Deb Louis Résumé and Curriculum Vitae
Focus of Work
Strengthening of family and community systems to promote individual well-being and social justice. Personal and political empowerment of disadvantaged sectors of the community through education, crisis intervention, support services, entrepreneurial options, and mobilization for collective action. Equalization of developmental and economic opportunities.
Current Status/Recent Professional Practice
1998-present: Public interest planner, consultant and advocate specializing in housing, family, and community systems; provide technical assistance to grassroots leaders, entrepreneurs, and community organizations; Interim Director, USC Center for Women’s Studies & Programs 2005-2006; Adjunct Professor teaching in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Women’s Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies at USC Upstate, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College and Eastern KY University; Director, Homestead Community Land Trust and Tri-County Association for Microenterprise Development; group eldercare home inspector for Howard and Montgomery Counties, MD 1998-2000; taught at Carroll Community College 1999-2002; taught at UMBC 1992-1999.
1994-1998: Housing Coordinator, Howard County (MD) Office on Aging, responsible for developing, regulating and providing technical assistance to small community-based group homes for frail elders, and managing state-funded resident subsidy program. Also Co-founder and Development Coordinator, Family Eldercare Institute, to train economically disadvantaged women for employment and microenterprise opportunities in eldercare in the single-family, client-centered environment, and serve as a center for training and information for professionals in the field.
1993-1994: Facilitator, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Business Training Course. Redesigned curriculum for teaching small business development skills to community women in Baltimore, and taught two cycles of course. Also Resource Development Coordinator for the National Congress of Neighborhood Women’s network of grassroots women’s organizations engaged in community development activities.
1992-1993: Consultant to the NSF-funded Elementary Science Integration Project (UMBC Dept. of Education) to improve math and science comfort and learning among young children in public schools.
1991-1992: Executive Director of the National Women’s Studies Association, a 4000-member professional association of Women’s Studies educators in K-12, post-secondary and community environments. Led a Women's Studies delegation to Russia and Belarus for a series of meetings with women business owners, academics, labor leaders, and community representatives and visits to important historic and cultural institutions.
Background in Education
Interdisciplinary scholar, earning MA and PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University, with foundations in sociology, cultural anthropology, social psychology and philosophy for professional specialization in human and social development and behavior. Post-doctoral fellowship and research in area of early social environmental influences on later patterns of substance use/abuse.
Teaching at college level since 1972 in Political Science, Social Science, Public Administration, Business, Criminal Justice, Sociology and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University, Kean College of New Jersey, Ft. Monmouth Continuing Education Program, Hostos Community College (CUNY), University of Maryland/Baltimore County, Carroll Community College, the University of South Carolina/Upstate, Eastern KY University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
Summary of Major Contracts 1978-1989
Professional practice as planning/community development consultant-grantwriter-trainer, for:
• Somerset Community Land Trust, Somerville, NJ: Comprehensive preservation and promotion of affordable housing in the affluent suburban context.
• Samaritan Shelter, Somerville, NJ: Comprehensive preservation and relocation services for homeless families not eligible for public emergency assistance; shelter systems and design.
• Community Caring for its Own, Somerville, NJ: Community-based affordable housing development.
• Park Avenue Children’s Place, Piscataway, NJ: Minority small business development to meet child care needs of working families.
• Crescent Construction, Somerville, NJ: Minority small business development to meet affordable housing needs.
• United Negro College Fund, Dallas, TX: Income-generating initiatives in the contemporary fundraising environment.
• WorldWorks Foundation, Bridgewater, NJ: Establish a community development component within new foundation’s operations, including affordable housing, nutritional intervention, loan fund for “unbankable” female heads of household.
• United Neighborhood Centers of America, Washington DC: Disseminate Family Preservation Services crisis intervention model among member agencies, identify and recruit community-based agencies for demonstration programs funded by Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, represent UNCA in National Family Preservation Services Network.
• Somerset Community Action Program, Somerset, NJ: Comprehensive assessments of county-wide housing and employment needs, establish a community-based newspaper, conduct a minority small business expo, prepare funding proposals, and represent SCAP in county social services network.
• Rutgers Small Business Development Center, Newark, NJ: Assess small business development needs statewide, assist municipalities and small businesses engaged in municipal economic development programming as part of USEDA-funded demonstration program.
• Borough of Highland Park, NJ: Municipal Community Development Concept Plan as required by county Community Development Block Grant Program.
• NJ Haitian-American Cultural Foundation, Newark, NJ: Grant applications under state and federal refugee, ESL and job training programs.
• Middlesex County Economic Opportunities Corporation, New Brunswick, NJ: County-wide service needs assessment, training bilingual interviewers, economic development proposals.
• Alan Mallach Associates, Trenton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA: Subcontracted elements of larger projects, including:
–Tabulation of survey data for analysis of NJ social service delivery system for NJ County and Municipal Government Study Commission.
–Design of bilingual survey instruments, implementation of survey, and supervision of data processing for Perry Street redevelopment planning in Trenton, NJ for Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey.
–Final compilation of proposals for federally-assisted housing development for Suffolk Interreligious Coalition on Housing.
–Design and implementation of redevelopment planning in the Lower Broadway Neighborhood of Newark’s North Ward for La Casa de Don Pedro.
–Market and feasibility studies for regional Arts Center for Trenton City Planning Dept.
–Developmental history of Moorestown, NJ, and documentation for Mt. Laurel zoningchallenges for Fair Share Housing Center (Cherry Hill, NJ).
–Data-gathering for land use litigation by NJ Department of the Public Advocate,monitoring of compliance with court-ordered zoning revisions, documentation for expert witness testimony in variance hearings.
Prior Employment History
Media and Communications Specialist
NJ Developmental Disabilities Council, Trenton, NJ (1977-1978)
Press relations; preparation, production and dissemination of bimonthly newsletter, annual report, annual state plan and other informational materials; management of public hearings, Council meetings, workshops and conferences; articulation of employment, housing, educational, health services and civil liberties issues; drafting of legislative reviews and recommendations.
Special Assistant to the Chairman (Eleanor Holmes Norton)
NYC Commission on Human Rights (1972-1973)
Press relations, political analysis, drafting administrative and legislative recommendations, scheduling public appearances, compiling special Commission reports, agency liaison to Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’Rith and Mayor’s Committee on Drugs and Addiction.
TransCentury Corporation, Washington DC (1971)
Drafting of reports and proposals, survey instruments effective in minority/poverty community, pamphlet series on careers in community service for ACTION Agency, assessment of VISTA projects.
• Office Manager, Avondale Community Council, Cincinnati, OH.
• State Secretary, Council of Federated Organizations, Jackson, MS.
• Assistant Program Director, Southern Region, Congress of Racial Equality, New Orleans.
• Southern Resource Liaison, Congress of Racial Equality, NYC.
• Freelance Researcher/Writer, Los Angeles, CA (major contracts for National Urban Coalition, AFL-CIO and UCLA).
• Co-Director, Assembly of Men and Women in the Arts Concerned with Vietnam, LA
• Monograph Series: Grassroots Community Organizations, Urban League 1968
• And We Are Not Saved: A History of the Movement as People, Doubleday 1970; 25th Anniversary Edition, The Press at Water’s Edge 1997.
• Monograph Series: Careers in Community Service, ACTION Agency 1971.
• Issues in Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Advocacy, NJ Developmental Disabilities Council 1978.
• Book Reviews, Worldview Magazine and Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 1979-1981.
• Establishing a Small-Business Focus in Municipal Economic Development Programming, Rutgers Small Business Development Center (Rutgers Graduate School of Business) 1983.
• “The Mt. Laurel Challenge: Which Public is to Be Served?” and “The Non-Residential Rateable Myth,” Central Jersey Viewpoint, Nov. 1984.
• Housing Opportunity in Somerset County: Trends, Needs, Approaches, Somerset Community Action Program 1985.
• Employment Needs of Lower-Skilled, Lower-Earnings Workers in Somerset County: Trends, Needs, Approaches, Somerset Community Action Program 1985.
• “Political Participation: Improving the Present and Shaping the Future,” Central Jersey Viewpoint, Aug. 1985.
• “Gramm-Rudman-Hollings: What it Means to New Jersey Families,” Central Jersey Viewpoint, March 1986.
• “Rental Housing and the Public Interest,” Somerset Magazine, Spring 1987.
• “Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunity: A Three-Part Series,” Somerset Magazine, Summer, Fall, Winter 1988.
• “Nonprofit Housing Development: A Profitable Alternative,” Somerset Magazine, Winter 1988.
• “Feminism: Too Legit to Quit,” Sojourner, May 1992.
• Advisory Board: Reference Guide to American Literature, 3rd Edition, St. James Press 1994
• “Sisterhood of Courage: Women in the Movement,” Feminist Collections, University of Wisconsin Press, Spring 2002.
• “Interpreting Eve: Gender Politics and the Interpretation of Christian Scripture in the Evolution of Western Culture,” Feminist Collections, University of Wisconsin Press, Winter 2003.
• “Adjuncts: Solutions for a Mistreated Majority” (not my title),Chronicle of Higher Education, June 12, 2009
• “Degrees for Sale: Academic Integrity and the Burgeoning Paper-Mill Industry,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug 13, 2014.
• “Kitty and the Bear,” in The Cat Really Did That?, Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2017.
• “Yancey Sings!,” a weekly column in the Yancey Times Journal (Burnsville, NC), with a schedule of local music events and article profiling one of the individuals or groups performing that week, 2019-present.
• Chair, Piscataway Township (NJ) Civil Rights Commission (1973-1976).
• Chair, Highland Park (NJ) Public Schools Desegregation Committee (1980-1982).
• Chair, Business Association of Highland Park (1982-1984).
• Board member then President, Samaritan Shelter (1984-1989).
• Board member, Greater Somerset County Chamber of Commerce (1987-1990).
• Chair, Somerset Community Development Group (1988-1989).
• Board member, committee chair, Coalition of Geriatric Services (1996-1997).
• Founding Board member, Family Eldercare Institute (1997-1999)
• Board member, Kamala Reddy Memorial Foundation (2002-present)
• Co-Chair, Madison County Chapter, Western North Carolina Alliance (2003-2004)
• Treasurer, Laurel Valley Watch (Mars Hill, NC) 2005-2007
• Co-founder and Treasurer, Evergreens Senior Network (Jessup, MD) 2005-2009
• Board Member, Asheville Puppetry Alliance (2007-2009)
• Co-Chair Organizing Committee, now Advisory Board Member, New Faculty Majority: National Coalition for Adjunct Equity (2009 to present)
• Managing Associate, Kokopelli's Daughters (2019 to present)
Undergraduate: June 1963-May 1964, University of Cincinnati, Philosophy Major, worked as editor for logic textbooks; Sept. 1965-Feb. 1966, Columbia University, Philosophy Major, worked in Records Division of Registrar’s Office; Sept. 1972-May 1973, Rutgers University, Sociology Major, Instructor and Teaching Assistant. B.A. awarded Oct. 1974.
Masters: Sept. 1974-May 1975, Rutgers University, Political Science Major with dual concentration in Political Theory and Comparative Politics, worked as Instructor and Equal Opportunity Fund tutor. Thesis: Political Socialization in the People’s Republic of China and the United States: A Comparative View. M.A. awarded Jan. 1976.
Doctorate: June 1975-May 1976, Rutgers University, Political Science Major with interdisciplinary concentration including Cultural Anthropology, Social Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy. Dissertation: Public Policy and the American Family. Ph.D. awarded Oct. 1980.
Post-Doctoral: Dec. 1981-Nov. 1982, Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies/Rutgers Health and Human Development Project. Certificate awarded July 1982.
Teaching and Supervisory Experience
Rutgers University 1972-1977:
• Suburban Politics, State and Local Politics (Livingston College, TA)
• Criminal Justice, supervision of Independent Studies (Livingston College)
• Introduction to Political Science (Livingston and Rutgers Colleges)
• Women in Politics (Douglass College)
• Civil Rights Movement of the Early 1960s (University College)
• Introduction to Sociology (Cook College)
• Supervision of student interns (Graduate School of Business)
• Supervision of students to complete Ed.D. dissertations (Graduate School of Ed.)
Kean College of New Jersey 1978-1984:
• State and Local Politics, The American Political System, Introduction to Political Science (Dept. of Political Science)
• American Federalism (Dept. of Public Administration)
• International Relations, Comparative Non-Western Political Systems, Contemporary Political Ideologies (Ft. Monmouth Continuing Education Center)
CUNY/Hostos Community College 1985-1991:
• Women in Management, State and Local Government, Bureaucracy (Dept. of Behavioral & Social Sciences)
• Introduction to Public Administration (Dept. of Public Administration)
Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Business Training Course 1993-1994
University of Maryland/Baltimore County 1992-1999:
• Introduction to Political Science (Dept. of Political Science)
• Women and Politics (cross-listed Depts. of Political Science & Women’s Studies)
• Consultant: Elementary Science Integration Project (Dept. of Education)
• Women and Aging (cross-listed Depts. of Sociology & Women's Studies)
Howard Community College/Family Eldercare Institute 1997-1999
Development and supervision of Family Eldercare Specialist Training Course
Carroll Community College 1999-2002
• Introduction to American Government; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems;Terrorism (Dept. of Humanities, English, and Social Sciences)
University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate (formerly USC Spartanburg) 2003-2007
•Introduction to Women’s Studies, Women and Aging, U.S. Women’s Movement, Feminist Theory and Methods; online versions of Aging and Intro courses (Dept. of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies)
• Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (Theme: Contemporary Terrorism)
• State and Local Government, Women in American Politics (Dept. of History, Philosophy, Political Science & American Studies)
• Director: Center for Women’s Studies and Programs 2005-2006 academic year
Eastern Kentucky University Spring 2007-present (online only)
• Gender Perspectives on Contemporary Terrorism, Diversity and Criminal Justice, Policing & Civil Society (Depts. Of Police & Justice Studies, Women & Gender Studies)
• Women and Aging (Women & Gender Studies)
• Diversity in Corrections (Dept. of Corrections)
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Spring 2007-present (online only)
• Comparative Government, Introduction to Political Science, American Government (Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences)
• Terrorism: Underlying Issues (Criminal Justice Program)
Development of Curriculum and Teaching Technologies
Specialization: Content and methods effective across learning styles, prior academic experience, age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
1960s: Assisted in refinement of curriculum and teaching technologies for Freedom Schools in Mississippi, Louisiana and Southwest Georgia; served as consultant to design of the first Open Enrollment Program in the U.S., at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
1970s: Designed Civil Rights Movement of the Early 1960s course for University College of Rutgers University; adapted standard curricula in international relations, comparative politics, and political ideologies to meet special needs of Foreign Service officers in training at Ft. Monmouth.
1980s: Redesigned Women in Management course at Hostos Community College (CUNY System) to increase effectiveness for economically-disadvantaged, primarily Spanish-speaking students; as representative of the United Neighborhood Centers of America on the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Family Preservation Services Network, assisted in developing curriculum and technologies for graduate and in-service Social Work training in the family crisis intervention model developed by the Network; redesigned standard ESL curriculum and technologies to increase effectiveness for foreign-born adults in Plainfield, NJ Public Schools ESL programs.
1991-1992: As Executive Director of the National Women’s Studies Association, designed and assembled international curriculum resource library, supervised a curriculum specialist to assist members in program development, and provided consultation and support to "curriculum transformation” and “service learning” projects to post-secondary institutions across the U.S.
1992-1993: Served as consultant to the NSF-funded Elementary Science Integration Project (UMBC Dept. of Education) to improve math and science comfort and learning among young children in public schools by integrating math and science concepts, topics, and information into traditional grade-level social studies and language arts curriculum. Prepared 1,000+ abstracts for national database of preschool-middleschool reading materials for online teacher access.
1993-1994: As Facilitator for the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Business Training Course, redesigned previously unsuccessful curriculum and technologies for teaching small business development skills to community women in Baltimore. (Components of the new curriculum were adopted by the established Women's Self-Employment Project in Chicago.)
• At request of Dept. Chairs of Political Science and Women's Studies at UMBC, designed Women and Politics course which integrates gender-consciousness and historical incorporation of the gender variable into traditional political science research, teaching, and practice.
• Designed Women and Aging course adopted by UMBC Depts. of Sociology and Women's Studies as a summer course offering.
• At request of Howard County, MD small group home operators, assisted in design of classroom and internship curriculum and technologies to train economically disadvantaged workers for employment and microenterprise opportunities in eldercare. Adopted as credentialing course by Howard Community College Dept. of Allied Health Professions.
• Following events of 9/11/01, designed and taught a course for Carroll Community College in understanding and responding to contemporary terrorism; adapted as topic for the USC/Upstate Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies, Spring 2005; adapted at the request of the Center for Police and Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky Univ. to focus on gender perspectives. (Resulting Gender & Terrorism course has become a "core" course in EKU's Women & Gender Studies program.)
• At the request of EKU's Center for Police & Justice Studies, designed courses on Diversity & Corrections and Policing & Civil Society, currently teaching both online.