In 1971, Karen Anderson began working as a librarian in the Library's Serials Department at CSUN. In 1976, she was transferred to the Library's Catalog Department, and the following year, was elected Chair of that Department. During her seven years as Chair, she oversaw the transfer to online, shared cataloging, and served on a number of Chancellor's Office and other committees involved in automation. During this time, she received her MBA degree and was promoted to full Librarian. In 1984, Karen became the Library's Business Librarian and taught library sessions for courses in the College of Business and Economics, assisted students and faculty with their research, and wrote and updated bibliographies and web-sites of library materials for Business. She selected the books and databases supporting the Business curriculum. Karen became active among Business librarians, sharing information regarding library instruction and organizing professional organization meetings. She then enrolled in the UCLA doctoral program in Information Studies, and did research on the history of library instruction for college students. She finished three of the six chapters of her dissertation and is still interested in publishing on the subject.
Michael Barrett started at CSUN immediately upon graduating from USC's School of Library Science. He served with great distinction as a Librarian at CSUN starting as Assistant Librarian in 1972, responsible for Reference and California documents and rising to become Department Chair of the Reference and Instruction Department from 2000 to 2006. During his illustrious career at CSUN, he was Subject Specialist/bibliographer and library liaison at various times to various departments. He served on numerous campus committees including Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Secretary, and several terms on the Personnel Planning and Review Committee. He served twice on the WASC Reaccreditation Team from 1996-2000 and 2008-2011 and the Presidential Transition Team in 2012. Michael is an excellent bibliographer, information literacy instructor, and department chair. He has served on numerous library and university committees, and did so as a team player with kindness, compassion and collegiality towards everyone. Michael will be greatly missed by everyone.
Dr. Don Brownlee was hired at CSUN in 1982, with a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, having previously taught for seven years at the University of North Texas and Wingate University. During his 35 years at CSUN, he has contributed both in the classroom and in the governance of the institution. He taught a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as designing new courses at both levels. Several of his publications involved the work of graduate students in the department and his classroom evaluations have been positive. Dr. Brownlee has actively served the Department, College and University in multiple roles. He chaired the Communication Studies Department for several years and was Director of Forensics for 13 years. He was a member of the Faculty Senate, as well as Parliamentarian, for a total of nine years, and chaired the Educational Policies Committee. Dr. Brownlee served two campus Presidents as the Faculty Representative to the NCAA, and served his discipline both through leadership and editorial positions.
Dr. Brian Castronovo received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been a professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures for 29 years and served as its chair for 12 years from Fall 2005 through Spring 2017. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994 and the Polished Apple Award in 1997 and 2009. He co-authored Estructura Lingüística del Español y el Inglés with Professor Carmelo Gariano and published several articles in journals such as “Hispania,” “Hispanic Linguistics,” and “Dicenda.” He also served as president of the CSU's Foreign Language Council from 2012-2015.
During her 26 years at CSUN (1990-2016), Dr. Chen specialized in the field of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Much of her work has focused on culturally responsive services to young children and their families of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Dr. Chen has been a prolific scholar who directed or co-directed 11 federal grants funded for a total of $3.9 million through the U.S. Department of Education. In the past ten years alone, she published 8 manuscripts, authored/co-authored 4 textbooks, contributed to 7 book chapters, and created 5 instructional DVDs. Dr. Chen has presented at numerous professional conferences and conducted many professional development trainings and workshops throughout the United States and in other countries. Within the Department of Special Education, Dr. Chen served as the Specialization Chair of the ECSE program, revising course content, mentoring part-time faculty, contributing significantly to accreditation reports, and developing and teaching new courses to ensure all commission standards were thoroughly embedded in the program. Dr. Chen has been a highly valued and respected member of the faculty who merits recognition for her invaluable contributions to CSUN.
Dr. Mary T. Curren joined the Department of Marketing at CSUN in August 1990 and has been an active member of our community ever since, as evidenced by her many directorships, which include the Small Business Institute, Business Honors Program, Wells Fargo Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and the Matadors Community Credit Union (MCCU). She has served two terms as Faculty Senator, one term as Vice Chair of the MCCU, and just over seven years as Department Chair. Dr. Curren has chaired or served on a plethora of committees. Her earlier research focused on psychological aspects in marketing and was published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Psychology & Marketing. As her research interests evolved, she focused more on pedagogical issues and her work was published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Education for Business, Journal of Marketing Education and Marketing Education Review. Dr. Curren served as Vice President, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the Marketing Educators' Association and was honored by its members with a Marketing Educator of the Year Award in 2009.
Dr. Marilynn Filbeck joined the faculty of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in 1988, specializing in teacher education, curriculum and assessment. She taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including consumer affairs, research, and teaching methods. She wrote and directed projects to establish educational frameworks, implemented program standards, and developed curriculum guides as part of her extracurricular work with the California Department of Education, Home Economics Education Unit/Careers and Technology Division. These accomplishments were supported by grants she secured for the University. She engaged in similar projects with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Marilynn was CSUN's Director of Assessment and served as Associate Dean for the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), retiring from the latter in 2012. She has been a special assistant for the Dean of HHD, overseeing college assessment and student success initiatives. Also, Marilynn has collaborated to develop faculty mentoring for student retention and graduation. She says her greatest joy has been working as a team member and collaborator with CSUN's students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Dr. Timothy Fox joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department in August 1977 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1981, and Full Professor in 1985. He became the department's Graduate Coordinator in 1979, was appointed Acting
Department Chair in 1980, and continued as Chair until 1990. He chaired the Council of Chairs for two years in the early 80s. Prior to joining CSUN, Dr. Fox worked on the Apollo Lunar Surface program for six years. Hardware he developed sits on the moon today, and qualification hardware is on display in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. He was very active externally in many professional societies. Dr. Fox supervised over 80 MS Theses/Graduate projects, taught over 30 different courses, all but one at the upper division/graduate level. He introduced team effort, capstone design projects to the Department in 1980. This model has subsequently been adopted by virtually every Engineering Department within Colleges of Engineering. CSUN student design projects have led to successful participation in both national and international competitions, bringing positive recognition to CSUN.
Dr. Adele E. Gottfried joined CSUN in 1978, and was promoted to Professor in 1984. Her honors include CSUN Outstanding Faculty Award (2009), CSUN University Research Fellow (2008-09), WPA Social Responsibility Award (2011), and Fellow of AERA, APA, APS, WPA. Her service includes Department Chair, coordinating department programs, and committee work at all levels, with many in leadership roles. The Dean appointed her as inaugural Director of Research Enhancement (2010-present), a trailblazing position, establishing a research culture including website, colloquium series, AERA reception, publication panel, and a videotape project for University Fellows. As a scholar and researcher, Dr. Gottfried conducted longitudinal, pioneering research on academic motivation, authoring approximately 200 publications/ presentations. She served as book series editor and associate editor, and continues to serve on editorial boards. One of her publications was the basis for a California Supreme Court ruling. Her teaching has been highly rated and she has mentored students, some pursuing doctoral/ professional degrees. Dr. Gottfried plans to maintain her research and scholarship after retirement.
Jerry Ann Harrel-Smith
Dr. Harrel-Smith served as the Executive Director for the Child and Family Studies Center (CFSC)for 14 years. The Center is a laboratory/teaching model preschool accredited through the NationalAssociation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the American Association ofFamily and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Dr. Harrel-Smith's leadership was critical in carrying out the mission of the Center in serving hundreds of preschool children and their families with developmentally appropriateprograms and in collaboration with the CHIME Institute. In 2004-2010, Dr. Harrel-Smith served as an Intern Supervisor for the Head Start Hispanic-Latino Serving Institutions Program. This grant, funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USD HHD), was designed to develop collaborative community partnerships to support Head Start teachers working in Hispanic-Latino settings to earn college degrees. She made great contributions to this community outreach program. Dr. Harrel-Smith also worked on a variety of serving-learning projects, including Vitality Across the Lifespan (VAL), providing educational presentations to low income communities on the dynamic interaction of nutrition and physical activity.
Professor Catherine Jeppson was a faculty member in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems since 1977, retiring at the end of 2014. In 2016, she received a Presidential Volunteerism Service Award from President Barrack Obama for her work on the Taxpayer Advocate Panel of the IRS. Previously, she received two other Presidential awards from President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush for her service as the Director of the CSU, Northridge Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (CSUN -VITA) program. She received the 2011 Visionary Community Service-Learning Award and has been recognized numerous times at city, state and federal levels for her outstanding success in advocating for taxpayers. Cathy has served on numerous Department, College and University committees including the Faculty Senate, the Senate Executive Committee, and the Faculty Retreat Committee. She is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed by the California State Board of Accountancy, and serves the CalCPA Society as a member of the Society's Accounting Education Committee (AEC). She is a liaison to the CalPERS Pension Board for California Teachers Association advocating to protect the health and pension benefits for CalPERS members. For many years, she served as the Treasurer of the California Faculty Association CSUN Chapter.
Dr. Robert Kladifko began his higher education career in 1998 as a part-time professor, while completing his 43 years as a teacher, school-site administrator, and a district office director in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His research has centered on establishing and nurturing partnerships with local school districts. This collaboration has led to successful peer-reviewed publications pertaining to teacher education, school administrative development, diversity/equity in education and an in-depth analysis of the school-site principalship. Dr. Kladifko served on numerous committees to assist him in the knowledge of higher education. At the University level, he served on the Faculty Retreat Committee, and the Educational Resources Committee. At the College level, he served on the Curriculum and Equity & Student Affairs committees. At the Department level, he served on the Personnel, Curriculum, Equity and Diversity, and Faculty Search committees. Since his early years in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he has been gathering information and knowledge to publish and become an expert in the field of school safety and security. He plans to continue this work.
Dr. CT Lin joined CSUN as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 1987. He was promoted to full Professor in 1992 and has served at CSUN for almost 30 years. Earlier, Dr. Lin was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis in 1983. Professor Lin worked actively with students in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics and bioengineering. “Red Raven,” an intelligent ground vehicle designed and built by senior CSUN engineering students working under Dr. Lin’s direction, took the grand prize award in the annual, international Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGF) for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). After finishing a close second in 2013 and 2014, Dr. Lin’s students recaptured the IGV championship in 2015 with their award- winning robot named “El Toro”. Dr. Lin led the development of the University’s interdisciplinary Master of Science program in Assistive Technology Engineering. This program graduated its first cohort in 2013. Dr. Lin served as Academic Lead and led the program through a successful program review process in 2015.
Dr. Robert Lingard has been a full-time faculty member of the Computer Science Department since 1994. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from USC in 1975. He served for many years as the Department's Assessment Coordinator, chaired the College Assessment Committee, and was a member of the University's Assessment Committee, as well. He served as member and chaired the College’s Academic Affairs Committee. In addition, Robert served on the Faculty Senate and chaired the University's Academic Technology Committee for several years. He was one of the early pioneers in the University's efforts to integrate "service learning" into his courses. He was primarily responsible for developing the Department's Graduate Program in Software Engineering, proposing several new courses as a part of that effort. In his teaching, he has taken a special interest in developing communication and teamwork skills among his students, writing and publishing several papers on the subject. Robert has taught a wide variety of courses in Computer Science and has been consistently committed to working with students to help them achieve their educational goals.
Professor Jack Lopez joined the faculty in the English Department in Fall 1989. He served on many committees including Faculty Senate, Humanities Academic Council, La Raza Faculty & Staff, Minority Creative Writing, and James Steel Smith Fund. His Department committee service included Personnel, Creative Writing, Graduate Studies, Lectures, Education Technology, and Honors/Awards. Jack published the books Cholos & Surfers: A Latino Family Album (Capra Press), Snapping Lines (UA Press), and In the Break (Little, Brown). In the Break was released in audiobook by Recorded Books and was translated into French as La Vague (Editions du Seuil). During the 1990s, he was part of the Latinoliterary boom in the U.S. and his fiction and essays appeared inmajor anthologies including: Iguana Dreams (HarperPerennial), Mirrors Beneath the Earth (Curbstone), Muy Macho (Anchor Doubleday), Currents from the Dancing River (Harcourt Brace), and Pieces of the Heart (Chronicle). Jack represented CSUN at bookstores, libraries, cultural centers, high schools, community colleges, the CSU, the UC, and on radio by giving talks, readings, book signings, interviews, and serving on panels.
For 36 years, Dr. Richard MacDonald has been a highly valued faculty member in the Family and Consumer Science Department (FCS), coming to CSUN in 1979 after being a professor in Hawaii for 10 years. He has 49 years of professional experience. Dr. MacDonald received a National Teaching Fellowship and a National Advanced Study Grant for his doctoral work. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Dr. MacDonald's training was a perfect match for the interdisciplinary and applied nature of the FCS Department. His professional affiliations are as follows - Clinical member of the American Academy of Behavioral Medicine and the American and California Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Supervisor and Diplomate for the American Board of Sexology. He is a member of the National Council on Family Relations and of the Center for Sex Research at CSUN. Dr. MacDonald has shown continuous excellent performance in his academic responsibilities and has made many contributions to CSUN, his field, and to the community. As a member of the Center for Sex Research at CSUN, his major administrative assignment for 27 years was that of Coordinator of the Human Sexuality Minor. His work has been seen in a variety of publications, and he has given many presentations at symposia and professional conferences.
Professor Jim Macklin was a faculty member in the Accounting and Information Systems Department for 28 years. After being a partner at the CPA firm Arthur Andersen, he joined the faculty in 1983. He taught the Department’s auditing course and created the capstone course ACCT 495. He held semester-long leadership seminars for aspiring student leaders for over twenty years. He was faculty advisor for the Accounting Association and CSUN's award-winning chapter of the accounting honorary, Beta Alpha Psi. In 2010, the Beta Alpha Psi global organization gave Jim the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. The same year, the University presented him with the Distinguished Teaching Award. The students have selected him twice as Outstanding Professor in Accounting and he received the Polished Apple Award from the University Ambassadors seven times. Jim held senior officer positions in professional organizations and participated in innovative change in the CPA profession. He was instrumental in creating student members in the California Society of CPAs. He helped to create the Los Angeles Accounting Careers Awareness Program that promotes career opportunities for minority youth. Jim is most proud, however, that his daughter Kristin graduated in Accounting at CSUN and has become a distinguished CPA in her own right.
Dr. Elena Marchisotto became a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 1984, and subsequently received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1988, and promotion to Professor in 1991. A popular and enthusiastic teacher, Elena designed several courses for the Mathematics Department and served for many years as the (original) Director of Developmental Mathematics. She has directed nine Master's students whose work was based on her own research. Elena is a leading expert on the 19th century mathematician, Mario Pieri, and she has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, has written chapters in several texts, and has presented her work at many conferences. Much of Elena's research required translating Pieri's works from Italian. In April 2017, Elena presented in the Special Session on History of Mathematics at the Association for Women in Mathematics fourth biennial research symposium at UCLA. She has had a successful career as an educator and scholar and has brought prestige to CSUN.
Eva Margarita Nieto
A native Californian, Margarita Nieto received her three degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Nieto was a Senior Doctoral Fellow in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute and a California Council for the Humanities grant recipient. She was a tenured Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies since August 1987 and retired May 2016. Dr. Nieto has published and lectured extensively on Mexican literature and art history throughout Europe and Latin America. The most recent book edited by Dr. Nieto is Pathways to the Heart: An Anthology of Mexican Literature in Translation.
In her 27 years at CSUN, Dr. Vicki Pedone served as a faculty member for 23 years, including 7 years as Department Chair, and 4 years as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Her teaching emphasis was in sedimentary rocks and low-temperature geochemistry, and her research specialties were in the formation and geochemistry of carbonate rocks. Her most recent work examined the mineralogy and geochemistry of carbonate sediment in Lake Bonneville, Utah, to help define climate changes in this area 24,000 to 13,000 years ago. During her career at CSUN, she served on many Department, College and University level committees.
Dr. Kyriakos Pontikis earned his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Oklahoma State University and his Master's and Ph.D. in Architecture from UC, Berkeley. After practicing as an architect for several years, Kyriakos joined the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in 2006. He brought with him not only a solid professional background, but also a unique knowledge of building methods, and a strong focus on learning through nature and the importance of sustainable design. Besides being an Architect and Interior Designer, Kyriakos was an artist and painter and looked for beauty in every detail. He surrounded his life with beauty and his admiration of aesthetic and nature was reflected in his focus on sustainable design. Among the most devoted service to the university was through the Sustainability Initiative which he helped set up. As a scholar, Kyriakos collaborated with Architects and Designers from across the globe. He was a beloved educator and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, junior faculty, and other colleagues. Kyriakos always saw the big picture of each situation, as if he was seeing the complete architectural and interior design projects. He strongly believed in accessible public higher education and advocated for all students from all backgrounds.
Dr. Cynthia Rawitch has been a member of the CSUN faculty and administrative staff for 44 years, since joining the Journalism Department as a part-timer in 1973. In her early years, Dr. Rawitch focused on teaching the basic skills that young journalists need: reporting, writing, editing, and ethics. She was the publisher of The Daily Sundial for 10 years and was named the Outstanding Journalism Professor of the Year by the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 1986. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, after completing her Ph.D. at UCLA. While Dr. Rawitch always loved the classroom and newsroom, she became the Department Chair of Journalism in 1998. She then moved into administration as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of MCCAMC. She held numerous administrative positions in central Academic Affairs from 2005-2013, ending as Vice Provost. Her personal, professional, and research interests have always focused on journalism ethics, diversity in journalism, and student success.
Dr. William Roberts joined the CSUN Department of Economics in 1973. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from UC San Diego. As a faculty member, he taught undergraduate courses in economics, management and business, as well as graduate courses in the College’s MBA program. Dr. Roberts has served in many administrative positions, including the Chair of the Management Department (2009 to 2012), the Associate Dean of the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics (1994 to 2004), and was Co-Director of the College’s Business Honors Program in 2012. He also served as Director of the College’s Graduate Program from 1982-1985. Dr. Roberts has served on many committees at all levels of the University. He was Director of the San Fernando Economic Research Center from 2009 to 2016. As Director, he tracked the economy of the San Fernando Valley. The Center compiled the annual economic forecast for the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and tracked the residential housing market. Dr. Roberts co-authored a textbook, Money and Banking: A Market-Oriented Approach. In addition, he authored many articles in the Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics and the Economic Record. He made significant contributions to the reputation of both the College and the University.
Dr. Maureen Rubin, spent most of her 32-year career in the Journalism Department, where she started in 1984 and finished in Fall 2016. Promoted to full professor in 1993, Maureen taught advanced courses in public relations, mass communication law, ethics, and women and the media. She was active in curricular advisement, faculty governance, thesis advisement and supervising student publications and activities. She also served on and/or chaired College and University-wide committees. In 1998, she became the founding director of the University's Center for Community Service-Learning.
Her pioneering work created and implemented hundreds of new classes, trained faculty, coordinated community partnerships, and spearheaded many related projects. Her legacy continues in the community and beyond. Aside from frequent consulting for faculty training, professional development, and grant proposal writing in the CSU Chancellor's Office, and for state and national service-learning programs, Maureen also served the campus as Director of Undergraduate Studies, MCCAMC Associate Dean and Special Assistant to the Provost, Dean, and Valley Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Kenneth Sakatani started at CSUN as an Associate Professor in 2003, and was promoted to full Professor in 2008. He taught undergraduate and graduate art education courses focusing on studio art and curricular development. He served on a number of University, College, and Department committees and chaired his College’s Search committee for Associate Dean. He was the Art Department Chair from 2010-2013. Dr. Sakatani worked to achieve National Associate of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Art Department accreditation in 2011 and California State Single Subject Matter Program (Art) accreditation in 2013. He has a peer-reviewed publication record and was involved in state and national art education associations. He received the California State Art Association Outstanding Higher Education Visual Art Educator Award in 2013.
Dr. Diane Schwartz has been a full-time faculty member of the Computer Science Department since 1979. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1975. She has served as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Diane has taught a wide variety of courses in the Computer Science Department. She is committed to her students and to helping them learn and reach their academic goals. Diane took a leadership role in program assessment in the department and served on University Assessment committees and Task Forces. She has been actively involved in faculty governance throughout her time at CSUN. She was elected Faculty President in 2000 and served many years on the Faculty Senate, Senate Executive Committee and the Educational Policies Committee.
Professor Johnie Scott came to CSUN in 1984 as a Senior Lecturer, and since then has moved to his present position as Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. He served as Department Chair in 2013-14. During his 33 years at CSUN, he taught and/or designed more than 20 different courses with distinction. He was a two-time coordinator for National Black History Month, bringing some of Black America's finest leaders, scholars, academicians, and artists to the campus. He served on many Department and College committees and was a Faculty Senator. His work has been published (e.g., The Effective Writer) and anthologized; and he has received awards including “The Council for the Advancement of Science and Education National Silver Medal” for "The Fire Next Time" which was published by Stanford Magazine. Professor Scott has appeared on radio and television, and in working with the DIGLA Program, was responsible for taking 2,300 students to see first-rate, award winning plays, musicals and concerts at major Los Angeles venues. He was the first Lecturer to receive the California Faculty Association's Distinguished Teaching Award, four Polished Apple Awards from the CSUN University Ambassadors, the W.E.B. DuBois Sankofa Award for Excellence in Teaching from CSUN's Black Student Union, and the CSUN Black Alumni Association's 2016 Legacy Award.
Dr. Ronald S. Stone joined the Department of Accounting & Information Systems at CSUN in 1986. He earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971, his M.B.A. in Accounting from Rutgers University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in Accounting-Information System from UCLA in 1983. Before coming to CSUN, he taught for 12 years at CSU, Los Angeles, and for 10 summers at USC. He was a visiting professor at UCLA's Anderson School and a Lecturer at Cal Lutheran. Dr. Stone has extensive professional experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in public accounting with what is now the international firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. He Is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of CPAs. He has published both in academic and trade journals. During his 30 years at CSUN, Dr. Stone received three Outstanding Professor Awards. For 25 years, he was faculty advisor to the Accounting Association and a member and Chair of his Department's awards committee where he helped raise more than $2,000,000 for student scholarships. He also served on many College and University committees and is very well liked by both his students and colleagues.
Dr. Nayereh Tohidi is a Professor and former Chair of the Gender & Women Studies Department and the founding Director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) at CSUN. As a Research Associate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies of UCLA, she has also coordinated the Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran since 2003. Dr. Tohidi's expertise includes gender and development, women's movements, feminism and Islam, and ethnic issues in the Middle East and Central Asia. She was the recipient of several grants and post-doctoral fellowships. Dr. Tohidi's extensive publications include authorship or editorship of three books, and many book chapters, refereed journal articles, book reviews, creative works and interviews. She has integrated transnational human/women's rights activism with excellence in academic work and scholarship, including frequent media appearances and public lectures at international conferences as invited keynote speaker or panelist. She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations (UNICEF and UNDP) and represented a few transnational women NGOs at both the third and fourth World Conferences on Women in Nairobi and Beijing sponsored by the UN.
Dr. Jack Alanen has been an esteemed Computer Science (CS) faculty member since 1980. He filled many instrumental roles -- Department Chair, Coordinator of Graduate Programs, and Associate Dean of CECS. He has served on department, college, and university committees including Department and College Personnel and University PP&R. As Department Chair, he guided the CS Department through a period of rapid student enrollment growth and oversaw the hiring of many faculty who have gone on to spend their entire career here. He left CSUN for several years to work for IBM research. He returned and brought back new ideas from industry to be added to the CS curriculum. He was invited to spend several semesters at Buraimi University in Oman to assist them in creating a new curriculum in Information Technology, a program that is still going strong today. The Computer Science Department and the College of Engineering and Computer Science are honored to have Professor Jack Alanen as one of our Emeritus faculty.
Dr. Robert Barker joined the CSUN Department of Accounting & Information Systems in 1981. He earned his B.B.A. from Arkansas A and M College in 1965, his M.A. from the University of Alabama in 1969 and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 1974. During his 35 years at CSUN, Dr. Barker has been a great professor and has served as Controller for the University (eleven years) and Department Chair of Accounting and Information Systems (nine years). During his tenure at CSUN, Dr. Barker has been an amazing teacher and mentor to hundreds of students, and has given greatly of his time, knowledge and expertise for service to the department, college, and university. Dr. Barker has been a brilliant colleague, a wonderful teacher and a good friend—he will be missed.
Dr. Julio Blanco, Physics and Astronomy Department, graduated from CSUN with a B.S. and M.S. in Physics. After a brief stint at Hughes Aircraft and earning his Ph.D. from Penn State, he returned to CSUN as an Assistant Professor in 1987. Dr. Blanco is very productive and makes valuable contributions to the teaching and research mission of the University especially in enhancing student learning. He is also very active in service to the University through his committee work. He served as Department Chair from 2001-2006, and under his leadership, several initiatives including online classes and an astronomy lab are put in place that lead to a steady growth in enrollment of GE classes. Julio is instrumental in creating the position of Graduate Teaching Associate within the University and now TAs are an integral part of the teaching staff of many departments on campus and serve as an important source of financial support for our graduate students.
Dr. Donald Bleich joined CSUN in Fall 1984 as a part-time faculty and was subsequently offered a full-time faculty appointment starting Fall 1986. During his 28 years tenure at CSUN, he had made major contributions to the department, the college, our university and community. With his expertise in real estate, Don directed the Real Estate Center for over a decade. He helped build a strong connection between CSUN and the real estate community across the Greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Bleich also served as the Department Chair from 2006-20011. He was a known scholar in the real estate related field. He was well respected by his students, staff, faculty, and the real estate community locally, nationally, and internationally. He passed away unexpectedly in May 2012.
During her 38-year career at CSUN, Professor Pamela Bourgeois changed the way writing has been taught, not only in the English Department, but across the entire campus. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Detroit in 1974, with a specialization in medieval literature. She joined the faculty in 1978. She was hired to coordinate the developmental writing program in English, and she not only effectively administrated the program, but also continually updated its curriculum and organization to reflect current trends in pedagogy and a changing student population. She guided the University Writing Council as it spearheaded the change from a developmental writing program to the current stretch model of composition now being taught in six departments. She launched and served as managing editor for New Voices, a publication of outstanding student essays written by Freshman composition students, now in its 26th edition. She served as University Coordinator of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam. She worked with faculty in Secondary Education to design the English Four-Year Integrated subject matter program.
Dr. Brian Connett joined the Marketing Department in January 1990, and has taught a variety of courses since then. He has served on a number of committees at all levels including the Faculty Senate and the Tseng College of Extended Learning’s Advisory Committee. The Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Delta presented him with a meritorious service award as Chapter President for 1999-2000. He served on the Board of Directors of the USU from 1996 to 1998. In 2001, the University Ambassadors presented him with a Polished Apple Award. He’s been a faculty advisor to the CSUN Chapter of the American Marketing Association. With a colleague, he developed what eventually became the College’s Gateway Course. He was co-developer of the Global Supply Chain Management Major for the College and was appointed as the College’s first Director of Internships. He has made numerous presentations to the local business community, including the Valley International Trade Association, The Los Angeles Transpor-tation Club, The Citrus Belt Traffic Club, and the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Managers (now the Institute for Supply Management).
Dr. Amy Denissen earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her master’s degree from Syracuse University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA. She joined the Sociology faculty at CSUN in 2006. Amy served on many university committees and as a member of the Faculty Senate. As a public sociologist, Amy did research in the areas of Gender, Sexuality, Work, Labor, and Organizations. Her research on women in the building trades highlighted the ongoing discrimination that women face in this male dominated field. Amy’s research appeared in academic journals such as Gender and Society and The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and reports published by the City of Los Angeles Labor Committee on Construction Opportunity. An advocate for labor and social justice issues, Amy was a CFA activist, the Organizing and Membership Chair (2011-12), and a member of the California Faculty Association’s Executive Board on our campus. Amy was a beloved teacher and mentor who worked closely with undergraduate students in the Work & Society option within the sociology major. She was an engaged colleague who could be depended on to complete any task. She strongly believed in public higher education and the opportunities it provides for a diverse student body.
Dr. Cynthia Desrochers joined the faculty in Elementary Education in 1983, following the completion of her Ph.D. at UCLA. Cynthia has taught several courses in language arts and social studies to preservice teachers. She is an engaging instructor and has won the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her teaching and publications are in the areas of peer coaching, cooperative learning, and clinical supervision. As a CSUN faculty member, she has held administrative positions such as: the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the coordinator of Elementary Education Student Teaching, the director of The Clinical Supervision Model Project Grant, and more recently, Five Gears Project. For CELT, Dr. Desrochers created a number of bulletins on topics such as pedagogy in the college classroom (supporting teaching in the college classroom). In addition, she organized regular presentations by university faculty on pedagogy they found effective in their teaching.
Dr. Bonnie Ericson joined the Department of Secondary Education (SED) in 1981. Since then, Bonnie has prepared hundreds of English teachers for credentials and helped scores of veteran teachers earn MA degrees in English Education, a program she has advised for many years. Bonnie served as Department Chair from 1999-2011. During this time, she ably led the SED through three accreditation cycles and multiple program modifications, including the complicated transition to a state-required “Teacher Performance Assessment” for all credential candidates that dramatically changed courses, faculty roles, and department practices. Bonnie was a key member of the design team for the innovative Northridge Academy High School (NAHS), and since NAHS opened in 2004, has served as the NAHS-CSUN liaison. Bonnie has always been active in professional organizations, including the California Association of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She served on the NCTE Secondary Section Committee from 1992-1996, edited a column in English Journal from 1994-1998, and edited an NCTE-published book, Teaching Reading in High School English Classes.
Craig Finney, Recreation and Tourism Management Department, has been a faculty member at CSUN for 40 years, holding such roles as graduate and undergraduate faculty, Department Chair, and member/chair of many department, college and university committees. Viewed by his peers and students as an effective teacher, he encouraged students to ‘own their educational destiny’ while modeling high standards of performance. Craig provided the department with vision for the future, embodied in areas such as the undergraduate and graduate internship program and graduate emphases in tourism and recreational sport management. Through Craig’s research, we have a greater understanding of the value of human play, including the therapeutic benefits of play behavior in the management of the physiological/ psychological impacts of stress on the human body. Craig engaged in numerous university-wide collaborations including the creation of CSUN’s first multi-discipline GE class; the development of and subsequent instruction in the Assistive Technology MS degree; the creation of the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing; and the creation and coordination of the Neighborhood Partners in Action initiative.
Dr. Fischbach was hired in 1969 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. For several years, he was Director of the Health Education program and the Graduate Coordinator of the Master in Public Health program. He also served as Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Development from August 2006 to January 2008. Dr. Fischbach contributed in important ways to the CSUN academic community as well as the Greater San Fernando community. He served as the President and member of the Board of Directors of the Special Equestrian Riding Therapy (SERT). He also had a long-standing relationship with the California Department of Developmental Services. Dr. Fischbach taught a variety of GE and program specific core courses. During his years in the FERP program, Dr. Fischbach had dedicated his efforts to the CSUN Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing. He has been involved in the formation of an autism affinity group for CSUN, linking various collaborative academic and community partners for research and practice.
Dr. Shane Frehlich received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1990. He earned a Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida in 1997. Thereafter, he began his professional career as a full-time Lecturer (1997) and then Assistant Professor (1998) at the State University New York (SUNY), Cortland. He joined the Kinesiology Department at CSUN as an Assistant Professor in 2001, awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2006, and then promoted to full Professor in 2011. In Kinesiology, Shane served as General Education Activity Program Coordinator from 2001 to 2005 and as an Undergraduate Program Coordinator from 2005 to 2009. He was appointed Chair of the Kinesiology Department in 2009 and continued in that position until 2013. In addition to numerous committees and other leadership positions, Shane was the elected Faculty President in 2014, and held that position until his passing in September 2014. He was well respected and is deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
Dr. Adam Gifford, a faculty member in the Economics Department, has been a member of the CSUN faculty since 1972. During this time, he served with effectiveness as a professor teaching both undergraduate economics courses and courses in the MBA programs. He has served as Department Chair twice from 1997-2003, and again from 2009-2011. He has also served on many department, college and university committees. Professor Gifford has made a significant contribution to the reputation of both the college and the university. He has authored many articles and made numerous presentations in the economics of public choice and, more recently, in evolutionary and biological origins of rational choice. He served as Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bioeconomics, from 2010-2012.
Dr. Charlie Hanson served as a full time faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling for over 30 years. He is a licensed psychologist, and a credentialed school counselor and school psychologist. As founder of Strength United, Dr. Hanson is credited for creating one of the largest centers in the Los Angeles area serving children and families who have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. As Principal Investigator and Executive Administrator, Dr. Hanson has been awarded over $27 million in grants and contracts in the last 10 years for training and supervising CSUN students, to provide extensive service to the community, as part of their linked service learning education. He has also been a leader in our School Counseling Program and has trained many students who now are making a difference in public schools all over the Los Angeles area. Students who attend this program graduate with outstanding skills, as a result of Dr. Hanson’s efforts to improve the school counseling field in California, and nationally to promote advocacy for educational equity and academic success for all students.
Dr. Martha Farrar Highfield, Ph.D. and RN, is a Professor of Nursing at CSUN and Nursing Research Facilitator at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Her research has focused on two areas: spiritual care and nursing history. She earned her Bachelors in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, Masters of Nursing Science (MNSc) from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and a doctorate in nursing (Ph.D.) from Texas Woman’s University, Houston. Dr. Highfield has held administrative, staff development, and clinical positions. Her clinical specialty is oncology nursing. She presents from local to international venues, is published and cited widely, engages in overseas service trips, is on the Board of International Health Care Foundation, has served as an officer in multiple professional organizations, and received the CSUN’s Extraordinary Service Award in 2012.
Dr. Jones-Nicol has been a full time faculty member and the School Psychology Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education since 1987. She holds a license in psychology and a credential in school psychology. Dr. Jones-Nicol deserves much credit for building the School Psychology Program from a small program to a highly regarded and selective program with hundreds of applicants over the years. While Dr. Jones-Nicol was coordinator, the program received national recognition and accreditation from the National Association of School Psychologists, and the program continues to hold this accreditation today. School psychologists currently in practice in school districts throughout the greater Los Angeles area were once her students, and remember her as an extremely knowledgeable and generous mentor and teacher with a keen sense for social equity and justice. Her colleagues admire her for her high standards and professionalism, multicultural expertise and leadership, and kind heart.
Dr. Magnhild Lien has been a faculty member of the CSUN Department of Mathematics from August 1987 until January 2016. She has excelled in all the academic pursuits including teaching, service, scholarship and leadership. Magnhild’s field of research has been in an area of mathematics called knot theory. She was an excellent, well-respected instructor teaching a wide range of courses. Magnhild served as Department Chair from August 1998 until January 2006 (a time in which the department greatly expanded). She was committed to improving the math undergraduate and graduate programs. She tirelessly served the university in many outstanding ways – as a member of numerous committees, as Director of the School Research Collaborative, and as Assistant Director for Teachers for a New Era. Magnhild’s reputation as a leader in math education led to her being an external reviewer for several program reviews as well as the recipient of four large education grants. In 2012, Magnhild was appointed Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics, a position that she still holds.
Dr. Jennifer Matos, Biology Department, joined the CSUN faculty in 1994. Conveying enthusiasm for plants and knowledge of biodiversity has been her special skill. Her courses have been beautifully illustrated with color photos that she took of plants all over the world. She played a central role in the creation of the Tropical Biology Semester and taught for it in Costa Rica in 2003 and 2005. Her research focused on plant population genetics. Jennifer chaired the GE Task Force that formulated a plan to reduce the undergraduate GE requirement from 58 to 48 units. This plan, which was approved in 2005, resulted in a major improvement in the undergraduate experience at CSUN. That work led to her election to the position of Faculty President in 2006 and 2008. Over the years, she has served on many important committees and spent countless hours at meetings with administrators and faculty members with disparate interests and agendas.
Dr. Joyce Munsch, Child and Adolescent Development Department, has been a member of the CSUN faculty for 15 years. She came to CSUN from Texas Tech in Fall 2002 to become the founding Chair of the new Department of Child and Adolescent Development. In 2005, Joyce received the Visionary Community Service Learning Award in recognition of her "outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the betterment of students and the community through service learning." Joyce’s research has focused on adolescent social networks and how adolescents cope with stress in their lives, particularly the stress associated with school transitions. Dr. Munsch has received over $3.6 million in externally-funded grants during her career. She has authored 19 publications in peer-reviewed journals, authored a widely-used textbook, and shared dozens of presentations at both national and international meetings. She has worked tirelessly toward professional-izing the workforce of early childhood educators in a variety of roles that has made CSUN a beacon and leader in the field of child development.
Dr. Steven Oppenheimer, Biology Department, has been a member of the CSUN faculty for 45 years. During that time, Steve has been a Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology. He has mentored hundreds of students in his many years at CSUN, many who went on for a Ph.D. and other professional degrees. Hundreds of his mentees co-authored Steve's publications, abstracts and national presentations. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his research into cell surfaces and for his work with students. Steve was a Statewide Cal State System Trustees Outstanding Professor. In addition, he is author or co-author of textbooks in the areas of embryonic development and cancer. Finally, Steve is also a recipient of a U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring presented at the White House by President Obama, in addition to being recipient of 26 awards and honors in teaching, research and research mentoring here at CSUN.
Sabrina Peck has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and joined the Department of Elementary Education in 1990. With expertise in second language acquisition and Teaching English as a Second Language, she taught at all levels from freshmen to graduate students in three different departments: Elementary Education, Liberal Studies, and Linguistics/TESL. Equally generous regarding service, she chaired several searches, served as a faculty senator, and helped to launch major initiatives such as ITEP, TNE (Teachers for a New Era), Urban Education Task Force, and an M.A. in TESL degree. Significantly, Brina’s early work for Linguistics/TESL was not done as part of a joint appointment or an MOU, but rather as a personal commitment to support what was then a Linguistics Program. She served as Coordinator of the Linguistics Program from 2005 until 2008, performing all the duties of a chair. Nationally, Brina is known for her research on children’s second language acquisition through child-child discourse and for creating the Second Language Research Forum, a conference that rotates among U.S. universities.
Dr. Ken Portnoy, a CTVA screenwriting professor since 1980, has written professionally for television and has published an acclaimed text on Screenplay Adaptation. In the classroom, Ken became renowned for his dry wit and emphatic presentations. He served as head of the CTVA Screenwriting Option for five years, and he served as CTVA’s Graduate Program Coordinator during a key transitional period, overseeing the degree conversion from M.A. in Mass Communication Arts to M.A. in Screenwriting. His intelligence and “calls ’em as he sees ’em” approach to critiquing have helped guide thousands of screenwriting students, who always will be grateful for his mentorship.
Dr. Jennifer Romack received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University in 1980. She earned a M.S. degree in 1981 from the University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. in 1995, from Indiana University. She joined the faculty of the Kinesiology Department at CSUN as an Assistant Professor in 1995. Throughout her 21-year tenure on campus, Jen’s numerous and significant contributions spanned the department, college, and university levels. As an accomplished researcher and teacher/mentor, she managed a seamless connection between her scholarship and instruction whereby her students were the benefactors. Without question, Jen had a passion for teaching and learning. She received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2014 from CSU Northridge. The CSUN faculty express their appreciation for her 21 years of dedicated and valued service to the university and to the State of California.
Dr. Luis Rubalcava has been an outstanding faculty member in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling for the last 36 years. Coming to America from Mexico as an adolescent, Dr. Rubalcava overcame many challenges to earn a Ph.D. and a license as a psychologist, and ultimately to serve as a well-respected faculty. He has served as graduate coordinator, equity and diversity department representative, and faculty member in the Transforming School Counseling Initiative. Among his many strengths are his devotion to his students and his willingness to spend hundreds of hours one-on-one in mentoring and guiding students to develop exceptional therapeutic skills. Dr. Rubalcava also has been a passionate leader and scholar in the field of diversity and counseling, and has had a profound influence on students in becoming culturally aware and inclusive therapists. Recently, Dr. Rubalcava has been working on a scholarly text focused on a theoretical model of counseling that embraces the deeper self in a culturally contextual manner, and he plans on continuing this work into his retirement.
Dr. Jerome Seliger holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Seliger has mentored and provided research and community service opportunities for students and colleagues since first joining the Department of Health Sciences faculty in 1977. Dr. Seliger authored books such as “Delivering Human Services,” a pioneering work in the field. He prepared research papers and videos about the biomedical industry in California commissioned by the California State Library, Research Bureau in Sacramento. His most recent publication focuses on diabetes self-management in low income Latino communities. For nearly twenty years, Dr. Seliger has served as a board member and vice-chair of a private nonprofit organization that develops prostate cancer research and consumer education. Dr. Seliger has extensive experience in community health. In the 1980s and 1990s, he founded and held leadership roles in four nonprofit organizations: San Fernando Community Campus for Health and Education, San Fernando, 2001-2010; Bienvenidos Children's Center, Inc., Altadena, Ca., 1985-1996; and LA County CAO: Public model for the LA County Health Systems Agency 1980‑82.
Dr. Bruce Shapiro served in the role of Staff Psychologist at University Counseling Services (UCS) for 25 years, from September 1990 to May 2015. He also served as Interim Director of UCS in 2004. Dr. Shapiro was an integral part of UCS and made significant contributions to the department, the campus community, and CSUN students. Within UCS, he provided direct counseling and crisis intervention services to students, mental health consultation to faculty and staff; outreach programs on a variety of topics; and clinical supervision, training, and mentorship to pre-doctoral interns. Some of his contributions include the establishment of a stress-reduction/self-help room for students; co-development of an advanced practicum program offered at UCS; University disaster response following the 1994 Northridge earthquake; co-facilitation of workshops for C.A.R.E. (Creating Attitudes for a Rape Free Environment); academic enhancement counseling through ExCEL (Experience Confidence and Enjoyment in Learning); and facilitation of a support group for CSUN’s Resilient Scholars.
Dr. Jon Sloan’s research expertise in micropaleontology helped constrain the Cenozoic paleoclimate in southern California. He has been a dedicated teacher in the Department of Geological Sciences for the past 32 years teaching Earth History, Oceanography, and Environmental Science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has consistently been one of the department’s most popular GE instructors. He also worked diligently to design and implement new curriculum for the Earth Science major at CSUN. He was academic advisor for Earth Science majors from 1999 until 2004, when this major was no longer offered to CSUN students. Subsequently, Jon served as the academic advisor for Geology majors from 2000 until 2011, when he accepted early retirement at CSUN (FERP).
George Uba served as English Department Chair for seven years (2004-11), where he emphasized innovation and professional community. A founding member of the Asian American Studies Department, he served as its Acting Chair (1998-2000) and oversaw its first graduating class of majors. He directed the SFV Japanese American Oral History Project. During his career, he made 45 professional presentations, and his literary criticism appeared in over two dozen refereed journals and edited volumes, including MELUS, American Literature, The South Atlantic Quarterly, The Journal of Asian American Studies, The Journal of Ethnic Studies, Essays in Literature, and The Journal of American Culture. His poetry has been translated into Japanese and his creative work published in two dozen national literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Carolina Quarterly, The Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Potomac Review, and The Southern (Australia) Review. His book, Disorient Ballroom, was published in 2004 by Turning Point Books. In 2010, he was the recipient of CSUN’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
Dr. Earl Weiss joined the CSUN Department of Accounting & Information Systems in 1984. He earned his B.A. from UCLA in 1970, his J.D. from Southwestern in 1974, and his M.S. from CSU Los Angeles in 1980. He has had extensive professional experience as an attorney and as a CPA in public accounting with what is now the firm EY (Ernst & Young). During his 32 years at CSUN, Dr. Weiss has been an outstanding professor and has served as Special Assistant to the President (six years), Director of Legal Affairs (six years), Chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems (six years), and Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics (three years). It is clear that Dr. Weiss has been an influential leader at all levels of the university. He is very well liked by his students and colleagues, and he has been an influential mentor to all of the faculty hired into the department after his arrival. Dr. Weiss has been a wonderful colleague, a great teacher, a strong leader, an outstanding mentor, and a valued friend—he will be missed.