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Joseph Smith-Buani Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

 

Ph.D. in Urban Studies (Regional Science), 2001; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Dissertation:

"State-to-state migration during 1975-80 and 1985-90: An Analysis by Age, Race, Sex, and Education."

Advisers:

Professor Barry Edmonston; 250-472-4714; be@uvic.ca; Professor Anthony Rufolo; 503-725-4049; rufoloa@pdx.edu

 M.S. in Mathematics (Computer Science & Statistics), 1981; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

 B.S. in Mathematics, 1978; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

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.  Extracurricular activities cover college and department committee assignments and community relations.

Courses:

 

BST 203; 204, Introduction to African American History: Fall & Spring 2011, 2012, 2013

BST 450u/550, African Cinema/Cultures: Winter 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

BST 450u/550, Community Relations in Africa Society: Fall, 2010; Winter 2011, 2012, 2013

BST 450/550, Personalities in Post-colonial Africa: Spring 2011, 2012

BST 467u/567, African Development Issues: Fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

BST 450u/550; BST 407/507, African Women in Film: Summer 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Spring 2013

BST 450/550, African Immigration Issues - U.S.: Spring 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

BST/INTL/UNST 211, Introduction to African studies: Spring 2007, 2008

UNST 421, Senior Capstone - 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.  Extracurricular activities covered college and department committee assignments and community relations.

 

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. Collaborated with other faculty to brainstorm, develop, and launch the Cascade Festival of African Films (CFAF).  Played host during the first six years of the festival.

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 EXPERIENCE

 

Research Associate - State Data Center (SDC) Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon; Population Research Center (PRC), 2007-2009

Assisted the PRC director and SDC coordinator execute the duties and responsibilities of the SDC.  Duties included 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.

Projects:

2008-09: Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission'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 Head-start, 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.  Managed the DEW website.

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

 

2013 – WORK IN PROGRESS – “The Two Worlds of the Children of African Immigration”, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.


2012 – WORK IN PROGRESS – “Migration and education: Human development or brain drain in West Africa?”, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

2011 – WORK IN PROGRESS – “Why Celebrate 50 years of Sierra Leone Independence?”, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

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

2013 – Panel on “Integrate African Cinema into Your Classroom!”, Panel on “Understanding Immigration & Refugee Issues in the Schools”, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Teach Africa Conference: Africa Rising, Portland, Oregon.


2012 – Panel on “Immigration Issues and African Students at PSU”, Black History Month, Association of African Students & Black Studies Department, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

2012 – Global Migration Seminar, International Studies Department, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

2011 – Keynote Speaker, Sierra Leone 50th Independence Day Celebration, Sierra Leone Northwest Association (SLNA), Portland, Oregon.

2009 – Panel on Ishmael Beah’s “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”, Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library & Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

2008 - Keynote Speaker – "Community Unity", Nigerian Community of Oregon and Southwest Washington (NCOSWA) celebration of 48th Independence Anniversary, Portland, Oregon.

2005 - Keynote Speaker – "Popular culture and future Nigerian Communities in Portland", Nzuko Ndi Igbo (NNI) celebration of 2005 Igbo Day, 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.


AFFILIATIONS

Cascade Festival of African Films (CFAF), Portland, Oregon.  Founding Member, 1991 – 2013


Assist planning, development, and staging of the annual Cascade Festival of African Films. Responsibilities include community outreach, poster selection, recruiting community sponsors, playing host, and volunteering for various festival tasks.

Coalition for Educational Excellence (CEE), Portland, Oregon, 2004 – 2007


Communities of color aligned for educational issues, such as closing achievement gap; advocating for immigrant-student success; and, better communication and effective action between school authorities and school families.

North America Regional Science Council, United States, 2007 – 2013.


Continuing Education, Professional Development.