Faculty Highlights: December 2012

Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and articles that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments in this section.

College of Arts and Humanities

Ericka Verba, associate professor of history, has received a $50,400 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars to work on a biography of Chilean folklorist, musician and visual artist Violeta Parra. Verba was the only candidate to be offered both the NEH Fellowship and the NEH Award for Faculty.

College of Professional Studies

Ann Choi, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, gave two poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego in November: “She’s Like a Daughter to Me: Older Adults and Paid Caregiving in a Consumer Model of Care” and “Of Course They are Involved: Rethinking Political Engagement and Advocacy Among Asian American and Latino Older Adults.”

Pamela Krochalk, professor of health science, presented a peer-reviewed paper titled “Curriculum Development in Health Science: A Framework for Community Health and Healthcare Management Undergraduate Education” at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference, Future Challenges Towards ASEAN Integration, held at Mae Fah Luang University in Chaing Rai, Thailand, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Archana More Sharma, lecturer of health science, gave oral presentations on two papers at the 140th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, which took place in San Francisco in October. The two papers, “Measurement of Decision Making Power: Exploring Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in India” and “Decision Making and Intimate Partner Violence: Data from Married Couples in India, are based on her research on gender, violence and power in India.



The seventh edition of “Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals” (Pearson Education, 2012), co-authored by Lynne Cook, professor of education, was published earlier this year. Considered the most widely used text on the topic of collaboration, “Interactions” is written to help pre-service educators and practitioners effectively interact with other school professionals and parents. The new edition includes new chapters, an e-partnership feature and additional information on student collaboration, among other things



Jeff Sapp, professor of education, co-edited “Cultivating Social Justice Teachers: How Teacher Educators Have Helped Students Overcome Cognitive Bottlenecks and Learn Critical Social Justice Concepts” (Stylus Publishing, 2012). He also contributed the chapter, “You’re Going to Hell!: When Critical Multicultural Queer Affirmation Meets Christian Homophobia.”





Expert Quotes

Recent quotes in the media from faculty

“The ordinance, in order to stand muster in the court, would have to be pretty specific in terms of defining what are the safety issues involved and what the governmental interest is being served.” – Richard Palmer, professor and chair of political science, quoted in “Lawndale May Slap New Limits on Human Street Signs” (Dec. 4, Daily Breeze).

“Free speech and commercial speech are two different things. Because these are for commercial purposes, they’re on more tenuous legal ground.  If you want to place a commercial sign on public land, the city is probably going to tell you no. The way to skirt that is to have someone walking around. In essence, you’re playing a game of cat and mouse.” – Charles Thomas, assistant professor of business law, quoted in the same article.


Faculty is encouraged to send accomplishments for publication in Dateline to abentleysmith@csudh.edu

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