William Dolphin has been a professional writer and editor for more than thirty years, working for think tanks, local governments, private industry, advocacy groups, and universities. He has published hundreds of articles and opinion pieces and has contributed to more than a dozen books, as well as white papers for policy makers and guides for patients, physicians, and attorneys. Since 2002, he has written primarily about medical cannabis law, policy, medical research, and the patient experience.
William co-authored The Medicalization of Marijuana: Legitimacy, Stigma, and the Patient Experience (Routledge, 2018) with his wife, Michelle Newhart, Ph.D., and collaborated with her on Understanding Research Methods, 10th edition (Routledge, 2017). Following media relations work on the landmark federal trial of cannabis author Ed Rosenthal (where he and Michelle met), William has for 16 years contributed to the education efforts of Americans for Safe Access, including the organization’s condition-based pamphlets, policy white papers, training materials, and monthly activist newsletter.
William has taught college writing since 1994 using an innovative, task-based collaborative approach he developed at San Francisco State University. He has presented on pedagogy at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Seven Hills Conference on Composition, and published a book chapter on his technique, "Taking Students to Task: Grading as a Collaborative Engine" in Grading in the Post-Process Classroom, eds. Libby Allison, Lizbeth Bryant, and Maureen M Hourigan (Boynton/Cook-Heinemann).
He has taught writing at San Francisco State University, Rhodes College, Azusa Pacific University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He currently teaches undergraduate writing in the College of Arts and Sciences and supervises research writing in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Redlands.
ENGL 102 Academic Writing Seminar
ENGL 100 Analytical Reading & Writing
ENGL X04 Writing Studio
MALT 610 Research in Action
EDUC 637 Masters Seminar
University of Redlands, Redlands, California; Sept. 2014-present
Adjunct Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Education
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California; Sept. 2014-Dec. 2016
Adjunct Lecturer, Writing, College of Arts and Sciences
Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee; Jan. 2008-June 2009
Adjunct Lecturer, Writing, College of Arts and Sciences
University of California, Berkeley; Sept. 2004-April 2007
Senior Editor, University Extension
Editor/producer for website, newsletters, catalogs, and print materials; responsible for media relations, news advisories. Eight awards for outstanding service.
University of California, Berkeley; Sept.-Dec. 2006
Adjunct Lecturer, College Writing Program
University of California Berkeley Extension; July 2006
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Humanities
San Francisco State University; Aug. 1994-June 1997
Adjunct Lecturer and Special Consultant for Writing Assessment
Professional Work Experience
Freelance Writer and Editor; 1996-2004, April 2007-present
Writer and editor for complex medical, legal, and public policy materials; marketing copywriting; press releases, columns, news articles. Current and former clients include:
Routledge, Abingdon-on-Thames, England (2017)
Understanding Research Methods, 10th edition, a supplemental textbook for the social sciences. Author for 400-question test bank. Developmental and copy editor.
Cengage Learning, San Francisco, California (2015)
Copyeditor for online instructional components of seven college psychology textbooks.
Americans for Safe Access, Washington, D.C. (2003-present)
Writer and editor for non-profit medical cannabis policy foundation. Responsible for research publications and blogs, newsletters; formerly media relations and OpEds.
Quick American Publishing, Oakland, California (2002-04, 2010-11, 2014-2016)
Contributor or editor for nine cannabis horticulture, product, and policy books from Ed Rosenthal, including one ranked fourth in category on Amazon.
GreenAid: Legal Defense & Education Fund, Oakland, California (2002-04)
Media relations for landmark federal medical cannabis trial of Ed Rosenthal. Generated 200+ articles, including front-page coverage and two editorials in the New York Times.
City of Emeryville, Emeryville, California (2000-03)
Report editor and grant writer; secured $330,000 in fiscal 2002.
California Institute for County Government, Sacramento, California (2000-01)
Editor for public policy white papers (joint venture with California State Univ. system.)
Law and Economics Consulting Group, Emeryville, California (1998-2000)
Editor of litigation and Congressional briefs on finance, economics, and policy, including work by Dr. Laura Tyson, Chief Economic Adviser to President Clinton.
Levi Strauss & Company, San Francisco, California (1998-99)
Lead editor for 2000+ pages of committee-written instructional documentation.
The Medicalization of Marijuana: Legitimacy, Stigma, and the Patient Experience. Coauthored with Michelle Newhart, PhD. Routledge. Forthcoming August 2018.
"Taking Students to Task: Grading as a Collaborative Engine." In Grading in the Post-Process Classroom. Ed. L. Allison, L. Bryant, M. Hourigan. Boston: Heinemann, 1997. 114-19.
"Review of Philosophy, Rhetoric, Literary Criticism: (Inter)views, Gary A. Olson, Ed."
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Vol. 23, No. 1, February 1996
Selected Popular Publications
"Hail and hypothermia at 11,000 feet," Survive column, Sierra Magazine, Sept/Oct 2014.
"Cannabis: The right medicine for the NFL," Johnstown Breeze, Colorado, Dec. 22, 2013.
"Cal Court gives big boost to dispensaries, sales." West Coast Leaf, Jan. 10, 2013.
"Federal Ban on Trial in DC Court." West Coast Leaf, Jan. 10, 2013.
"Not all heroes are saints: Lance Armstrong and cycling's culture of doping," Johnstown Breeze, Johnstown, Colorado, October 26, 2012.
"Advocates turn in signatures to overturn LA dispensary ban by referendum." West Coast Leaf, Sept. 12, 2012.
"State's largest dispensary fights asset forfeiture." West Coast Leaf, Sept. 1, 2012.
"Bill to protect landlords of state-authorized businesses." West Coast Leaf, Sept. 1, 2012.
"'Truth in Trials' act back in House with 19 cosponsors." West Coast Leaf, Sept. 1, 2012.
"Appeal set for DEA's denial of cannabis rescheduling." West Coast Leaf, Sept. 1, 2012.
"Political action focus of CRMM unity conference." West Coast Leaf, June 2, 2012.
"Congressional effort to end medical cannabis raids." West Coast Leaf, June 1, 2012.
"Convictions overturned for Long Beach dispensary." West Coast Leaf, June 1, 2012.
"ASA takes DEA back to court over rescheduling" West Coast Leaf, Mar. 6, 2012.
"California high court to decide dispensary cases." West Coast Leaf, Mar. 6, 2012.
"Cannabis patient denied liver transplant." West Coast Leaf, Mar. 6, 2012.
"Trio of medical user bills in Congress." West Coast Leaf, Sept. 12, 2011.
"Obama earns an 'F' on medical cannabis report card." West Coast Leaf, June 1, 2011.
"Five years in prison for Dr Fry, attorney Schafer." West Coast Leaf, June 1, 2011.
"Medical cannabis protests continue in San Luis Obispo." West Coast Leaf, Mar. 18, 2011.
"Medical marijuana vote gives Harris razor-thin margin in AG race." West Coast Leaf, Dec. 8, 2010.
"ASA launches national campaign to challenge Feds on medical use." West Coast Leaf, June 6, 2010.
"Bill would allow medical defense in federal trials." West Coast Leaf, Jan. 19, 2010.
"Extension's fall program gives freshmen a head start: New campus policy on grade transfers is erasing distinctions for spring admits." The Berkeleyan, Oct 27, 2005.
"Economic growth, deficit disasters, and public floggings: On the day he was named to his new state post, Tom Campbell spoke to alumni." The Berkeleyan, Nov 10, 2004, frontpage.
Other publications include more than a dozen ghost-written columns in the Huffington Post; five travel articles in ASU Travel Guide; and 100+ editorials and columns in college newspapers.
"Writing about Grading, Not Grading Writing: An Experimental Curriculum for the Composition Classroom." NCTE Conference on College Composition and Communication. Washington, D.C. March 24, 1995. Presentation.
"Dialogism and Authenticity in the Writing Classroom." Seven Hills Composition Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. June 6, 1995. Presentation.