New Faculty (2006-2007)

College of Behavioral And Social Sciences

Diana Coyl, Child Development Program
Ph.D., 2000, Child/Adolescent Development, Attachment Research Methods, Utah State University.
M.A., 1997, Research Methods and Adolescent Development, Family Relations, Utah State University
B.A., 1987, Sociology, emphasis in Interpersonal Relationships
Previous position: Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine

Patricia Hunter, School of Social Work
M.S.W., 1984, Mental Health Concentration, CSU, Sacramento
B.S.W., 1981, CSU, Chico
Previous position: Director of Field Education, School of Social Work, CSU, Chico; Instructor, School of Social Work, CSU, Chico

LaDona Knigge, Geography and Planning
Ph.D., 2006, Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.S., 1999, Geography & Sociology, University of Wyoming
A.A., 1992, Northern Wyoming Community College
Previous position: Research Assistant, Children’s Urban Geographies Project, IGERT Fellow - GIScience

Holly Nevarez, Health and Community Services
Ph.D., 2006, Public Health (Health Promotion & Education), Oregon State University
M.P.H., 1999, Public Health: Community Health Administration Concentration, Benedictine University
B.S., 1997, Health Science: Health Education Concentration, CSU, Chico
Previous position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept of Public Health, Oregon State University.

Sherrow Pinder, Political Science Department
Ph.D., 2003, Political Science, New School for Social Research
M.A., 1994, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
B.A., 1991, Political Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Previous position: Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Department of Political Science.

Chuyan Song, Sociology Department
Ph.D., 2005, Sociology, Arizona State University
M.A., 2001, Sociology, Arizona State University
B.A., 1997, English & Literature, Beijing Languange & Cultural University
Previous position: Lecturer, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, CSU, Chico.

Amy Tuttle, Psychology Department
Ph.D., 2005, Marital & Family Therapy, Loma Linda University
M.A., 2001, Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy Option, CSU, Fresno
B.A., 1999, Liberal Studies: Children and Family Concentration, CSU, Fresno
Previous Position: Adjunct Faculty Member, San Diego State University & Clinical Director, Herrick Children’s Center


College of Business

Mary Geddie, Accounting and Management Information Systems
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD), Accounting, University of Houston
M.B.A., 1996, Eastern Illinois University
B.B.A., 1980, Baylor University
Previous position: Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Houston

Suzanne Zivnuska, Management Department
Ph.D., 2003, Human Resource Mgmt & Organizational Behavior, Florida State University
M.A., 1997, Public Policy Administration, Ohio State University
M.S.W., 1997, Social Work Administration, Ohio State University
B.A., 1992, Psychology, UC Davis
B.A., 1992, Rhetoric & Communication, UC Davis
Previous position: Assistant Professor of Management, Bond University, Australia

College of Communication And Education

Lynne Bercaw, Education Department
Ed.D., 2000, Curriculum & Instructional Leadership, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
M.Ed., 1996, Curriculum & Instructional Leadership, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
A.B., 1989, English, and Human Development, Boston College
Previous position: Assistant Professor, Education, Reich College of Education.

Matthew Blake, Journalism Department
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD), Mass Communication, University of Florida
M.A., 2003, Mass Communication, University of Florida
B.S., 1998, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Previous position: Instructor, Communications on the Internet, University of Florida

Morgan Geddie, Recreation and Parks Management Department
Ed.D., 1996, Occupational and Adult Health Education with emphasis in Human Resources Development, Oklahoma State University
M.B.A., 1989, Marketing emphasis, University of Central Oklahoma
B.S., 1981, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Oklahoma State University
Previous position: Assistant Professor of Hotel and Restaurant Mgmt, University of Houston

Steven Koch, Professional Studies in Education
Ph.D., 1981, Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
B.A., 1973, Psychology, UC Berkeley
Previous position: Lecturer, Professional Studies in Education, CSU, Chico; Psychologist and Assistant Principal, Special Education, Chico Unified School District

Medina Jacqueline, Kinesiology Department
Ed.D., 2004, Educational Leadership, University of Northern Colorado
M.A., 1999, Physical Education – Outdoor/Adventure Physical Education, University of Northern Colorado
B.S., 1987, Outdoor Recreation, Northern Michigan University
Previous position: Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance/Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Central Oregon Community College

Linda Montes, Professional Studies in Education
Ed.D., 2005, Educational Leadership, University of Southern California
M.A., 1999, Educational Policy Analysis and Administration, Stanford University
Multiple Subject Clear Credential; Special Education Credential; Bilingual Cross-cultural Language Academic Development Certification, 1995, San Jose State University
B.A., 1988, Elementary and Special Education, Bowling Green State University
Previous position: Lecturer and Supervisor, Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies, Dept of Professional Studies in Education, CSU, Chico

Aaron Quinn, Journalism Department
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD), Applied Philosophy and Media Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Australia National University
M.A., 2002, Journalism Studies, University of South Florida
B.S., 2000, Mass Communication, Towson University
Previous position: Lecturer/Tutor, Communication, Charles Sturt University’s School of Communication


College of Engineering , Computer Science, And Construction Management

Douglas Chelson, Construction Management Department
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD), Project Management, University of Maryland
M.B.A., 2001, University of Oregon
B.S., 1999, Building Construction Management, Brigham Young University
Previous position: Project Manager, Foulger-Pratt Construction, Rockville, MD

DingXin Cheng, Civil Engineering Department
Ph.D., 2002, Civil Engineering (Transportation and Pavement Material Division), Texas A & M University
M.S., 1999, Civil Engineering, University of Toledo
M.S., 1994, Civil Engineering, Northeastern University of China
B.S., 1991, Civil Engineering, Northeastern University of China
Previous position: Transportation Engineering Consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., Houston, TX

Curt B. Haselton, Civil Engineering Department
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD) Civil Engineering, Stanford University
M.S., 2003, Civil Engineering, Stanford University
B.S., 2002, Civil Engineering, CSU, Chico
Previous position: Undergraduate Instructor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Tanya Komas, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., 2005, Architecture, Texas A & M University
Certificate, 2005, Historic Preservation, Texas A & M University
M.S., 1991, Historic Preservation: Materials Preservation; Preservation Design, Columbia University
B.S., 1989, Landscape Architecture, UC Davis
Previous position: Lecturer, Construction Management, CSU, Chico

Steffen Mehl, Civil Engineering Department
Ph.D., 2003, Civil Engineering (Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering Program), University of Colorado
M.S., 1998, Civil Engineering (Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering Program), University of Colorado
B.S., 1996, Environmental Resources Engineering, emphasis in Hazardous Waste, Humboldt State University
Previous position: Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado


College of Humanities And Fine Arts

Geoffrey Baker, English Department
Ph.D., 2006, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
M.A., 2003, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
B.A., 1996, English Literature, Brigham Young University
B.A., 1996, French Studies, Brigham Young University

Teresa Cotner, Art and Art History Department
Ph.D., 2000, Education (Art Ed./Curric. & Teacher Ed.), Stanford University
M.A., 1994, Art History, CSU, Los Angeles
Credential, 1994, Single Subject Clear, Art – K-12, CSU, Los Angeles
B.A., 1986, Art, CSU, Sonoma
Previous position: Assistant Professor, Art, CSU, San Bernardino

Kijeong Jeon, Art and Art History Department
MIARCH (Master of Interior Architecture), 1989, University of Oregon
B.F.A., 1984, Interior Architecture, California College of Arts
Previous position: Instructor, Dept of Interior Design, UC Berkeley Extension

Michael Mazur, Theatre Arts Department
M.F.A., 1997, Musical Theatre Writing, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
B.S., 1990, Communications Education (Drama, Speech, English), Bowling Green State University.
Previous position: Instructor, Dept of Communications and Theatre, John Carroll University

Katie Whitlock, Theatre Arts Department
Ph.D., 2004, Theatre, Ohio State University
M.F.A., 1996, Theatre, University of Memphis
B.F.A., 1992, Theatre, University of Arizona
Previous position: Assistant Professor of Sound and Multimedia, School of Theatre and Dance, University of Florida


College of Natural Sciences

Stephanie Bianco-Simeral, Nutrition and Food Science Program
M.S., 2002, Nutrition, Texas A & M University
Registered Dietitian, 2001, Texas A & M University
B.S., 1999, Dietetics, UC Davis
Previous position: Lecturer, Nutrition and Food Sciences Program, CSU, Chico

Matthew Ciancetta, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD), Mathematics Education, Portland State University
M.S., 1999, Mathematics, Portland State University
B.S., 1991, Physics, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Previous position: Lecturer and Research Associate, Dept of Mathematics & Statistics, Portland State University

Keiko Goto, Biological Sciences Department
Ph.D., 2004, Nutrition, Cornell University
M.S., 1993, Nutrition, UC Davis
B.S., 1991, Food Science and Technology, Kyoto University
Previous position: Adjunct Nutrition Instructor, Family Studies and Services Dept, Shasta College; Laboratory Manager/Food and Wine Analyst

Todd J. Greene, Geosciences
Ph.D., 2000, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
B.S., 1994, Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
Previous position: Senior Geologist, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Houston, TX; Adjunct Faculty, Montgomery Community College, Geology Department

Yuichi Handa, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Ph.D., 2006, Education with emphasis in Mathematics Education, University of Delaware
M.Ed., 2005, Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education), University of Delaware
M.S., 1997, Mathematics, CSU, Los Angeles
B.A., 1992, Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara
Previous position: Research Assistant, Evaluating the effectiveness of Connected Mathematics Curriculum, University of Delaware

Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences Department
Ph.D., Botany, 1998, University of Georgia
B.A., 1989, Environmental Studies, Evergreen State College
Previous position: Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Biodiversity, Illinois Natural History Survey; Affiliate Faculty, Plant Biology Department & Program in Ecology and Evolution, University of Illinois,

Benjamin Levitt, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Ph.D., 2006 (ABD), Mathematics, University of Arizona
M.A., 1996, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
B.A., 1994, English Language & Literature, State University of New York at Albany
Previous position: Graduate Associate/Assistant, Mathematics Department, University of Arizona.; Academic Mentor, Prescott College, Tucson Center

Christopher Pavone, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Ph.D., 2006, Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara
M.A., 2006, Education, UC Santa Barbara
M.S., 2003, Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara
B.S., 2001, Mathematics, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Previous position: Graduate Associate/Assistant, Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara

Linda Pirruccello, School of Nursing
M.S.N., 2005, Education/Adult Health, CSU,Chico
Credential: Allied Health /Nursing (California Community College Instructor, 1990, CSU, Chico
B.S.N., 1979, CSU, Chico
A.A. (L.V.N.), 1977, Shasta Community College
Previous position: Lecturer, School of Nursing, CSU, Chico; Associate Instructor, Nursing and Business Management Dept, Butte Community College

Margaret Rowberg, School of Nursing
Doctorate in Nursing Practice, 2003, Rush University
M.S., 1996, Nursing, CSU, Long Beach
B.S., 1994, Nursing, CSU, Long Beach
A.A., 1993, Saddleback College
Coursework in School Nursing, 1974-1976, Jersey City State College
Registered Nurse Diploma, 1967-1970, Huron Road Hospital
Previous position: Adult Nurse Practitioner, UC Irvine

Russell Shapiro, Geological and Environmental Sciences Department
Ph.D., 1998, Geological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara
B.S., 1992, Geology, Humboldt State University
Previous position: Assistant Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College

Andrea White, Biological Sciences Department
Ph.D., 2003, Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., 2000, Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S., 1997, Biology, CSU, Chico
Previous position: Post-doctoral research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Jim Hoch, The Scripps Research Institute

Christopher Yakes, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Ph.D., 2005, Mathematics, UC, Los Angeles
M.A., 2001, Mathematics, UC, Los Angeles
B.A., 1999, Mathematics, Rider University
Previous position: Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Mathematics Education, Rocky Mountain College

Jinsong Zhang, Chemistry Department
Ph.D., 2003, Organic Chemistry, University of Montana
M.S., 1997, Atmospheric/Physical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S., 1994, Chemistry, Shandong Normal University
Previous position: Lecturer, Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University