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Cal State Fullerton faculty members were busy presenting and publishing in the last few months of 2019, and several received notable appointments or emeriti status:

Natalie Graham
, associate professor of African American studies, authored “Unburning the Body” in the book “Graffiti.”

Tala Khanmalek, assistant professor of women and gender studies, is a contributing writer for Ideas on Fire. The site offers resources for teacher-scholars across the country. Khanmalek has penned articles on such topics as “Why and How to Write an Academic Book Review,” “Teaching Students How to Use Archival Sources,” and “How Faculty Can Make the Most of Office Hours.”

Dan Sutko, assistant professor of human communication studies, penned “Theorizing Femininity in Artificial Intelligence: A Framework for Undoing Technology’s Gender Troubles,” which was published in Cultural Studies.   

Twelve faculty members and alumni presented research and contributed to panels at the annual National Communication Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Zac Johnson, assistant professor of human communication studies, and Rikishi Rey ’14, ’19 (B.A. communications-entertainment studies, M.A. communication studies) presented “Perceived Instructor Humor Orientation and Its Impact on Perceived Instructor Power and Learner Empowerment.” Johnson also delivered a talk on “Confirmation in the College Classroom: The Influence of Teacher Behavior on Student-Student Communication.”
  • Robert Gass, professor emeritus of human communication studies, lectured on “Surviving the Mob: Using ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Fury’ to Teach the Concept of Deindividuation.”
  • Peter Lee, lecturer in human communication studies, spoke on “Intercultural Communication Apprehension, Self-Regulatory and Language Competence of University Students.”
  • Erika Thomas, associate professor of human communication studies, presented “Becoming a Trans Reality Star: The Cisgender Privilege Behind Trans Portrayals and the Impact on Future Survivability.”
  • Jessica Kamrath, assistant professor of human communication studies, and Rikki Tremblay ’11, ’14 (B.A. speech communication, M.A. communication studies) gave a talk on “Communicating Leadership Beyond Classroom Boundaries: An Investigation of Two Leadership Pedagogies.”
  • Stella Ting-Toomey, professor of human communication studies, and Tenzin Dorjee, associate professor of human communication studies, presented “Navigating Perceived Identity Gaps in Intrafaith Romantic Relationships: If You Were a ‘Good’ Christian, You Would … “
  • Waleed Rashidi, assistant professor of communications, spoke on “Songs and Stories of and From the Road: How Independent Rock Musicians Survive Tours and Tour to Survive.”
  • Faculty members Alyssa Samek and Dana Cloud also participated in the conference.

Terri L. Snyder, chair and professor of American studies, was the keynote at the Untamed: Women and the Law in Early America symposium at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also gave a lecture and podcast interview for the series, “Ancestries of Enslavement,” at the Center for Lowcountry and Atlantic World Studies at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roberto Soto
, assistant professor of mathematics, has been invited to serve on the Executive Council of the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, which encourages underrepresented students to pursue doctoral programs and degrees. Soto attended the Mathematical Field of Dreams Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, with CSUF students to connect them with opportunities and faculty in doctoral programs.

Mark Ellis, professor of secondary education and director of the Center for Maximizing Teacher Impact and the Mathematics and Science Teaching Initiative, has been appointed to serve on the Certification Council of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for 2020. Ellis also was actively involved with revising the NBPTS’ Standards Development Handbook. As part of a National Science Foundation grant project Ellis directs, 12 master teaching fellows who teach middle school and high school mathematics recently became National Board Certified teachers.

President Fram Virjee recognized the following individuals with the conferral of emeriti status: 

  • Pamela Bradley, performing arts technician III emeritus, for 28 years of service 
  • Joyce L. Jones, accounting technician III emeritus, for 35 years of service
  • Cassandra Newby, confidential office support emeritus, for 20 years of service
  • Bruce Rubin, lecturer emeritus, for 17 years of service
  • May Wong, chief of operations emeritus, for 19 years of service