CSUB Honors Faculty Members with Top Awards

California State University, Bakersfield honored three faculty members with special recognition during CSUB’s University Day activities.

Faculty members receiving recognition were:

·      Dr. Robert M. Yohe II, a professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Archaeological Sciences at CSUB, received the Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activity Award.

·      Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny, a professor of finance in the Accounting and Finance Department, received the Millie Ablin Excellence in Teaching Award.

·      Dr. Paul Newberry, Faculty Director of General Education, received the Faculty Leadership and Service Award.

In addition, Diana Diaz, a confidential administrative support staff member described as the “heartbeat of Business & Administrative Services,” was named Outstanding Staff Member. Academic Operations and Support and the Mail Room were selected as the Outstanding Department winners.

Here is additional information about each of the faculty award winners:

Dr. Robert M. Yohe

Dr. Yohe came to CSUB in 1999. The quality, breadth, and impact of his work are truly impressive.  He is an internationally recognized scholar with close to 100 peer-reviewed publications, and is a recognized pioneer in the field of immunological protein residue analysis on stone artifacts, ceramics, soils, and human remains.

Other highlights of his scholarly contributions include:

·      serving as a Research Associate for the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California.

·      working as a Contributing Scholar at the Museum of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley.

·      chairing numerous symposia

·      delivering research presentations at national and international conferences.

As a mentor, Dr. Yohe engaged undergraduate and graduate students in bioarchaeology field work in middle Egypt at the site of Tell El Hibeh. This work was featured in an episode of The Bone Detective on the Discovery Channel.  Many students have been included as first or co-authors on publications and have gone on to earn advanced degrees.

Dr. Yohe procures substantial external funding for his research with students, an accomplishment the campus recognized with the 2013/2014 Bronze Award for Research Excellence. He is described as a generous colleague who frequently contributes his expertise and help.

Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny

Dr. Elhusseiny is one of those professors who shines in the classroom.  He captures his students’ attention, delivers high-quality content in an engaging and memorable way, and inspires his students to do their best.

Dr. Elhusseiny takes as much time and energy as is needed to ensure that each student succeeds and feels valued as a member of the class. In fact, Dr. Elhusseiny was recognized by 2014, 2015, and 2016 CSUB graduates as an individual contributing to their success as indicated by the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. This is likely why his student evaluations are consistently in the top 5 percent across all faculty within Business and Public Administration.

Dr. Elhusseiny has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the main campus, at the Antelope Valley campus, and via ITV, bringing in premiere business professionals from the community into his classes.

In addition to his excellence in the classroom, Dr. Elhusseiny puts forth an incredible amount of time and energy to guide students in several key endeavors outside of the classroom. For nearly 10 years, he has served as an advisor for the Financial Management Association for students. Each year, Dr. Elhusseiny leads a group of at least 25 students to engage in a real-world experience in New York City. Students visit Wall Street and also meet with high-ranking professionals tied to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), and several other financial institutions.  His students have described these experiences as life-changing and edifying to their career paths.

Dr. Paul Newberry

Dr. Newberry’s service record at CSUB over the past 30 years has been remarkable, particularly in the area of general education (GE).  His sustained efforts to develop, implement, maintain, evaluate, and revise CSUB’s GE program over time demonstrate his commitment to shared governance and the success of students.

Shortly after the approval of the new General Education program and governance structure in 2014, Dr. Newberry was selected to be the program’s Faculty Director. In fulfilling this role, Dr. Newberry served as Chair of the General Education Curriculum Committee, which required him to lead a group of faculty representatives from all four schools under difficult timelines and difficult conditions. Under Dr. Newberry’s leadership, the committee approved more than 200 courses for the new program, hosted more than 30 professional development workshops, and prepared more than 250 faculty members for teaching in the new program.

As the Faculty Director of General Education, Dr. Newberry has worked closely with on-campus groups of stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty, and administrators, as well as leaders from the region’s high schools and community colleges.

Dr. Newberry has worked tirelessly and diplomatically with each of these groups to inform them about new developments in the GE program and to solicit feedback about the program’s strengths and challenges. In each of these settings, Dr. Newberry works to ensure that all perspectives are heard and that decisions are grounded in our shared commitment to student success.


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