Eileene Tejada, a Professor of English at Napa Valley College, is renowned for her rigorous, creative and inspiring pedagogical approaches to the teaching of literature, writing and composition. Professor Tejada joins our Department of Africana Studies at SFSU offering a wealth of knowledge drawn from her 29 years of experience as an educator in California who has led faculty in the development of innovative policy and programs to secure the successful placement of community college students in four-year colleges.
As an advocate for California public higher education, she is knowledgeable of policy issues and of the standards of accreditation having served two terms as a Commissioner with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges/WASC. As a union organizer and officer, she negotiates faculty contracts as the Vice-President of the Napa Valley College Faculty Association.
As an anthropological researcher and ethnographic writer committed to decolonizing knowledge, she will complete in December 2018 the defense of her dissertation in fulfillment of all requirements for her doctoral degree in the field of Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As an anthropologist who is both scholarly and engaged in activism, she is writing one book on the history of Bomba, a Taino and African form of cultural production organized in resistance to slavery in Puerto Rico. She conducted part of her field research in Puerto Rico, and she conducted the other part of her research in Oakland, California, where she studied how Bomba exists as a diasporic practice.
Professor Tejada is also a poet, who is writing a novel about the role of European colonization in the historical development of the Taino and Africa roots of her own Puerto Rican family. Professor Tejada grounds her analysis of cultural production under the regime of globalism in her knowledge of sociocultural and economic history. She raised two daughters, while working as a disciplined academician, who passionately is committed to the promise of educational access and supports higher education for all.