Pacific-Western Division

Learn more about the Pacific-Western Division of the Community College Humanities Association


The following states comprise the Pacific-Western Division:

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming

Pacific Western Division Map

Unfortunately, the Pacific-Western Division will not be holding their divisional conference this year; however, planning is currently underway for the National Conference in 2019 to take place in this division. Members of the Pacific Western Division are invited to attend the Southwestern Division for their conference, or to attend the combined Central-Southern Division for their conference.

Pacific Western Division President

Jamie Cárdenas

Jaime Cárdenas

Jaime Cárdenas
History Department
Seattle Central College

Jaime Cárdenas Jr. is a tenured Instructor of History at Seattle Central College (SCC), where he has designed and deployed curricula that prepare college students to transfer to and succeed in four-year institutions. During his 2016 residency at the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities’ “Reimagining the Humanities Ph.D. and Reaching New Publics” program, Cárdenas focused on a number of projects related to digital pedagogy and served as a faculty mentor to UW doctoral students. During the summer of 2018, he will again be a Director of the University of Washington’s Honors Summer Abroad program in Quito, Ecuador.
With over fifteen years of teaching a wide variety of students (first-generation, underrepresented, international, traditional, and non-traditional) in the social sciences and humanities, Cárdenas has taught over 30 distinct courses and 150 classes in US colonial, US 19th century, and US 20th century, Borderlands, and world history, as well as in American Ethnic Studies. Through his teaching, curriculum development, and administrative experiences at SCC, Cornell University, the University of Washington, Seattle University, and UCLA, he has developed comprehensive and hands-on methodologies for the classroom and beyond.

Pacific-Western Division Conference

Pedagogies of Resistance:
Teaching the Humanities in Community Colleges

Monday, September 10th, at Seattle Central College in Seattle, Washington

Deadline for Proposals: Thursday, July 26th

How do the current political and economic conditions and contexts make the humanities (English, history, humanities, philosophy, art history, etc.) in community colleges more crucial than ever? How do questions of social equity affect our pedagogies, and vice versa? How do community college humanities teachers revise their pedagogy and curricula in relation to the social identities of their students? Our conference’s theme, pedagogies of resistance, aims to create a space to discuss these and other crucial social questions that people who teach the humanities in US community colleges encounter pedagogically and institutionally.

Although a myriad of articles exist in the media about the death, rebirth, re-thinking, etc. of the humanities, all too often community college teaching and learning are excluded from discussions and debates. This conference will offer a corrective. Our presentations and discussions will further the pedagogies that are formed within the most popular contexts of humanities in higher education and beyond: two-year colleges.

We welcome proposals that explore pedagogy-related topics within the community college humanities teaching and learning environments. Here are some sample topics, but many other topics are welcome:

  • The Politics of Teaching Composition in the Era of Tweets (and a Tweeting President)
  • Students’ Social Identities and Pedagogy: US History Courses in an Era of Growing White Nationalism
  • Orientalism and the “Rise” of Chinese Art in the 21st Century: Teaching Difference?
  • “Is Everyone a Philosopher?”: Teaching de Beavoir and Fanon to Underserved Students
  • Teaching about Gender in Moments of Transition:Classroom Strategies

We particularly welcome fully-formed roundtable and panel discussion proposals. Individual proposals, of course, are also welcome.

Deadline for submitting a proposal is July 26, 2018. The conference will be held at Seattle Central College. The registration fee for each presenter who is a member of the CCHA will be $50. For information about the CCHA and to become a member, please click here.

  • To submit a proposal for a panel with 3-5 presenters, please send a 300-500 word abstract of the entire panel and short bios of all presenters to
  • To submit a proposal for a roundtable discussion with 5-7 participants, please send a 300-500 word abstract of the roundtable and short bios of all participants to
  • To submit a proposal for an individual presentation, please send a 150-250 word abstract of the presentation and a short bio of yourself to

For more information, please contact Jaime Cardenas Jr. (History Instructor, Seattle Central College; and, President, Pacific-Western Division, Community College Humanities Association):

Hard copies of this file are available here as a pdf and here as a doc.