University City resident named a Mesa College dean

Charles Zappia

University City resident Charles Zappia has been named dean at the School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies at Mesa College.

A U.S. historian specializing in the areas of labor, immigration and ethnicity, 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 Zappia oversees courses, majors, and certificate programs in a wide range of subjects along with approximately 150 faculty members teaching 400 classes serving 12,000 students each semester.

A native of Pennsylvania, he earned a B.A. in history at the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in history from San Jose State University and a Ph.D., also in history, from UC Berkeley.