Theresa Ford Bio

Professor T. Ford has been an educator for more than 25 years. She is a full Professor of Counseling and adjunct faculty member in the Cross-Cultural Studies Department at Grossmont College where she holds a Distinguished Faculty title. She is also an adjunct faculty member in San Diego Mesa College’s Black Studies Dept. Favorite courses taught include: African American Literature, Black Women in Media, Film and Literature, Black Music and Blues as Literature, History and Culture. She has completed professional and graduate studies in African American Literature at the University of Kansas—Project on the History of Black Writing/The Langston Hughes Project and The Wrighting Connection: The Works of Richard Wright. She studied the 18th Century Poets at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Black Studies and its influence in Japan, Kyoto and Osaka, Japan.  She is a member of the Toni Morrison Society, an organization dedicated to the teaching, reading, critical and scholarly examination of works by Nobel author, Toni Morrison.   Her most recent sabbatical leave included attending the Sixth Biennial Conference: “Toni Morrison et les Circuits de l’Imaginaire” in Paris, France, and for the Seventh Biennial Conference, New York, New York, Professor Ford was a Principal Discussant:  Toni Morrison and Her Role as Editor.  Most recently as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Ford studied African American History and the Gullah-Geechee Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah & The Coastal Islands 1750-1950.

Selected Distinguished Teaching Awards and Honors:

  • January 2017    Grossmont College President’s Leadership Award
  • Teaching and Leadership Excellence (University of Texas—Austin)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (Grossmont College)

Her contributions to the arts community include penning the first commissioned stage rendition of Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose, under the direction of Dr. Floyd Gaffney, Artistic Director, Late of Common Ground Theatre  She was executive producer for San Diego’s premiere of “From Whores to Matriarchs” directed by Rhodessa Jones. For thirteen years she served with Debi Dorn as Artistic Director for San Diego’s Emmy-award winning Teen Connection Theatre Troupe. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for both Black Friars and Common Ground Theatre. Currently, she serves on the board for the critically acclaimed transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project—recipients of the 2012 Peace Maker award.  Ford is a charter member and the grant-writer for the award-winning Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc.  Her storytelling focus is rooted in the works of Zora Neale Hurston.