CSUB News

 
NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPT 20, 2002
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu
or Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Fall classes are set to resume at California State University, Bakersfield on Monday, Sept. 23, and 42 new faculty members - the largest number of faculty to be hired in one year - will be on campus to instruct the growing number of students attending CSUB.

The school of Humanities and Social Sciences - the largest of the four schools at CSUB - hired the most new faculty with 18 professors teaching in a variety of disciplines. The newest school of campus, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, brought in 12 professors from around the United States. The School of Education, in its ongoing effort to help reduce the regional teacher shortage, hired nine new faculty members, and the School of Business and Public Administration hired three professors.

Provost James George said the hiring of so many professors is a positive sign for Bakersfield and CSUB, especially in light of the state's current financial difficulties.

"CSUB is a teaching university," George said. "We've hired 42 highly qualified faculty members, including some of our own CSUB alumni, who have attended some of the top universities from around the world. The school is growing in record numbers and we're committed to keeping pace with the student growth by continuing to provide top-notch instruction."

George added that the university is always particularly delighted to see some of its own students return to teach. Of the 42 new faculty members, eight of them earned degrees from CSUB. Three of them will be working in humanities, three in education and two in the sciences.

CSUB alumna Isabel Sumaya earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology at CSUB and obtained a doctorate in psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso. She'll be directing the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment and teaching research methods and biological psychology. Jennifer Altenhofel completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in history at CSUB and is expected to receive her doctorate in American history from the American University in 2002. She'll be teaching historical sociology. John Carpenter received a master's in sociology from CSUB and is the senior pastor at the Kernville United Methodist Church. He'll be teaching critical thinking and social issues.

The three CSUB alumni teaching for the School of Education are Barbara Carillo, Beatrice Gibbons and Claude Bradford. Carillo completed her bachelor's and master's of arts degrees from CSUB and her doctorate in public administration and planning from the University of Southern California. Carillo has worked in public school administration for 27 years and recently returned from Seoul, South Korea where she worked as an academic director at a private institution. Gibbons earned her master's degree in education from CSUB and her doctorate in educational administration from the joint doctoral program between CSUB and the University of the Pacific. Bradford received his teaching credential from CSUB and holds a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and another in engineering from the University of Redlands.

Edward Elliott and German Robledo are the CSUB alumni who will be teaching in the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. Elliott received his bachelor's in computer science from CSUB and master's in computer science from the University of California, San Diego. He'll be teaching computer science. Robledo obtained a bachelor's in mathematics, master's in education and teaching credential from CSUB and will be teaching mathematics.

The rest of the new faculty members come from all over the world and bring with them a wealth of teaching experience.

In the Humanities, Mary Slaughter will be teaching computer imaging in the communications department. She received her master's of fine arts in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and comes to CSUB from Baylor University where she's been teaching communication studies. Ken Dowler and Anthony Hoskin join the criminal justice department. Dowler received his doctorate in sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit, and Hoskin earned a doctorate in sociology from the State University of New York, Albany.

Alessandro DePinto will be teaching environmental resource management and global information systems in the economics department. He's expected to receive his doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002 and has taught in the United States and Germany.

In the English department, Emerson Case will teach linguistics, rhetoric and composition. He received his doctorate in English from Ball State University and comes to CSUB from Marshall University in West Virginia. Charles MacQuarrie will teach linguistics at the Antelope Valley campus. He received his doctorate in English and Celtic languages and literatures from the University of Washington.

The history department will have two new professors: Douglas Dodd and Mark Baker. Dodd completed his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and will be teaching public history. Baker received his doctorate from Harvard University, where he was also a head teaching fellow. He'll be teaching Eastern Europe/Russian Empire/Soviet Union history.

Anthony Nuno will be teaching Spanish in the modern languages department. He has a master's degree in mass media from San Francisco State University and received his master's and doctorate degrees in Spanish from the University of Arizona.

For the performing arts department, Don LaPlant will be teaching theater history and dramatic literature. He completed his master's degree in dramatic arts at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and his doctorate in theatre arts at the University of Oregon.

Debra Jackson, a lecturer from Purdue University and the University of San Francisco will be teaching political and feminist philosophy and applied ethics. She received her doctorate from Purdue. Long Le, founder or several Vietnamese organizations in the United States, will be teaching political socialization in the department of political science. He completed his master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Houston.

In the area of social work, David Cherin will serve as director and professor. He completed his master's in social work at CSU, Long Beach and his doctorate at the University of Southern California. He comes to CSUB from the University of Washington.

Patricia Braun and Billy Wagner will be teaching sociology - Braun at Antelope Valley and Wagner on the main campus. Braun has a master's degree in sociology from CSU Northridge and a master's in marriage, family and child counseling from Azusa Pacific University; and received her doctorate from USC. Wagner earned his master's and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

For the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, Alexander Dzyubenko will be teaching physics and geology. He completed his doctorate from Moscow State University, has taught at the State University of New York, Buffalo and served as a research scientist at the General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow.

Sam Hudson will teach in the chemistry department. He earned his doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from UC Santa Cruz. In biology, Danielle Dodenhoff comes to CSUB from Ohio State University where she recently completed her doctorate. Carl Kloock completed his doctorate in zoology and ecology from Michigan State University and Bassam Salemeh received his doctorate from the University of Texas.

Amy Hedden has been hired to teach nursing. She completed her master's degree in nursing from the Alfred University in New York and has been lecturing at CSUB since 1992. Terran Felter, Janice Malouf and Michael Noel will be teaching mathematics. Felter completed his master's in mathematics at UC Riverside, Malouf holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Noel has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from CSU Fresno.

In computer science, Jim Moloney comes to CSUB from Integrated Telecom Express in San Jose where he worked as a project director. He completed his master's in computer science and Doctorate in mathematics at Stanford University.

For the School of Education, Milt Woolsey will be teaching and advising students in the credential and master's degree programs. He completed his bachelor's degree at the State College of Southern Utah, his master's at CSU Long Beach and his doctorate from Brigham Young University. Craig Tacla will be working in physical education and kinesiology. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from CSU Chico and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech.

Geri Mohler will be teaching reading literacy. She earned her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Anthony Van Reusen will be teaching special education. He comes to CSUB from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Arizona State University and his doctorate from the University of Kansas.

Debra Hirai will be teaching secondary reading. She received her bachelor's degree in education from the State University College, New York at Buffalo; her master's from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and her doctorate in administration and curriculum from USC. Kristen Ramirez will be working in teacher education. She completed her bachelor's and two master's degrees in elementary education and educational administration at Arizona State University.

The three new faculty members for the School of Business and Public Administration are Yong Choi, Richard Campbell and Michael Way. Choi, comes to CSUB from Minnesota State University, Mankato and will be teaching management information systems. A native of South Korea, Choi earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's in business administration from Myongji University in Korea. He also holds a master's in business administration from Ohio State University and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Campell will be teaching marketing. He comes to CSUB from St. Bonaventure University in New York. He completed his bachelor's degree in economics and business administration at St. Mary's College in Moraga, his master's in sports management at the University of San Francisco and his doctorate in marketing from the University of Oregon.

Way, a native of Ontario, Canada, will be teaching management in production and operations management. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's in business administration from Queens University at Kingston, Canada, and a doctorate in operations management from Indiana University.

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