Erma Jean Sims


Erma Jean Sims
Erma Jean Sims




Stevenson 3096-E

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  • Ed. D. University of San Francisco, International & Multicultural Education (15 units completed) 1998
  • Graduate School of Education, Summer Institute on Current Issues in School Law, Harvard University 1995
  • J. D., Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law 1980
  • MPA, Public Administration, California State University, Hayward 1976     
  • B.S. Ed., Comprehensive Social Studies, Kent State University 1974
Academic Interests
  • Multicultural & International Education and Curriculum Development
  • Edu-culturalism- teaching critical thinking and social justice activism through music, the visual and performing arts, and critical dialogue
  • Urban Education
  • Impact of race, class, and whiteness on teachers, students, and practice
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Current Issues in School Law
  • EDMS 419 Identity and Agency in Socially Just Classrooms and Communities
  • EDMS 470 Multicultural Pedagogy
  • EDUC 417 School & Society
  • EDMS 250 Teaching in a Changing World
  • EDMS 200 Becoming a Teacher in Today's Society
  • EDMS 100 Explorations in Teaching
  • EDEC 435 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • Lecturer, Literacy Studies and Elementary Education Department, Sonoma State University 2001-present
  • University Supervisor/Elementary Schools, Sonoma State university 2005-present
  • Instructor, Department of Education, University of California, Berkeley Extension 1997-2004  
  • Instructor, Teacher Education Department, California State University, East Bay (Hayward)1997
  • University Supervisor/Student Teachers, Teacher Education Department, California State University, East Bay (Hayward) 1997-2004
  • Assistant to Chair & Credential Analyst, Guest Lecturer, Education Department, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA. 1990-1996
  • Guest Lecturer, Sociology, History, Liberal Studies Departments, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA 1989-1996
  • Regional Director, La Petite Academy Hilltop, Richmond, CA. 1988
  • Center Director, La Petite Academy, Alameda County, CA. 1987
  • Teacher, Eighth Grade & Social Studies Coordinator Grades 6-8, St. Benedict Elementary School, Oakland, CA. 1974-1977
Selected Publications & Presentations

Published Books

Lea, V. & Sims, E. J. (Eds.) (2008). Undoing whiteness in the classroom: Critical educultural teaching approaches for social justice activism. New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapters

Lea, V. & Sims, E.J. (2018). Imaging Whiteness Hegemony in the Classroom: Undoing Oppressive Practices and Inspiring Social Justice Activism. In V. Lea, D.E. Lund, & P.R. Carr (Eds.), Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness: Views from the Past and Present. New York: Peter Lang.