Gina Baleria's blog

Since beginning exploratory research of the Oceania population, I have been challenged, not just by the discipline and commitment necessary to complete the EdD program but also to consider my positionality. I am challenged to articulate reasons for wanting to conduct research with Oceania students. The challenge is not only to evaluate the reasons for researching Oceania students, a relatively small group, over larger and more visible student populations, but why am I, an outsider to the Oceania community, doing this research?

Congratulations to the Ed.D. class of 2018!

These newly minted educational leadership doctors were hooded on May 21, 2018 at San Francisco State University.

My three-year journey toward a doctoral degree has reached its end. On May 4, I successfully defended my dissertation, Social Reproduction in the Community College Classroom. My primary focus was to discover how social reproduction is enacted in the community college classroom, and how first-generation students perceive social reproduction in the classroom.


SF State’s educational leadership doctoral students came together on April 28 to support each other and present their research at the annual EdD Symposium, as well as connect with alumni and prospective students, share ideas, and celebrate each other’s work.

First-year students presented their research ideas in a digital poster presentation; second years in a roundtable; and third years in a more formal setting in front of an audience. Then, alumni came together for an incredible panel about life after the doctoral program.


For the first time in the history of SF State’s Graduate College of Education (GCOE), all post-secondary graduates came together on May 12 under one roof to celebrate graduation as a unit.

“We’ve never brought together the credential and graduate and doctoral students in one place with their families and celebrated their graduations,” said Dr. Barbara Henderson, Interim Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. “In addition, credential students are generally not included in the regular graduation, so it’s really good to have them.”


Asian American Studies Associate Professor and MA and Undergraduate coordinator Wei Ming Dariotis, PhD,  brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and perspective to SF State’s educational leadership doctoral students, as well as an eclectic sensibility that helps students see concepts and ideas in new ways.

“I became a teacher because I didn't want to stop learning,” said Dariotis. “To me, every opportunity to work with a graduate student or even with my undergrads is an opportunity for me to learn something that I didn't know.”

By Silindra McRay (Cohort '17)

“Ultimately, in order to come up with solutions, you have to understand the problems and the intricacies and nuances of the problems,” said George Barganier, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at SF State and new Core Doctoral Faculty for SF State’s EdD program.

Barganier, who in Fall 2017 stepped in to teach EDDL 932: Transformational Strategies to Address Inequality in Education and Society, has been wanting to teach in the EdD program for a couple of years.

The buzz of conversation could be heard an entire floor down through the Burk Hall stairwell as SF State Educational Leadership doctoral students came together on Saturday, January 20 for the Spring 2018 semester launch.

“What buzz?” joked Tabitha Conway (Year 2). “I’m naturally loud, as is my cohort, so I think the loudness was us.”