Faculty Highlights: February 2014

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.


College of Arts and Humanities

Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, has been named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro for the 2014-15 academic year. Only 38 Fulbright distinguished chairs were named this year.

Jung-Sun Park, professor and coordinator of Asian Pacific studies, contributed a chapter, “Negotiating Identity and Power in Transnational Cultural Consumption: Korean American Youths and the Korean Wave,” in the recently published book “The Korean Wave: Korean Media Go Global” (London: Routledge, 2013)

Park also presented the paper “Not all Co-ethnics are the Same: The Selective Incorporation of Overseas Korean for Nation-Building” at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association and “Gangnam Style and Hallyu” at a Conference on Hallyu and Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam, Korea.


College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Theodore Byrne, assistant professor of public administration, had his article “Ethical Dilemmas in a California City: Lessons in Leadership, Transparency, and Accountability” published in the California Journal of Politics and Policy  (February 2014, online ahead of print). The article is a case study on the city of Bell, Calif., and its highly publicized government corruption scandal.

Byrne has also been appointed by CSU Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan to chair the University Budget Committee. Byrne also serves as a member of the University Planning Committee.

Tayyeb Shabbir, professor of finance and director of the university’s Institute of Entrepreneurship, presented an invited paper at the International Conference on Social Change and Security Imperatives: Challenges for Leadership and Democratic Governance in Pakistan organized by the Centre for Public Policy and Governance at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. Shabbir’s paper, “Entrepreneurship: a Panacea for Pakistan? Challenges and Opportunities in an Elitist Economy” explored the promise of e-commerce and implied democratized access to the global marketplace as a possible antidote to elitism that marks Pakistan’s economy and social structure.


College of Health, Human Services and Nursing

Susan Einbinder, associate professor of social work, had her article “Reducing Research Anxiety among MSW Students” published in Journal of Teaching in Social Work 34(1), 2-16.



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Giacomo Bono, adjunct professor of psychology, has co-written a book, “Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character” (Templeton Press, 2014) due out March 10. In the book, Bono and co-author Jeffrey J. Froh share their latest research, findings and real-life stories from adults and youth to offer scientific-based practical approaches to make grateful kids.


Expert Quotes

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

“Whenever someone comes into us with a clipping from a newspaper and says, ‘Hey, I want to try out this new knee,’ we ask, ‘What are your actual needs for this? This particular knee can do these things. Is that part of your goals?’” — Mark Muller, instructor of orthotics and prosthetics, quoted in “The Changing Patient Conversation” (The O&P Edge, February 2014)



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