public health needs of their communities?  This session will spotlight how several public and private financial institutions are addressing SDOH and what knowledge and skills health educators need to get a seat at the table.

    Participants should leave this webinar being able to: 

    1. Describe the role of community banks and other local investment institutions in addressing the social determinants of health to improve health equity and outcomes
    2. Identify at least two opportunities for health educators to engage coalitions and stakeholders in working with community development institutions interested in addressing the social determinants of health and related advocacy efforts.

    Competencies that will be covered include: 

    7.1.2 Assess the capacity of potential partners and stakeholders  

    William Rodgers III

    Ph.D., Vice President and Director

    Institute for Economic Equity

    William M. Rodgers III is vice president and director of the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Before joining the Fed, Rodgers served as professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta during 2021.Rodgers is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and served as its board chair for the last five years. He also serves as treasurer for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Rodgers is a nonresident fellow at The Century Foundation and has served in many public capacities, including on President Obama’s Department of Labor transition team and as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000 to 2001. He served on the National Economic Association Board and is a past president. Rodgers also served on the U.S. Board of United Way Worldwide and currently works on the Board of Trustees of McDaniel College. He chairs the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s expert panel to evaluate the quality of compensation data collected from U.S. employers by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.His areas of expertise include compensation, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, labor market, and general economic trends. Rodgers has published articles in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, the Review of Black Political Economy, and Family Economics and Nutrition Review. His book, The Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, was selected by Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association, as an Outstanding Academic

    Orvin Kimbrough

    Chairman and CEO

    Midwest BankCentre

    Orvin Kimbrough serves as the Chairman and CEO of Midwest BankCentre, where he helps to empower people, enable businesses and energize neighborhoods through the strength of the Bank’s financial services. Midwest BankCentre is St. Louis’ 2nd largest privately owned local bank, with over $2.5 billion in assets and over $2 billion in loans. Under Orv’s leadership, Midwest BankCentre creates the conditions that allow everyone to DREAM BIG and RISE TOGETHER.Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre, Orv spent nearly 20 years in leadership roles in prominent nonprofit agencies, most recently as the president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. During his tenure as CEO, the United Way of St. Louis grew to the nation’s largest affiliate, raising nearly $80 million annually. Orv started with United Way in 2007 as vice president of major gifts.Orv is unlike any other bank CEO in the nation. From humble beginnings, he became an inspiring leader who has boosted the life trajectory of tens of thousands of people through his work in the nonprofit sector, while becoming the first and only African American to lead one of the 100+ mainstream banks in the St. Louis region.

    Dwayne Proctor

    Ph.D., President and CEO

    Missouri Foundation for Health

    During his 20-plus years in philanthropy, Dr. Dwayne Proctor has always worked to ensure that American communities were healthy and thriving. He joined MFH as President and CEO in 2021. The Foundation works to improve health through collaboration, convening, knowledge sharing and strategic investment, never losing sight of the equity lens that shapes all its work. Under his leadership, MFH strives to become an antiracist institution that fairly targets its resources to achieve health equity in Missouri by 2023. The Foundation recently launched a 20-year Food Justice strategic initiative to build collaborative efforts and galvanize shifts in current policies and practices that shape the way Missourians eat. MFH works to address a diverse mix of pressing issues across the state, including Medicaid expansion, childhood obesity, firearm violence and suicide prevention, crisis response, and behavioral health. The Foundation works on several strategic initiatives focused on women’s health, such as access to contraception, and infant health and vitality.Before his time at MFH, he served in a variety of roles at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2005, Dr. Proctor was tapped to lead RWJF’s national strategies to reverse the rise in childhood obesity rates. In this role, he collaborated with his colleagues to promote effective changes to public policies and industry practices, test and demonstrate innovative community and school-based environmental changes and leverage sustainable changes using both “grassroots” and “treetops” advocacy approaches to educate local and national leaders on their roles and opportunities to prevent childhood obesity.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/20/2024

    This session aimed at empowering communities by promoting inclusivity in data, fostering evidence-based decision-making, and contributing to developing policies that better serve the diverse health needs of populations.

    The call for equity has recently gained momentum across various sectors, prompting crucial discussions on how to enhance representation and inclusivity of all people. Data equity involves ensuring fair and just representation of diverse populations in datasets, acknowledging the unique needs and experiences of all communities. This concept is crucial for improving health through enhanced healthcare delivery and research. In healthcare and health policy, the pivotal role of high-quality, actionable data in fostering health equity is widely acknowledged. By incorporating a data equity lens, researchers are able to collaborate and communicate with communities to uncover disparities, identify health trends, and develop targeted interventions that address the specific needs of the communities they work with. It enables healthcare providers to gain a more accurate understanding of diverse patient demographics, allowing for tailored and inclusive healthcare services. Ultimately, data equity empowers communities by promoting inclusivity in data, fostering evidence-based decision-making, and contributing to the development of policies that better serve the diverse health needs of populations.

    Participants should leave this webinar being able to: 

    1. Examine at least 2 benefits of collaborating and communicating with communities and healthcare providers by incorporating a data equity lens in evidence-based decisions, policy, and research. 
    2. Describe a method to incorporate 2 examples of health equity data in your community to enhance representation of diverse populations. 

    Competencies that will be covered include: 

    5.2.3 Create formal and/or informal alliances, task forces and coalitions to address proposed changes. Advanced level 

    4.2.5 Select a research design model and types of data to be collected Advanced level. 

    Ninez A. Ponce

    PhD, MPP, Professor and Endowed Chair

    UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

    Ninez A. Ponce, PhD, MPP (BS UC Berkeley; MPP Harvard; PhD UCLA), is Professor and Endowed Chair in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Principal Investigator for the California Health Interview Survey, the largest state survey in the USA. Dr. Ponce is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics.  She has participated in committees for the National Academy of Medicine and the National Quality Forum, where her expertise has focused on setting guidance for health systems in the measurement and use of social determinants of health as tools to monitor health equity.  She has received numerous awards from community organizations recognizing her work in community-engaged research. In 2019 Dr. Ponce and her team received the AcademyHealth Impact award for their contributions to population health measurement to inform public policies. In 2021, Dr. Ponce served as a Commissioner for the RWJF Transforming Public Health Data Initiative and currently serves on the Data Disaggregation workgroup for the White House Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Commission. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JAMA Health Forum and is on the editorial boards of Milbank Quarterly, Health Services Research and Health Affairs. Dr. Ponce champions better data, especially for people from marginalized racial and ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and immigrant populations.  She firmly believes that equity-centered data will lead to more meaningful program and policy inferences and better care for overlooked groups.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/20/2024

    This session will explore the challenges to professional preparation, research and practice in order to equip health education specialists with the essential knowledge and skills to address the SDGs and evolving complex global public health needs.

    The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for all countries to invest in a national workforce prepared to promote health, treat illness, and respond to emergencies. This session will explore the challenges to professional preparation, research and practice in order to equip health education specialists with the essential knowledge and skills to address the SDGs and evolving complex global public health needs. 

    Participants should leave this webinar being able to: 

    1. Describe two features of the WHO  global public and emergency roadmap. 
    2. Identify at least two skills and competencies needed by all health educators to keep pace with global trends and socio/environmental challenges affecting the health of all populations.

    Competencies that will be covered include: 

    7.5.1 Facilitate the development of strategic and/or improvement plans using system thinking to promote the mission, vision and goal statement for health education

    Gigi Holder, LCSW, MPH, CHES®

    Program Director, Child Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Gigi Holder currently serves as the program director for the Child Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry (CHAMP) program operated out of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. In this role, Gigi operates the day-to-day activities which vastly involve providing resources and referrals, and education to primary care providers across the state when they call the consultation phone line to speak to a mental health specialist regarding the care of their pediatric patients. The mission of CHAMP is to address the lack of mental health resources across Mississippi by allowing for same-day, peer to peer consultation between a medical provider and a social worker, child psychologist, or child psychiatrist so that behavioral and emotional concerns can be addressed without the need for unnecessary referral delay for services.

    Prior to this position, Gigi completed a 2-year postgraduate fellowship with the Mississippi Thrive! Child Health and Development Project which was a comprised of a multidisciplinary team conducting developmental assessments for children up to age 6 at the Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) at UMMC. As a clinician, she continues to provide therapy services to families with children aged 2 to 7 regarding behavioral concerns as well as exposure to trauma events for young children and adolescents. 

    Gigi earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Arkansas in her hometown of Fayetteville, AR, and later received a Master's of Public Health and a Master's of Social Work from the Dual Degree Program in New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Through all of this, her involvement with SOPHE has remained steadfast from maintaining her CHES credentialing to serving in leadership roles in both the House of Delegates and on the Board of Trustees for National SOPHE. 

    Siobhan Fitzpatrick

    Technical Officer

    Health Workforce Department at WHO

    Siobhan Fitzpatrick is a Technical Officer in the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization in Geneva. With a combined background spanning fifteen years in health worker education and training, Siobhan currently undertakes the development of policies, norms and standards to inform investment in health workforce education, employment and retention towards the achievement of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. She coordinates the Global Health Workforce Network Education Hub and provides technical advice on strengthening health worker education across a range of areas universal health coverage, lifelong learning, and human resources for health leadership and management. Most recently, she led Action Area 2 competency-based education of the WHO and partner roadmap National workforce capacity to implement the essential public health functions including a focus on emergency preparedness and response. 

    Suzanne Maman

    PhD, Associate Dean for Global Health

    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

    Suzanne Maman, a social scientist trained in public health, is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and is associate dean for global health at the Gillings School. Dr. Maman serves as co-lead for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program’s global health concentration, which she helped to develop. She also serves as UNC faculty director at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. Dr. Maman has been developing, implementing and evaluating HIV and violence prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa for 20 years. She collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other governmental health agencies and educational institutions in the U.S. and globally to advance this work. Her work on how violence increases women’s risk for HIV infection, and how an HIV diagnosis may affect women’s experiences with violence, has informed programs in Tanzania and South Africa. Maman's work has also led to WHO guidance and clinical tools to support women during the HIV testing process. In addition, she teaches a skills-based qualitative research methods course that is required for master's students in health behavior.

    As associate dean for global health, Maman works closely with colleagues within the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions unit to integrate global initiatives into innovation, entrepreneurship and research, and lead programming that supports the School’s domestic and international students. She also partners with key research centers and institutes, including UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and the Gillings. 

    Judith Monroe

    PhD, President and CEO

    CDC Foundation

    Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation, has dedicated her career to protecting people and saving lives. She joined the CDC Foundation in February 2016 as president and CEO, following her role as a deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. In her work at the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe advances priority programs that improve the health of people across America and around the world. The CDC Foundation mobilizes philanthropic and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 90 countries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC Foundation supported the work of CDC, U.S. public health departments and low- and middle-income countries. Under Dr. Monroe’s leadership, the CDC Foundation provided support to disproportionately affected populations; procured personal protection equipment for frontline health workers; supported critical research, hired more than 4,000 surge staff; and provided technical assistance and grants to more than 350 community-based organizations.

    The CDC Foundation under Dr. Monroe’s leadership also responded to the Zika epidemic as an implementing partner in addition to mobilizing resources; supported the response and recovery from the 2017 hurricane season; and serves as a strategic partner to CDC for global health security.
    Prior to the CDC Foundation, Dr. Monroe oversaw key activities and technical assistance at CDC supporting the nation’s health departments and the public health system. Throughout the 2014–15 Ebola epidemic she served as senior advisor for the domestic response. During her tenure as the state health commissioner for Indiana she served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials through the H1N1 pandemic. She envisioned and founded the ASTHO president’s challenge in 2008. This leadership platform resulted in initiatives with significant health improvements and focus of ASTHO annual meetings. Dr. Monroe is a member of the Milken Institute’s Public Health Advisory Board and Executive Circle, the COVID Collaborative, the Advisory Council of the Pandemic Action Network and the APHA Alliance for Disease Prevention and Response. She serves as a member of the World Health Organization Foundation’s Strategic Advisory Group, WHAM global Board, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Advisory Committee, Woman of Impact, Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Strategic Advisory Council and is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and International Women’s Forum. Additionally, she co-chaired Gov. Holcomb’s public health commission aimed at modernizing the public health system in Indiana.

    Among her many awards, Dr. Monroe was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs for 2021 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle; awarded the United Way of Greater Atlanta Woman of Excellence Award; received the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce MAC Heroes of Global Health award; the Indiana Commission on Women Torchbearer Award and APHL Presidential Award. Dr. Monroe received the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Presidential Citation for her work to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, and for her commitment to the future of public health as a mentor to young physicians and public health students. Dr. Monroe received her doctor of medicine from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati, a rural faculty development fellowship through East Tennessee State University, and a mini-fellowship in obstetrics through the University of Wisconsin. She also participated in the State Health Leadership Initiative at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and received an honorary doctorate from Purdue University in Health and Human Services.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/21/2024

    This session covered two topics: Artificial intelligence for precision public health: Opportunities, challenges, and recommendations and AI in Health Communications: What's Coming.

    Just as AI has led to the advent of precision medicine, it also has the potential to facilitate improved targeting of population health interventions and policy to populations that are most in need and to modernize disease and risk factor surveillance. In this talk I will review opportunities and challenges associated with the use of AI for public health and discuss six key priorities for successful use of AI technologies that will enable effective and equitable use of AI by public health organizations and facilitate precision public health.

    Dr. Smyser is the CEO of PGP, a public health nonprofit that has been employing natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for many years. PGP is at the center of several large global initiatives that use AI for health communications. In this talk, Dr. Smyser will share what is already being done with AI for health communications, as well as what's on the horizon. Things are changing fast, and there are near, medium, and long-term evolutions in health communications that practitioners need to be aware of. This talk isn't hype, doesn't use jargon, and is not academic. The goal is to provide practical insights from one public health professional to others.

    Participants should leave this webinar being able to: 

    1. Identify at least two organizational elements that should be addressed by public health organizations engaging in AI for the benefit of the public’s health. 

    2. Explain how to utilize ChatBot and other data sources to identify health-related misinformation and disinformation that can influence the beliefs, attitudes and behavior of populations 

    Competencies that will be covered include: 



    Stacey Fisher

    PhD, Epidemiologist

    Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

    Dr. Stacey Fisher is a population health researcher and epidemiologist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada. She has expertise in population health research including the development and use of predictive risk algorithms, equitable artificial intelligence for public health, web-based risk communication, and health services research using large administrative health data. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa, after which she worked with Public Health Ontario, funded by a national Health System Impact Fellowship in equitable artificial intelligence. In this position she built capacity for machine learning among Canadian public health professionals, and advised the development of both national and provincial strategies for using artificial intelligence for public health.

    Joe Smyser


    The Public Good Projects

    Dr. Joe Smyser is the Chief Executive Officer of PGP. Dr. Smyser has created the strategies for several of the world’s largest and most successful behavior change campaigns and programs. The methodologies he has championed, such as media monitoring for disease surveillance, disseminating health information through community influencers and organizations, and rigorous peer-review regardless of a program’s scale, are now widely recognized as best practices.

    He is an advocate for leveraging the tools and techniques of private industry for public health, increasing public-private partnerships, and fostering private industry innovation for the public good. Dr. Smyser’s academic background includes a PhD and masters in public health and a postdoc at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through its evaluation fellowship. Additionally, he interned at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration within the Office of International Programs. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Swaziland. A regular and dynamic speaker and trainer, Dr. Smyser frequently delivers keynote addresses and contributes as a panelist with other experts. He has been a full-time instructor at Columbia University and San Diego State University.