Faculty Highlights: August 2013

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


Tenure and Promotion

The following faculty were granted tenure or promotion effective fall 2013

Dana Belu, tenure and promotion to associate professor, philosophy
Dawn Berlin, promotion to professor, teacher education
Michele Bury, promotion to professor, art
John Davis, promotion to professor, teacher education
Kara Dellacioppa, promotion to professor, sociology
Kate Fawver, promotion to professor, history
Michael Galant, promotion to professor, modern languages
Jiancho Jack Han, promotion to professor, computer science
Lee Hancock, promotion to associate professor, kinesiology and recreation
Tiffany Herbert, promotion to student services professional academic-related, level III (SSPAR-III)
Jim Hill
, promotion to professor, physics
Donis Leonard, promotion ot professor, theatre arts
Christopher Monty, tenure and promotion to associate professor, history
Deandrea Murrey, promotion to professor, teacher education
Matthew Mutchler, promotion to professor, sociology
Marie Palladini, tenure and promotion to associate professor, public administration
Katy Pinto, tenure and promotion to associate professor, sociology
Ana Pitchon, tenure and promotion to associate professor, anthropology
Jose Prado, tenure and promotion to associate professor, sociology
Lihung Pu, promotion to professor, chemistry
Doris Ressl, tenure and promotion to associate professor, dance
Sharon Sharp, tenure and promotion to associate professor, communications
Laura Talamante, tenure and promotion to associate professor, history
Karen Wilson, promotion to professor, psychology


College of Education

Richard Gordon, professor of teacher education, presented his work on critical practice—a philosophical approach to examine pedagogical practices from a perspective of student and teacher participation in humanistic and democratic learning experience—and musical flow—an optimal state of satisfaction children often experience during music instruction when they are attracted to, and are intentionally and actively engaged with musical sound, materials and other musicians—at the Japan Kyo Seikagaku Conference in University Tokyo Hospital in June.


College of Health, Human Services and Nursing

Scott Cheatham, assistant professor of kinesiology and recreation and director of the pre-physical therapy program, had his article, “Fibromyalgia: Current Concepts for the Strength and Conditioning Professional,” published in Strength & Conditioning Journal, 35 no. 4 (Aug 2013). The article was also cited in the August issue of Prevention Magazine. In July, he received the 2013 SCJ Editorial Excellence Award, presented by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Margaret Dee Parker, program coordinator of communication sciences and disorders, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ Board.


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Kenneth Ganezer, professor of physics, co-authored a paper, “The effect of a paraffin screen on the neutron dose at the maze door of a 15 MV linear accelerator,” that was published in June online and August in print in Medical Physics, the international journal on medical physics research and practice.  In August, he presented his research on X-Ray scattering and spectroscopy applied to mammography  and Noncontact Ultrasound Applied to Osteroporosis Diagnostics Updated to Include Broadband Ultrasonic Attenuation and Offline Data Analysis at the 55th Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.







Ephriam Sando, professor emeritus of English, has published a book of poetry, “Madonna of the Snows/A Mass for Desdemona.” The two poems in the book address themes of romance, love, and all the emotions they generate. This is his third book.





Expert Quotes

Recent quotes and/or media interviews in the media from faculty

“Checking compulsively to see who approves of new work can produce tremendous anxiety, says psychology professor at California State University Dominguez Hills, Larry Rosen. He found the average young adult checks her smart phone every 15 minutes or less. The ‘squirt of endorphins’ he says the brain ingests when checking a device is something users chase, regardless of the content of the messages they receive. Some 80% of Wattpad users read and write on the platform via smartphone.” — from “Inside the Wild and Addictive World of Celebrity Fan Fiction” (Time Magazine Entertainment section, August 26).



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