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Meet the New Faculty

Sept. 5, 2012

Cal State Fullerton’s newest tenure-track and tenured faculty members include 34 assistant and associate professors, one fully tenured professor and a senior assistant librarian. Also new this fall are 12 full-time lecturers. (Click on individual names below to download high-resolution photos.)

On the Tenure Track

Gabriela Best
Assistant professor of economics
Ph.D. and M.A. economics, UC Irvine; B.A. economics, Cal State Los Angeles
Research interests: macroeconomics, monetary and international economics and time-series econometrics
Favorite books: “Labyrinth of Solitude” by Octavio Paz, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez
Fun things to do: going to the beach with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, and practicing CrossFit
Language spoken other than English: Spanish
Lorenzo Bizzi
Assistant professor of management
Ph.D. strategy, HEC Montréal; B.A., M.S. business administration, Bocconi University, Italy
Research interests: social network analysis, organization and work design, organization change
Fun Fact: “I am the only Italian who doesn't cook well.”
Hobbies: wine-tasting, reading, traveling
Favorite book: “Les Fleurs du Mal” by Charles Baudelaire
Languages spoken other than English: Italian, French
James R. Collison
Assistant professor of communications
Ph.D., park, recreation and tourism resources, Michigan State University; B.A. and M.A., recreation and parks administration, Central Michigan University
Research Interests: social media strategies, tourism, technology in tourism
Hobby: backpacking

Alison C. Edwards
Assistant professor of music
B.M. piano performance, Cal State Fullerton; M.M. piano performance, USC
Creative activities: national music performances, first-person lecture/recitals of musicians, music reviewer
Research interests: electromyography and biofeedback with pianists, musical gestures, audiation, instructional language in pedagogy
Hobbies: cooking, watching foreign films
Fun fact: “I played for Tony Bennett for an Easter Seals benefit.”

Lilia Espinoza
Assistant professor of health science
Ph.D. preventive medicine, USC; M.P.H., UCLA; B.A. cognitive psychology and comparative culture, UC Irvine
Research interests: designing culturally appropriate and effective interventions for the prevention of HIV and
other sexually transmitted diseases among at-risk youth, immigrants and women of color
Hobbies: cooking, baking, hiking, cycling
Fun fact: declined acceptance to culinary school and opted for a doctoral program
Favorite book: “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner
Language spoken other than English: Spanish

Kristy L. Forsgren
Assistant professor of biological science
Ph.D. aquatic and fishery sciences, University of Washington; M.S. biology and  B.S. marine biology, California State Long Beach
Research interests: the endocrine control of ovarian development in fishes and the effects of endocrine-disrupting compounds and climate change on the reproductive physiology of fishes
Fun Fact: Forsgren and her 6-year-old beagle are a certified pet therapy team and enjoy visiting children with extended hospital stays
Hobbies: baking and traveling
Favorite book: “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck
Gary R. Germo
Assistant professor of human services
Ph.D. developmental psychology, M.A. social ecology, B.A. psychology and social behavior, UC Irvine
Research interests: risk and resiliency factors and coping behaviors among at-risk populations, family functioning during times of parenting strain. Key areas of interest are youths’ successful navigation of the foster care system and the role of cultural and contextual influences on familial processes.
Hobbies: snow skiing and cooking
Fun fact: “I love teaching”
Favorite books: mystery novels

Adam M. Glesser
Assistant professor of mathematics
Ph.D. and M.A mathematics; B.A. mathematics, politics, economics, UC Santa Cruz
Research interests: collections of symmetries (groups) and the various ways of describing these collections (representations of groups); more formally, fusion systems and the representation theory of finite groups
Fun fact: worked as a consultant to design a model for selecting players in fantasy football
Hobbies: board games, tennis, running and blogging

Mikhail I. Gofman
Assistant professor of computer science
Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. computer science, State University of New York at Binghamton
Research interests: system security, network security, access control policy analysis, virtualization, sensor networks
Fun fact: loves cats, dogs and most other kinds of animals
Hobbies: hiking, astronomy, robotics, reading
Favorite books: avid reader of nonfiction, classics, existentialism, science fiction and horror
Languages spoken other than English: Russian, Ukrainian
Jennifer Goldstein
Professor and chair of educational leadership
Ph.D., School of Education, administration and policy analysis, Stanford University; B.A. social sciences, UC Berkeley
Research interests: studies teaching as a profession in the United States and believes the organization of teaching work is directly linked to the quality of teaching that students receive — in particular low-income children and children of color; also focuses on teacher leadership and teacher evaluation, including the case of peer assistance and review.
Hobbies: yoga

Nicholas P. Gorman
Assistant professor of nursing
Ed.D. educational psychology, USC; M.P.H. biostatistics, USC; B.A. psychology, Lewis & Clark College
Research interests: program evaluation, online learning, childhood nutrition/obesity, pediatric asthma prevention
Hobbies: gardening, cooking and ceramics

Monica D. Hanna
Assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies
Ph.D. and M.A. comparative literature, City University of New York; B.A. English, UC Berkeley
Research interests: contemporary U.S., U.S. Latino and Latina, African American, Latin American and Italian literary and cultural studies; comparative literatures of migration (U.S., Europe); nationalisms; transnationalisms, including concepts of trans-Americanity and the global South; historiography; postmodernism; genre studies; spatial theory; translation; online literary cultures
Hobbies: writing her literary blog, travel
Favorite book: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez
Languages spoken other than English: Spanish and Italian
Cherie L. Ichinose
Assistant professor of mathematics
Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in mathematics, Claremont Graduate University; M.A., single subject teaching credential in mathematics, B.A. mathematics, Cal State Fullerton
Research interests: mathematics education and online learning

Yuna Kim
Assistant professor of marketing
Ph.D. marketing, Indiana University; M.S. marketing, University of Alabama; B.S. business administration, Pepperdine University
Research interests: firm-consumer collaboration, new product development, social media and branding strategies
Hobby: finding good hole-in-the-wall restaurants
Language spoken other than English: Korean

Kalin D. Kolev
Assistant professor of management
Ph.D. strategic management, Michigan State University; M.B.A., University of Tulsa; B.A. international economic relations, University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria
Research interests: behavioral decision perspectives and agency-based models to investigate managerial strategic choices and their impact on organizational outcomes; antecedents and outcomes of corporate restructuring activities; processes that encompass corporate governance with an emphasis on how the interaction between CEOs and boards of directors impacts executive compensation and strategic risk taking
Fun fact: six-time national champion in track and field on a high school level in Bulgaria

Tiffany N. Leger-Rodriguez
Assistant professor of special education
Ph.D. education with specialization in special education, UC Riverside; M.S. education-special education, special education credential, Cal State Fullerton; B.S. psychology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Research interests: paraprofessional supervision in special education, communication and collaboration, family partnerships, qualitative methods and mixed methodology
Fun fact: 2007 Centralia Teacher of the Year
Hobbies: playing with her daughter, shopping, baking and painting

Geoffrey M. Lovelace
Assistant professor of physics
Ph.D. physics and postdoctoral scholar, Caltech; B.S. physics, University of Oklahoma
Research interests: using supercomputer simulations to model sources of gravitational waves — ripples of space time curvature — such as colliding black holes or a black hole tearing apart a neutron star and testing Einstein's theory of general relativity under the most extreme conditions
Fun facts: has identical twin brother, Jason Lovelace, a clinical assistant professor of musical theory and composition at the Catholic University of America; credits “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” by Kip S. Thorne as his inspiration to become a physicist
Hobbies: hiking, playing board games and enjoying science fiction and fantasy movies, books and games
Favorite book: “The Hobbit,” by J. R. R. Tolkien
Carol A. Lundberg
Associate professor of educational leadership
Ph.D. education, Claremont Graduate University; M.A. social science with an emphasis in student development, Azusa Pacific University; B.A. social ecology, UC Irvine
Research interests: identifying institutional practices that foster learning for students who have been poorly served by colleges and universities 
Hobbies: camping and hiking
Favorite book: “Nory Ryan’s Song” by Patricia Reilly Giff

Summer C. Martin
Assistant professor of human communication studies
Ph.D. communication, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.A. communication studies, San Diego State University; B.A. communication, UC Santa Barbara
Research interests: health and interpersonal communication; social support; chronic illness (e.g., Parkinson's disease) and accompanying psychosocial issues
Fun fact: recently drove across eight states in a moving truck with her husband, along with their two cats strapped between them in a "cat car seat"
Fun things to do: walking, biking, running

Phoolendra K. Mishra
Assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
Ph.D. hydrology, University of Arizona; M.S. and B.S. civil engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
Research interests: modeling flow and transport in groundwater, well hydraulics, contaminant source identification, parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification
Hobbies: biking and hiking
Favorite book: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Gabriela Nuñez
Assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies
Ph.D. and M.A. literature, UC San Diego; B.A. literature, UC Santa Cruz
Research interests: contemporary Chicana, Chicano, Latina and Latino literature and film; ethnic U.S. literatures; genre fiction, especially detective and science fiction; transnational American studies; cultural studies in the Americas
Language spoken other than English: Spanish

Stephen O'Connor
Assistant professor of history
Ph.D. and M.Phil. ancient history, Columbia University; M.Phil Greek and Roman history, Wadham College, University of Oxford; B.A. classics (Latin), Yale University
Research interests: ancient Greek social and economic history, ancient Greek military history and ancient Mediterranean
Fun fact: Used to throw the hammer
Hobbies: most sports, film

Julie L. Orser
Assistant professor of art
M.F.A. studio art CalArts;, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Research interests/scholarly activities: digital photography, video art, time and lens-based arts, video and sound installation, the function of narrative in photography and in the moving image, deconstructing Hollywood cinema, film genres, experimental film, and representations of female characters in photography and film
Hobbies: yoga, gardening, biking, good food
Fun fact: just learned to snorkel for an underwater shoot

James F. Parham
Assistant professor of geological science
Ph.D. integrative biology, UC Berkeley; B.S. geology, University of Rhode Island
Research interests: fossils of extinct animals and DNA of living animals to understand how they evolve

Jennifer R. Piazza
Assistant professor of health science
Ph.D. psychology and social behavior, UC Irvine; M.A. social ecology, UC Irvine; B.A. psychology and writing, Ithaca College
Research interests: stress, health and emotion; emotion and aging; gerontological health; psychobiology of stress; biopsychosocial processes
Hobbies: traveling, reading, writing, photography and jewelry-making
Fun fact: “I was once on the “Price is Right.” Sadly, I never made it past contestants’ row, but the consolation prizes were quite nice that day.”
Favorite book: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

Alvin J. Rangel-Alvarado
Assistant professor of theatre and dance
M.F.A. dance, University of Texas, Austin; B.A. secondary education-ESL, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Research interests/scholarly activities: dance ethnography, queer and gender studies, Latin American studies, queer tango, Afro-contemporary dance fusion, choreography and composition, social justice
Hobbies: cooking, yoga, fitness, cycling, travel, tango, kayaking, hiking, ping-pong
Fun fact: served as a White House intern during President Clinton's second term
Language spoken other than English: Spanish

Jocelyn S. Read
Assistant professor of physics
Ph.D. physics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; B.S. in physics and mathematics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Research interests: astrophysics of neutron stars — the remnant cores of dead stars that didn’t quite have enough mass to end up as black holes; how matter behaves at the extremely high densities inside neutron stars and how this might be measured from astronomical observations of X-rays, gamma-ray bursts and gravitational waves
Fun fact: Previous academic jobs in Berlin, Germany, and Oxford, Miss.
Hobbies: cycling, reading (especially science fiction), sewing and embroidery
Favorite book: “Rule 34” by Charles Stross

Nina P. Robson 
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering
Ph.D. mechanical and aerospace engineering, UC Irvine; M.S. mechanical and aeronautical engineering, UC Davis; M.S. electronics and automation engineering, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Research interests: robotics, mechanical system design, kinematics of motion biomechanics and motor learning
Languages spoken other than English: Bulgarian and Russian 

Bridgett B. Sellars
Assistant professor of nursing
Ph.D. nursing science, UC San Diego; M.S.N. University of North Carolina; M.A. health services management, Webster University; B.S.N. University of North Carolina
Research interests: transformational leadership practices of nursing managers in hospitals
Hobbies: reading, traveling and watching sports
Fun fact: son played against Lebron James during his basketball camp in the summer of 2011
Favorite book: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Rebecca A. Sheehan
Assistant professor of radio-TV-film
Ph.D. and M.A. comparative literature, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. comparative literature, Stanford University
Research interests: experimental film, film and philosophy, sculpture and film
Hobbies: oenophilia, travel, hiking, food, running, ocean-swimming, writing and fashion
Favorite films: “The Marriage of Maria Braun” (Rainer Fassbinder), “Meshes of the Afternoon” (Maya Deren), “M” (Fritz Lang), and “Inception” (Christopher Nolan)

Garrett C. Struckhoff
Assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering
Ph.D. civil and environmental engineering, University of Iowa; M.S. and B.S. civil engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Research interests: using plants and the bacterial stimulated by plants to clean up environmental contamination
Fun fact: competed in a canoeing, cycling and running triathlon
Hobbies: cycling, backpacking and photography
Favorite book: “Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien

Yuying V. Tsong
Assistant professor of human services
Ph.D. and M.S.Ed. counseling psychology, USC; M.Ed. counseling psychology, Rutgers University; B.S. agricultural economics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Research interests: Asian American psychology, multicultural supervision, body image and strength-based coping and well-being for sexual and ethnic minorities
Languages spoken other than English: Mandarin and Taiwanese

Haowei Wang
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering
Ph.D. and M.S. mechanical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B.S. thermal energy and power engineering, Southeast University, China
Research interests: experimental study of autoignition, computational simulation of ignition delay, combustion technology
Fun fact: has cat named Asher
Hobbies: travel and reading
Favorite book: “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle
Language spoken other than English: Chinese
Sean P. Yee
Assistant professor of mathematics
Ph.D. m athematics education within curriculum and instruction , Kent State University; M.S. and B.S. pure mathematics, M.Ed. mathematics education, Ohio State University
Research interests: student and teacher perceptions of mathematical problem-solving using linguistic conceptual metaphor theory; educating secondary teachers about hermeneutic listening for meaningful student understanding
Fun fact: enjoys working out in his Vibram FiveFingers shoes
Hobbies: Argentine tango, volleyball, chess, table tennis and guitar
Favorite book: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
Languages spoken other than English: French
Fang Zhang
Assistant professor of economics
Ph.D. and M.A. economics Ohio State University, B.A. economics Zhejiang University, China
Research interests: macroeconomics, financial economics, econometrics
Fun fact: violin player
Languages spoken other than English: Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese

Librarian on the Tenure Track

Ann J. Roll  
Senior assistant librarian, technical services
M.S. library and information science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.F.A. sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art; B.F.A. sculpture, Washington University
Fun fact: wears a collection of more than 90 charms on a daily basis
Hobbies: cooking, home canning, camping
Favorite book: “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

Full-Time Lecturers

Kazi Ahmed
Lecturer in economics
Ph.D. economics Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; M.A. economics, University of British Columbia; B.S. economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Research interests: welfare implication of trade policies
Hobbies: Spending time with his 3-year-old daughter
Fun fact: Big Harry Potter fan
Language spoken other than English: Bengali

Alexander O. Ballan
Lecturer in social work
Ed.D. candidate, Cal State Long Beach; L.C.S.W., State of California License Clinical Social Worker; M.S.W. Cal State Long Beach; B.A. behavioral sciences, Cal Poly Pomona
Research interests: social work and forensics
Fun Fact: enjoys musicals
Hobbies: scuba diving and chess
Favorite book: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum
Language spoken other than English: Spanish

Bradley Bradbury
Lecturer in art
B.F.A. illustration, Kansas City Art Institute; Certificate of Animation and Certificate of Creature Animation, AnimationMentor
Research interests/scholarly activities: character animation for feature films and all aspects of the animation pipeline from design to modeling, rigging and animation
Hobbies: character animation, watercolors
Fun fact: owns 50 neckties

Carolyn Dupaquier
Lecturer in American Language Program
M.A. linguistics, Cal State Long Beach; B.S. ornamental horticulture, Cal Poly Pomona
Research interest: vocabulary acquisition
Hobbies: practicing yoga, reading, sailing, swing dancing, traveling and wine tasting
Favorite book: “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
Favorite movie: “Mostly Martha”
Language spoken other than English: Japanese

Essia Hamouda
Lecturer in Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Ph.D. computer science, UC Riverside; M.S. industrial and systems engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville; M.S. electrical engineering, Ecole National d’Ingenieurs de Tunis, Tunisia; B.S. industrial and systems engineering, Ohio State University
Research Interests: managing telecommunication systems, managing, modeling and analyzing systems that operate within a dynamic environment characterized by scarce resources
Language spoken other than English: French

Mark Herbst
Lecturer in American Language Program
M.A. TESOL, Biola University; B.A. Spanish and government, University of Redlands
Language spoken other than English: Spanish

Pamela Houston
Lecturer in educational leadership
Ed.D. K-12 educational leadership, USC; M.A. educational administration and B.A., sociology, Cal State Long Beach
Research interests: interested in principal capacity building, especially as it pertains to ensuring social justice to students in urban schools
Fun fact: As a child, she was an extra in the film “Porgy and Bess” (in the picnic scene).
Hobbies: art and distance walking
Favorite book: “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston

Donny J. Peters
Lecturer in human communication studies and assistant director of forensics
M.A., B.S. communication studies, Ball State University
Research interests: argumentation theory, critical rhetoric,  political communication, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis
Hobbies: Bowling

Aaron W. Popp
Lecturer in economics
Ph.D. economics, M.A. economics, Ohio State University; B.A. economics, University of Northern Iowa
Research interests: macroeconomics, computational economics
Hobbies: vegetable gardening and weather watching

Alysia A. Ransons
Lecturer in health science
M.P.H. and B.S. health science, Cal State Fullerton
Certifications: Community college teaching certificate, Cal State Dominguez Hills; California family planning health specialist

Millu Rayamajhi
Lecturer in economics
Ph.D. economics, Indiana University, Bloomington; M.A. economics, Indiana University; B.A. economics and mathematics, Salem College
Research Interests: urban and rural development, education, trade, demography, poverty and inequality, applied micro econometrics
Language other than English: Nepali and Hindi

Linda Schaffer
Lecturer in nursing
Ph.D. nursing science, University of San Diego; M.S.N. UCLA; B.S.N. Mt. St. Mary’s College
Research interests: anxiety, depression, stress, and sleep quality in mothers of preterm infants, relaxation guided imagery, preterm birth
Hobbies: travel, going to the mountains, visiting Disneyland, watching reality television, cooking and quilting
Fun fact: worked one summer marshaling commercial aircraft
Favorite book: “Gone With the Wind”

Joined in Spring 2012

Juye Ji
Assistant professor of social work
Ph.D. social work, USC; M.A. social work and B.A. early childhood education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
Research interests: long-term physical and mental health of abused children across the life span, childhood trauma, adoption
Hobby: cooking
Favorite book: “Who You Are When No One’s Looking” by Bill Hybels
Language spoken other than English: Korean

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