Bill Parks was hired as a full-time Journalism faculty member in 1992, having previously served as a part-time / temporary journalism instructor since 1972. He came to full-time teaching at Ohlone with 30 years of experience as a journalist, 27 years of which spent with daily newspapers and seven with magazines. Bill retired from Ohlone in June 2010, after 18 years of full-time and 20 years of part time service, a total of 38 years of association with the college. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Bill served successfully as coordinator of the Journalism program, revising curriculum in light of rapidly developing changes and challenges in the Journalism profession. He set high standards of journalism for his students, committing significant time to advise students outside of class. Bill’s teaching style with newspaper reporters was not to answer their questions directly, but to patiently ask questions that helped the student arrive at an appropriate answer. He worked diligently to continuously improve his teaching skills.
Bill served as advisor for The Monitor, Ohlone’s award-winning student newspaper, during which time the paper maintained a high level of excellence as a student-run paper and high value learning experience as well as a vital communication organ for the college community. He kept The Monitor and journalism instruction up to date with changing developments in publishing software.
Bill produced an annual high school journalism conference at Ohlone, which received praise from participating high school faculty. He was active professionally with the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Bill contributed to the development and writing of Ohlone’s official media policy.
Bill served as a faithful employee and respected college citizen. His early association with the Journalism program set the stage for his long-term contributions to the program and the college over the years. In retirement he continues to volunteer his time to the Monitor and is actually, at this writing, stepping in to serve as Interim Advisor to the paper.