James Beebe - 1968-1973 Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines

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James Beebe - 1968-1973 Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines - now teaches international development education at stanford

James Beebe - 1968-1973 Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines - now teaches international development education at stanford

o Academic Information

o Research Interests

o Courses and Other University Activities

o Professional Experience

o Representative Publications

o Overseas Experience and Travel

o Personal Information

James Beebe


Telephone: (509) 323-3484

email: beebe@gonzaga.edu

Academic Information

Stanford University

Ph. D., 1978, International Development Education.

Stanford University

M.A., 1976, Anthropology.

Stanford University

M.A., 1976, Food Research (International Agriculture Development).

University of the Philippines

Graduate Work, Anthropology.

New York University

B.A., 1968, Politics.

Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida

A.A., 1966.

Research Interests

Primary area of research has been on intensive, team-based qualitative research, Rapid Assessment Process (RAP). RAP uses triangulation and iterative data analysis and additional data collection to quickly develop a preliminary understanding of a situation from the insider's perspective. RAP can be done in as few as four days but generally requires several weeks. My book Rapid Assessment Process: An Introduction was published by AltaMira Press in July 2001. I have completed a qualitative study of the management of information by leaders of higher education using Ronald Hiefetz's concept of the management of information. My other major research interest and hobby is the use of computers for enhancing teaching, especially of qualitative research methodology and the application of qualitative research to understanding issues related to computers and technology. I am especially interested in technology and leadership issues. I am currently working with an Anthropologist/Nurse from Oregon Health Sciences Univesristy on a NIH funded activity concerning HIV/Aids in Botswana.

Courses and Other University Activities

Project Director for the U.S. State Department funded Exchange Partnership project designed to strengthen the ethics focus of the Ph.D. program in Public Affairs at the University of Pretoria and the global focus of the Ph.D. program at Gonzaga University.

Qualitative Research Methodology (Fall 2002)

Leadership and Technology (Fall 2002)

Policy Analysis (Summer 2002)

Literature Review for the Dissertation (Summer 2002)

Literature Review for the Dissertation (Fall 2000) based on a shared syllabus with the University of Pretoria.

Special Topics, Leading Change in Higher Education (Fall 1998)

Board Member, Webmaster, and former Director Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate

Webmaster, Doctoral Program In Leadership Studies

Professional Experience

1996-current Professor Doctoral Program, Gonzaga University (Tenured)

2001-2002 Director, Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate

1996-2000 Program Director, Doctoral Program, Gonzaga University

1979-1996 Foreign Service Officer, United States Agency for International Development

1994-1996 Director, Office of Economic Development, USAID/South Africa

1992-1993 Chief, Agricultural Policy Division, R&D/USAID/Washington

1990-1992 Professor (USAID-RJCC assignment), Oregon State University

1989-1990 Director, Office of Resource Development, USAID/Liberia

1987-1989 Director, Office of Agricultural Development, USAID/Liberia

1985-1987 Chief, Agricultural Development Division, USAID/Philippines

1983-1985 Agricultural Projects Officer, USAID/Philippines

1981-1983 Agricultural Development Officer, USAID/Sudan

1979-1980 Human Resources Development Officer, USAID/Liberia

1979 Consultant and Planning Specialist, Community Association for Retarded, Palo Alto, California

1977-1978 Assistant Professor of Education, Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, Monterey, California

1977-1978 Principal Investigator and Project Director, Filipino Association of Mountain View, Ca.(U.S. Dept of Labor grant).

1976-1977 Dissertation Research in the Philippines, Stanford University

1974-1975 Teaching and Research Assistant, Stanford University

1968-1973 Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines

Representative Publications

o Beebe, J. (2002). Basic concepts and techniques of rapid appraisal. In J. McDonald (Ed.). The Applied Anthropology Reader. (pp. 70-87). Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Longman.

o Beebe, J. (2001). Rapid Assessment Process: An Introduction. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira.

o Beebe, J. (2000). Rapid assessment and response: Sound methodology for producing timely responses. International Journal of Drug Policy, 11, 29-32

o Beebe, J. (1995). Basic concepts and techniques of rapid appraisal. Human Organization, 54(1), 42-51.

o Beebe, J. (1994). The concept of the average farmer and putting the farmer first: The implications of variability for a farming systems approach to research and extension. Journal of Farming Systems Research-Extension, 4(3), 1-16.

Overseas Experience and Travel

Twenty years experience living and working outside the United States as a Peace Corps Volunteer, graduate student, researcher, U.S. Foreign Service Officer (United States Agency for International Development), and Global Technology Corps Volunteer. Long term assignments in the Philippines, Sudan, Liberia, and South Africa with short term assignments in Egypt, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Poland, Romania, Indonesia, and Thailand. Invited presentation at the School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria sponsored Public Affairs Network Seminar in Botswana 2001 and the South African Association of Public Administration and Management sponsored Conference on Governance Challenges in South Africa 2002. Travel to South Africa under the Exchange Partnership project 2002. Invited presentations at the Biotechnology, Breeding, and Seed Systems for African Crops Workshop sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, 2002. Senior Fulbright Specialist award for work with the Ateneo de Manila Univeristy, Philippines, December 2002.

Personal Information

I am married to Maria Beebe who does international consulting focused on linking African universities. We have two children, Ligaya who is a senior at Reed College in Portland and David who graduated from Wesleyan University (with a B.A. in dance) and is currently a computer consultant in Boston.

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By Robert Pooles (chrldsl3.dsl.vicnet.net.au - on Monday, November 21, 2005 - 11:44 pm: Edit Post

Seeking to find a position in Manila Philippines as a volunteer. I have my name down on various sites and have had some replies but not sufficient to keep me occupied constantly so I am seeking further positions to do so.
I lived in Manila on business for some four years but had to return to Melbourne Australia in 2001 for medical reasons. Now fit again and retired I wish to offer my services to help those less fortunate than myself.
Anyone who knows of or can direct me in this regard please advise.
Thank you in advance.
Robert Pooles.

By William R. Powell (bzpowell) ( on Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 11:56 am: Edit Post


I remember you and Maria from Baguio City in the 70's. You motivated Zeny and me to get her rapid citizenship in 1973 and we now live in Mesa AZ, retired from Indiana State government. Please let Zeny and me hear from you and Maria. Best wishes.

Bill Powell
RPCV Baguio 1971 - 1975

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