Safiya O'Brien

Full Time Faculty - English

English

Notices

Due to COVID-19,  all office hours will be mostly virtual for the Fall 2021 semester.  I will have limited in person hours for student support (this is best for all parties involved).  Please go to your course Canvas page to find access via a link to join.  Thanks for your patience in this endeavor.

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   

Online

Online

 

Online

 
  By appointment By appointment

  Please don't be shy!  Come in and say hello or receive extra help as you need it.

Profile

As a midwestern born and raised transplant, Safiya shares common appetencies with many who come to the valley seeking warm, halcyon days.  Safiya enjoys creating a student-centered classroom devoted to equity and justice for all.  She hopes her classroom is one that invites creativity, safety, and experimentation as a means to reach deeper self-actualization and stronger critical thinking agency.  She attempts to employ metacognitive strategies in the hopes that students will begin to reflect and become more mindful in not only on how they learn, but also what motives them.  As a self-professed, huge nerd, she is an avid gamer, collector of action figures, and remains picky about her choice of anime.  She always takes recommendations (books, films, comics, video games) and will discuss the MCU with anyone. She wrote her master's thesis on Ghost in the Shell (the manga) and has strong feelings about the Scarlett Johansson abomination that must not be named.

  • Pronouns used: she, her, hers

Classes Taught

Spring 2022

ENG101 First-Year Composition 3 Credits
Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on expository writing and understanding writing as a process. Establishing effective college-level writing strategies through four or more writing projects comprising at least 3,000 words in total.
Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).
Due to the possibility of last-minute schedule changes, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before purchasing the textbook.
General Education Designations: First-Year Composition [FYC] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28028
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/20/2022 - 05/13/2022
Th
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Class Ended

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28028 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@mesacc.edu

ENG102 First-Year Composition 3 Credits
Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on persuasive, research-based writing and understanding writing as a process. Developing advanced college-level writing strategies through three or more writing projects comprising at least 4,000 words in total.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.
Due to the possibility of last-minute schedule changes, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before purchasing the textbook.
General Education Designations: First-Year Composition [FYC] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28093
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/19/2022 - 05/13/2022
We
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Class Ended

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28093 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@mesacc.edu

28094
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/19/2022 - 05/13/2022
We
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Class Ended

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28094 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@mesacc.edu

HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3 Credits
Study of worldviews in a variety of historical and contemporary world cultures, including analysis of origin and creation myths, artistic expression, spirituality, and the natural environment. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29551
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 03/11/2022
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Class Ended

Spring Flex Start 2022

HUM209 Women and Films 3 Credits
Analysis of images of women in films from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
37125
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/21/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 37125 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@mesacc.edu

Summer 2022

ENH190 Introduction to US Ethnic Literature 3 Credits
Introduction to the US ethnic literatures of African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, Native Americans, Mixed Race, and other emerging ethnic groups through various expressions. Examines the interconnections of the various experiences of racialized groups living in the US. Provides ethnic US literature a global context through study of the interconnections with the literatures of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. Focus on literary production of at least four specific US ethnic groups and relevant international literatures.
Prerequisites or Corequisites: ENG101 or ENG107.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
17530
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
07/05/2022 - 08/04/2022
MoTuWeTh
9:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Open

6 of 16
Seats Available

Notes: Class 17530 is designated for the First Year Experience (FYE) for first generation and FSS students. Enrollment is restricted to recent high school graduates from Mesa Public Schools who have applied to be part of the FYE cohort. For more information, contact Ashley Armour at ashley.armour@mesacc.edu

HUM209 Women and Films 3 Credits
Analysis of images of women in films from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
17788
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
07/05/2022 - 08/04/2022

Open

10 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 17788 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@mesacc.edu

Fall 2022

ENG102 First-Year Composition 3 Credits
Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on persuasive, research-based writing and understanding writing as a process. Developing advanced college-level writing strategies through three or more writing projects comprising at least 4,000 words in total.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.
Due to the possibility of last-minute schedule changes, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before purchasing the textbook.
General Education Designations: First-Year Composition [FYC] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30839
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWe
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Closed

No Seats Available

28668
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

7 of 14
Seats Available

ENH190 Introduction to US Ethnic Literature 3 Credits
Introduction to the US ethnic literatures of African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, Native Americans, Mixed Race, and other emerging ethnic groups through various expressions. Examines the interconnections of the various experiences of racialized groups living in the US. Provides ethnic US literature a global context through study of the interconnections with the literatures of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. Focus on literary production of at least four specific US ethnic groups and relevant international literatures.
Prerequisites or Corequisites: ENG101 or ENG107.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
36690
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Open

12 of 14
Seats Available

Notes: Honors Program Only

HUM214 African-Americans in Film 3 Credits
Study of films featuring African-American performers and directors from the Silent Era to the present. Emphasis on the historical and social elements of African Americans in film and basics of film analysis. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28700
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

24 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28700 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@gccaz.edu

Fall Flex Start 2022

HUM205 Introduction to Cinema 3 Credits
Survey of the history and development of the art of motion pictures, including criticism of aesthetic and technical elements. Prerequisites: None.
Due to COVID related campus lab closures, students will be provided an Adobe Creative Cloud account tied to their MEID username, for home use on PC or Mac computers (smartphone or tablet mobile devices are not supported) during the duration of this course. Students should review the minimum configuration requirements to run Adobe CC on their personal device at: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html. Your instructor will provide login directions on the first day of class.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
31367
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
10/17/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

20 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 31367 Students may contact instructor at: safiya.obrien@mesacc.edu

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