Professor Tuman Juggled Workload During Bid for Oakland Mayor

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- When professor Joseph “Joe” Tuman gave a lecture on the regulation of Internet content to a packed classroom, he offered no hint that he was also running for mayor of Oakland. But the Communication Studies professor, who has been teaching at SF State since 1987, spent the first part of the fall semester balancing these two demanding roles. A group of about 50 family members, friends and supporters tensely watched as the numbers were counted on election night Nov. 4. With about 12 percent of the vote, Tuman came in fifth out of 15 candidates behind Libby Schaaf, incumbent Jean Quan, Rebecca Kaplan and Dan Siegel. Schaaf ultimately won with more than 30 percent of the vote. “We (teachers) manage that live-work balance, or that work-work balance,” Tuman said from his Telegraph Avenue campaign office. “He said it very clear in the beginning that he will not discuss his campaign in class, which I think is important,” communications major Michael Kinson said.