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Ileana Costea, Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Management

Professor Ileana Costea spent 37 years at CSUN as a Professor of Engineering in the MSEM Department and Chair (2011-2014). Professor Costea taught a large range of courses in undergraduate instruction in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and graduate instruction in Automation Engineering and developed the Automation CAD/CAM program of MSEM along with its courses. Professor Costea chaired and served on numerous committees at the Department, College, and CSUN level (Graduate & Undergraduate Coordinator, Department and College Personnel Committees, CSUN International Education Committee (a decade) and  was the President of the Honors Scholars Society (for two terms). Professor Costea also brought in donations to the MSEM Department (CATIA software $2.5 millions; CNC Machine $106,000; ASQ donation), and created the Ana Paunescu Endowment along with donating two sculptures to CSUN. Professor Costea initiated the “Art of Innovation” Conference (chaired it for two years, 2012 & 2013). Professor Costea is professionally active nationally and internationally. Professor Costea held Visiting Professor appointments at several universities in Europe, and China and was a member on organizing committees for international conferences. Professor Costea published extensively on artificial intelligence, interactive computer graphics, CAD/CAM/CAE and was the recipient of Engineer's Council Merit Award and a reviewer for NSF and IEEE and editor of special journal issues.

Edith Dimo, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

Dr. Edith Dimo is a professor of Spanish Language and Latin American Literature at California State University Northridge, where she has been teaching in the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL) Department since 1995. She received her BA at California State University Dominguez Hills (1985), her M.A. at California State University Long Beach (1990), and her Ph.D. at University of California Riverside (1995). She has taught a variety of courses in Spanish Language and Conversation, Grammar and Composition for Journalism students, Hispanic Culture and Literature, Latin American Civilization, Literature and Society, Latin American Literature, Caribbean Literature and Culture, Literature and Latin American Cinema, Latin American Women Writers/Women Studies, Latin American Novel, Medical Spanish for Health Sciences, and Seminars on Literary Genre, Literary Period, Latin American Authors, and Literary Theory.

While teaching at MCLL, she was the Graduate Coordinator of the Spanish Masters Program, was the Director of the M.A. Foreign Language Reading Examinations, was Advisor to Spanish BA students, and myriad other advisory and committee positions to contribute to MCLL. Dr. Dimo also contributed to numerous conferences and Interviews which were a positive benefit to MCLL, as well as the College of Humanities. Besides teaching, she also has been a regular contributor to literary journals in the US and Latin America. Her publications include four books (two, co-authored), on relevant topics such as gender roles in Latin American society and women’s literature. Dr. Dimo began the Faculty Early Retirement Program in 2015, and is teaching her last semester in Fall 2020 to complete a 25 year investment in the students of MCLL and CSUN. 

Werner Horn, Mathematics

After growing up in a small Bavarian town as the child of world war II refugees, Professor Werner Horn started his University education as a first generation student at the University of Ulm, Germany. After 3 years of studies in Mathematics and Physics, he transferred into the graduate program in Mathematics at the University of Southern California, and a year later into the PhD program at UCLA. At UCLA, he worked under the advice of James V. Ralston, and graduated with a PhD degree in June 1989. After 3 years of post doctoral work at the University of Regensburg and the University of Essen, he returned to California and started at CSUN as a part-time lecturer in Mathematics. In 1998, he was hired as a tenure track faculty member at CSUN. He served the Department as Graduate Coordinator, Associate Chair and Chair at different times, and was involved in numerous large grants. He also authored over twenty papers, which appeared in peer-reviewed journals. He is married, an avid hiker, and a locally competitive sailor. 

David Liu, Accounting and Information Systems

Dr. Liu has served for 22 years since 1998, as full-time tenure track faculty at CSUN and is retiring from active service in the University. For last four years, he served as the Associate Department Chair of Accounting and Information Systems. He led the effort to update and expand the Information Systems program and curriculum. Dr. Liu was active in the department’s recent recruitment process resulting in five new hires last year. Dr. Liu has taught a variety of courses with remarkable results. He is an outstanding professor and extremely well-liked by students. Dr. Liu has made significant intellectual contributions by publishing numerous articles in various refereed journals and presenting his research works in conferences.

David earned his Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA in 1987. He served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at California State University, Northridge. He has also served as Professor and Department Chair of the Information Systems Department at California State University, Los Angeles. In business, David is both a season executive and a serial entrepreneur. David has held C-level positions in both the public and private sectors across several industries.

David Miller, Accounting and Information Systems

Professor David W. Miller is in his eighteenth year as a full-time member of the faculty in the Nazarian College at CSU, Northridge. David received a PhD in Business Information Systems from Mississippi State University in 2003, is a professor of information systems, and is a former chair of the Management department. He has a BS in management, an MBA emphasizing economics, and an MS in information systems, all from Mississippi State University. Research interests are in social impacts of information systems on groups and organizations, issues related to technology adoption and use, managing information security, and awareness and impacts in social networking. He has taught courses on the role and impact of information systems in business, database management systems, programming, management of information security, and strategic management. Prior to pursuing the doctorate, he worked 17 years in industry which had followed a 4-year enlistment in the U.S. Army. This industry experience is primarily as a test operations manager and metrology (calibration) facility manager with duties as a quality engineer/auditor. David was born in Northridge and attended Cantara Street Elementary, Northridge Junior High, and Grover Cleveland Senior High Schools.

Dina Mokhnatkin, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

Dina Mokhnatkin has been in academia for the past 40 years. She has an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature and was a Research Fellow in Art and Architecture at the St. Petersburg Museum of History prior to beginning her work in the United States. She has extensive experience in teaching Russian language, literature, civilization and cultural studies at all levels in both the United States and Russia. Her unique approach stems from traditions rooted in a deep understanding of pedagogics. For the past14 years, Professor Mokhnatkin has been the Director of two Russian Immersion Programs at CSUN–the summer STARTALK Russian Language and Culture Immersion Program and the year-long nationally recognized Strategic Language Initiative Program (SLI). In addition, she was the head of a Russian study abroad program for 7 years, organizing and coordinating an agreement between California State University, Northridge and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia. An expert in her field, Professor Mokhnatkin has showcased her talent and ability in pedagogy, bringing students to fluency in Russian language while fostering in them a cultural understanding that is not often seen in language students.

Dat-Dao Ngyuen, Accounting and Information Systems

Professor Dat-Dao Nguyen holds a Doctorate degree in MIS from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). He has been with the Department of Accounting & IS / College of Business at CSUN since 1999. During his tenure at CSUN, he taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Business Information Systems, Systems Analysis and Design, and Database. He has been honored with 5 “IS Professor of the Year” teaching awards.His researches were published in the IEBM Handbook of Information Technology in Business, The International Encyclopedia of Business and Management, The Internet Encyclopedia, Journal of Information Science and Technology, International Journal of Economics and Finance, International Business Research, International Journal of Management & Information Systems, among others.

He has participated in committees at Department, College, and University levels. He was also involved in many extra-curricular activities. For 17 years, he was Faculty Advisor of Management Information Systems Association (MISA) – a student club in the Department of Accounting & IS. Since 2002, he was Faculty Coach of CSUN / IS teams in “Business Systems & IT Strategy Category” at the Annual Information Technology Competitions (ITC) for Southern California University Students. The teams won First Place 8 times, Second Place 2 times, and Third Place 1 time.

Robert Ryan, Mechanical Engineering

Robert (Bob) Ryan began his collegiate studies at California State University, Northridge in 1972, and ultimately spent the bulk of his professional career at CSUN. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1978, he began teaching part-time while pursuing his Master’s degree at CSUN. He was encouraged by his faculty mentors to continue his education in a PhD program at UCLA, which he completed in 1994. While attending UCLA, he continued to teach at CSUN as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which ultimately led to a tenure-track appointment in 2003. Bob taught courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics, and also led a number of senior design teams in the Human Powered Vehicle competition. He was the undergraduate laboratory coordinator for the department for many years, and developed the Mechanical Measurements laboratory course which was an important addition to the ME program. Bob was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. That same year he joined the Dean’s Office as a Special Assistant, and the following year he was chosen as the College’s Associate Dean. He served in that role until 2018, when he entered the FERP program.

James Solomon, English

Professor James Soloman began his employment at California State University, Northridge in 1991 as a tenure track assistant professor of English. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1993, and promoted to full professor in 1996. In 2004, he was awarded the CSUN Outstanding Faculty Award, and in 2014 he was appointed Director of the Office of Academic Assessment and Program Review. In his time time at CSUN, he has published 10 editions of Signs of Life in the U.S.A., which has become the leading textbook of its kind in America, and three editions of California Dreams and Realities. While at CSUN, a Japanese translation of his book, The Signs of Our Time was published by Maruzen Press, and chapters from The Signs of Our Time have continuously been reprinted in numerous anthologies. He created English 313: Popular Culture in 1996, which has been one of the most popular courses in the department for a quarter of a century, and now serves as the core course for the department's successful new Minor in Popular Culture.

Michael Summers, Biology

Professor Michael Summer joined the Biology Department faculty in the fall of 1998, after a 3 year post doc at Montana State University where he studied phosphate metabolism in the soil bacterium Rhizobium meliloti. Professor Summer obtained his PhD from UC Davis where he studied physiology and genetics of carbon catabolism in the laboratory of Jack Meeks. He spent 11 years teaching 7-12 grade science in several different public schools around the US. Professor Summers has served the biology department by teaching the high enrollment core microbiology courses BIOL315 and 315L regularly. He has taught upper division microbiology lecture-lab courses. He used these teaching principles in the development of a microbiology-focused section of BIOL447/L FIRE lab (Full Immersion Research Experience), allowing course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) to microbiology majors. Professor Summers area of research interest has been in Bacterial physiology and genetics, Akinete spore formation in cyanobacteria and pathways in lipid formation in cyanobacteria. In his time at CSUN, Professor Summers has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications many including student authors. Early on at CSUN, He received a competitive NSF Early Career grant. Since then he has continued to receive external funding for his research program and in the last 10 years has brought in over 2 million dollars in extramural funding. Some of that funding has enabled the purchase of large equipment for the department. He has served as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals and granting agencies, including NSF.

Deborah van Alphen, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Deborah van Alphen first connected with CSUN in 1980 as a student in the Women in Engineering Program developed by Dr. Bonnie Campbell. After completing this certificate program, she continued to volunteer as a tutor for the program and earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from CSUN. She also worked at Hughes Aircraft Missile Systems Group in the Signal Processing Department for five years. In 1985, Dr. van Alphen started as a lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at CSUN. She became a full professor after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, specializing in the area of Communications Engineering. In addition to traditional classroom teaching and course development, Dr. van Alphen has been active in remote learning programs, offering televised classes in the 80’s and 90’s and, more recently, recording all classroom lectures and office hours. She was active in student outreach programs for the Minority Engineering Program, and served as the ECE Department’s Graduate Advisor for one year and Assessment Coordinator for ten years. She has also taught off-campus short courses in Digital Communications, Statistics, and Neural Networks.

Nancy Virts, Economics

Dr. Nancy Virts joined the CSUN faculty in 1985 after receiving her PhD from UCLA. She taught undergraduate courses in microeconomics, economic development and economic history. She served as Chair of the Economics Department for six years from 2011-2017. She has also served on numerous department and college committees. The focus of her research is the economic history of the South. She has made important contributions to the understanding of southern agriculture after the Civil War which have been published in the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History and several other journals.

Ronald Mehler, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Ronald Mehler had a 20-plus year career in government and the private industry before retiring and starting a second career in academia. Professor Mehler was among the first in the world to design digital integrated circuits using the then-new hardware description languages and logic synthesis. He was a pioneer in what is now the standard methodology for development of what is colloquially referred to as “computer chips.” Taking up the academic life post-retirement, he began at CSUN as an assistant professor, rising through the ranks to achieve the rank of full professor after 10 years. In addition to his academic duties, he wrote “Digital Integrated Circuit Design Using Verilog and SystemVerilog,” which was published by Elsevier and continues to sell to students and working professionals, providing guidance to the techniques for designing reliable and efficient devices.

Fall 2020

Larry Baresi, Biology


Dr. Larry Baresi was influenced by and dedicated to CSUN for his entire academic career. He earned both a BA (1969) and MS (1972, with Dr. Charles R. Spotts) at CSUN. He earned a Dr.P.H. from UCLA (1978) specializing in methanogens with world-eminent Dr. Robert A. Mah (former CSUN professor). Dr. Baresi subsequently held research positions at UCLA, Jet Propulsion Lab, and NASA, collaborating with Dr. Mah and the distinguished Giuseppe Bertani, among others. He joined the CSUN Biology faculty in 1994, dedicating his life to teaching, students, and research. As a "minor mechanical genius" he mastered exacting anaerobic conditions for investigating methanogens and taught students to do the same. He rose to Full Professor, served on many committees, and advised the highly successful Microbiology Students Association (a recognized ASM student chapter). He was active in Sigma Xi, American Society for Microbiology, and ASM Southern California Branch. He taught many undergraduate and graduate microbiology courses that inspired students. His numerous MS students have succeeded in doctoral and other professional programs, establishing successful careers in various areas of microbiology. In the FERP program he anticipated travel and hobbies in retirement. Associates prized his ability, collegiality, dedication, and humor. He is mourned by colleagues, students, and friends.

Jane Bayes, Political Science

Dr. Bayes has served CSUN for fifty years, including: Faculty President (1984-86), Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Personnel Planning and Review Board, Academic Affairs and University Planning Councils and Budget Committees and the Faculty Senate in the 1980s and 1990s. She also served as the Director and founder of the CSUN Institute of Globalization, Gender and Democracy 1999 to the present, the Director of the North American Mobility Project Grant for $400,000 from the US Dept of Education from 2002-2005 and Director or the Scientific Research Committee on Gender Globalization and Democratization of the International Social Science Council from 2004-2014. 

In 1995-1996, she served as the Program Chair and in 1996 -1997 as the President of the Western Political Science Association. She also served on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association from 1998-2000 and represented the International Political Science Association as a delegate to the NGO Forum and the official UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. She has published eight books and numerous articles and book chapters, focusing on women's place in global politics, and continues to actively pursue her research agenda today.

Ahmed Bouguarche, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Dr. Ahmed Bouguarche has been a member of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages since 2000. During his long tenure at CSUN, he has been a very dedicated professor of French language and culture, as well as he has taught multiple courses on Arabic language, literature, and civilization. He also has taught an array of courses of French and Arabic literature and culture in English, ranging from French literature in the 19th Century to Women, Islam, and Literature in the French-speaking countries of North Africa. This variety of interest demonstrated his versatile cultural background and his willingness to challenge himself in a multitude of fields. Dr. Bouguarche has been actively involved with research and scholarly presentations both at a local, national, and international level. Dr. Bouguarche also worked in the promotion of the French program and participated in the creation of the French Consortium. Students as well as his peer reviews have spoken very positively about his ability to teach and his commitment to elevate the intellectual standard of the French section. As head of that section, he was involved with advisement for many of his students, several of whom went on studying in France with the International Program established by the California State University system. Because of his activity on behalf of students and his performance in the classroom, he was awarded the Polished Apple Award in 2009. 

Scott Brown, Journalism

Scott Brown was a member of the Journalism Department at California State University, Northridge from 1996-2019. Mostly, he was an adjunct lecturer teaching four classes per semester, though he also served two fulltime appointments. He also has taught English literature at Whittier College and CSU Channel Islands. Prior to teaching, he was a staff journalist; first as an LA based correspondent for Time Magazine, then as a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times. He also has published literary reviews for The Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, among other publications. As a journalist, he received a Gannett Fellowship in Asian Studies and a Foreign Press Center of Japan fellowship. Most recently, he has been a novelist. His last novel, The Traders, was published by Black Lawrence Press (2017) and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. He also published Far Afield (Red Hen Press; 2009). He holds an MF A in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, with bachelor’s of arts in both film and journalism. He also has a certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i.

Beverly Cabello, Educational Psychology and Counseling

Professor Beverly Cabello has served as Department Chair (2006-2008), Faculty President of the College of Education (2002-2004). Professor Cabello was also the Assistant to the Provost in 2017. From 2014-2016, she created and served as Director for the Center for Assessment Research and Evaluation. She also served as co-leader of research for the Teachers for a New Era Carnegie Grant (2006-2008). In addition, she served for six years as the Associate Dean (2008-2014) and helped move innovative curriculum forward and helped earn and maintain national accreditation. She collaborated with former Associate Dean, Dr. Arlinda Eaton, to develop the first electronic accreditation (including very lengthy excel spreadsheets) in California. In 2017, she returned to the Center for Assessment, Research and Evaluation as Director until 2019.

Robert Castallo, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Professor Rick Castallo joined the Northridge faculty in 2003 after his first retirement from the State University of New York. In addition to his 35 years as a professor and department chair, Rick's background includes time spent as a public school teacher, central office administrator, and high school principal. Rick has conducted retreats and workshops for hundreds of school leadership groups throughout the country interested in improving organizational effectiveness. Most recently, he utilized his experiences to author a book entitled, Dealing with Dysfunction: A Book for University Leaders. The topic caught some people's attention and he has been a speaker at a number of conferences and meetings as a result. Rick decided 48 years as an educator was sufficient and has decided to move onto other endeavors. An avid golfer, he recently became a golf official and once again is using his experiences to work on his next book which is about a bunch of misfits at a golf course.

Yreina Cervantez, Chicana/o Studies

Los Angeles based artist Yreina D. Cervantez is a second generation Chicana, born in Garden City, Kansas in 1952, raised in Southern California and currently based in Los Angeles. She works primarily in painting, printmaking and muralism. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from U.C. Santa Cruz (1975) and an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. (1989), and taught in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University at Northridge for twenty years, from 1999-2019. Her body of work reflects over forty years of exploration and the development of an iconography influenced by diverse creative expressions. Native Mesoamerican mythology and cosmology, Mexican art traditions, Chicana/o self-determination, women's history, issues of ecology, globalization and international struggles for human rights inform her work. Ancient concepts and metaphors are combined with current issues and reality, creating a hybrid language of contemporary glyphs in a rich visual narrative. A complex layering of symbolism and text from many sources characterize the compositions in Cervantez' artwork; inscribed testimonies imbued with spiritual and political meanings. Through her art, teaching and community activism, she has contributed to the discourse on an ever evolving Chicanx aesthetic. Cervantez has exhibited internationally, nanationally and locally in art institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum of Art, LA.County Museum of Art, U.C.L.A. at the Armand Hammer Museum and Cultural Center and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Skirball Center and Museum, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 

Irene C. Cota, Elementary Education

Dr. Irene Calzada Cota's parents dropped out of school in the 11th and 9th grades to support their families. However, they always stressed to her the importance of a high school diploma so she wouldn't have to work in the fields or packing houses. After high school, Irene earned her A.A. degree in Secretarial Skills. She then worked as a clerk-typist and dreamed of graduating from a university. She learned about the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and in spring 1970 she attended Valley State, now CSUN. At CSUN she earned her B.A. in English and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Irene will forever be thankful to EOP for enabling her to graduate from a university. 

Irene later earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Curriculum and Teacher Education with an emphasis on bilingual/bicultural education, as well as a M.A. in Foreign Language and Second Language Leaming. In addition, she earned a Certificate in The Teaching of English as A Second Language from UCLA. Irene was a bilingual/bicultural elementary school teacher for fourteen years and a Title VII Coordinator. At CSUN she supervised student teachers and taught language arts, social studies, and English language development courses to future elementary teacher candidates. Irene also taught graduate courses in bilingual and multicultural education. From 2000 to 2013 she was the Grant Director for the CSUN Multiple Subject Intern Program. Her research interests have focused on finding ways to better meet the learning and language needs of English learners as well as increasing parental involvement.

Mia Leann Dittmer, Geography

Professor Dittmer began teaching Geography in the Spring of 1999. Courses taught were Introduction to Physical Geography, California Geography, Weather, California History and Geography, Earth Science and Lab, and Environmental Geography and Lab courses. Professor Dittmer enhanced student engagement in Geography by adding field trips to lecture courses. Professor Dittmer is recognized by her students and peers for her excellent teaching, collegiality and hard work. In addition, Professor Dittmer went beyond the requirements of a Lecturer position to participate in important Department working groups, including a Faculty Learning Community devoted to reducing DUF rates in certain classes, and an assessment committee. She participated in CUEREC and helped connect community organizations with CSU faculty who could conduct research for them. Her tireless enthusiasm and collegiality have made her a well-respected colleague among faculty. In addition, her historic-geographic expertise in Solvang, California, as captured in her recent co­authored book, The Spirit of Solvang: A History of the Danish Capital of America, brought an intellectual specialization and interest that further burnished her contribution to Geography department. Dittmer’s work has been used for the  Solvang community's Centennial celebration, exhibits, news articles and public presentations, a 55-page exhibition book, and two book projects.

William De La Torre, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Professor William De La Torre joined CSUN's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS) in 1990. He taught courses in the teacher education program, the M.A. in Higher Education Leadership program, and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program. He served as ELPS department interim chair in 2001-2002/2010-2012 and as chair in 2012-2015. He chaired multiple doctoral dissertations and served on several committees in the department, College­ including President of the College's Faculty Council-and university. He participated in the planning, design, and implementation of the CSUN Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program in 2008, and he was influential in the design and implementation of the M.A. in Higher Education Leadership program. He served as the M.A. in Higher Education Leadership program advisor. His research focused on the effects of critical multiculturalism in teacher education and the impact of Latino/a immigrant students on urban public schools. He published Multiculturalism: A Redefinition of Citizenship and Community in Urban Education (1996) and is the editor of Inequality for none: Transformative practices 3rd edition (Kendall/Hunt Publishers 2018). He received the Blenda J. Wilson Diversity in Education award (2002) and was a Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities and ETS Fellow (2000-2002).

Kathleen Dudden Rowlands, Secondary Education

In 2004, Kathy Rowlands joined the Department of Secondary Education, where she has taught credential and master's-level courses in secondary English education and in literacy across the content areas. She has also taught writing courses for the Educational Leadership doctoral program. Since 2006, she has served on the state-level Advisory Committee for the CSU' s Expository Reading and Writing Course and has coached dozens of 7th to 12th-grade English teachers in the use ohhis curriculum. In 2008, she established a chapter of the prestigious National Writing Project at CSUN, and for the next decade directed the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, providing workshops and events for K-12 teachers to help them effectively teach writing across subject areas. Kathy has published over two dozen articles on topics related to English teaching and literacy education and delivered multiple presentations at the local, regional, and national level. She also served on the 2015 English Language Arts/ English Language Development K-12 Curriculum Adoption Committee of the California Department of Education. Hundreds of teachers in the LA basin and beyond are more effective teachers of English and of literacy because of Kathy Rowlands' mentorship.

Claudia Fajardo-Lira, Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Fajardo-Lira is a Professor of Food Science in the Department of Family Consumer Sciences. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science at Purdue University. She has a B.S. in Food Science from Universidad lberoamericana, Mexico. She served as Executive Director and Advisory Board Chair of the Magaram Center at CSUN. She was Interim Department Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator for FCS and the coordinator of the food science area for 19 years. Under her leadership food science enrollment increased from 10 to 120 students and became a well-recognized program in Southern California. She established an internship program with 50 companies in the food industry in Los Angeles and Ventura County. Her research areas are: chemistry of dairy proteins, phytochemicals in tea, food science education and sustainability. She has published in the Journal of Food Science Education, Nutrition and Cancer, and Journal of Dairy Science. She was involved in several grants whose goal was to increase retention and graduation rates of Latino students and secured numerous external grants. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists. She serves on their Food Science Communicators Committee, served on the Executive Committee and held other leadership positions. She was a recipient of the Polished Apple Teaching and the Outstanding Advisor Awards at CSUN. Purdue University presented her with the Outstanding Food Science Alumni Award for career excellence and leadership in her field.

Peter Gabrovsky, Computer Science

Dr. Peter Gabrovsky joined the Department of Computer Science in the fall of 1989. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. His non-academic career includes a position as a senior associate programmer at IBM, and an executive vice-president at the United Missouri Bank. Dr. Gabrovsky grew up in Bulgaria, where he attended Sofia University as an undergraduate. He received MS in computer science from Warsaw University, and a PhD, also in computer science, from Syracuse University. He has always enjoyed tremendously teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. His primary research interest is in the field of Al. Significant published results in this area include: a proof that the question of determinism is undecidable in the general framework of computability, a logical formalism for representing statutory law, a functional semantics for higher-order logic programming, and a proof that the fundamental properties of computability will be preserved with the evolutionary development of human intelligence. Presently, Dr. Gabrovsky is working on a book on Al aimed at satisfying the interest of a broad audience. He is also working on the design of a new type of general purpose computer which will combine digital and analog CPU's.

Lynn M. Gordon, Elementary Education

Dr. Lynn Melby Gordon earned her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and has been a full-time member of the CSUN Department of Elementary Education since 2002. She was promoted to Professor in 2013. In her early career, Lynn taught elementary school for fourteen years, serving as both an LA USO mentor teacher and a supervising teacher for CSUN and UCLA student teachers.  At CSUN, Dr. Gordon has specialized in teaching reading/literacy/ELD methods classes for students in the teaching credential program. She has also taught popular RICA test preparation workshops for elementary and special education credential students. Lynn is the founder of the International Reading Association's Phonics Special Interest Group. In 2011, the chair of the Department of Elementary Education nominated her for CSUN's Distinguished Teaching Award. She has been the recipient of a variety of other awards, grants, and honors including a UCLA alumni award for excellence in scholarship and contribution to the field of education, an Occidental College ALOED (Alumni of Occidental in Education) certificate for outstanding service and leadership in the field of education, and an LAUSD Teamwork Award for dedication to student achievement through volunteerism. Dr. Gordon is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles.

Thomas Hatfield, Environmental and Occupational Health

Dr. Tom Hatfield is Professor and former Chair (2005-2014) of the CSUN Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. A graduate of Stanford University (BS '76) and UCLA (MPH '78, DrPH '85), he started at CSUN in 1983. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant in 1992 to Finland, and subsequently received adjunct appointments at the University of Eastern Finland, . Tampere Technical University, and the University of Jyvaskyla. He was later appointed Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. He received the Editor's Award from the Journal of Environmental Health for the outstanding contribution of 1996, 2001, and 2012, and later served as their Technical Editor. He was also the Managing Editor for the California Journal of Environmental Health and he was elected General Chair of the National Environmental Health Accreditation Council. He received several teaching awards over his career and has written two books: Risk Analysis for Environmental and Occupational Health Professionals, and the Environmental Health Glossary. He received funding from the CDC, NIH, UNEP, WHO, and AID, and his research has been featured in the Washington Post, CBS News, NPR, and MSNBC.

Terry Hatkoff, Family and Consumer Sciences

Professor Hatkoff has been teaching at CSUN, as a Lecturer, for 42 years in the Sociology Department, 33 years in the FCS Department and 23 years in the Jewish Studies Program. During this time, Professor Hatkoff has served on the Faculty Senate, as a mentor, served on departmental committees, brought in grant money to the University, conducted research, presented papers and taught many thousand students, sat on graduate thesis committees and comprehensive graduate exams. Professor Hatkoff has consistently received both excellent student and faculty evaluations. In the Marriage and Family Relations course Professor Hatkoff has included topics such as STDs, birth control, marital roles, infertility and budgeting. Over the course of the 33 years, Professor Hatkoff has been teaching FCS 340. Professor Hatkoff has had hundreds of students come and ask for referrals for counseling, appointments at the health center or assistance with class issues, saying that they had no one else they could approach with these issues. Many of Professor Hatkoff’s students continue to stay in touch, even after graduation.

Mara Houdyshell, Research, Instruction and Outreach Services

Mara Houdyshell was employed by the CSUN's Oviatt Library from 1998-2020. From 1998-2015 she was a full-time member of the Library Faculty, and from 2015-2020 she worked in the Faculty Early Retirement Program. During her tenure, she served in a variety of capacities, including Reference Librarian, Library Liaison to the College of Education, and the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, (including collection development). She was also active on Library and campus committees. From 2010-2015, Mara served as the Director of the Oviatt Library's Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC).

Before joining the faculty at CSU N's Oviatt Library, Mara was a librarian at California State University, Bakersfield. To CSUN's good fortune, Mara had been CSU Bakersfield's Subject Specialist in the area of education, a specialization much needed by the Oviatt Library in the late 1990s. Over the course of her career, Mara has proven to be a well-respected colleague, and has clearly demonstrated a strong commitment to student success.

Linda Lam-Easton, Religious Studies

Dr. Lam-Easton has taught in the department for more than thirty-two years. Before that she taught at universities in New York, Michigan, Chicago, and Hong Kong. She has held several administrative positions in her years at CSUN including Associate Dean, Development Officer, Educational Equity Coordinator, Faculty Mentoring Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Director of the University-wide program the Comprehensive Learning Experience. She has been active in department, college, and university committees throughout her tenure. Throughout the years she has developed and taught many of the courses offered by the department, been a reader on Art and Theatre departments Masters Degrees and served as thesis advisor to several Interdisciplinary Masters degrees.

Stanley Landes, Cinema and Television Arts

Stanley Landes was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He was awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship and went on to a Master’s degree at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications. His early employment included the production of award winning (Emmy, Ohio State Award) instructional television programs at the New York City Board of Education's WNYE/Channel 25 and free-lance work on the production of television commercials and industrial films in New York and Los Angeles. Landes attended Law School in Los Angeles and entered civil practice before taking labor executive positions with two entertainment industry guilds. This experience was followed by television business affairs experience and the formation and management of two companies specializing in the production and distribution of special interest sell-through programs.

Teaching opportunities arose at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Northridge and Ithaca College's Los Angeles Communications Program. Students have benefited from his broad range of professional experience and discussions based on his personal media experience. This includes seeing kiddie show host Pinky Lee suffer a heart attack on live TV; sitting in the Howdy Doody Show's iconic Peanut Gallery audience; Seeing live broadcasts of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, the first moon walk, the Challenger and 9/11 disasters, etc… [And I'm married to a woman who appeared on the "Kids Say the Darndest Things" segment of Art Linkletter's House Party.] Landes and his wife Amy Sawelson have two grown children and have been actively involved in autism causes and special ed reform.

Teresa Madden, Sociology

Professor Madden taught in the Sociology Department for twenty-three years and was a full-time lecturer for over twelve years. During that time, she worked at both our home campus, at two satellite campuses, and in the larger community. She also served the campus community by serving on both academic and service related committees. Professor Madden served as Administrator and Student Advisor at our satellite center in Ventura which eventually transitioned to CSUN at Channel Islands. She also served as the Administrator and Student Advisor for our sociology cohort at College of the Canyons through extended learning. She was a member of the Liberal Studies Subject Matter Collaboration Group as well as a member of the History Social Sciences Strand of the Integrated Teacher Education Program. She served as a member of the Panel of Advocates and Facilitators on the Presidential Advisory Board on Equity and Diversity and as a Member of the Faculty Advisory Committee at CSUN at Channel Islands. She was the Principle Investigator of a Learn and Serve America Grant which paired. CSUN students with high school students in our communities. The program continues to operate today as MOSAIC. She supervised and mentored two AmeriCorps volunteers and received several service learning awards. Over the years she developed strong ties with multiple community partners many of whom continue to work with the university. She was a strong student advocate, often taking students to conferences and into the community to showcase their work. Finally, she served on many thesis committees.

Stan Metzenberg, Biology


Stan Metzenberg was a professor of molecular biology in the Department of Biology since 1997. He was a gifted mathematician in addition to his biological expertise and contributed both theory, such as the problem of the Fragile X Syndrome, as well practical applications, such as methods for isolation of plasmids. Stan developed many new courses related to his field including courses in Biotechnology and played a significant role in expanding and growing the Biotechnology option of the Biology BS program.

Stan was a strong believer in that undergraduate students should receive instruction from full-time faculty during their introductory and core coursework so he regularly taught BIOL107 Principles of Biology and BIOL380 Cell Biology. He also developed and taught a graduate level computer modeling course for 10 years. Perhaps his most influential role was that on the federal and state education programs. He was a reviewer and member of multiple state educational standards and teacher certification boards, as well as science advisor for the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Education. For four years, Stan was a member of the California Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, and thus determining the standards at which our K-12 students follow today. Stan and his wife were extremely supportive of CSUN students and so they established the Outstanding Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award that provides an annual $15,000 award for undergraduate student research projects. Stan passed away on July 7, 20I8. Stan will be remembered for his contributions and devotion to the Department of Biology, student success, and national education standards. 

Aida Metzenberg, Biology


Aida Metzenberg was an accomplished scientist, genetic counselor, and professor. Aida was a professor in the Department of Biology since 1995 and dedicated her research to understanding rare heritable neuromuscular disorders. Aida was hired into a unique position as half-time director of CSUN's Genetic Counseling Program and half-time instructor. Under her leadership, the Genetics Counseling Program became a nationally recognized center for training in this discipline and received national accreditation from the American Board of Genetics Counseling in 2000. Graduate students from the program were very successful, quickly obtaining positions in the field, and commanding high salaries owing to the high national demand for Genetics counselors at the time. Aida was dedicated to graduate student success in her own research lab and she was a dedicated instructor to undergraduate students. She and Stan Metzenberg created and taught a freshman orientation seminar for incoming students.

Despite the gradual debilitating effects of a rare neuromuscular disorder, Aida continued to be a highly effective instructor. Aida was a pioneer at CSUN in the development of online education of large classes. She regularly taught BIOL100 and BIOL101 with around 450 students per semester. In her last five years, she taught nearly 4000 students. Aida was a role model for many students. Aida recognized the financial obstacles that students face in reaching their goals. In 2016, Aida personally contributed money to help an undergraduate attend the Tropical Biology Semester in Ecuador. It was also around that time that she and her husband Stan, established the Outstanding Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award that provides an annual $15,000 award for undergraduate student research projects. Aida succumbed to her disability on March 18, 2018.

Leemon McHenry, Philosophy

Leemon McHenry is a bioethicist and a retired lecturer in philosophy at California State University, Northridge. He has taught philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Old Dominion University, Davidson College, Central Michigan University and Wittenberg University and has held visiting research positions at Johns Hopkins University, UCLA and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in the University of Edinburgh. His research interests center on medical ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. Since retiring from California State University in 2016, he works as a research consultant in medical ethics for the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles and provides Grand Rounds and continuing medical education lectures at universities and hospitals, most recently at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Temple University, Adelaide University, University of Sydney, The Royal Brisbane Hospital, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley, and the University of Edinburgh Medical School. The intent of these lectures is to educate physicians about the misreporting of pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials and the potential ,harm to patients. His most recent books include, The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine, with Jon Jureidini, forthcoming Wakefield Press, 2020, and The Event Universe, Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

Jody Myers, Religious Studies

Jody Myers is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program at California State University, Northridge. She began teaching in the Religious Studies Department in 1986, and over the decades she developed and taught courses in Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and the History Departments. She has also organized co-curricular activities for CSUN students, such as special lecture programs, film series, and CSUN student trips to Europe. She has been an active scholar. She is the author of Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch Kalischer (Littman Library, 2004) and Kabbalah and the Spiritual Quest: The Kabbalah Centre in America (Praeger, 2007), co-editor (with Aaron Gross and Jordan Rosenblum) of Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (NYU Press, 2019), and more than two dozen articles. She is currently working on a study of contemporary Orthodox food ways, entitled Eating at God's Table: How Foodways Sustain and Nourish Orthodox Jewish Religious Life.

Dianne Philibosian, Recreation and Tourism Management

Dianne Philibosian, Ph.D. has served as a professor and administrator since 1973. Teaching in the following departments, Recreation and Tourism Management, Interdisciplinary Program in Child Development (Chair) (now Department of Child and Adolescent Development), Communication Studies, and Elementary Education, she has brought an interdisciplinary focus to her scholarship. As the former director of the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing she led the effort to launch strategic partnerships with community organizations and academic programs in a variety of disciplines to strengthen individuals and communities through creative partnerships and education in response to regional needs. She served as Associate Dean (and Acting Dean) of the School of Communication and Professional Studies and in its re-organized College of Health and Human Development. Recognized for her pioneering work in early childhood, she was a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the State of California Governor's Advisory Committee for Child Development Policy. She has consulted extensively with organizations throughout the nation and internationally with Japan, China, and Mexico on a variety of topics from organizational and human development to designing curricula and facilities. Most recently, she is involved in coordinating an academic affiliation between California State University, Northridge and the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia.

Jessica Retis-Rivas, Journalism

Jessica Retis, holds a Major in Communications (University of Lima), a Masters in Latin American Studies (UNAM, Mexico) and a PhD in Contemporary Latin America (Complutense University of Madrid). She twice received the CSUN Polished Apple Award. In 2014 she was appointed CSU Resident Director in Spain, where she supervised international academic programs for students from 23 CSU campuses in Madrid and Granada. In 2019, she received the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award. She was the adviser of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Student Chapter in our campus. 

She is coauthor of Latin Americans in London: Narratives of migration, relocation and belonging (Palgrave, 2020), co-editor of The handbook of diaspora, media and culture (Wiley, 2019) and guest co-editor of Journal for Alternative and Community Media’s special issue, “Ethnic minority media” (2019). Her recent book chapters include "Migrations and the Media between Asia and Latin America: Japanese-Brazilians in Tokyo and Sao Paulo" (Sage, 2019), "Hashtag Jovenes Latinos: Challenges and opportunities of teaching civic advocacy journalism in 'glocal' contexts" (Peter Lang, 2018), "The transnational restructuring of communication and consumption practices. Latinos in the urban settings of global cities" (Routledge, 2017), "Underrepresented Majorities: Latin@s and the Medi'! in the Digital Age" (Routledge, 2017).

Bridget Sampson, Communication Studies

Bridget Sampson has taught successfully as a Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies for 25 years. Her student evaluations were always consistently outstanding, and she is remembered by many of her students as a favorite. She has always been extremely highly regarded as an instructor by her students and her colleagues, and she has made service learning a key component of her approach to education. In 2012, she was awarded the Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award for her outstanding contributions to mentoring students at CSUN.

Bridget has also built an excellent reputation as a communication consultant, and has published some of her research and insights in a thoughtful and accessible guide, Communication Secrets for Success (Best Living Books, 2016). She has contributed her expertise to the University by leading and participating in numerous training workshops at the Department, College, and University levels. Her presentations on leadership, cooperation, networking, business communication, and organizational skills have been incredibly well received by faculty and student participants over the years. 

John Schultheiss, Cinema and Television Arts

Film has been the major theme in Professor John Edward Schultheiss’s life. When he was a school boy, he remembers regularly meeting his grandmother after school at a local department store to catch a matinee. When in high school, his major gift was an 8mm camera that he used to make a neighborhood film. This was during an era that 8mm cameras were rare and the thought of making a film and or taking film courses were even imagined. Also, while in high school, he purchased a 16mm copy of Ernest Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be. This remains his favorite director and favorite film. After graduating from Jesuit John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, he decided to get as close to Hollywood as possible and applied to UCLA for a Masters in English. He had never heard of a degree in film. 

After marrying in 1967 and while serving in Vietnam in 1968, Professor Schulheiss received a letter from his wife, an English teacher, who quoted Robert Frost-in essence saying that he should make his avocation his vocation. This letter gave him the inspiration to apply to graduate schools in film, now an established academic pursuit. At that time, only three graduate schools offered advanced degrees in film. He chose USC, was accepted, and in three years received his doctorate. He wanted to stay in Los Angeles with his wife and children, and thus accepted a position at CSUN in 1974. He enjoyed his career and never sought to change to another. His career at CSUN lasted from 1974 to 2019.

Jerry Schutte, Sociology

Born and raised in Eagle Rock, California, a suburb of Northeast Los Angeles, Professor Schutte is the point person for the post-war baby boom. He attended Eagle Rock High School and the University of California at Los Angeles. Upon completion of his Ph.D. and while teaching part-time at SFVSC, he was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University and ultimately appointed to Assistant Professor at Columbia University. However, owing to his love for the classroom and disenchantment with educating the privileged, he proactively made the decision to return to CSUN, where he has been a tenured professor for over 40 years since, teaching and doing research in the area of social psychology, research methods and applied statistics. During that time, his has pioneered the use of creative approaches to pedogagy , established himself as a trusted consultant with all levels of administration, and aggressively represents the campus within the Statewide Academic Senate, the Chancellor's Office and with various levels of state government in Sacramento. His current research interests include the social psychology of sexual assault, the long term effects of social media and technology on critical reasoning and the political economics of financing Higher Education. In his spare time, he dabbles in real estate development, travels and consults on all manner of financial, social, and pollical issues.

Mark J. Sergi, Psychology

Dr. Mark Sergi is retiring after 20 years of work as a professor of psychology at CSUN. Prior to coming to CSUN in 2000, Dr. Sergi earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1998 and completed a two year postdoctoral research fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Sergi's research focused on social cognition and neurocognition in persons with schizophrenia and schizotypy. He co­authored 23 research articles and book chapters. Dr. Sergi taught abnormal psychology and cognitive behavior therapy at the undergraduate level and adult psychological assessment and advanced adult psychopathology at the graduate level. His service to the university included several years serving on the faculty retreat committee, including chairing the program subcommittee. Dr. Sergi's service to the Department of Psychology included his chairing or co­chairing personnel, curriculum, and human subject pool committees.

Cheryl Spector, English

Cheryl Spector joined the CSUN English Department as an assistant professor in 1986. She taught courses in American literature, including sophomore surveys; Jewish-American writing; honors seminars; and graduate seminars on Nathaniel Hawthorne, intertextuality, and twentieth-century American drama. In 1990, she was elected as the English Department's first assistant chair. She subsequently served as chair of the College of Humanities Academic Council, a Faculty Senator, chair of the Educational Resources Committee, a member of the Educational Policies Committee, faculty secretary, and faculty vice-president. In 1998 she was appointed to a new committee charged with developing a freshman success course: University 100.In 2001, she became the director of University 100, which now enrolls over 1700 students each year. As Director of Academic First Year Experiences, she hosted workshops, book groups, and discussions for faculty and staff interested in first-year student success. She also founded CSUN's Freshman Common Reading program, the Freshman Celebration, and the Freshman Connection. Her work was recognized in 2013 with a First Year Student Advocate award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. For the past five years she has led Matador Momentum, a cross-divisional group that seeks to enhance first-year student success at CSUN.

Tom Spencer-Walters, Africana Studies

Tom Spencer-Walters holds a B.A. in English and Linguistics from the University of Sierra Leone; an M.J. in Comparative Literature, another M.A. in Communications, and a Ph.D. in Communications, specializing in Semantics, all from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Full Professor, and Writing Program Director in Africana Studies. He chaired the department for nine years from 2001-2010. Spencer-Walters is also Ombudsperson for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN, and a Certified Language Tester for the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Dr. Spencer-Walters was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, a Visiting Professor and CSU Resident Director at the University of Zimbabwe, and a Fellow at the United Nations in New York. He is the recipient of the Phi Beta Delta Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at CSU Northridge and was a nominee for the CSUN's Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award. His publications include Memory and the Narrative Imagination i11 the African and Diaspora Experience (2011) He is currently completing a manuscript, Language Va1iation in the African American Community, scheduled for publication this year, as well as a linguistic text, with a colleague (Selase Williams), entitled Krio Language and Culture.

Malcolm Soule, Mathematics

With almost 60 years of service, Malcolm Soule holds the record for longest service to the Mathematics Department. He joined in 1960, when CSUN was still known as the San Fernando Valley State College, right after obtaining his MS in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1959 and after holding a position at Central State University, Oklahoma 1959-1960. He later received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1978 under Professor Ernst Gabor Straus. 

Malcolm was a beloved instructor for decades dedicating his life to our students and to the Department. He was the precalculus course coordinator and the Liaison to the Registrar's Office for over 10 years. His research led to one refereed publication in 1988, On minimum multinomial degrees of algebraic extension fields, coauthored with a CSUN colleague Lorraine Foster. His teaching at Northridge has deeply impacted many of our students, several of them currently working at local community colleges. Others with successful careers in diverse fields who still keep in touch with Professor Soule, recognizing his influence during their college or graduate school years. Professor Soule's degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State in 1955 and his exceptionally broad knowledge on how mathematics can be used in different situations, made it possible for him to connect with students and faculty members in other departments at a deep level.

J. Stephen Sinclair, Communication Disorders and Sciences

J. Stephen Sinclair completed his doctorate in 1980 in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Sinclair began his career at CSUN when he was hired as an assistant professor in 1980 and rose to the rank of professor in 1986. He was named acting department chair in 1991 and served as chair from 1992 until his retirement in 2015 when he began teaching in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP). Throughout his career at CSUN, Dr. Sinclair was a consistent contributor to his field of study. He edited a book, wrote a monograph and several book chapters, edited a proceedings volume and published numerous articles. Dr. Sinclair was awarded four program development grants. 

Dr. Sinclair has received numerous awards for teaching, including the CSUN National Center on Deafness and the CSUN Office of Disabled Students for contributions in higher education of persons with deafness. In 2015, the department faculty introduced an annual award in his name for leadership by an outstanding M.S. degree graduate in both the residential and distance education programs. Under Dr. Sinclair's leadership, the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences grew from a small department to a large one, with multiple Masters programs and a certificate program. The Department introduced the first-in-the-nation accredited distance-learning (on-line) graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1999. Throughout his career at CSUN, Dr. Sinclair served on professional boards and as a member of professional organizations. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve during his CSUN career until he was honorably discharged in April 2000 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Ali Tabidian, Geological Sciences


Dr. Ali Tabidian began his geological studies at Esfahan University, Iran (BS, 1976). He then came to the United States to pursue an MS in Earth Sciences with a Chemistry minor from Emporia State University, Kansas, graduating in 1979. He worked as a graduate research assistant at the Kansas geological Survey (1979-1983), and then from 1986-1988 with the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission. He joined the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University Northridge in 1988 after finishing his PhD in Hydrogeology with minors in Mathematics and Agronomy at the University of Nebraska in 1987. That same year he also obtained an MS in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Kansas. While at CSUN, Dr. Tabidian taught several 500-level (e.g., Groundwater Computer Modeling, Hydrogeochemistry, Hydrogeology), a 300-level (Environmental Geology), and other introductory courses. He brought consulting experiences gleaned from being a CA-registered Environmental Assessor into the classroom, supervising seven BS and twelve MS student theses, with scholarly publications centered on groundwater quality, contamination, production, and education. His funded research included remediation work on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Dr. Tabidian became a Full Professor in 2007, notably serving as Graduate Advisor and Department Chair, before retiring in 2018.

Laura Uba, Asian American Studies

Laura Uba received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Colorado (then a top-10 psychology department) in 1979. She had a National Institutes of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt (University) Institute for Public Policy Studies and a field placement (at the office of the head of) with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. She produced a policy analysis on the options for delivering mental health services to Asian Americans for Los Angeles County. Subsequently, she had an Institute of American Cultures postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center where she conducted a study of the types of elder care aging Asian Americans wanted and needed. She started working at CSUN in 1986, teaching the only class on Asian Americans available then, an anthropology class. She also taught introductory psychology classes at CSUN when she joined a committee establishing the Asian American Studies (AAS) Department. 

She also did the research showing that there were sufficient bodies of scholarly work to justify proposed classes and created syllabi for several AAS classes. Dr. Uba has written three books. Her first,"Asian American [personality, identity, and mental health," came in second for the social science book of the year. Dr. Uba's second book was an introductory psychology textbook. Her third book, "A postmodern Asian American Psychology," was a scholarly work from a university press based largely on this work, ranging from empirical studies to policy analyses and theoretical analyses. Dr. Uba was the only part-time lecturer at CSUN to win the 2006 Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award.

Scott Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Scott Williams was hired to provide a clinical perspective on the discipline of Family Studies. Dr. Williams served CSUN and the FCS Department for over 25 years. Student feedback reveals that he was one of their favorite professors due to his passion for student success and commitment to high ethical standards. Our students benefitted from his practical understanding of intimate relationships, human sexuality, and professional ethics. With a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and PhD in Psychology, he has been a practicing clinician for 35 years. He excelled as a lecturer, but always strived for more. He advised students in Family Studies and the Human Sexuality Minor, was a committee member on 30 comprehensive exams, authored letters of recommendation for 75 students, and helped six students earn their master's degree. For the last nine years he was a Co-Coordinator of the interdisciplinary Human Sexuality Minor. The most significant person in his life is his partner Dr. Wendy-Hill Williams. They taught sex education to elementary school students for 10 years and joined in a Children and Families First Proposition JO grant empowering low-income parents to determine if their child has a disability. He inspired many to reach beyond their limitations to find success.

Fall 2019

David Aks

David Aks attended Indiana University and Oberlin College from which he received degrees in both cello and conducting.  He has concertized in both capacities throughout the United States, Europe and South America.  He has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, New Hampshire and Eastern music festivals.  Mr. Aks’ guest conducting engagements have been with The Nashville Symphony, The American Youth Symphony, The Black Sea Philharmonic (Romania), The Antelope Valley Symphony, the Bakersfield Symphony, Kentucky All-State Honor Orchestra and the California All-State Orchestra.  As a cellist he has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the L.A. Opera.  He taught at the College of St. Catherine and the University of Florida.  He served on the faculty of California State University, Northridge from 1988 to 2018 where he served as Music Director of both the CSUN Symphony and the CSUN Opera Theater. 

Prasanta (Shan) Barkataki 

Dr. Shan Barkataki grew up in India.  At age 17, he won a scholarship to study petroleum engineering.  In the first year of his studies, he won a national competition for a 5-year apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce, England, where he created computer models for vibration analysis.  While working at Rolls-Royce, Shan also earned a B.S. in Engineering degree from the University of London.  He then joined Bradford University as a research assistant, leading to his Ph.D. in Computer Science.  Shan was faculty at Teesside University for 2 years and then was appointed the Systems Programming Manager at the Computer Center.  Shan has been faculty in the CSUN Computer Science Department for 37 years, teaching classes from freshman to graduate levels.  In addition, Shan helped add several new classes into the Computer Science curriculum and took a lead role in developing the Software Engineering Master’s program.  Shan also lead the effort to start the Computer Information Technology degree program and with grant funding, established the Web-Engineering Laboratory.  Shan directed the college’s Honors Co-Op program for a number of years, placing over 25 student-interns in local industry.  Shan entered the FERP in 2013, retiring fully in 2018.  Shan is married to Cathy Barkataki and has 2 children and 3 delightful grandchildren.

G. Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes has been a professor in the Computer Science Department at California State University, Northridge for 38 years.  During that time he has chaired 98 completed Master’s thesis/projects.  In addition, Barnes taught 17 different lecture/laboratory based courses: three at the 100-level; one at the 200-level; one at the 300-level, eight at the 400-level; two at the 500-level; and two at the 600-level.  Professor Barnes also created 3 of those courses:  Comp 485, Human Computer Interaction; Comp 565, Advanced Computer Graphics; and, Comp 585, Graphical User Interfaces.  Barnes also has 28 publications, most in peer-reviewed journals and most in Computer Science with a few in Psychology.  Barnes notes that he has learned a lot over his time at CSUN and hopes that the students with whom he interacted with did as well.

Stephen Breen                      

Professor Stephen Breen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1950.  His family moved several times to places including Sonoma, California, East Lansing, Michigan, and finally to Long Island, New York.  Breen went to a small private school for his last two years of high school where his love of math and physics began.  Breen was a Physics major in undergraduate studies and shifted to mathematics in graduate school.  Professor Breen began at Northridge in 1987, the same year as his daughter’s birth.  As his daughter just finished her Ph.D. in Biology and is beginning her academic career, Professor Breen is finishing his career.

Professor Breen’s research and teaching at Cal State Northridge has allowed him to greatly expand his understanding of mathematics and its applications.  The Northridge Math Department gave Breen the freedom to teach many different courses and this was often a way for him to learn the subject better, or in the case of algorithms, to learn it from the beginning.  Professor Breen taught many different graduate and upper division undergraduate courses.  Research topics for Master’s theses, student projects, and workshops have kept the subject alive and growing for Professor Breen.

Carolyn Burch

Professor Carolyn Burch has been a temporary faculty member for the Department of Secondary Education (SED) since 1979.  She brought decades of experience as a secondary-level teacher and administrator to California State University, Northridge, work she continued during her first 20 years at CSUN.  For the SED, Carolyn played central roles including: Director of the Single Subject University Intern Program (for which she also wrote successful grants); SED Coordinator for the accelerated teaching-credential program (ACT); instructor of many credential courses; supervisor of student teachers; and an active member of both the department’s Credential Committee and the college-level Student Teaching and Internship Coordinating Committee (STICC).  Professor Burch was one of the SED’s strongest instructors, as her teaching evaluations made clear.  Professor Burch always worked overtime to support the hundreds of ACT and Intern Candidates, gathering and creating resources for them, organizing their schedules, and providing one-on-one advisement.  She is beloved by her students for her special care, her wisdom and practicality as a former teacher and administrator, and her sense of humor.

Anthony Costantini

Professor Anthony Constantini was a member of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature since 1988. During his long tenure at CSUN, he was a dedicated professor of Italian language and culture.  He taught an array of courses both in Italian and Italian and European literature and culture in English, ranging from Italian Renaissance to Contemporary Italian Culture (FLIT 331, FLIT 371, FLIT 396K), from the Middle Ages European Literature to the Contemporary European Literature (FLIT 291A and FLIT 295B).  This demonstrates his versatile cultural background and his willingness to challenge himself in a multitude of fields.  Students have spoken very positively about his ability to teach as well as his commitment to elevate the intellectual standard of the Italian section.  As head of the Italian section, he advised many students, several of whom went on to study in Florence with the Junior Year Abroad.  Because of his activity on behalf of students and his performance in the classroom, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1995. Dr. Constantini was also actively involved in research.  In addition to topics in literature, he challenged himself in the field of psychology, writing about the Italian philosopher Ugo Spirito, considered the third most important Italian philosophical figure of the past century after Benedetto Croce and Giovanni Gentile.  An anthology of Spirito’s work by Dr. Constantino is expected to come out soon.  His various articles, book reviews and translations of Italian literature are testament of his commitment as a scholar.

Herman De Bose

Dr. Herman De Bose was hired in August 1994 as an associate professor in the Sociology Department at California State University, Northridge.  He earned tenure and promotion to full professor in August 2001.  He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2008 to 2014. De Bose was a founder of the Department of Social Work in 2004.  He developed and taught graduate courses and his teaching evaluations in both departments were excellent (4.7 out of 5 on average).  Dr. De Bose received the CSUN Faculty Teaching Award and two Polished Apple Teaching Awards. Professor De Bose co-published one of the first academic books on multi-racial identity – New Faces in a Changing America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century (Sage Publications, 2002).  He presented at several conferences and he was the principle investigator of an approximate $1,300,000 grant from L.A. County Probation Department and former L.A. County Board of Supervisor Yaroslavsky to implement/administer a Youth Services Specialists Program. De Bose also was recognized for his service to CSUN with the CSUN Faculty Extraordinary Service Award.  His community service contributions include being a Commissioner on the State Bar of California Legal Trust Commission and a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission.

Jody Dunlap

Professor Jody Dunlap has been a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) since her initial assignment in 2009.  From 1987 to 2009, Dunlap was an adjunct faculty member and Dunlap has chaired the department for the past four years.  Professor Dunlap has taught courses in both the M.A. and Ed.D. programs, chaired multiple dissertation committees and served on several committees in the department, college, and university.  Dr. Dunlap has been a long-time member of the Ed.D. Program Committee, the College of Education Administrative Council Committee and the College of Education Curriculum Committee.  She was the primary author for the ELPS Department’s current M.A./Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program and the new M.A. in Higher Education Leadership program.  Professor Dunlap has attended and presented at both regional and national professional conferences and published on the changing role of school leadership in the NCPEA Leadership Review and in the Journal of Educational Leadership and Administration.  Prior to coming to California State University, Northridge, Dunlap spent 36 years in K-12 education in Los Angeles and Ventura as a teacher, site administrator, and superintendent.  Professor Dunlap will continue participating in K-12 district activities to enhance the department’s partnerships with various stakeholder groups. Professor Dunlap also has been a Governing Board member for Granada Hills Charter High School since 2014.

Ichiro Hashimoto

Dr. Ichiro Hashimoto served as professor at California State University, Northridge where he has taught in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for 50 years.  Dr. Hashimoto attended the University of California, Los Angeles from 1954 to 1967 where he worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant while earning his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering with an emphasis in electrical engineering.  During that time he also served as Director of the Instructional Laboratory for six years.

After a year at TRW, Professor Hashimoto started teaching at CSUN in 1968 where he was involved in course development for the Senior Design class from 1994 until 2018 and wrote the class manual.  Other classes that Professor Hashimoto helped develop were Network Theory, Active Filter Design, Modern Electronic Techniques, RF Design, Signa Processing and Controls, and Feedback Control Systems.

 Dr. Hashimoto has done consulting work for Hughes Aircraft, Point Magu, Mattel and Revell.  He has received several awards from the Engineer’s Council including the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award.  Outside interests for Professor Hashimoto have included serving as Pacific Coast Regional Tournament coordinator for the USA Table Tennis Association, organizing and managing local USATT sanctioned table tennis and teaching and playing competitive table tennis.

David Horne

Dr. David L. Horne is a professor and former chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Northridge.  Having received a Ph.D. in African History and Political Economy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and M.A. in South African History and Economy, as well as an M.P.A with an emphasis in Budgeting from UCLA, he recently retired from CSUN after serving the campus and community for 21 years.  While at CSUN, Dr. Horne taught courses in Race and Critical Thinking, Politics of the Africana Community and the Model Organization of the African Unity Practicum course, which he created.  Dr. Horne was the founder, faculty coordinator and advisor for the Model African Union Program, M.A.U. International Diplomasia Parliamentary Honors Society at CSUN, and was the Executive Editor for the Journal of African Studies and the Journal of 21st Century Pan Africanism.

An active and engaged member in global, national and regional politics and social justice movements, Dr. Horne is the founder of Reparations United Front, the Council of Black Political Organizations, the Pan African Public Policy and Economic Institute, and the founding director for California African American Political and Economic Institute (CSUN and CSUDH).  Dr. Horne was also the founder of the Pan African Education Network (South Africa) as well as the founder and International Facilitator of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus and Pan African Diaspora Union. Having received the award for the Best Political column in 2011 from the National Black Newspaper Publisher’s Association, Dr. Horne is currently a columnist for Our Weekly Newspaper, LA, an Executive Editor for the Journal of 21st Century Pan Africanism, and as a weekly radio host for Harambee Radio, “21st Century Pan African Hour.”

Rajabali Kiani-Aslani

Raj Kiani, Ph.D., EA, Real Estate Agent, is a professor of accounting at CSUN. He has a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.  He earned his M.S. degree from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and an M.S. degree in accounting from the College of Accountancy, University of Tehran, Iran.  Dr. Kiani has an Enrolled Agents (EA) license from the Internal Revenue Service to practice taxes since 1995 and a Real Estate license from the State of California to practice real estate since 1979.  Dr. Kiani teaches management/cost accounting, financial accounting and taxation.  He also has five years of accounting experience with an oil company and a CPA firm.  Professor Kiani has been published in the Journal of Accounting Review; Journal of International Taxation; The Tax Advisor-AICPA; International Business and Economics Research Journal; Journal of Business Economics Research; the Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge; Review of Business Research; Applied Business Research; and the Journal of Business Case Studies.  Professor Kiani-Aslani was also the recipient of the 2011-2012 CSUN Accounting Professor of the Year Award.

Sharon Klein

Sharon Klein has been a champion of linguistics and language studies throughout her career.  A brilliant scholar, she applied her expertise to create eight new courses at CSUN including “Language(s) in California,” “Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers” (with an innovative associated lab), “Language Development and Acquisition,” “A Linguistic Introduction to Cognitive Science,” and (at the graduate level) “Research Methods in Linguistics.”

Dr. Klein’s expertise has also been reflected in many leadership roles.  At CSUN, Professor Klein was the coordinator for the Linguistics/TESL program for eight years; the coordinator for WRAD (Writing and Reading Across the Disciplines) for six years; the founding coordinator for the Reading Matters Initiative; and – remarkably – a member of the Liberal Studies Program Advisory Committee for her entire 33-year CSUN career.  She served one term on the statewide California Commission on Teaching and Credentialing committee for the Multiple Subject Waiver Program.  And she served on several national committees of the Linguistic Society of America, chairing the Language in the School Curriculum committee twice. Dr. Klein has published and lectured widely and received grants in support of her work on language, literacy, ant teacher preparation, often collaborating with colleagues in the College of Education.  Her success as a beloved teacher and mentor to untold numbers of students and many of her faculty colleagues was recognized formally in 2016 when she was awarded the CSUN Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Robert Krol

Robert Krol is a professor of economics at California State University, Northidge; a Senior Affiliated Scholar for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and a member of the Heartland Institute’s Board of Policy Advisors.  Professor Krol also worked as an economist at Security Pacific National Bank in L.A. and the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, CA.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1982.

Dr. Krol’s research focuses on infrastructure issues as well as international and regional economics.  His research has been published in leading economics journals, including, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, International Journal of Forecasting,

International Finance and the International Journal of Money and Finance.  He has published policy papers for the Cato Institute and Mercatus Center.  He has also published opinion articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Investor’s Business Daily, U.S. News and World Report, The Hill, Real Clear Policy and the Houston Chronicle.

Terri Lisagor

Professor Terri Lisagor, E.D., is a Registered Dietician and former chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge.  She received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and her M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science from CSUN.  Her private practice focuses on the nutritional management of childhood obesity, chronic illness, and eating disorders.  Since 1995, Dr. Lisagor has coordinated a nutrition and oral hygiene education program for the indigenous population of Guatemala, focusing on nutrition-related disease prevention.  She also launched oral hygiene education programs within pediatric dental practices and is currently an adjunct Instructor in the Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic Residency Programs at UCLA School of Dentistry.  Professor Lisagor is a recipient of the American Academy of Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award and the CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award.

Richard E. Marks

Growing up, Professor Marks dreamed of playing centerfield for the Boston Red Sox.  That dream died on the smoggy, sun-drenched sandlots of North Hollywood, where his family had moved from Boston when he was 5.  Next, he dreamed of becoming the next great sports writer (succeeding Jim Murray) or news columnist (replacing Walter Lippmann). Journalism took Marks to Valley Junior College, where he was an editor of the campus newspaper, and then to USC, where he served as managing editor of the Daily Trojan.  While at USC, Marks began to write and produce the weekend sports segment at KTTV news.  After graduation, he wrote and produced at the news station. In 1968, he began a 23-year career as a writer, producer and field producer at NBC and KNBC news in Burbank. Marks won four Emmys. For 13 years during that time, he also taught broadcast journalism, part-time, at USC.  Beginning in 1991, until his retirement in 2018, he taught television news writing, producing and reporting in the Journalism Department at California State University, Northridge. “I love teaching,” he said, continuing his work with past and present students. “I was once asked, if I had to choose between professional journalist and academic journalist, which would it be?” he added.  “My answer? The latter. Besides my family, nothing in my life has been more rewarding and fulfilling than teaching.”

Maria Helena Noronha

Helena Noronha earned her Ph.D. from UNICAMP, Brazil in 1983. She came to the U.S. in 1986 and was a Visiting Researcher at UCSB, UCSD, and UCLA before joining CSUN in 1990.  Besides teaching and supervising students, she served the mathematics department as Graduate Coordinator and Department Chair.  Professor Noronha published 28 peer-reviewed research papers on Differential Geometry, a monograph on Soliton Geometry, and a textbook on Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometries.  She also served CSUN as Interim AVP for Research and Graduate studies.

Norhonha was the principle investigator of several National Science Foundation grants that promoted research among students and increased diversity in the mathematical sciences.  Her projects developed relationships across the university, other CSUs, community colleges, and LAUSD.  Norhonha brought to CSUN a total of $7.1 million in federal money; her project PUMP: Preparing Undergraduates through Mentoring towards Ph.D.s received the 2016 Exemplary Program Award from the American Mathematical Society and was selected by Excelencia in Education as 2017 Example of Excelencia.  Professor Noronha served as Program Director at the NSF for four years, directing research, workforce and intra-structure programs.  She currently serves on the board of the National Math Alliance and directs the Pacific Math Alliance.

Bharath (Al) Sethuraman

Bharath Sethuraman published 44 refereed publications in mathematics and engineering, including one with a CSUN student in a 2014 publication in Information Theory and its Applications.  His publications include both single authored and coauthored publications.  He maintained active collaborations locally and internationally for his whole career. In addition to his research papers, Sethuraman published five expository publications and two textbooks.  One of his textbooks is still in use at CSUN, as is his most recent project: a textbook for Math 320.  This latter book is currently used in it pre-print form, and is has been accepted for publication next year in the Springer series: Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics. Sethuraman taught a wide variety of course, from almost high school level to Ph.D. level and at various universities.   He also collaborated on redesigning the Algebra Sequence for math majors: Math 360, 460, 560, 660.  While at CSUN, Sethuraman brought in over $570,000 in external funding over his career.  Most recently, Professor Sethuraman had a NSF grant from 2013-2016 for $249,975.

Ezra Shapiro

Before his 2017 retirement, Ezra Shapiro had been with the Journalism Department for more than a quarter of a century, as both a student and teacher. He toiled for more than 50 semesters, making sure our students could compete in the ever-and-rapidly changing technology world that journalism has become.  He started teaching formally in fall 1993.  His first class was JOUR 331, Graphics. Shapiro took the role of adviser for our general interest publications, Scene magazine, in fall 2000.  Shapiro worked to build the magazine into an award-winning publication.  Scene earned several awards, from the California College Media Association, including recent first place in Best Magazine Page/Spread Design for “The N-Word.” Through Scene, Shapiro’s work provided students with valuable experience in magazine reporting and writing, editing, graphic design, photography and layout.  He led the evolution into an Internet-based publication viewable at http://www.csunscene.net, allowing for a livelier mix of shorter, personal posts as well as long-form stories intended from the spring print edition.  In 2008 Scene became one of the nation’s first college publications to use Twitter to post short updates from its staff. Scene was no Shapiro’s only contributions as a longtime lecturer:  he was the go-to guy from HTML and all aspects of social, mobile, digital and emerging technologies.  He also taught JOUR 498 Senior Tutorial, on topics such as Content Curation and Comics as Journalism. As his CV attests, Shapiro brought nearly 30 years of professional experience in journalism, graphic design and design technology.  He earned a B.A. in Psychology at Regents College, State University of New York in 1991 and did post graduate work in the CSUN Mass Communication graduate program.

Shirley Svorny

Professor Shirley Svorny is interested in public policy, particularly in the areas of health policy, urban economic policy, labor market regulation, and education policy. She is an expert on state regulation of health care professionals, having written extensively about weaknesses in state medical professional licensing efforts and outlining the role of market processes in assuring physician quality. Professor Svorny taught undergraduate courses in Health, Labor, and Urban Economics, Economics for Marketing Professionals (Pricing Strategies), and graduate courses in Urban Economic Policy (MPP), and the Economics of Strategy (MBA). She served as chair of the CSUN Department of Economics for six years. Professor Svorny was the founding director of CSUN's San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center. Professor Svorny is a Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar. She was employed as an Economist at Getty Oil Company, an Affiliated Scholar at the Milken Institute, and as Senior Economist and VP --managing industry risk evaluation --at Security Pacific Bank. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She has contributed to volumes on health policy and authored op-eds and articles on topics including health policy, local governance, community development, business taxes, and education reform.

Frank Vatai

Professor Frank Vatai’s academic journey began with his father, Laszlo, a professor of philosophy in Hungary, and a clergyman in the New World. Professor Vatai never felt his English was good enough to teach effectively although he had academic job offers. At the university level, Professor Vatai was fortunate enough to have been mentored by Finley Hooper at Wayne State and Thomas W. Africa at Binghamton. Both were eminent teachers and scholars. Professor Vatai used them as templates in his own scholarship, which emphasizes intellectual history especially in the Hellenistic period as well as an interest in historiography both ancient and modern.  At Northridge, Professor Vatai taught classes in Greek and Roman history, and a variety of colloquia and seminars that cover all periods of the Classical World from Archaic Greece to the late Roman Empire.  He continues to write and has published or presented papers on the anarchist George Woodcock, the evergreen Peter Green, who at the age of 93 has recently completed a translation of the Odyssey, the brilliant A. R. Burn, and an appreciation in a book he edited of Tom Africa’s articles.  He also wrote an article on the pulp writer, John D. MacDonald.  He noted that, “In one of my seminars I had in attendance two retired physicians, a former city editor of the Daily News, a former guitarist of Tom Jones and Diana Ross, a retired Major General, and a “regular” graduate student who went on to get his Ph.D. at Riverside and is currently teaching the courses I once taught.”  As such, he considers himself fortunate for having spent so much of his working life at California State, Northridge.

Fall 2018 

Susan Auerbach

Professor Susan Auerbachjoined CSUN's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2003 after receiving her doctorate from UCLA and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She was instrumental in the planning and launching of the CSUN Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in 2008 and served as Research Fellow for the College of Education in 2013-14. A nationally known researcher of parent involvement in education, she is the editor of School Leadership for Authentic Family and Community Partnerships: Research Perspectives for Transforming Practice (Routledge, 2012) and has published on the role of parents, school leadership, and college access issues in Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, Teachers College Record, and other journals and books. She served as national chair of the ABRA Family-School-Community Partnerships Special Interest Group (SIG) from 2007-2010 and at CSUN, chaired the university Library Committee and the Doctoral Program Research Committee. She is grateful for the opportunities her years at CSUN have offered for teaching, research, and service-and especially for the chance to learn with and from her students and colleagues.

Nagwa Bekir                   

Dr. Nagwa Bekir earned her master and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from USC in 1975 and 1978 respectively. She has been teaching at CSUN since 1980. She taught 18 different courses and labs at the department of Electrical and computer engineering. Her main areas of expertise are communications, Fiber optics and Radar where she developed several graduate courses and a lab. She is very active in technical book reviews. She reviewed more than 10 new books in the areas of Fiber Optics, Probability, Random processes, and Radar systems. She was a Co-Pl for HSI-STEM Federal Grant for $5.5 Million for five-years, Funded by the United States Department of Education. Dr. Bekir mentored and advised many undergrad and graduate students through her career. She served as ECE graduate coordinator, ECE Department Chair, CECS Special assistant to the dean, and CECS associate dean. She received more than 12 awards for her academic achievement and service contributions with the latest on 2017," The Engineers' Council William B. Johnson Founders award". She is a member of ETA kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi associations and a senior member of IEEE.

Marshall Bloom

Dr. Marshall  Bloom  became  employed  as  a staff  psychologist  at  University Counseling  Services (UCS) in Fall 1971, while completing  his  Ph.D. degree  in  Psychology at  UCLA, amidst  student's concerns with  the military draft as well as drugs. He became Advisor to the campus Helpline in mid-1970, retaining that role until the present time, as that organization provided worthy ongoing telephone availability for an array of concerns. Dr. Bloom has shared that he has felt extremely fortunate to have been involved in a wide range of activities over the years, a share of which are here stated-Coordinator of Project ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk), a diversity awareness and prejudice reduction program; Founder and Director of the Blues Project, a peer education program on overcoming depression and preventing suicide; UCS  liaison to New Student Orientation; providing supervision to Pre-doctoral Interns; serving as a member of a number of personnel committees, including as the Student Affairs representative on the campus-wide Personnel  Planning  and  Review Committee (P P & R). He has counseled large numbers of students in meeting their respective challenges in order to better make progress in their academic program(s), along with enhancing their personal success. In this regard he has also developed particular workshops on overcoming shyness and procrastination. Dr. Bloom has shared how   fortunate and grateful he has been to have worked collaboratively with campus administrators, faculty, staff and, especially UCS colleagues, while assisting a diversity of students over the years. Further, he has indicated that he especially feels fortunate in timing to be leaving the university when it broadly and UCS more specifically are thriving. Dr. Bloom appreciates the opportunity to be considered for Emeritus status.

Avi Dechter              

Professor Avi Dechter was born and raised in Israel and is a citizen of both Israel and the U.S. He received his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1972, his M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from UCLA in 1985. He joined the Department of Management Science at CSUN (later renamed the Department of Systems and Operations Management) as a part-time lecturer in fall 1981, then became a full-time lecturer and later was offered a tenure-track faculty position starting fall 1986. He retired as a full professor at the end of spring 2013 but continued to teach half-time for five additional years as a participant in the Faculty Early Retirement Program. During his long career at CSUN, Professor Dechter taught both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses primarily on quantitative models for decision analysis and support (e.g., statistics, optimization, simulation, etc.) and on operations management in both service and manufacturing organizations. He also served on numerous committees and governing bodies at all levels of the university, most notably on the Faculty Senate, the University library Committee, the University Continuing Education Committee, and the University Educational Equity Committee.

Curt Dommeyer

Professor Curt J. Dommeyer joined the Department of Marketing at CSUN in 1978. He taught full-time for 34 years and one semester a year for another five years while in the Faculty Early Retirement Program. He served the Department of Marketing as Chair from 1984 to 1987 and as Acting Chair during the 2007-08 academic year. Curt is a prolific researcher, having authored 47 articles in refereed academic journals and conference proceedings. Most of his research has focused either on techniques for increasing survey response or on strategies for enhancing students' performance on team projects. He has received numerous awards honoring his research, including the prestigious University Research Fellows Award in 2010, the COBAE Graduate Faculty Research Award in 2004, and the COBAE Instructional Development Publication Award in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2012. In addition, in 1999, he received the University Ambassadors' Polished Apple Award for his teaching. Outside of academia, Curt has excelled in badminton by winning over 60 national and international badminton championships while competing at the senior and master levels.

James Elias

Dr. James Elias is from a small town in Cairo (on the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He was the first in his family to attend a university. Armed with a scholarship for tuition, Dr. Elias found his first Introduction to Psychology class was larger than his entire high school. He met his wife Veronica, through a research job on space perception. Veronica is a retired Professor from CSUN. His teaching career began in 1963 when he was offered a graduate teaching assistantship from the Sociology Department at Southern Illinois University. He received his MA in 1965 and had the opportunity to work on research with Carl Rogers and President Johnson. He received several grants to conduct research for President Johnson’s commission. Dr. Elias research can be found in the results of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. One of the highlights of his research was a request made by the government of Chile, through the U.S. State Department, to go to Chile and set up a course for the educational system that would be taught in all of the schools. In 1975, Dr. Elias took the exam for the Marriage and Family Therapy and began practicing for thirty years. Dr. Elias has conducted numerous workshops at CSUN with his wife on sex disorders and treatments. Proceeds from the workshops were given to the Center for Sex Research to fund research projects by faculty. The Center for Sex Research was later absorbed in the Gender Studies Program and over the years more than forty CSUN students have joined in on research projects, participated in conducting interviews and presented papers on their results. Dr. Elias has been given many awards, grants and honors for CSUN and is passionate about the EOP Transfer Bridge Program and helping students succeed.

Fredric Field

Professor Fredric Field is a specialist in bilingualism and multilingualism and related issues with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from USC in 1998. He was a lecturer in linguistics at four CSUs-Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Marcos - before accepting a tenure-track position in the English Department at CSUN in 2000. In 2012, Fred moved his tenure line into the newly formed Department of Linguistics/TESL while continuing to teach courses in English and Africana Studies as well, a total of 13 different courses in these departments. Dr. Field is the author of numerous articles and three books, Bilingualism in the USA: The case of the Chicano-Latino Community, Key concepts in Bilingualism, and Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts. Dr. Field has been a visiting scholar three times at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, and co-chaired the Linguistic Society of America's (LSA's) advisory committee, Language in the School Curriculum. A member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, he· chaired their Committee on Creoles in Education for years. He presented papers at the joint meetings of the American Dialect Society, the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, and the LSA and was a prolific reviewer of books and proposals.

Kim Greenhalgh            

Kim Greenhalgh, J.D. is a longtime member of the Department of Business Law. He has been known for his excellent teaching skills and his cheerful collegiality. He has been, unfailingly, a friendly colleague and engaged teacher.

James Hill     

Associate Professor James Hill ended teaching in the Faculty Early Retirement Program and fully retired in February 2017, after teaching 14 years in the Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge. Hill specialized in broadcast skills courses in radio and television news, drawing on his earlier career as a broadcast reporter. Hill also taught courses in print and multi-media reporting, investigative journalism and ethics. His research interest was early American journalism. Hill also co-produced an award-winning series of television news stories on HIV/AIDS in Tijuana, Mexico. Hill was faculty advisor for a student chapter of the Radio-Television Digital News Association from 2002 until his retirement, helping it grow from a few students to a large, active club. He served on more than two-dozen committees at the department, college and university levels, and more than 20 department thesis committees. Hill began teaching at CSUN after a career of more than 25 years as a broadcast journalist. Starting in a small TV station in Eureka, California, he reported, produced and anchored at medium and large network affiliated stations. In New York and Los Angeles, he worked freelance for CNN, and was later hired as a CNN correspondent, covering major national and international stories.

Penelope Jennings

Penelope Jennings was appointed as an Associate Professor of Business Law in 1984 and promoted and awarded tenure in 1988. Prior to appointment, she was a practicing attorney specializing in family law, contract law, and general business litigation. She taught a variety of courses at CSUN including Labor and Employment Law, MBA Law in the Business Environment, BLAW I and II, and BLAW Honors courses. Her areas of research and publication include legal and economic issues in public retirement programs and in the calculation of damages, the rights of non­marital cohabitants, and the scholarship of teaching. Throughout her career, Dr. Jennings has demonstrated a commitment to student learning and success, serving as a mentor to countless students and as faculty advisor to groups such as the Latino Business Association, Northridge Presidential Scholars, and the Business Honors Program. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship Award. Further, she has supported and mentored CSU administrative colleagues and CSUN faculty members as the Coordinator of New Faculty Programs and in her administrative role as the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs from 2003-2013

William Jennings

Dr. Jenningsattended California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) and graduated with a BA in Economics and then received an MA and PhD in Economics from UCLA. While attending graduate school, he taught part-time in the Department of Economics at CSUN and after completing his degree was hired on the tenure track and subsequently tenured and promoted to full professor. After serving as Interim Associate Dean of the College, he transferred to Department of Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance and served as the Department Chair for more than fifteen years. As a faculty member with teaching responsibilities in two different departments, he taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. During his academic career, he chaired numerous department, college and university committees. From 2006 through 2012, he was the Dean of the Nazarian College of Business and Economic and in 2012 was appointed as the Interim Vice President of University Advancement and President of the University Foundation. In addition to his work at CSUN, he has helped the community as aboard member of local, regional and national charitable organizations. Most recently, he was re-elected as a national board member of Volunteers of America

Sharlene Katz 


As a teenager, Dr. Katz was attracted to the fields of electrical engineering and communications as a radio amateur. She pursued this passion, attaining her B.S., MS and PhD in electrical engineering at UCLA. She started her professional career as an engineer at the RAND Corporation. However, Dr. Katz's strong affinity for an academic career attracted her to California State University Northridge (CSUN) in 1979. She remained at CSUN for the rest of her career, serving as associate dean and twice as department chair. Although specializing in communications, her primary focus was on her students. She helped numerous CSUN graduates achieve their careers. Her efforts in this ranged from simple recommendations, through mentoring and even organizing projects which introduced students to industry and vice versa. The projects included collaborations with Edwards Air Force Base and Navair at Pt. Mugu. Her final project was her crowning achievement. In collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Dr. Katz led a team of over 70 students in the development, fabrication, test and operation of CSUN's first satellite, CSUNSat1. It successfully completed its mission shortly before Dr. Katz retired and passed away in 2017. It remains operational on orbit.

Jack Kranz

Dr. Kranz retired from the University Library in 2011 and after retiring spent five years as a FERP Librarian in the RIS Department. Dr. Kranz spent 47 consecutive years at CSUN, including 37 years as a full-time member of the University Library's faculty. During Dr. Kranz’s tenure in the University Library, he served as a research instruction and outreach services librarian, as the Geography Bibliographer, as Unit Coordinator of the Catalog Unit, and as Chair of the Catalog Department. Dr. Kranz also taught for six consecutive years in CSUN's Geography Department. Since his retirement, Dr. Kranz has continued to teach part-time both online and on-ground Geography courses at Los Angeles area community colleges. He is able to enhance his student's learning outcomes by offering them expertise in library research. Dr. Kranz incorporates into course assignments, library database research, effective research techniques, and accurate source documentation. Dr. Kranz continues to foster his Earth Science expertise through ongoing travel to both Alaska and Canada's eastern provinces to study and photograph avian fauna as well as the Earth's most ancient outcrops of pre-Cambrian metamorphic rock.

Sabina Magliocco

Dr. Sabina Magliocco was a member of the CSUN Department of Anthropology from 1997 to 2017. She twice served as Chair of the Department (2004-2010, 2016-2017). Dr. Magliocco had a distinguished career at CSUN and excelled in all aspects of her work. She was a very gifted teacher and was regularly received the very highest marks in her course reviews by both students and peers. She mentored students with great dedication at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of her students went on to complete doctoral degrees at premier institutions. As chair, she led the department during a period of economic retrenchment (2007-2010). Despite the fiscal constraints, the department was nonetheless able to expand by adding 5 new full-time positions in two successful search cycles. She led the creation of the Anthropology Transfer Bridge Program, which increased transfer student retention rates and has now become a model for the college. She also provided leadership that helped to shape a new department culture of achievement for faculty and students. Dr. Magliocco has had a notable career the study of folklore, narrative, magic, and witchcraft. In addition to her numerous journal publications, she has published two major books and is presently working on a third.

Benjamin Mallard

Dr. Mallard has taught electrical engineering since his junior year in college. Dr. Mallard was recruited by the Northrop Corporation and the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). He taught undergraduate students and developed a liaison between campus and professional engineering organizations. Dr, Mallard was hired full time by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and worked as a full time lecturer before retiring in December 2017. Dr. Mallard’s teaching experience at CSUN began with teaching the Introduction to Electrical Engineering course. He taught courses in his department integrating theoretical physical concepts of circuit structure with practical applications. Dr. Mallard has sponsored two research projects under the umbrella of biomedical engineering interfacing with key personnel at the Medtronic Corporation and the Olive View - UCLA Hospital. Dr. Mallard has also been involved in university faculty senate appointments, open house presentations, and a number of relevant IEEE and CSUN ATE conference activities. Dr. Mallard enjoyed his tenure as an instructor and the collaborative activities spent with fellow colleagues throughout the CSUN community.

Evelyn McClave

An outstanding member of the CSUN faculty for the past 26 years, and of the linguistics community at large, Evelyn holds the Ph.D., awarded with distinction from Georgetown University in 1991. Her outstanding teaching is nationally recognized by the Princeton Review and Rate My Professor dot com system, where she ranked 13 of the top 300 professors ranked for 2012. Evelyn's pioneering research in the study of gesture has been published and presented in a range of prestigious settings (e.g., Gesture, including its inaugural issue, The Journal of Pragmatics, Gesture, and the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research), and significantly includes CSUN student participation (McClave et al. 2007). Noteworthy is the CSUN support for this work, resulting from Evelyn's consistent success with CSUN's annual Creative Activity Award competition. Shepherding the Linguistics/TESL program to its department status and serving as its founding chair are stellar achievements, but Evelyn's contributions to CSUN extend to work on a range of college and university committees as well. Such local contributions are matched by her service to the scholarly community defined by gesture study at large. Evelyn's collegiality is celebrated: respected and sought out, she is a good friend to many colleagues, both on campus and beyond.

Daniel McConaughy      

Dr. Mcconaughy joined the Finance faculty In August 1997. He has more than thirty publications in finance. In May 2016, Dean Lord recognized him as one of the most frequently cited faculty in the Nazarian College at the College's fiftieth anniversary faculty luncheon with the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award with 2016 citations of his scholarly work. He is the current Editor of the Business Valuation Review and was a co-editor of the Journal of Small Business Management. Currently, he has a paper with Monica Hussein and James Dow in second review at the Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis. He has also published in the area of Syriac and New Testament studies, and currently has a book on the Syriac Text of Acts accepted for publication in the Moran Etho monograph series published by the St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute. He has a PhD in Finance from the University of Cincinnati and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago in Syriac.

David Protas

Professor David Protas has been an outstanding faculty member of the CSUN Department of Mathematics from fall 1970 to spring 2018. He has excelled in teaching, research, and service. David has been an excellent and effective instructor, teaching a wide range of courses including numerous upper division ones. His publication record and referee activities demonstrate his success as a researcher in the field of analysis. He has served as a referee for nine leading math journals and as a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews. David was a member of a team of fifteen mathematicians writing a mathematics dictionary entitled A Dictionary of Analysis, Calculus, and Differential Equations. David has a distinguished service record and his contributions have been invaluable. He has frequently served on Personnel Committees at the Department and College levels, and has been the Chair of each. He was the Graduate Program Coordinator (Option I) for three years. David served as the Coordinator for our Calculus sequence (Math 150A, 150B, 250) for thirty-six years. David is a well-respected faculty member, known for his calm and highly collegial manner. He is a pillar of our department who has dedicated himself to CSUN for almost half a century.

Owen H. Seiver

Dr. Seiver graduated from CSUN in 1972. After one year as an LA County Health Department Health Inspector, Dr. Seiver received a call from CSUN's Health Sciences Department asking if he could teach a course. This part-time teaching position led to a career as a professor. He helped expand the newly formed Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) option. Later, Dr. Seiver helped develop the CSUN EOH department which has been recognized throughout the United States as the top environmental program in the nation. Dr. Seiver established many of the EOH courses, including at the Masters level: I. The Physical Aspects or Housing, recognized by ABET as a course for those pursuing careers in industrial hygiene. 2. Water Pollution, a course accepted by the State of California as an integral part of preparation for our graduate students, and at the Undergraduate level: 3. EOH 352, Environmental, Policy, Law and Administration. This was developed at the urging of the Los Angeles County Department of Environmental Services to help our students understand the complexities of working within a bureaucracy. Additionally, Dr. Seiver developed the housing and the water pollution labs for students to perform research and gain experience as practitioners utilizing state-of-the-art field equipment.

John Schillinger

Professor John Schillinger was raised in a small town named Vida on the prairie of eastern Montana. His family were cattle and wheat farmers. John graduated valedictorian of the 1967 Circle High School class and enrolled at Montana State University at Bozeman. He graduated with a BS in Microbiology in 1972 and an MS in Environmental Health Microbiology in 1974. He was in charge of water quality testing for a large research project at MSU until 1978 when he began his doctoral program at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. That research also involved water quality and indicator microorganisms. In 1982 he received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences and moved to Los Angeles to accept a tenure-track position in the Environmental and Occupational Health Program in the Health Sciences Department. That program later became the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health where he continued to teach the applied microbiology course among others. His research interests expanded to include indoor air quality and mold.

Gerald Simila

Professor Gerald Simila received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley in 1980. During his 39 years (1978-2017) as a faculty member, he has been involved with a diverse array of activities in teaching, advising, research, and service. He taught 13 different courses and advised (or was a member of) 40 masters and 13 senior theses. His 22 research grants (Plor Co-PI) totaled $2,250,000 for the study of earthquakes in Mexico (1985), Santa Cruz (1989), Costa Rica (1990-91,2012), Landers (1992), and Northridge (1994) with various research groups such as USGS, UC Santa Cruz, National University of Costa Rica (Fulbright Fellowship, 1995; 2006), and University of Mexico. These projects produced 19 peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he directed the Center for Earthquake Studies at CSUN during 1985-94. With the Biology and Education departments, he established the San Fernando Valley Project in 1999 to provide professional development for K-12 teachers in Los Angeles. His group received eight grants totaling $2,465,000. His University service to CSUN included: Faculty Senate, Integrated Teacher Education Program, and Sigma Xi. Additional committees have included 1) College: Computer, Minority Achievers in Science, Personnel, Science Education, and Science Teacher Credential; 2) Department: Advisor for Geophysics students, Curriculum, Personnel, Science Education and Speakers Program.

Fall 2017

Karen Anderson             

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               

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.

Don Brownlee

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.

Brian Castronovo                     

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.

Deborah Chen                            

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.

Mary Curren

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.

Marilynn Filbeck               

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.

Timothy Fox                

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.

Adele Gottfried                  

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.

Catherine Jeppson            

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.

Robert Kladifko

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.

CT Lin


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.

Robert Lingard                   

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.

Jack Lopez

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.

Richard MacDonald

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.

James Macklin                           

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.

Elena Marchisotto

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.

Vicki Pedone                

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.

Kyriakos Pontikis


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.

Cynthia Rawitch

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.

William Roberts

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. 

Maureen Rubin

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. 

Kenneth Sakatani

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.

Diane Schwartz

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.

Johnie Scott

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.

Ronald Stone

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.

Nayereh Tohidi

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.

Fall 2016

Jack Alanen

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.

Robert Barker

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.

Julio Blanco

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.

Donald Bleich


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.

Pamela Bourgeois

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. 

Brian Connett

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).

Amy Denissen


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.

Cynthia Desrochers

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.

Bonnie Ericson

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

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.

Ronald Fischbach

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.

Shane Frehlich

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.

Adam Gifford

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.

Charles Hanson

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.

Martha Highfield

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.

Doris Jones-Nicol

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.

Magnhild Lien

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.

Jennifer Matos

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.

Joyce Munsch

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.

Steven Oppenheimer

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

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.

Ken Portnoy

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.

Jennifer Romack


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.

Luis Rubalcava

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.

Jerome Seliger

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.  

Bruce Shapiro

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.

Jon Sloan

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

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.

Earl Weiss

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.