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Barbara Jaffe completed her B.A. in Linguistics, her M.A. in Applied Linguistics, and her doctorate in Education, all from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Jaffe is a Tenured Professor of English at El Camino College, in Torrance, California, where she has taught literature as well as all levels of composition.  Her focus is helping students find their own, unique writers’ voices and has helped other instructors in their teaching of writing through her national workshops.  Barbara received awards for Outstanding Woman of the Year and Distinguished Teacher of the Year at her college.  Her doctoral research focused on teacher training for basic writing instructors that combined writing pedagogy with personal success strategies. Her chapter “Changing Perceptions, and Ultimately Practices, of Basic Writing Instructors through the Familia Approach” was published in With Latino/A Students, Lessons Learned at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (SUNY Press, 2007).  Reading and writing has always been Barbara’s passions, with a focus on non-fiction and meaningful reflections of life and all its beauty as well as its challenges. Barbara feels to live is to observe and to observe most deeply is to write.  Only in the depth of our reflections can we truly learn and grow through any of our perceived limitations.


Besides writing, her passion is teaching about the Holocaust.  Barbara received a scholarship to the Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies to study at Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum.  In addition, Dr. Jaffe completed a two-year Master Teacher Program with the USC Shoah Foundation, in which she researched and learned how to integrate survivor testimonies within her writing courses.   She is also a docent at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.  A fourth generation San Franciscan native, she has spent her adult life living in Los Angeles with her husband, three sons, one grandson, granddaughter, and her very sweet poodle/bichon Emma.

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