Felicia Darling, PhD
BOOK AUTHOR: Felicia has a PhD in Education from Stanford University and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her ethnographic study in the Yucatán. Her books focus on equity, trauma-informed practices, and practical ideas for making the world a more just and compassionate place. Her writing is informed by her own research and the research of other experts in the field. Felicia draws from her ethnography and participant observation research skills to tell her own and others’ inspiring stories of trials and triumphs over adversity. Felicia is a first-generation college student who spent the last ten years documenting her journey to resolve past hurts using trauma healing therapy and other innovative, invented approaches. We do not have to wait until we are perfect to help make the world a more just and compassionate place. In Becoming Humane Beings… Pack a Lunch. We Are Saving the World!, coming out in 2021, Felicia shares the research behind trauma resolution therapy and some of her own and others’ strategies for resolving past hurt in order to live more empathetically in the present. Felicia’s first book, Teachin’ It! Breakout Moves that Break Down Barriers for Community College Students, published by Teachers College Press in 2019, highlights innovative ideas for facilitating inclusive, equitable, active learning. Felicia is pitching a second book to Teachers College Press called, Hold Them Lovingly Accountable: Classroom Management Strategies for High School, which highlights her inclusive, trauma-informed approach to teaching and managing classroom behavior. She is also the creator of Professor Funnies© and her books are illustrated with these insightful, unchained cartoons.
EDUCATOR: Felicia has been an educator for 30 years. She does keynotes and workshops on topics including anti-racism, trauma-informed instruction, equity, and teaching approaches that build on students’ lived experiences. Her work has been featured in the Teachers College Press Blog, Education Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. Also, She has been interviewed on radio and podcasts across the country including KPFA FM in Berkeley, KZSU FM Stanford, and Northeast Public Radio WAMC FM. Felicia has taught courses for pre-service teachers at Stanford University, University of California Santa Cruz, San José State University, and University of Northern Vermont. Currently, she is a tenured math and college skills instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College, where she teaches students who are embarking on their journey to achieve their educational dreams. She also teaches students who are incarcerated.
RESEARCHER: Felicia is a participant observation researcher, which means that she is skilled at participating in events and processes while she objectively documents them. She is also an ethnographer who uses field notes, surveys, and interviews to tell other people’s stories. She researches topics including: cultural assets, inclusion, math education, and equity. Her work focuses on improving opportunities for learners from historically marginalized groups by illuminating their cultural assets. Her six-month ethnographic study in a Yucatec Maya village documented students’ innovative community approaches to problem-solving. In her current study, she explores what college students have to say about math assignments that invite them to build on their cultural identities and backgrounds. She has shared her equity work in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at research conferences in both English and Spanish in the US and internationally.
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