Ph.D., English, University of California, Davis
K-12 Teaching Credential, Whittier College
B.A., English, Whittier College, Magna Cum Laude
Dr. Ochi has taught composition and literature for fifteen years at institutions such as Harvard University’s Institute for English Language, the University of California (Davis), Whittier College, and Cerritos College. She completed a postdoctoral residency at the University of California, Davis, where she earned a Ph.D. in 2008. While at UC Davis, Dr. Ochi worked on a faculty team designing and implementing a new multicultural curriculum. She earned a lifetime Teaching Credential from the State of California, and has completed extensive coursework in multicultural education, best practices for writing instruction, and theories of literacy development.
At Cerritos College, Dr. Ochi assisted in the opening of a new success center. Her service experience also includes working as a faculty researcher to improve student success at Cerritos College, as a consultant on the Writing Assessment Team at Whittier College, as a curriculum designer for Harvard University’s Institute for English Language, and as the organizer of a headline event for the UC Davis Distinguished Speakers Series. In her free time, she hikes, reads, cooks, and gets bossed around by her toddler.
Selected Fellowships and Awards:
Alpha Gamma Sigma Teaching Award, Saddleback College, 2017
Teaching and Learning Excellence Certificate, Cerritos College, 2011
Modern Language Association Travel Grant, 2009
Conference on College Composition & Communication’s Professional Equity Project Grant, 2009
Postdoctoral Appointment, UC Davis English Department, 2008
Dissertation Fellowship, UC Davis English Department, 2007
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, UC Davis, 2005
“More is More: An Interview with William Least Heat-Moon.” Writing on the Edge 21.1 (2010): 93-103. Print.
“The Blank Spot on the Map: William Least Heat-Moon and Bioregionalism.” Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 11.2 (2010): 51-69. Print.
“Houston Baker, Jr.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. Ed. Anand Prahlad. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006: 74-75. Print.
“Adopting Charlotte’s Daughter: Susanna Rowson and Authorial Control.” Conference Proceedings of The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. CD-ROM 2005.