West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Cynthia  Reiss

Cynthia  Reiss


Art History Instructor

(408) 741-2533


Arts Lab 3

Courses Taught / Teaching

Art 1A - Survey of Western Art 

Art 1B - Survey of Western Art

Art 1D - Art of the 20th Century

Art 12a, 12b - Art of Pre-Hispanic Mexico; Art of Colonial and Modern Mexico

Art 13- African-American Art History

Art 14 - Women in Art History 


Academic Service

Academic Senator

Chair, Global Citizenship Committee


Member, WVC Student Access, Equity, and Success Committee


Member, WVC Accreditation Self-Study Committee, Standard IV


ASCCC appointment: Education Policies Committee

ASCCC appointment: Governance and Internal Policies  Committee

ASCCC appointment: Academic Integrity Committee


ASCCC papers co-authored: 

Sound Principles for Faculty Evaluation, published Spring 2013

Rostrum Article : Beyond the Classroom, Fostering Local and Statewide , Engagement in our Faculty, published July 2013


ACCJC Site Visit Team Evaluator Committee

Leeward College, Honolulu, Hawaii

Canada College, Redwood City, CA


COMPASS Pilot Project Grant Writer and Project Director (WVC and CSU, San Jose) 



Salzburg International Studies Program


Current Projects

Submitted NEH Bridging CUltures Grant, August 2013

Submitted/Awarded COMPASS, phase II grant, May 2013

Submitted NEH Bridging Cultures grant, August 2012


Personal Projects

Board Member, Oakland Leaf

Board Member, Pacific Art League



WVC Global Citizenship Blog

Art History Blog

Education thoughts


Ph.D. Art History,

University of California, Irvine

MA, Art History,

San Francisco State University

BA, Art History,

University of California

BA, Comparative Literature,

University of California

Emphasis in Critical Theory  


Leading Education Systems  Nationally Institute,  

Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


UC Hastings College of Law

San Francisco, CA




  • Currently working on book entitled "Silenced Histories and Trauma in the Works of Three Latin American Artists"
  • Presented paper at CALACS Conference at University of Montreal
  • Presented paper at Escenarios Conference at University of California, Irvine
  • Presented paper at "Literature and its Others" Conference at University of Helsinki, Finland
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