Joseph Smith-Buani Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. in Urban Studies (Regional Science), 2001; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
"State-to-state migration during 1975-80 and 1985-90: An Analysis by Age, Race, Sex, and Education."
M.S. in Mathematics (Computer Science & Statistics), 1981; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
B.S. in Mathematics, 1978; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Instructor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Black Studies Department, 2002 to Present
Teach courses on Africa/Africans (history, development, culture and cinema, migration) for the Black Studies department. Teaching has included International Studies (INTL) and University Studies (UNST) courses.
BST 450/550, African Cinema/Cultures: Winter 2009
BST 467/567, African Development Issues: Fall 2008, 2009
BST 450/550; BST 407/507, African Women in Film: Summer 2008
BST 450/550, African Immigration Issues - U.S.: Spring 2004
BST/INTL/UNST 211, Introduction to African studies: Spring 2007
UNST 421, Out Reach Africa: Spring 2005
Mathematics Instructor, Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, Portland, Oregon; Lower Division Transfer, 1995 to 2001
Planned and taught pre-calculus mathematics courses as assigned. Courses included basic mathematics, elementary and intermediate algebra, and college algebra with above average retention and completion rates. Provided mathematics related academic advising.
Mathematics Instructor, Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, Portland, Oregon; Alternative Learning Center, 1990 to 1995
Coordinated the mathematics lab and assisted operation of the center, serving over 100 students per term, using traditional and non-traditional approaches. Assisted and supported lab users with solutions to a wide range of mathematics and computer problems.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Department of Mathematics, 1979 to 1980
Taught several courses in elementary algebra and monitored students in self-paced study of pre-calculus mathematics. Tutored students in the department's computer room and mathematics help center.
Research Associate - State Data Center (SDC) Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Population Research Center (PRC), 2007-Present
Assisted the PRC director and SDC coordinator execute the duties and responsibilities of the SDC. Duties include answering public data inquires; improving and maintaining the SDC/PRC website; organizing and helping conduct the annual SDC meeting; helping conduct Census 2010 outreach; and, assisting the PRC meet goals and responsibilities as needed and requested.
2008-09: MERC's First Opportunity Target Area Data Analysis; Community Based Participatory Research census data acquisition/analysis; State of Black Oregon data acquisition support
2007-08: Reynolds School District Enrollment and Population Forecasts; Multnomah County Headstart, Marion County school district population forecast, Annual Projections data processing; Census 2010 Complete Count Committee outreach
Graduate Research Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Development, Education, and Work Research Group, 1998
Analyzed and interpreted literacy data for an intergenerational literacy study. Contributed data charts, data tables, GIS maps, and research notes to the project report. Also managed an Internet website for DEW.
Graduate Research Assistant/Webmaster, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Population Research Center, 1992 to 1998
Assisted and supported assistance to PRC faculty research and State Data Center client quarries. Developed and maintained the PRC Internet website. Assisted and participated in several surveys and publications such as the pilot American Community Survey of selected Portland neighborhoods.
Lab Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), Computer Lab, 1991 to 1992
Co-operated the CUPA computer lab and assisted graduate students with various computing tasks. Answered questions related to microcomputer hardware and software.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Academic Achievement Coordinator - African, Portland, Oregon; Immigrant Refugee Community Organization, IRCO, 2004 to 2007
Coordinated the "Social and Support Services for Educational Success" program. Recruited and served 20 immigrant-student families every six months. Bridged the gaps between schools and families to better communicate and solve problems. Program narratives and statistics reported to Multnomah County twice a year.
Research Assistant, Portland, Oregon; Clackamas County Benchmarks Project, 1998 to 1999
Helped lead consultant collect and process county benchmarks data. Produced data tables and data charts to compare statistical significance of differences between county and state trends.
Research Assistant, Portland, Oregon; Development, Education, and Work, Portland State University, 1997
Managed and extracted data from a large proprietary data set for a workforce diversity study. Contributed charts, tables, electronic maps, and research notes to the project report, "It's good business - A study of diversity in the United States postal service".
Computer Programmer/Analyst, Portland, Oregon; Small Systems Group, Kaiser Permanente, 1989 to 1990
Designed and programmed a population based disease tracking computer package. Experience covered problem definition, systems design and programming, and implementation.
Computer Programmer/Analyst, Portland, Oregon; Dendrite Systems, Inc, 1985 to 1988
Designed and programmed a radiology patient and reports tracking system. Experience covered problem definition, systems conversions, user training, and system maintenance.
Computer Programmer/Analyst, Portland, Oregon; Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, 1981 to 1985
Designed and programmed a biomedical-physics equipment tracking system. Experience covered system conversion and maintenance, and user training.
PUBLICATIONS & WORKS IN PROGRESSS
2009 - WORK IN PROGRESS - "African Ancestry in Oregon: A view from the American Community Survey", Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
2008 - "Reynolds School District Forecasts for 2007-08 to 2016-2017", Population Research Center, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
2007 - "Social & Support Services for Educational Success Biannual Narrative Progress Report", Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (2004 to 2007), Portland, Oregon.
2001 - "State-to-state migration during 1975-80 and 1985-90: An Analysis by Age, Race, Sex, and Education", Dissertation, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS
2008 - Nigerian Community of Oregon and Southwest Washington (NCOSWA) celebration of 48th Independence Anniversary, Presentation: "Community Unity", Portland, Oregon.
2005 - Nzuko Ndi Igbo (NNI) celebration of 2005 Igbo Day, Presentation: "Popular culture and future Nigerian Communities in Portland", Portland, Oregon.
2002 - Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization conference on immigrant and refugee issues, Presentation: "Educating the next generation of African community leaders", Portland, Oregon.
1998a - Symposium on Sierra Leone post war rehabilitation, reconstruction, and national development, Presentation: "Educational rehabilitation and assistance - the University of Sierra Leone Book Project", Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
1998b - Southern Demographic Association annual meeting, Annapolis, Maryland
1996 - Southern Demographic Association annual meeting, Presentation: "Dissertation proposal: state-to-state migration during 1975-80 and 1985-90: an analysis by age, race, sex, and education", Memphis, Tennessee.
Cascade Festival of African Films - Africa education through films by Africans about Africans - founding member
Coalition for Educational Excellence - Communities of color aligning for educational issues - inactive
Regional Science Association International - Continuing Education, Professional Development
Southern Demographic Association - Continuing Education, Professional Development - inactive