When classes begin this fall at San Diego Mesa College, University City resident Charles Zappia will be at the helm of the college’s School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies.
A U.S. historian specializing in the areas of labor, immigration and ethnicity, Dr. Zappia has been teaching at Mesa College since 1986. After a successful career in the classroom, he served as chair of the Social Sciences Department for nine years. He also served as Interim Dean from March 2009 through January 2011.
As head of the second largest school at Mesa College, Dr. Zappia oversees instruction in a diverse array of disciplines. The school offers courses, majors, and certificate programs in Anthropology, Architecture, Black Studies, Building Construction Technology, Chicano/a Studies, Filipino Studies, Geography, History, Interior Design, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Approximately 150 faculty members teach 400 classes serving 12,000 students each semester. Most students transfer to four year institutions.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zappia earned a B.A. in History at the University of Pittsburgh. He went on to receive a M.A. in History from San Jose State University and a Ph.D., also in History, from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a distinguished scholar and recognized leader in his field.
Dr. Zappia lives with his wife, speech pathologist Mary Jane Zappia, and their two college-student daughters, Angela and Gabriela, in University City.