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CSUB faculty awards
  September 29, 2005
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Three faculty members at California State University, Bakersfield have been awarded the 2005-06 Faculty Awards for their work by the CSUB Faculty Senate, University Research Council and the university.

Economics Professor Abbas Grammy has received the Millie Ablin Outstanding Professor Award, music professor Jerome Kleinsasser has received the Faculty Leadership and Service Award, and anthropology professor Mark Sutton has received the Faculty Research Award.

Grammy earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado, and since joining CSUB in 1989, has taught the full array of economics courses. He serves as mentor for many student research projects and is generous with his time outside the classroom. He works many office hours in order to be accessible and responsive to students. Typically, two or three economics majors are supported by funds he brings into CSUB.

An exceptional teacher, his standards are high and uncompromising. He has embraced new instructional technologies, selectively applying them to improve learning outcomes. His students describe his teaching style as entertaining, energetic, and knowledgeable; a compilation of anecdotes and rigorous theoretical applications.

Grammy’s role in the larger community is also distinguished. He is founder and director of Children in the Marketplace, a summer program for elementary students. He developed an applied research program that addresses issues relating to local economic development. He has made excellent contributions as Director of Enterprise College, as founder/organizer of the annual Kern County Economic Summit, and as founder and managing editor of the Kern Economic Journal and now the Tulare County Economic Journal. Grammy has lent his knowledge and abilities to regional efforts that have impacts across disciplines, educational levels, and industries. His efforts have made CSUB a respected center for economic research.

Kleinsasser joined the CSUB faculty in 1972 after earning his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. His primary fields are music history and literature, with teaching specialties in opera, opera history, and film music.

Kleinsasser chaired the Department of Fine Arts from 1980-87, administering programs in music, art history, studio art, theatre, and dance, in addition to the Todd Madigan Art Gallery. He completely built the music holdings of the Stiern Library. For more than a decade, he was the faculty for the entire vocal program and created every general education course in music. Kleinsasser was also in charge of all the arrangements of the Dorian Society concert series that included touring operas, ballets, dramatic productions, orchestras, jazz groups, and the now famous Kronos String Quartet.

Among his colleagues he is respected for his ability to lead and for his courage to step forward when the need arises to voice the concerns of the faculty. He was a charter member of the Academic Senate and was re-elected for six terms, also serving as chair and vice-chair. He has been a member of the senate’s Executive Committee and for three years he was chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee.

Kleinsasser’s contribution to the community is also extensive. For more than 15 years, he has provided tutorial instruction in music for several thousand high school students from all over California in preparation for the U.S. Academic Decathlon.

He has been the president of the University Music Administrators of California, an organization that encompasses all UC and CSU campuses, as well as virtually all of the private universities in the state.

For more than 30 years, Kleinsasser served on the board of directors of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and as a consultant on matters of musical repertoire and program planning. He is currently writer of program notes and commentary for the orchestra, serves as a regular pre-concert lecturer, and is host of the symphony radio preview program, “Overture!” which is broadcast on five public radio stations.

Sutton, who earned his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside, is a cutting-edge researcher and prolific scholar whose productivity far exceeds the publication records of many individuals at “Research One” institutions. Sutton has produced or served as editor of 20 books and monographs, 47 peer-reviewed articles, 60 non-refereed articles or monographs, and five textbooks. He has also presented 116 papers at regional or national professional meetings, 84 of which were prepared during his tenure at CSUB. Recognized as an expert in western North American prehistory, he has been asked to act as a peer reviewer for numerous manuscripts submitted for publication to professional journals over the years.

Sutton’s research interests are as broad as his vast knowledge of anthropology and archaeology. Venues for the results of his studies have been published in regional, national, and international peer-reviewed journals. He has pioneered the study and identification of prehistoric resins on artifacts in the American West. Sutton’s contributions have been significant to both general archaeological method and theory. He has served as principal investigator on many archaeological field projects for the Center for Archaeological Research.

Devotion to research and instilling in his students a continuing enthusiasm for research and productive scholarship, Sutton has long championed the cause of preparing students to be professional researchers, and has worked diligently toward this end. He has included numerous students over the years in his research projects, 13 of whom have published as co-author with him on 12 separate professional articles. He has also helped students prepare professional presentations of research findings at conferences such as the annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology.



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