2013 Faculty Research, Publications, Awards and Media

At California State University, Dominguez Hills our more than 700 faculty members are known for their commitment to our students and their belief in the transformative nature of education.  They stand out for their teaching skills, but also for the contributions toward the advancement of their field.

On this page you will find the various research, scholarly and creative projects in which just some of our faculty are engaged. Faculty are listed by college. Click on the college name (or scroll through the page)

College of Arts and Humanities


Gilah Hirsch, professor of art

  • Among the artists whose works are featured in the “Tapping the Third Realm” exhibition spanning two galleries through Dec. 8. The exhibit is being shown at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, and the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University.
  • Presented “Ominous to Numinous: Cultural Contradictions and Indigenous Truths: Ritual, Induction, Intentionality, Placebo, and Image in Global Healing” at the 11th Conference of International Society for Shamanistic Research in Guiyang, China.
  • Selected artist for the 2013 “Incognito” exhibit and benefit art sale on Saturday, May 11, in support of the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
  • Her studio is on the bus tour as part of the “This Side of the 405” exhibition at the Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery. The first tour took place April 20, and a second tour is scheduled for June 1.
  • Featured artist in the “Inner Journey, Outer Visions” exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery through April 25.
  • Invited to become a member of the International Kepes Society, which seeks to preserve the oeuvre of artist György Kepes, artist and founder of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Africana Studies

Salim Faraji, associate professor of Africana studies

  • Co-wrote “The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College” (Third World Press, 2013) and its companion workbook, which aim to help mothers “raise boys to become educated and successful men.” It was featured in Essence magazine online and Ebony magazine’s May issue special report “Saving our Sons.”
  • Presented “African Nubiology: Situating Nubia, Sudanic African and the Nile Valley as a Transdisciplinary Enterprise” and chaired the session “Restoring the Legacy of Africana Education: The Plan—A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College” at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, which took place March 13-16.

M. Keith Claybrook, Jr., lecturer of Africana studies

  • Chaired two undergraduate student sessions at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies held March 13-16, “Healing the Hurt and Addressing the Rupture: Addressing the Disconnect in Africana Communities” and “Revealing the (Mis)-Representation and Implications of Popular Notions in Africana Communities.” The sessions’ panelists included CSU Dominguez Hills Africana studies majors.

Munashe Furusa, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

  • Presented and chaired sessions at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, which took place March 13-16. He presented “Africana Studies Leadership in Times of Financial Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities.” He chaired “Black Leadership and Black Power,” “Pan Africanist Reflections,” and “Reading African American Literature: Just What is it Saying?”

Asian Pacific Studies

Jung-Sun Park, professor of Asian pacific studies

  • Gave a lecture, “What is Behind the Emergence and Success of the Korean Wave?” at Vassar College on April 18.
  • Invited by the Education Department of the Korean Consulate General of Los Angeles to review applications for the Korean Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Students, and by the Japanese Consulate General of Los Angeles to serve as an interviewer for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.


Nancy Cheever, chair and associate professor of communication

  • Co-wrote with Mark Carrier, chair and professor of psychology, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, “Facebook and Texting Made Me Do It: Media-induced Task-switching While Studying” which was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, 29, no. 3 (May 2013). The article is based on their research of students as they studied.
  • Quoted in “Why Would Someone Create a Fake Online Personality?” (Jan. 18, CBSNews.com) regarding the fake girlfriend controversy involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o: “It can be as superficial as someone who is self-conscious about their appearance and doesn’t like to meet people in a real-life setting. They might be shy, and they try to put out a very attractive picture of themselves. That’s sort of the lowest end of it, and it ranges all the way up to the people who are malicious and cruel and want to see someone hurt.”


Doris Ressl, associate professor of dance and dance coordinator

  • Choreographed “Stop Waiting,” which her troupe Ressl Dance! performed during Dances at the Lakes 2013 in Minneapolis in July.
  • Her troupe presented Dances on the Lakewalk 2013 – A Festival of Dance in Duluth, a two-day event of outdoor dance at Lake Place Park overlooking Lake Superior. She choreographed a site-specific routine that was part of the festival.

Digital Media Arts

Mario Congreve, lecturer of digital media arts and staff producer of mediated instruction and distance learning

  • Was the cinematographer and co-producer with director Glen Gebhard and writer Frank Turano on the documentary “Greetings from Fire Island, Long Island, NY,” which has been awarded the J. Stuart Blackton Award for Best Documentary at the Long Island Film Festival.


Ephriam Sando, professor emeritus of English

  • 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.


Don Hata, professor emeritus of history

  • Appointed to the Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Organization of American Historians through 2016. His lecture topics will include Nikkei (Japanese American) history, 19thcentury to the present, and U.S.-Japan relations in war and peace.

Laura Talamante, associate professor of history

  • Part of a year-long research series on genre and political transgression for the group Genre, Femme, Méditerranée (GeFeM), presented a talk “Ce n’est pas le genre mais les politiques: les transgressions des femmes pendant la Révolution à  Marseille” (It is not gender but politics: Women’s transgressions during the French Revolution in Marseilles) in May at the Université d’Aix-Marseille in France.


Rodney Oakes, adjunct faculty in humanities

  • Composed a new work, “Machuat Variations No. 2,” for the Elysian Trombone Consort, a quartet of trombonists from the Louisville and Cincinnati orchestras. The work will premiere at the 42nd annual International Trombone Festival at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia in June. The same quartet performed Oakes’ “Rondeau for OGOGO Bones” at the National College of Music Society Conference in November 2012.


Scott Morris, lecturer and supervisor of guitar studies

  • Published a book of arrangements, “Phonology: the Music of Erik Satie for Guitar” (MidShelf Music Publications, 2013), that includes a CD of recordings of the same name featuring Morris and other artists performing those arrangements.
  • Completed recording his arrangements of French composer Erik Satie’s music for a CD/DVD and book, “Phonology: the Music of Erik Satie for Guitar.” Accompanying him on the CD are music department chair and oboist Richard Kravchak, Grammy Award-winning guitarist /composer Andrew York, and soprano Nanette Gobel. Guitar Salon International provided him with top of the line guitars for the recording. To listen to his recording of “Nocturne No. 3” on a rare 1956 Robert Bochet guitar, visit http://youtu.be/HYom1UTCH4c.

Jonathon Grasse, associate professor of music

  • Named a winner in the string trio composition competition of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles Chapter. His winning piece premiered April 30 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding

Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding

  • Co-edited with Anthony Normore, associate professor of educational leadership, “Collective Efficacy” (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, December 2013). The book is an interdisciplinary perspective on international leadership and includes essays contributed by professionals across many disciplines and countries including but not limited to Cameroon, Canada, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Thailand, and South Korea.
  • Guest speaker at the International Conference on Non-Violent Protest Movement: Forms, Techniques and Relevance, which took place at S.S. Jain Subodh P.G. College in Jaipur, India, January 7-9, and was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the University Grants Commission of India. She addressed more than 350 political science faculty from universities throughout India and delegates from 12 countries.
  • Lectured to judges and 300 attorney-mediators at the Delhi High Court, the School on Gandhi at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and four universities.
  • Selected as a reviewer for the 2013-14 Peace and Conflict Resolution Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Specialist Program by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. This will be her fourth year as a reviewer.

Avrum Marco Turk, director and professor emeritus of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding

  • Selected to a seven-member American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Task Force for its Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology Division to develop a research agenda on abortion from the peace psychology perspective.
  • Recognized recently for outstanding contribution as co-creator of the online Master of Advanced Study (MAS) Program in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society in the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology. MAS, which Turk helped develop, became the first entirely online degree in the UC system when it was launched in 2001.

College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Accounting, Finance and Law

Prakash Dheeriya, professor of finance

  • Quoted in “3 Signs Your Child Could Be a Future Financial Disaster” (U.S. News and World Report, April 9): “Teach children [about money] while they are in elementary school. Don’t wait until they go to middle or high school. By then, bad habits are formed, and it may be too difficult to unravel them.”

Richard Malamud, professor of accounting

  • Article published in Spindell Publishing Inc.’s monthly publication Elder Client Planner. For the February issue, he contributed “65 Day Rule: Reducing Taxes on Fiduciary Returns” addressing the issue of how to minimize the taxes on complex trusts. In April, he contributed “This Old House: How is it Taxed?” discussing the tax treatment of inherited principal residences. In the May issue, his article “Estate Tax Allocations: How to Decide Who Pays” was published. It analyzes what happens when an estate owes the Federal Estate Tax and there are multiple sources of potential payments.

Rama Malladi, adjunct faculty of finance

Frank Strier, professor emeritus of accounting, finance and law

  • Wrote an opinion piece “Going After the Wrong Guns: It’s Handguns, Not Assault Rifles, that Endanger U.S.” (Newark Star-Ledger, Sunday edition, March 31). A quote from that piece: “Perhaps our distinctive fondness for the handgun has made us more strangely accepting of the fact that any of us can be shot. Virtually at any time. Based on our gun-control proposals, how we are shot seems more important than how often”

Tayyeb Shabbir, professor of accounting and finance

  • His article “Sheepskin Effects of Investment in Schooling: Do They Signal Family Background? Case of Pakistan,” which examines the robustness of sheepskin or diploma effects in the face of measured family background in Pakistan and explores the questions of what do sheepskin effects signal, was published in the international peer review journal The Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Science, vol. 7, no. 1 (2013).
  • Quoted in “Community Banks partner with Lending Clubs as P2P Continues to Evolve” (Bankless Times, Aug. 11, 2013): “This partnership by forward-thinking community banks such as Titan and Congressional are a vote of confidence in Lending Club (and peer-to-peer lending). This action of the regional banks signals their belief that it is not only feasible but it may have real cost economies to identifying, assessing, monitoring, and servicing viable borrowers.”
  • Quoted in “Summers’ Post to Lending Club Board Sign of Banking Apocalypse” (Dec. 16, 2012, BanklessTimes.com) on Dr. Larry Summers,  former Obama economic adviser and Secretary of the Treasury under Clinton, joining the peer-to-peer Lending Club’s board of directors: “(Summers’) affiliation with peer-to-peer lending will enhance the credibility of the new, emerging platform for financial intermediation.”

Richardo Ulivi, professor of accounting, finance and law

  • Quoted in an “Ask the Experts” article about the retirement outlook on the online card company comparison site CardHub.com: “Force or motivate people to save more and/or spend less. In our consumer-driven status-oriented society, that will not happen – unfortunately.”

Information Systems and Operations Management

Larry Press, professor of information system and operation management

  • Presented with the 2013 Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Classic Award in the area of Information Technology at the MERLOT/Sloan-C Emerging Technologies Conference in April. The award honors individuals for excellence in peer-reviewed online resources. Press was recognized for his digital literacy teaching modules Zen and the Art of Internet Reading (and Writing).
  • Quoted in “Professors: Massive Online Courses Shouldn’t Be Worth College Credit” (Daily Breeze, April 9 and San Bernardino Sun, April 10): “What they’ve done so far with the Internet is they’ve taken old face-to-face classrooms and textbooks and tried to duplicate that online. Until now, online education has put old wine in a new bottle. But now we’re starting to put some new wine into that new bottle.”
  • Quoted in “Cuba Internet: Wired, But Not Connected” (Jan 24, Globalpost.com), and “Cuban Internet Access Crawls Toward 21st Century, But Not There Yet”  (Jan 26, International Business Times): “Tremendous investment would be needed to deliver anything like modern internet connectivity to a broad segment of the population.”

Marketing and Management

Kirti Sawhney Celly, professor of marketing and management

  • Won Best Paper Award at the Marketing Educators’ Association 36th annual conference, “Marketing Education: New Challenges and Opportunities” in April for “Are Many Choices Demotivating?: When More Choices are Better in Marketing Courses,” which she co-wrote with CSU Northridge professors David Ackerman and Barbara Gross. The paper argues that for certain types of choice tasks more choice is better, as evidenced by their research on student perceptions related to the desirability and value of courses. Students with more choices perceived courses as more valuable to their future careers and had more positive perceptions of the quality and fairness of the course instructor.  Celly also chaired a session that examined the theoretical and practical approaches to examining online courses, including use of social media.

Melissa St. James, associate professor of marketing

  • Quoted in “Home Depot Center in Carson will be StubHub Center” (Press-Telegram, March 4): “You take a chance when you change the name of anything. I don’t see a problem with Home Depot Center changing to StubHub Center, but the rebranding process is always risky, just because of the simple matter that people don’t know what you’re referring to. In this case, StubHub is a better matchup because it’s a sports-related business versus a home improvement store.”
  • Quoted in “Armstrong Doping ‘Another Brick in the Wall of Public Cynicism’” (Jan. 18, various Post Media Network publications including The Gazette, The Star Phoenix and Ottawa Citizen): “Until there’s a crack in the armour, people don’t consciously go and look for one. We want someone to look up to.”

College of Education

Jill Aguilar, associate professor 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.

Kamal Hamdan, director of the Urban Teacher Residency program within the Division of Teacher Education

Anthony Normore, associate professor of educational leadership

  • Co-edited with Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, “Collective Efficacy” (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, December 2013). The book is an interdisciplinary perspective on international leadership and includes essays contributed by professionals across many disciplines and countries including but not limited to Cameroon, Canada, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Thailand, and South Korea.

College of Extended and International Education


Patricia Cherin, instructor in Humanities Master of Arts External Degree Program (HUX)

  • Wrote the preface to “Le Dernier des Damnés” (13e Notes Editions, May 2013), an anthology of author Gerald Locklin’s writings in French.

David Churchman, emeritus professor of behavioral sciences and faculty of Humanities Master of Arts External Degree (HUX) program

  • Book published. “Why We Fight: The Nature, Origins, and Management of Human Conflict” (University Press of America, 2013) draws on 24 academic disciplines to provide a critical analysis of some 100 theories that explain the origins, nature, and management of human conflict.


Frank Putz, an instructor for the online certificate program in purchasing

  • Named vice president of education for the Institute for Supply Management Los Angeles, a not-for-profit association of the purchasing and supply management profession. Putz is also an alumnus of CSU Dominguez Hills, having received his bachelor’s in business administration in 1986 and his MBA in 1994.

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Communications Sciences/Disorders

Margaret Dee Parker, program coordinator of communication sciences and disorders

  • Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ Board.


Scott Cheatham, assistant professor of kinesiology and recreation and director of the pre-physical therapy program

  • Presented “Case Report: Rehabilitation of a 23-year-old Male After Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Repair” at the 2013 California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference and has signed a contract with publisher Elsevier to write a textbook on orthopedic management of the hip and pelvis.
  • 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.


Cynthia Johnson, chair of the School of Nursing

  • Elected vice president of the Phi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. Phi Gamma is STTI’s first virtual chapter, with all its meetings conducted online to support a global community of nurses.

Nop Ratanasiripong, assistant professor of nursing

  • Interviewed by the American Nurses Association’s official publication, The American Nurse, about her research on college women’s knowledge of the human papillomavirus and the HPV vaccine, work she began as a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ratanasiripong was the recipient of the 2011 American Nurses Foundation research grant and was named the foundation’s Virginia Kelley Scholar.

Occupational Therapy

Yan-hua Huang and Claudia Peyton, associate professors of occupational therapy

  • Presented at the American Occupation Therapy Association’s 2013 Annual Conference. Their poster presentations were, “Burden and Stress of Caregiving for an Elderly Family Member who has Fallen,” “Quality of Life and Social Relationships: An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Method,” and “Self Efficacy and Quality of Life among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Yan-hua Haung, associate professor of occupational therapy

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences


Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology

  • Gave a reading and book signing of his book “The Prehistory of Home” (University of California Press, 2012) on Oct. 7, at Gatsby Books in Long Beach.
  • Was a guest on the California Edition, a news program that airs on the California Channel on cable networks statewide. Moore discussed the archaeological dig project he and his students have been involved in at the Adobe Rancho Dominguez Museum for several years.

Sue Needham, professor and chair of anthropology

  • Selected by Teach Cambodia as one of its international visiting scholars and will be traveling to Cambodia this summer to help develop curriculum for an ethnographic field school. While there she will also be conducting research on Cambodian shadow puppet theatre.
  • Named an International Visiting Scholar for the nonprofit Teach Cambodia and will spend the summer in Cambodia conducting research on Cambodian shadow puppet theater and developing curriculum for an ethnographic field school.


Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology ad pre-health adviser

  • Co-presented a talk, “Brainstorming: Diversity in the West” as part of the Western Association of Advisors of the Health Professions regional meeting May 3-5 in Irvine. The session was designed to discuss actions and strategies to encourage diversity in the sciences.
  • Gave talks to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Minority Access to Minority Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (USTAR) students. He gave a seminar, “Once You Graduate from SSU: What’s Next Let me Help” at Savannah State University in March and “You are Getting an ASU Degree: What Next? Let me Help” to at Alabama State University in April. During his visits he also meets with key administration and STEM faculty.
  • A guest speaker at the Fourth Joint Annual Research Symposium, organized by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Office of Undergraduate Research at Tuskegee University. The symposium, which took place March 14 and 15, combined the 14th annual HBCU-UP Research Symposium, the 39th annual Sigma Xi Symposium, and the Third Annual Minority Access to Minority Careers (MARC) Symposium. He gave a talk, “Sex Hormones: From the Farm to the Laboratory to the Clinic” on his research on the female reproductive cycle.
  • Gave a talk, “What’s next after Albany State: Do you know, are you ready, and if not, what do you have to do?” on Feb. 19 to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students at Albany State University.
  • Received an Excellence in Service award for his participation in Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center’s Hippocrates Circle Program, a mentorship program that aims to empower at-risk middle school students to believe they can be physicians.

Terry McGlynn, associate professor of biology

Laura Robles, professor emeritus of biology and acting associate vice president of research and funded projects

  • Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her contributions to the biological sciences. She was one of 701 members elected by the AAAS Council in fall 2012 and honored during the February 2013 AAAS annual meeting.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Barbara Belmont, lecturer of chemistry and biochemistry

  • Awarded the 2013 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP) grant to promote high-quality, innovative undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry. Belmont, who teaches quantitative analysis, will use the $10,000 UARP grant to support up to two CSU Dominguez Hills undergraduate students per semester in directed research or on a supervised project in the field of analytical chemistry.
  • Selected as a new American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow.

Earth Science

Rod Hay, dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and professor of earth sciences, and Judith King-Rundel, lecturer of earth sciences


Kenneth Ganezer, professor of physics

Political Science

Hamoud Salhi, associate professor of political science

  • Invited to join a panel of experts discussing American foreign policy and the Arab Spring at a geostrategic forum organized by Algerian newspaper El Moudjahid, which took place on Jan 15 in Algiers, Algeria. Salhi was quoted in a number of articles reporting on the forum by various Algerian news agencies, including the sponsoring newspaper, L’Expression DZ, Liberte, and BBC Africa. (All linked articles are in French.)


Mark Carrier, chair and professor of psychology, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology

Larry Rosen, professor of psychology

  • From “Inside the Wild and Addictive World of Celebrity Fan Fiction” (Time Magazine Entertainment section, August 26): “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.”
  • Quoted in “You’ll Never Learn” (Slate, May 3, and subsequently picked up by other publications) on a study he and fellow professor Mark Carrier and Nancy conducted on how students study: “We were amazed at how frequently they multitasked, even though they knew someone was watching. It really seems that they could not go for 15 minutes without engaging their device.”
  • Quoted in “Google Glass Etiquette: A Work in Progress” (Techweb, May 10): “If you’re out at a restaurant with a group of people and they’re picking up their phones, you know people are not attending to you… It’s not obvious with Glass. You’re creating a situation where attention becomes ambiguous.”
  • Quoted in “Technology Causing Communication Breakdown” (South China Morning Post, The Edge Malaysia, Yahoo! Finance Singapore, Feb 27): “We are having a problem separating ourselves from our technology. Research in the U.S. shows that two-thirds of teenagers and young adults check their phone every 15 minutes.”
  • Quoted in “Exhausted By Social Media? It May Be Time For a Breakup” (Jan. 27, American Statesman): “Some are opting to let go of it all, which fails miserably within 24 hours or so while others are learning to cut back. But it is difficult. There is always something more to read, a link to follow, a ‘Like’ to click, a comment to make, a status update to post and so on.”


Matt Mutchler, associate professor of sociology

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