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John Holland

( He/Him/His )
Lecturer Faculty
Phone: (415) 338-7031
Location: HUM 222

John Holland brings a multidisciplinary education to his teaching practice. He has earned a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University, a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts Degree in English (with a specialty in Teaching Multilingual Students) from San Francisco State University. This multidimensional background forms the foundation of his evidence-based pedagogical practice. A first generation college student himself, John Holland imparts to his students the power of collaboration and persistence as tools for success. He stresses the power of peer learning, immediate feedback and frequent low-stakes writing tasks as a pathway to travel as his students practice the habits writers use to succeed both in school and in life. He believes that success in life comes not from what is found locked away in people's minds, but in the way they do their everyday work, in the way they rely upon strategic behaviors and habits. John Holland is fond of saying that success comes from doing something everyday.

Recipient of the 2022 College of Liberal and Creative Arts Lecturer Faculty Excellence Award.

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What My Students Are Saying:

  • "Most classes in the past that I had taken would only write once a month or a couple months, while this course had me writing constantly, keeping me in the right mindset when it came to writing."
  • "The cumulative assignments in this online writing class made me more focused and engaged and (especially the assignments on Eli), helped me to grasp concepts and I was surprised because it is difficult to teach a student without actually having a professor in front of the room teaching the subject. And because of this consistency, my writing has changed for the better."
  • "Since we had to complete a writing assignment every week and revise those assignments at the end of the week, I have had ample opportunity to practice putting my ideas into words. Now, at the end of the semester, I have noticed a significant decrease in the time that it takes me to think of what to write and putting it down, in a way that I like. Not only do the words flow out of me more easily than before, but it comes out in a more organized and coherent way, instead of just many thoughts strung together."