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Vol. 2, No. 1

Fall 2012

Your Source of Information for Staying Connected, the e-magazine of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education

New Eisner College Colleagues

Dr. William Garrow

Dr. Will Garrow, new Assistant Professor in the Department of Deaf Studies, is from upstate New York, where he was first introduced to the Deaf community through snowboarding. Ever since, he has been very involved with the Deaf community. He holds a B.A. degree in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are in Linguistics, also from Gallaudet.

While Will’s dissertation is on identifying ASL lexical discourse markers and their function in the construction and maintenance of mental spaces, his main area of research now centers on Critical Deaf Theory, specially exposing and resisting audism. His other areas of interest and research are oppression, deaf history, deaf-centric digital media, and deaf sports. He has taught numerous courses in Deaf Studies and ASL Linguistics at Utah Valley University, Gallaudet University, and the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville. Will worked with World Deaf Leadership, under whose auspices he went to Thailand and, together with Thai Deaf students, developed Thai Sign Language digital curriculum. In the Deaf Studies Program at California State University, Northridge, Will’s teaching mainly focuses on how oppression works in American society, ASL Linguistics, and Deaf Culture courses.

On a personal note, Will is married to a Deaf woman, Flavia Fleischer, and they have a Deaf 18-year-old daughter, Ryssa. He is also currently the head coach for the U.S. Deaf Snowboard Team with USA Deaf Sports Federation.

Dr. Monica Garcia

Dr. Mónica G. García is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary Education. She grew up in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles and worked as a middle and high-school teacher there and in the surrounding area for several years. Dr. García received a B.A. in sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Ed. and secondary teaching credential from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in curriculum studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). While at UIC, Dr. García taught courses in the bilingual program and worked as a community ESL teacher and director of Project FLAME, a family literacy program designed to assist mostly immigrant non-English speaking families with developing strong first language literacy practices in the home.

Prior to coming to CSUN, Dr. García worked as a full-time lecturer in the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino, where she taught several courses in the secondary education credential program and supervised student teachers. At CSUN, Dr. García primarily teaches courses that focus on multicultural education, language acquisition, and bilingual literacy. Her research interests include Latina/o secondary schooling, college access for urban minorities, single-sex schooling, gender as curriculum, and bilingual/bicultural education. When she is not working, Dr. García enjoys traveling, spending time with her two goddaughters, Alycia and Desireé, and listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Dr. Dimpal Jain

Dr. Dimpal Jain is a new Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. As a first-generation college student from an immigrant family, she received her B.A. in history with minors in English, Spanish, and art history from Western Washington University and her master’s and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles.

A former community college practitioner and faculty member, her research interests include women leaders of color, critical race theory, womanism, and the transfer function. She is a strong advocate for the presence of students of color and those who identify as underrepresented, first generation, and/or low-income in higher education. In particular, she is committed to scholarship and practice that will benefit the educational attainment of these students.

Born and raised in rainy Seattle, she misses gray skies and clean air. She’s happiest when recycling, spending time with her family, and/or drinking chai. She’s excited to be back in Los Angeles and encourages you to visit her any time in her office, as she doesn't want to eat all the candy in the candy bowl by herself.

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